The Latest: Gawker posts anti-Trump playbook; is it DNC's?

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Posted: Jun 15, 2016 9:35 PM
The Latest: Gawker posts anti-Trump playbook; is it DNC's?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 (all times Eastern):

9:20 p.m.

The website Gawker has published what it says appears to be the Democratic National Committee's anti-Donald Trump playbook, which was accessed by hackers in a data breach.

The 200-plus-page document is largely a compilation of Trump's past statements and aims to paint the presumptive GOP nominee as a divisive liar and bad businessman.

People familiar with the breach say sophisticated hackers linked to Russian intelligence services broke into the DNC's computer networks and gained access to confidential emails, chats and opposition research on the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

The DNC would not confirm Wednesday that it had produced the document posted by Gawker.

Trump is accusing the DNC of inventing the "hack" to provide a distraction from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's issues.

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5:00 p.m.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who grew weary of being asked whether he would vote for Donald Trump as president, says he doesn't plan to vote for his party's presumptive presidential nominee.

The Republican governor visited to Prince George's County on Wednesday to meeting with elected officials, tour business and talk with constituents.

The Washington Post reports that during the visit, he was asked if he would vote for Trump.

"No, I don't plan to," Hogan said. The governor said he's not sure who he will vote for.

Hogan has made no secret of his disdain for Trump, and has said he won't attend next month's Republican National Convention.

Hogan is a Republican governor in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1.

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2:30 p.m.

Republican Donald Trump has a message to his fellow Republicans: I'm happy to go it alone.

The presumptive GOP nominee told a rally crowd in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday afternoon that Republicans can "either stick together or let me just do it by myself."

And he predicted that he can do it "very nicely' alone.

Trump has faced growing backlash from many in his party over various proposals, including his call to temporarily bar foreign Muslims from entering the country.

But Trump brushed off that criticism, insisting his approach will win in November.

He said, "I think you're going to have a very good result. I think we'll be very happy. I'll run as a Republican."

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2:05 p.m.

Republican Donald Trump has been interrupted repeatedly by protesters while holding a rally in Atlanta.

The presumptive GOP nominee for president is delivering one of his signature speeches at the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

Numerous individuals have been escorted out by Trump security staffers and police after interrupting.

One of the protesters had shouted: "You lie!"

Trump urged his supporters not to harm the disruptors, saying: "We even have to love our protesters."

Trump also noted how polarizing his candidacy has become.

"My problem is they love me or they hate me," Trump said.

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1:55 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is continuing to frame Donald Trump as unfit to be commander-in-chief in an era of international unrest.

The presumptive Democratic nominee said at a Virginia campaign event Wednesday that Trump's proposals, particularly his call to block non-citizen Muslims from entering the United States, proves he's "temperamentally unfit" for the presidency. She said the Republicans' ideas are "dangerous" and would make Americans less safe by damaging U.S. partnerships within the Muslim community.

"Not one of Donald Trump's reckless ideas" would have prevented the Sunday massacre at a gay night club in Orlando. As he killed at least 49 people, shooter Omar Mateen, pledged loyalty to several militant Islamic groups, including camps that oppose one another.

Clinton said anti-immigrant policies would not keep people like Mateen, an American citizen, from becoming radicalized. And she noted Mateen was born in Queens, New York, "only miles from where Donald Trump himself was born."

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1:50 p.m.

Republican Donald Trump is again warning of the dangers of Islamic extremism in the wake of the Orlando attack.

The presumptive GOP nominee told supporters at a Wednesday rally in Atlanta that the United States is taking in thousands of refugees when they "don't think like us" and we don't know "who the hell they are." He's renewing his call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants.

Trump also said authorities need to "respectfully" surveille mosques.

Without specifically mentioning Muslims, he also repeated his claim that some people are "not reporting" others who pose a risk.

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10:00 a.m.

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump says he will be meeting with the National Rifle Association to discuss ways to block people on terrorism watch lists or no fly lists from buying guns.

Trump announced the meeting via a tweet Wednesday, without providing any details on the time or place. The meeting follows a mass shooting in Orlando in which the gunman, Omar Mateen, had been on the government's terrorist watch list for 10 months before being removed.

The NRA endorsed Trump last month. The nonprofit group advocates for gun rights.

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3:00 a.m.

The raw, boisterous Donald Trump who stormed to victory in the Republican primary season has been seen more frequently in the days since a gunman killed 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

And since the Orlando shooting rampage early Sunday, there's been no sign of the more measured Trump who politely celebrated on the final night of the GOP campaign season.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said Tuesday that "we cannot continue to be politically correct."