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Latest on the Orlando Shooting, Gun Control Spotlighted Again, Supreme Court Rules on Puerto Rico Debt Restructuring: P.M. Links
  • Orlando victimsThe latest info on the Orlando shooting: The police have detailed how the attack went down and their responses; more names of victims of the shooting have been released; a former co-worker of shooter Omar Mateen says the guy was a crazy nutjob; and President Barack Obama and the FBI say that, despite Mateen declaring allegiance to the Islamic State during the attack, there’s no clear evidence that ISIS actually directed his actions.
  • Democrats are again going to try to use terrorist watch lists (which are bureaucratically controlled) to try to restrict individual gun rights on the basis of just suspicion rather than actual conviction of crimes, or even charges. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) seems to think due process is some sort of “loophole,” a nice reminder of how awful she is.
  • Police are trying to figure out the deal with the guy who brought a bunch of weapons and ammo in his vehicle to Los Angeles’ weekend gay pride events, but it seems increasingly likely that he was not planning an attack as had been previously reported by police.
  • The Supreme Court declined to hear a case from a group of American Samoans who want to be granted birthright citizenship for being born in a U.S. territory.
  • The Supreme Court also ruled, 5-2, that Puerto Rico cannot restructure its debts to public utilities to help ease its financial crisis.
  • Microsoft bought LinkedIn, the job-related social media site that you joined and still quite aren’t sure why, for $26 billion.

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Orlando gives voice to gay conservatives: Denounce Islamic bigotry, not the 2nd Amendment

The tragic mass shooting in Orlando over the weekend has the usual suspects blaming the firearm used in the attack rather than the unhinged, bigoted Islamist who carried it out. But the heinous attack is also shining light on LGBTQ 2nd Amendment supporters, who say hate crimes like this show why American minorities should cherish the right to bear arms.

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Why 2016 Could Be the Year of Gary Johnson

Gary JohnsonGiven the extreme awfulness of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the Libertarian Party might be having its moment after all.

In an op-ed for U.S. News and World Report, I make the case for 2016 as the Year of Gary Johnson:

In the coming days and months, Trump will continue to call Clinton a “crooked” politician with no moral compass. Clinton will call Trump mentally unstable and dangerous. They will both be correct. And Americans will be wishing for, and possibly actually looking for, alternatives.

Given this reality, it’s not surprising that Johnson is already drumming up much more interest than when he ran in 2012. While Johnson probably can’t win the White House, if he earns 5 percent of the total vote – he got 1 percent in 2012 – the Libertarian Party could qualify for public campaign financing in the next election cycle. And the more people who express a desire to vote for Johnson, the closer he’ll get to being included in the main television presidential debates this fall. Being on the main debate stage would dramatically boost Johnson’s recognition and be a game-changer for the Libertarian Party, presenting it as a viable third-party alternative to Democrats and Republicans and distributing its messages to millions of Americans who know little or nothing about the party. Johnson needs to show support from at least 15 percent of Americans in key polls to get on the debate stage. He hit 12 percent in the latest national Fox News poll.

Read the full thing here.

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