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6:05 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.
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
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Fox News removes false story on Seth Rich's murder — six days after it was debunked
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
New York Times:
Britain Raises Terrorism Threat Level, Meaning New Attack May Be Imminent  —  MANCHESTER, England — Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain said on Tuesday night that the government had raised its terrorism threat level night to critical, — the highest level — meaning that another attack …
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.
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.
Joshua Taylor /
VIDEO UNAVAILABLE  —  A sick video has surfaced online showing …
Discussion: Daily Wire
Morrissey Official:
Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Manchester terror attack: Everything we know so far
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.
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  —  President Trump on Tuesday will propose cutting federal spending by $3.6 trillion over 10 years, a historic budget contraction that would severely ratchet back spending across dozens of programs and could completely reshape government assistance to the poor.
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget:
President's Budget Relies on Rosy Assumptions
Discussion: Vox and Business Insider
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
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.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
It's Time to Worry about Health Care in the Senate
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Republicans Focus on Protecting Trump at Russia Hearing
Discussion: Daily Kos
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Former C.I.A. Chief Reveals Mounting Concern Over Trump Campaign and Russia
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: Mediaite and The Week
Susan Page / USA Today:
Al Franken likes Elizabeth Warren. Ted Cruz? Not so much
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Sir Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dies aged 89  —  Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died aged 89, his family has announced.  —  He played the famous spy in seven Bond films including Live and Let Die and A View to a Kill.  —  Sir Roger's family confirmed …
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 …
Alex Koppelman / CNNMoney:
The case for why InfoWars' White House press pass is a good thing  —  InfoWars is the fringe right-wing outlet best known for spreading 9/11 Truther theories, the scurrilous idea that the massacre at Sandy Hook was a hoax, and a founder who has ranted about malevolent forces conspiring …
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 …
Discussion: Shakesville
Saleha Mohsin / Bloomberg:
Mnuchin's Recruiting Tool: Titles That Don't Need Senate Confirmation  —  Treasury relying on four ‘counselors’ to advise secretary  —  Goldman's Donovan, nominee for No. 2 job, dropped out Friday  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is trying to fill a leadership vacuum in his department …
Discussion: Political Wire
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Uber Shortchanged New York City Drivers by Millions of Dollars  —  The ride-hailing company says it is refunding the money after miscalculating its commissions  —  Uber Technologies Inc. on Tuesday said it mistakenly underpaid New York City drivers for the past 2½ years …
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
Ben Collins / The Daily Beast:
Manchester Death Hoax Makes It All the Way to Fox News … Late into Monday night, friends were reaching out to Andrea Noel to see if she was all right.  They'd seen her picture in a tweet shared thousands of times saying she was missing after the terror attack in Manchester, England.
Discussion: Raw Story and RedState
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
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Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Intel Continues To Pursue Flynn Documents In Russia Probe
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jim Michaels / USA Today:
U.S.-led coalition increases airstrikes by 50% against Islamic State
Washington Post:
Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Branstad to resign, Reynolds to take oath Wednesday morning
Discussion: Political Wire
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump at the Israel Museum
Discussion: The Times of Israel and IJR
Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
Since Ouster, Sheriff Arpaio Has Lots of Time, but Not for Regrets
Discussion: The Week
The Hill:
Is a wave election forming for Democrats?
The Intercept:
Cable Industry Lobbyists Write Republican Talking Points on Net Neutrality
Discussion: Common Dreams
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney:
Carrier plant that Trump helped save will cut 300 jobs right before Christmas
Discussion: Politicus USA
Brian Faler / Politico:
Central pillar of House tax reform plan draws friendly fire
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
House GOP fight delays Dodd-Frank repeal
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
GOP Senator Slams His Party's Process For Crafting Health Care Bill
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump's Balanced Budget Goal Rests on Questionable Math
Discussion: Axios and IJR
Diana Wagman / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed I put a spell on you, Mr. President