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8:25 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 …
Discussion: The Last Tradition
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.
Manchester Arena blast: 19 dead and about 50 hurt  —  Nineteen people have been killed and about 50 injured in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena.  —  Police were called to reports of an explosion at the venue at about 22:35 BST following a pop concert by the US singer Ariana Grande.
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.
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Fox News staffers ‘disgusted’ at network's promotion of Seth Rich conspiracy theory
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Palestinians welcome Trump's talk of peace but offer lessons in two-state demands  —  BETHLEHEM, West Bank — President Trump traveled to this West Bank city Tuesday to say he would do “everything I can” to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, even as he confronted seemingly …
Discussion: The Week
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump's foreign trip, day 4: Highlights and schedule
Discussion: Politico
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Trump Admin Declares Jerusalem Part of Israel in Major Policy Shift
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
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.
Annie Karni / Politico:
Trump promises solidarity with U.K. against ‘evil loser’ terrorists  —  JERUSALEM — President Donald Trump on Tuesday called the suspected terrorist who killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester an “evil loser” and said he stands in “absolute solidarity” with victims in the United Kingdom.
Discussion: Axios
Karma Allen / ABC News:
Trump calls out ‘evil losers’ behind deadly Manchester blast
Discussion: Axios
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.
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
Trump budget seeks huge cuts to disease prevention and medical research departments
Discussion: Slate and Daily Wire
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 and AOL
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
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 …
Amy Howe / SCOTUSblog:
Opinion analysis: Court strikes down N.C. districts in racial gerrymandering challenge  —  Two North Carolina congressional districts, District 1 and District 12, have - as Justice Elena Kagan observed today - “quite the history before” the Supreme Court.  In the last 25 years …
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Supreme Court strikes down NC districts as illegally based on race
Monica Lewinsky / New York Times:
Roger Ailes's Dream Was My Nightmare  —  This is not another obituary for Roger Ailes, who died last week a year after being ousted at Fox News.  It is, I hope, instead an obituary for the culture he purveyed — a culture that affected me profoundly and personally.
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
Washington Post:
Trump close to choosing outside counsel for Russia investigation  —  President Trump is moving rapidly toward assembling outside counsel to help him navigate the investigations into his campaign and Russian interference in last year's election, and in recent days he and his advisers …
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
A belligerent man in a Trump hat was kicked off a flight as a crowd chanted: ‘Lock him up!’  —  Like some bizarre parody of a Trump rally, a belligerent man in a “Make America Great Again” hat was booted off a plane in Shanghai Sunday — defiantly waving as a crowd of passengers jeered in the terminal: “Lock him up!
Ben Farmer / Telegraph:
British Jihadi brides return home after being widowed or sent back by husbands preparing last Isil stand  —  British jihadi brides are returning home after being widowed, or being sent away by husbands preparing to make a final stand with the Islamic State group.
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Zack Snyder Steps Down From ‘Justice League’ to Deal With Family Tragedy  —  The filmmaker's daughter died by suicide in March, prompting him to take a break from work and hire Joss Whedon to finish the Warner Bros. superhero pic: “I've decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family …
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Alexander Acosta / Wall Street Journal:
Deregulators Must Follow the Law, So Regulators Will Too
Discussion: CNBC and Reuters
Eric Garcia / Roll Call:
Michigan Businesswoman to Challenge Stabenow
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
DNC reports worst April of fundraising since 2009
Rachel Stoltzfoos / The Daily Caller:
MSNBC Ruthlessly Cuts To Trump Coverage As Manchester Victims Scream In Background [VIDEO]
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jerome Hudson / Breitbart:
Clint Eastwood Warns Political Correctness ‘Killing’ Country: 'We've Lost Our Sense of Humor'
Department of Homeland Security:
Secretary Kelly's Statement on the Limited Extension of Haiti's Designation for Temporary Protected Status
Discussion: New York Times and Front page feed
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
CNN's Zakaria: ‘Obama could have given’ Trump's Saudi speech
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Griswold / Washington Free Beacon:
Reporters Fall for Fake Document of Trump Making Absurd Demands in Israel
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and RT
Casey Tolan / Mercury News:
Feds approve $647 million grant for Caltrain electrification project
Discussion: Engadget
Joe Otterson / Variety:
MSNBC Reaches No. 1 for First Time in Weekly Primetime Ratings, Fox News Drops to Third
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Sessions' Senate testimony canceled this week
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Tomi Lahren lands job with a pro-Trump Great America Alliance
Angela Hart / Sacramento Bee:
California Democrats flip off Donald Trump
Discussion: Washington Post, Hot Air and Mediaite
Dennis Romboy / Deseret News:
Frustrated Utah Republicans, Democrats form new centrist political party
Discussion: Political Wire