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2:35 PM ET, June 12, 2016

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Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
Omar Mateen, Terrorist Who Attacked Orlando Gay Club, Had Been Investigated by FBI  —  Mateen was a ‘known quantity’ to federal law enforcement before he killed 53 people in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.  —  Omar Mateen of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, came to the attention …
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Adam Goldman / Washington Post:
Ex-wife of suspected Orlando shooter: ‘He beat me’  —  The ex-wife of the 29-year-man suspected of killing 50 people in a Orlando nightclub early Sunday said that he was violent and mentally unstable and beat her repeatedly while they were married.  —  The ex-wife said she met Omar Mateen online …
Los Angeles Times:
Man with weapons and possible explosives arrested, was going to L.A. gay pride parade, sources say  —  Joel Rubin and Hailey Branson Potts  —  Authorities in Santa Monica found possible explosives as well as assault rifles and ammunition Sunday in the car of a man who told them he was in town …
NBC News:
At Least 50 Dead After ‘Terrorism’ at Orlando Gay Club  —  Rep. Alan Grayson: This Might Be a Hate Crime 4:02  —  At least 50 people are dead and more than 50 others are wounded after a gunman opened fire and took hostages at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday morning, police said.
Lee Ferran / ABC News:
What We Know About Omar Mateen, Suspected Orlando Nightclub Shooter  —  Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old U.S.-born citizen, has been identified as the suspect in Sunday's mass shooting that left at least 50 dead and more than 50 others wounded at the Pulse Nightclub, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Terror in Orlando: 50 killed in shooting rampage at gay club; gunman pledged allegiance to ISIS  —  ORLANDO — The gunman who opened fire inside a crowded nightclub here early Sunday morning, launching a rampage that killed 50 people and injured 53 others in the deadliest shooting spree …
David Caplan / ABC News:
At Least 50 Dead in Orlando Gay Club Shooting, Suspect Pledged Allegiance to ISIS, Officials Say  —  A massacre at an Orlando gay nightclub early Sunday morning has been described as a “domestic terror incident” with at least 50 dead and 53 injured, officials said, making it the worst mass shooting …
Kim Hjelmgaard / USA Today:
Pulse more than ‘just another gay club’  —  One of the owners of the gay nightclub where multiple people were shot early Sunday in Orlando started the club to promote awareness about the area's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.  Her brother died from AIDS.
Omar Mateen / TMZ.com:
Terrorist Was 29-Year-Old Islamic Radical (PHOTO)  —  The killer in the Orlando nightclub slaughter is 29-year-old Omar Mateen.  —  He's an American citizen and he has family that are not — his parents are Afghan.  Authorities say he was a terrorist and was targeting gays.
Matt Higgins / CBS New York:
CBS News: Gunman Who Killed 50 At Orlando Nightclub Pledged Allegiance To ISIS  —  ORLANDO, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded Florida nightclub early Sunday before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said.
Tom Cleary / Heavy.com:
Omar Mateen: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know  —  Email Follow  —  Omar Mir Seddique Mateen has been named as the gunman who killed 50 people and wounded 53 others at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, CBS News reports.  —  He was later killed by police after taking hostages at the LGBT club.
Kurt Vile / CBS News:
Islamic terrorism tie eyed in Orlando gay bar shooting
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Dem rep: Orlando shooter ‘made pledge of allegiance’ to ISIS
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:   Tension over LGBT angle to Orlando massacre
NBC News:
Orlando Nightclub Shooter Called 911 to Pledge Allegiance to ISIS: Sources
NBC News:
Orlando Nightclub Shooting: Mass Casualties After Gunman Opens Fire in Gay Club
Discussion: Fox News and Guardian
Associated Press:
50 dead at gay dance club in Orlando
Carl M. Cannon / Real Clear Politics:
Trump Is Looking for a Way Out  —  Long before Donald Trump made his first foray into Las Vegas real estate, I had an unsettling experience gambling in a downtown Vegas casino.  The cards were falling my way until late at night, when I began making subtle mistakes.  My stack of poker chips, once piled high, dwindled.
Jessica Hamilton / Houston Chronicle:
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick deletes “reap what you sow” tweet after mass shooting at LGBT club  —  A “reap what you sow” tweet from Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick that went out hours after approximately 50 people were killed at a Florida LGBT nightclub has been deleted amid backlash.
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's New Ad Attacks Donald Trump Using Strong Words (His)  —  In her first ad of the general election campaign, Hillary Clinton will use Donald J. Trump's words to portray him as a violently divisive candidate who is intolerant of the diverse fabric of the American electorate.
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Evelyn Rupert / The Hill:
WV Dems call for resignation of DNC chair  —  West Virginia Democrats joined in on a call to end the role of unbound superdelegates in the Democratic primary process and also showed support for the resignation of Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
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