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A senator from Connecticut staged an epic filibuster to force votes on two gun control measures. But they both failed before. Will they succeed this time? Allison Hollender breaks it down for you in today's Big Story, and Dana Brown has the other top 10 stories of the day for you below.

Person of the Day

This British lawmaker and mother was murdered on the street

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Jo Cox. (Wikimedia Commons)

So this is completely horrible in every way: A British Member of Parliament named Jo Cox died today after a man shot, stabbed, and kicked her after a constituents' meeting. Witnesses reported that he shouted "Britain first," the name of a far-right political party, while attacking Cox.

Who was Jo Cox?

She represented a portion of Yorkshire in the British Parliament.

Cox was only 41 and was the mother of 2 children, ages 3 and 5.

She was a member of the Labour Party, which is moderately leftist. She's been campaigning against the UK leaving the EU, AKA the Brexit, which Brits are voting on next week.

What happened?

Most reports say that the man waited for and attacked her, although there are some accounts of Cox getting "involved in an altercation between two men."

The police arrested her alleged attacker, a 52-year-old man. The suspect hasn't been officially identified, but locals say his name is Thomas Mair. Two other people were hurt in the attack, according to the police, and a full investigation is still ongoing.

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was herself shot by a constituent in 2011, expressed horror and sympathy.

What is Britain First?

Britain First is a far-right party that favors leaving the EU. Oh, and they just threatened the new London Mayor Sadiq Khan with "direct action" because he's a Muslim, saying:

"Britain First now considers all Muslim elected officials as 'occupiers' and will start to oppose their strategy of entryism and take-over of our political system."

Quote of the Day

Senator John McCain basically blamed President Obama for Orlando

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Senator John McCain, pointing fingers at President Obama. (Zach Frailey (Uprooted Photographer)/Flickr)

Senator John McCain just said that President Barack Obama was "directly responsible" for the Orlando shooting.

But then ... he pulled back. Kinda sorta.

First, McCain said that the blame for the shooting "lies with President Obama and his failed policies," blaming the massacre on Obama's decision to pull out of Iraq:

"[W]hen he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al-Qaida went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama's failures, utter failures, by pulling everybody out of Iraq."

But later McCain, who ran for president against Barack Obama in 2008, issued a statement saying that no, he didn't mean Obama was personally responsible.

He still blames the formation of ISIS on Obama's policies, though.

Meanwhile, McCain is facing a tough race for re-election as a US senator from Arizona.

Image of the Day

Here are Obama and Biden mourning the shooting victims in Orlando

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited Orlando to meet survivors of the mass shooting there, as well as families of the victims.

Florida Governor Rick Scott and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer joined them to remember the victims.

In the wake of the shooting, President Obama--along with many other Democrats--has called for increased gun control.

Number of the Day

Democrats want another $41 million to fight hate crimes

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A demonstration over an anti-gay hate crime committed in New York City in 2013. (Michael Fleshman/Flickr)

In the wake of the Orlando shooting, three Democratic senators are introducing legislation to add $41 million to the Department of Justice's budget for investigating hate crimes.

- $30 million would go to the Civil Rights Division, allowing them to hire 100 more attorneys to investigate civil rights cases and hate crimes.

- $11 million would go to Community Relations Service programs to help officials reduce bias.

The Orlando shooter targeted LGBTQ people at a popular gay club.

The senators sponsoring the amendments in question are Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, and Barbara Mikulski of Maryland.

Place of the Day

Check out the new Shanghai Disneyland

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The Red Queen sneers at you in Shanghai Disneyland. (LIU XIAOXUE*/Flickr)

If you find yourself in Shanghai, you might want to swing by the first Disney park in mainland China. Oh hai, Shanghai Disneyland.

And it's enormous.

This new park is going to be busy, with at least 15 million visitors a year and could bring in as many as 50 million people a year. (Orlando's Disney World attracts about 20 million people a year, BTW.) 44% of people asked said they intended to visit within a year.

The Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong Disneylands haven't made a profit in 6 of the last 10 years, so Disney is hoping this move will boost its brand.

Shanghai Disneyland is already attracting some big names, including Facebook's second in command, Sheryl Sandberg.

Word of the Day

The black box from the crashed EgyptAir flight was just found

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Cockpit voice recorders are often called black boxes, but they're not actually black. (Elsie esq./Flickr)

Remember the EgyptAir plane that went down last month on the way from Paris to Cairo?

Investigators just found the plane's cockpit voice recorder, and the most important part--the memory unit--is still intact.

They're still hoping to locate the other black box, the flight-data recorder. It's predicted to run out of power to broadcast emergency signals by June 24th, so it's a race against time.

The voice recorder has to be dried out and carefully transcribed before officials release any information about what's on it. But they're optimistic that the recorder will help determine whether the plane went down due to human error, technical issues, or a terrorist attack. So far, there's evidence of smoke in the plane but not much else.

Sixty-six people died on flight MS804.

Video of the Day

Anderson Cooper is being a human being in his Orlando coverage

Most TV news anchors and reporters try to stay as neutral as possible, but in the wake of the horrific Orlando shooting that targeted LGBTQs at a nightclub, CNN's Anderson Cooper is doing the opposite.

He got emotional remembering the victims.

And he has physically embraced victims' families.

And in a clip that went viral, Cooper doggedly questioned Florida's attorney general about accusations that she's a hypocrite when it comes to LGBTQs.

She thought the segment was unfair.

But Cooper defended his approach.

Some are applauding Cooper, while others are criticizing him.

Is he just doing his job holding officials' feet to the fire? Or is he engaging in unfair activism?

Tweet of the Day

Here’s how Donald Trump got the nickname ‘Cheeto Jesus’

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Mmm, Cheetos. (gfred/Flickr)

The presidential candidate usually known as Donald Trump has a new nickname: "Cheeto Jesus."

Rick Wilson, a Republican consultant and #NeverTrump leader, coined the term in a crude Twitter rant against Trump.

And, of course, the Internet went wild.

Controversy of the Day

Republicans blocked LGBTQ anti-discrimination legislation right after Orlando

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Last year the country got universal marriage equality, but LGBTQs still face a lot of discrimination. (tedeytan/Flickr)

So Democratic lawmakers called for action on gun control after the Orlando shooting. One senator even staged an epic filibuster to force a vote on two measures.

Meanwhile, House Republicans just blocked an amendment that would make it illegal for federal contractors to discriminate against LGBTQ employees.

Actually, they refused to even allow a vote on the amendment, which its sponsor, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) pointed out would be really well-timed right now:

"It’s hard to imagine that any act that is so horrific could lead to anything positive. But if we were going to do anything, it would be a very positive step to say that discrimination has no place in our law."

The House Rules Committee did not allow the amendment to proceed to a full House vote, even though it actually had quite a bit of Republican support--and two Republican co-sponsors.

Issue of the Day

Actually, coffee might protect you from cancer

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Sorry, apples. A coffee a day could keep the doctor away. (duncan/Flickr)

OK, this is another story about how a new study says Food Item X is actually good for you in unexpected ways.

It's coffee this time. Don't be bitter, tea-drinkers (pun intended).

Regularly drinking coffee may protect against at least two types of cancer.

This comes from the World Health Organization's panel of experts, who previously told us coffee was linked to bladder cancer. But now they've ruled out coffee consumption as a risk factor for several kinds of cancer and say it might actually help prevent uterine and liver cancers. So coffee doesn't give you cancer--it prevents it.

Coffee is absolutely positively magic. Because it also seems to help prevent other medical problems, like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The one caveat: drinking your coffee--or anything else--very hot (like, above 149 degrees Fahrenheit) may still increase your risk of esophageal cancer. So, let your drinks cool down a little.

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Dana Brown

Dana is a freelance writer from Florida, the state that winter forgot. She likes video games, cats, fantasy novels, and complaining about the weather. Follow her on Twitter for intermittent whining about the First Amendment.

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