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5:05 AM ET, May 23, 2017


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Adam Entous / Washington Post:
Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence  —  President Trump asked two of the nation's top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign …
Trump asked DNI, NSA to deny evidence of Russia collusion  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump called two top intelligence community figures to request that they deny in public any evidence of collusion between his campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election …
Austin Wright / Politico:
Chaffetz postpones Wednesday hearing after speaking with Comey  —  House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz on Monday said he will postpone a hearing scheduled for Wednesday after speaking with former FBI Director James Comey, who had been invited to testify.  —  “Spoke with Comey.
New York Times:
Michael Flynn Misled Pentagon About Russia Ties, Letter Says  —  WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, misled Pentagon investigators about his income from companies in Russia and contacts with officials there when he applied for a renewal …
First on CNN: Mueller briefed on secret Comey memos, source says  —  Special counsel to lead Russia investigation  —  (CNN)Robert Mueller — the former FBI director now overseeing the Department of Justice's investigation into Russia's election-year meddling and contact with the Trump campaign …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:   Sessions' Senate testimony canceled this week
New York Times:
Ariana Grande Manchester Concert Ends in Explosion, Panic and Death  —  MANCHESTER, England — An explosion that may have been a suicide bombing killed at least 19 people on Monday night and wounded 59 others at an Ariana Grande concert filled with adoring adolescent fans, in what the police were treating as a terrorist attack.
19 dead in possible suicide blast at Ariana Grande UK concert  —  At least 19 people were killed and about 50 others were injured in a suspected suicide bombing Monday night after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England, authorities said.  —  Greater Manchester Police said the incident was being treated as terrorism.
The Guardian:
Manchester Arena: police confirm 19 dead after explosion at Ariana Grande concert - latest updates
Rachel Roberts / The Independent:
Manchester explosions: 19 confirmed dead and 50 injured following Ariana Grande concert
Kevin Rawlinson / The Guardian:
Police report fatalities after explosion at Manchester Arena
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Staffers ‘Embarrassed’ by Hannity's Conspiracy Theory Crusade … Fox News staffers are growing increasingly dismayed as network star Sean Hannity and others continue to promote the unfounded conspiracy theory that Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee staffer was murdered last year for talking to WikiLeaks.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
How One Pro-Trump Site Keeps A Debunked Conspiracy Theory Alive  —  The top story on pro-Trump media last week was a conspiracy about a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer and his alleged connection to WikiLeaks.  —  A typical Gateway Pundit headline.
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
What a Conservative Sees From Inside Trump's Washington  —  Republicans wish all that bad news was fake.  But no, it's real: The administration is destroying itself.  —  The conservative voters who elected Donald Trump seem to feel especially betrayed when those who document his failures and violations are fellow conservatives.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Key Senate Republican offers dim outlook for Trump budget  —  (R-Texas) warned on Monday that President Trump's budget may be a non-stater on Capitol Hill, noting lawmakers routinely craft their own legislation.  —  Cornyn made the comment after he was asked whether a proposed cut to Medicaid in Trump's budget was too steep.
Discussion: ABC News and Politicus USA
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:   Trump budget seeks huge cuts to disease prevention and medical research departments
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:   Trump's Budget Cuts Deeply Into Medicaid and Anti-Poverty Efforts
Rick Hasen /
Breaking and Analysis: Supreme Court on 5-3 Vote Affirms NC Racial Gerrymandering Case, with Thomas in Majority and Roberts in Dissent  —  The Supreme Court has issued this 5-3 opinion in Cooper v. Harris.  Justice Kagan wrote the opinion for the Court, with Justice Thomas making the fifth vote for affirmance.
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Chris Christie: I warned Trump about Flynn  —  Source: Michael Flynn to plead the Fifth  —  Washington (CNN)New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Monday that if it were up to him, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn never would have had a White House job.  —  After ending his own presidential bid …
Angela Hart / Sacramento Bee:
The price tag on universal health care is in, and it's bigger than California's budget  —  It would cost $400 billion per year to remake California's health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal heath care system, according to a state financial analysis released Monday.
Dylan Scott / Vox:
California's single-payer plan costs $400 billion — twice the state's entire budget
Discussion: MattBruenig and Los Angeles Times
Anushay Hossain / CNN:
The ugly truth behind Saudi Arabia's love for Melania Trump  —  Anushay Hossain is a writer and media personality based in Washington.  For more, visit  The views expressed are her own.  —  (CNN)Donald Trump's first major trip overseas may be fraught with diplomatic land mines …
Discussion: Raw Story, AOL and Fox News Insider
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Trump Admin Declares Jerusalem Part of Israel in Major Policy Shift  —  After weeks of confused answers, Trump admin breaks from decades of U.S. policy to back Israel  —  The Trump administration declared the president is in “Jerusalem, Israel,” on Monday for a series of meetings with Israeli officials …
Discussion: Geller Report
Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
The President Just Told a Room of Israelis That He “Just Got Back From the Middle East”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump eyeing Lewandowski, Bossie as crisis managers  —  The White House is looking to wall off the scandals threatening to overtake the president's agenda by building a separate crisis management operation.  —  President Donald Trump personally reached out to two of his former campaign aides …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Joe Otterson / Variety:
MSNBC Reaches No. 1 for First Time in Weekly Primetime Ratings, Fox News Drops to Third  —  For the first time in its history, MSNBC ranked number one in both total viewers and the key adults 25-54 demographic during primetime for a full week among the big three cable news networks, according to Nielsen data.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
For 1st Time in 17 Years, Fox News Was 3rd in Prime Time Demo
Discussion: Mashable
Sbrown / globaldevelopment:
What the Mariel Boatlift of Cuban Refugees Can Teach Us about the Economics of Immigration: An Explainer and a Revelation  —  Do immigrants from poor countries hurt native workers?  A study by an influential immigration economist at Harvard University recently found that a famous flood …
Discussion: Equitable Growth
Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa, scientists find  —  The history of human evolution has been rewritten after scientists discovered that Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa.  —  Currently, most experts believe that our human lineage split from apes around seven million years ago …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
CNN's Zakaria: ‘Obama could have given’ Trump's Saudi speech
Alex Griswold / Washington Free Beacon:
Reporters Fall for Fake Document of Trump Making Absurd Demands in Israel
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and RT
John Patterson / The Guardian:
Rich man's world? How ageism caught up with middle-aged movie men
Casey Tolan / Mercury News:
Feds approve $647 million grant for Caltrain electrification project
Discussion: Engadget
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Tomi Lahren lands job with a pro-Trump Great America Alliance
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Dennis Romboy / Deseret News:
Frustrated Utah Republicans, Democrats form new centrist political party
Discussion: Political Wire
Trump's casino was a money laundering concern shortly after it opened