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Marco Rubio introducing bill to stop gun purchases by suspected terrorists

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is introducing another bill aimed at preventing suspected terrorists from buying weapons, this time with a 10-year look-back provision on anyone who had previously been investigated. The bill, dubbed the Terror Intelligence Improvement Act, would require federal agencies to coordinate efforts so anyone investigated for terrorism by any federal agency in the past decade would be flagged if he or she tries to buy a gun or explosive. There would be a three-day delay on that purchase…

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Pride Fund endorses Hillary Clinton

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The Pride Fund to End Gun Violence – a political action committee created as a response to Orlando’s Pulse nightclub massacre – announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president Tuesday and a Pride Fund leader would meet with her in Tampa. Pride Fund Executive Director Jason Lindsay will meet with Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, during her Tampa stop. After the gay-hating, ISIS-pledging madman Omar Mateen shot up Orlando’s popular gay nightclub Pulse on June 12, killing 49 and wounding 53, the political…

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Bill Nelson is convinced Pulse shooter was mostly ISIS-inspired, not hate-inspired

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Friday that after consulting top FBI officials, he’s convinced that ISIS — more than a hatred of gays — is what inspired the shooter to kill 49 people in Orlando’s popular gay nightclub. Nelson said the motivations likely are a combination, but said the FBI convinced him that Omar Mateen‘s internet search history and other activities in the weeks leading up to the June 12 Pulse massacre suggest a growing obsession with ISIS. “This is…

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Alan Grayson introduces assault weapon ban bill

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Undeterred by the fact that every other gun bill considered in the past three weeks has been shot down, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson introduced another Friday, seeking to reinstitute the assault weapon ban that was in place from 1994-2004. Grayson, the Orlando Democrat running for the U.S. Senate seat in Florida, said he would push the bill the way he’s pushed another legislation he was able to pass, meeting with individual members of Congress to appeal to them one-on-one, following the…

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Jac VerSteeg: How Marco Rubio might get Hillary Clinton elected

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Marco Rubio says he decided to run for reelection because it will be imperative to have people like him in the U.S. Senate if Hillary Clinton is elected president. “There’s [a] role for the Senate that could end up being its most important in the years to come: The Constitutional power to act as a check and balance on the excesses of a president.” But it is worth asking: Does Rubio’s decision to run make it more likely that Clinton…

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Loretta Lynch brings pledge of support, few new answers

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch expressed strong confidence in Orlando Tuesday that investigators will determine pretty clearly why Omar Mateen walked into a joyful nightclub and killed as many people as he could. Lynch had few answers in hand about the biggest horror and saddest day in Orlando’s history, Mateen’s June 12 post-midnight attack on the popular gay nightclub Pulse that killed 49 and wounded 53. Yet she tried to offer assurances that federal officials, working with local and state…

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