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5:05 PM ET, May 23, 2017

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Fox News:
Statement on coverage of Seth Rich murder investigation  —  On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich.  The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting.
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Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Seth Rich's brother pleads with Hannity to stop spreading conspiracy theory  —  July 2016: DNC staffer Seth Rich fatally shot  —  The brother of slain Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich wrote a letter on Tuesday to the executive producer of Sean Hannity's Fox News show pleading with him to find …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Seth Rich lie, and how the corrosion of reality should worry every American  —  For lies to successfully masquerade as news, they need help.  They need accessories to the crime against truth.  —  In two ways that have the power to shock, even in this almost shockproof era, lies are getting plenty of help.
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:   Fox News removes false story on Seth Rich's murder — six days after it was debunked
One America News Network:
The Mysterious Death Of Seth Rich
Discussion: Daily Wire
Martin Evans / Telegraph:
Salman Abedi named as the Manchester suicide bomber - what we know about him  —  The suicide bomber who killed 22 people and injured dozens more at the Manchester Arena has been named as 22-year-old Salman Abedi.  —  Born in Manchester in 1994, the second youngest of four children his parents …
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New York Times:
Salman Abedi, 22, Is Identified as Manchester Arena Bomber  —  MANCHESTER, England — A 22-year-old British man whose parents had emigrated from Libya was identified by the police on Tuesday as the bomber who carried out Britain's deadliest terrorist attack since 2005, an explosion …
CBS News:
Latest on investigation into Manchester concert bombing  —  LONDON — CBS News confirmed Tuesday that the man who blew himself up the previous night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, was 23-year-old Salman Abedi, who was known to British authorities prior to the attack.
CNBC:
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.
Morrissey Official:
Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Daily Mail:
Manchester concert suicide bomber is named
Discussion: RedState and Geller Report
Telegraph:
Manchester terror attack: Everything we know so far
Joshua Taylor / Mirror.co.uk:
VIDEO UNAVAILABLE  —  A sick video has surfaced online showing …
Discussion: Daily Wire
New York Times:   In Manchester, a Loud Bang, Silence, Then ‘Loads of Girls Screaming’
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Budget Based on $2 Trillion Math Error [Updated]  —  One of the ways Donald Trump's budget claims to balance the budget over a decade, without cutting defense or retirement spending, is to assume a $2 trillion increase in revenue through economic growth.  This is the magic of the still-to-be-designed Trump tax cuts.
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Lawrence H. Summers / Washington Post:
Larry Summers: Trump's budget is simply ludicrous  —  Details of President Trump's first budget have now been released.  Much can and will be said about the dire social consequences of what is in it and the ludicrously optimistic economic assumptions it embodies.
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Trump's budget proposal slashes spending by $3.6 trillion over 10 years
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham: Trump's State Department budget could cause ‘a lot of Benghazis’
Discussion: Mediaite
Katie Jennings / Politico:
MacArthur resigns as co-chairman of ‘clearly divided’ Tuesday Group  —  Rep. Tom MacArthur resigned Tuesday as co-chairman of the caucus of GOP moderates known as the Tuesday Group in the wake of deep divisions among its members over the House Obamacare replacement bill he helped craft.
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
It's Time to Worry about Health Care in the Senate
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Sharon Begley / STAT:
Trump wasn't always so linguistically challenged.  What could explain the change?  —  t was the kind of utterance that makes professional transcribers question their career choice:  —  “ ... there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself — and the Russians, zero.”
Discussion: The Week and Unfogged
Austin Wright / Politico:
Brennan: Russia may have successfully recruited Trump campaign aides  —  Former CIA Director John Brennan said on Tuesday that he had concerns that Russian officials may have successfully recruited aides from Donald Trump's campaign to help in the Kremlin's efforts to influence last year's presidential election.
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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA director warned Russian security service chief about interference in election
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Republicans Focus on Protecting Trump at Russia Hearing
Discussion: Daily Kos
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
Ex-CIA head: Intel showed contacts between Russians and Trump team
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
Susan Page / USA Today:
Al Franken, comedian-turned-senator, takes on Donald Trump, TV-star-turned-president  —  WASHINGTON — For Al Franken, it's finally safe to be funny again just at a moment all the news around him has taken a decidedly unfunny turn.  —  The two-term Minnesota senator and one-time Saturday Night Live comedian …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
patribotics:
EXCLUSIVE: Marshal of the Supreme Court Warned Trump over ‘Muslim Ban’  —  Multiple sources confirm that Pamela Talkin, Marshal of the Supreme Court, was dispatched to the White House by Chief Justice Roberts last Friday.  The decision to send her was taken, sources say, when White House Counsel …
Rafael Olmeda / Sun-Sentinel:
Margate man acquitted in murder case after oral-sex defense  —  Richard Henry Patterson, the Margate man accused of choking his girlfriend to death in 2015 and leaving her body to decompose for two days before hiring a defense lawyer instead of calling the police, was found not guilty Monday of murder.
Discussion: IJR, New York Post and The Daily Caller
CNN:
Sheriff David Clarke says he's unsure if Trump administration will still hire him after plagiarism report  —  Sheriff Clarke plagiarized parts of thesis  — “This is about weakening, like I said, the support that I give and that I have with President Donald Trump and Secretary Kelly …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
While You Were Watching Trump, The Democratic Party Changed  —  Donald Trump has already changed the Democratic Party more than his own Republican Party.  —  While the president has merely reduced his own party into a panicked mess, the Democrats' trajectory seems to have moved subtly …
Alec MacGillis / New York Times:
Jared Kushner's Other Real Estate Empire  —  Baltimore-area renters complain about a property owner they say is neglectful and litigious.  Few know their landlord is the president's son-in-law.  —  The townhouse on High Seas Court in the Cove Village development, in the Baltimore suburb of Essex …
Discussion: Fusion
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
GOP Senator Slams His Party's Process For Crafting Health Care Bill  —  No experts in the room.  No public hearings.  No media analysis.  “Those are all informative, right?”  —  WASHINGTON Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday unexpectedly torched his party's process for crafting an Obamacare repeal bill behind closed doors.
 
 
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Chris Isidore / CNNMoney:
Carrier plant that Trump helped save will cut 300 jobs right before Christmas
Discussion: Politicus USA
Colin Wilhelm / Politico:
Mnuchin pans central pillar of House tax reform plan
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Ben Collins / The Daily Beast:
Manchester Death Hoax Makes It All the Way to Fox News
Discussion: Raw Story and RedState
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
House GOP fight delays Dodd-Frank repeal
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael Wolff / Hollywood Reporter:
Michael Wolff at Roger Ailes' Funeral: Loyalists Celebrate in an “Act of Defiance”
Discussion: RedState and The Week
BBC:
Sir Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dies aged 89
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump's Balanced Budget Goal Rests on Questionable Math
Discussion: IJR and Axios
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