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12:25 PM ET, May 23, 2017

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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.
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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.
New York Times:
ISIS Claims Responsibility for Manchester Concert Attack; 22 Are Dead  —  MANCHESTER, England — The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a bombing at Manchester Arena, the deadliest terrorist assault in Britain since 2005, as the death toll rose to 22.
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.
BuzzFeed:
Here Is All The Fake News About The Manchester Terror Attack  —  A terror attack has claimed the lives of at least 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.  Here are the claims you shouldn't believe about the incident.  —  BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia
Discussion: Washington Post, The Verge and Mashable
Telegraph:
Manchester terror attack: Everything we know so far
Reuters:
Manchester suicide attack lays bare limits of security measures
Discussion: Infowars
The Guardian:
Second Manchester bomb victim named as eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos
Chloe Chaplain / London Evening Standard:
Manchester attack: First victim of suicide bomber named as teenager Georgina Callander
CNN:   Manchester Arena attack: ISIS claims blast that killed 22 at Ariana Grande concert
Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:
US intelligence chief: No confirmation ISIS responsible for Manchester attack
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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Shane Savitsky / Axios:
Coats: I can't comment on my discussions with Trump  —  Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning that he doesn't “feel it's appropriate to characterize [his] discussions with the president” after being asked about yesterday's reports …
Discussion: ABC News
Jeremy Herb / CNN:   Coats not commenting on report Trump asked him to deny evidence of Russia collusion
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.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Budget Based on $2 Trillion Math Error  —  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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Key Senate Republican offers dim outlook for Trump budget
Bloomberg:
Trump's $3.6 Trillion Budget Cuts Hit His Own Supporters Hard
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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.
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Axios and The Week
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Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
Ex-CIA head: Intel showed contacts between Russians and Trump team
Discussion: Mediaite
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!
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 …
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.
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Bruce Stokes / Pew Research Center:
NATO's Image Improves on Both Sides of Atlantic  —  European faith in American military support largely unchanged  —  In both North America and Europe, views of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have generally improved over the past year.  Today, roughly six-in-ten Americans hold …
Discussion: NPR
Tegna / WXIA-TV:
Exclusive 11Alive poll: Ossoff leads 51% to Handel's 44% … One month from tomorrow, voters in the battleground 6th district will choose the next U.S. Representative from Georgia.  In a new 11Alive exclusive poll conducted by Survey USA, Democrat Jon Ossoff leads the race 51 percent, compared to Karen Handel's 44 percent.
Betsy Klein / CNN:
First lady's hand swat a viral sensation  —  (CNN)Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, rolled out the red carpet for President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at Ben Gurion International Airport Monday morning, but one moment stood out: a flick of the wrist seen 'round the world.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
FEC member urges escalated Trump-Russia inquiry  —  A member of the Federal Election Commission is calling on the agency to investigate whether Russian agents paid for Facebook ads to spread damaging stories about Hillary Clinton ahead of last fall's presidential election.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Cate Cadell / Reuters:
Google AI beats Chinese master in ancient game of Go  —  A Google artificial intelligence program defeated a Chinese grand master at the ancient board game Go on Tuesday, a major feather in the cap for the firm's AI ambitions as it looks to woo Beijing to gain re-entry into the country.
Bloomberg:
Trump Proposes Selling Off Half the U.S. Strategic Oil Reserve  —  U.S. stockpile contains 687.7 million barrels of crude  —  Proposal Includes Alaska Oil Leasing, Gulf Royalties Repeal  —  The White House plan to trim the national debt includes selling off half of the nation's emergency oil stockpile …
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.
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 …
Sarah Gantz / Baltimore Sun:
Riverside rowhome accidentally knocked down  —  A building was accidentally demolished on the 200 block of E. Fort Avenue.  (Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun video)  —  City contractors accidentally knocked down a Riverside rowhouse Sunday as they attempted an emergency demolition on a property with a shared wall.
Discussion: Raw Story and Gizmodo
 
 
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