Wiretap: Why the FBI couldn’t stop Omar Mateen

Case closed

The FBI is currently investigating as many as 1,000 cases of potential “homegrown violent extremists,” writes The New York Times. The question, in the aftermath of the Orlando terror attack, is what the FBI, if anything, could have done to stop Omar Mateen.

Surviving guilt

A survivor of the Orlando shooting: “The guilt of being alive is heavy.” Via The Washington Post.

Too far

It wasn’t just President Obama and Hillary Clinton who were condemning Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric. It was also, once again, a number of top Republicans — some of whom were also questioning Trump’s suggestion that Obama was sympathetic to terrorists. Via The Washington Post.

Lashing out

Trump’s response: Obama was more angry at me than he was at the Orlando shooter. Via Politico.

Party paranoia

On Trump’s United States of Conspiracy: How Trump (with help) took conspiracy theories to the Republican mainstream. Via The New Republic.

All talk

No one wants gun massacres to be easy and common. So why don’t we do anything about access to the kinds of guns that allow one person to kill 49 others? Via The New Yorker.

What problem?

The National Review opposes a new ban on assault rifles, arguing instead that we don’t have a gun control problem but rather a “spiritual crisis belonging to an age of nihilism.”

Sandy Hook suit

The Newtown families’ long-shot lawsuit against the maker of the AR-15 has made surprising progress. Via The New York Times.

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