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7:50 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.
Mary Rich / Washington Post:
We're Seth Rich's parents.  Stop politicizing our son's murder.  —  The writers are the parents of Seth Rich, who was killed in the District in 2016.  —  Imagine living in a nightmare that you can never wake up from.  Imagine having to face every single day knowing that your son was murdered.
Discussion: Mediaite
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
The Shame of Defaming Seth Rich  —  The conspiracy theorizing has to stop.  —  Seth Rich was 27 when he was killed on a dark street in a sketchy neighborhood in the nation's capital last July.  He has become world-famous in the past month because his corpse is being used as a proxy in the war over the reputation of Donald J. Trump.
Discussion: Hot Air
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Hannity on Seth Rich coverage: ‘I retracted nothing’
Discussion: RedState and The Week
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: IJR and 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 …
Jerome Hudson / Breitbart:
Katy Perry on Manchester Bombing: ‘No Barriers, No Borders, We All Just Need to Co-Exist’  —  Pop megastar Katy Perry made an impassioned plea for people to “co-exist” and said that “barriers” or “borders” could detract from that goal in an interview following the terrorist bombing …
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.
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 …
James McAuley / Washington Post:
Some in Manchester, and beyond, see the attack as one that targeted women and girls
Discussion: Hot Air
Joshua Taylor /
VIDEO UNAVAILABLE  —  A sick video has surfaced online showing …
Discussion: CBS Dallas and Daily Wire
19 dead in possible suicide blast at Ariana Grande UK concert
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
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget:
President's Budget Relies on Rosy Assumptions
Discussion: Vox and Business Insider
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Who knew bringing down drug prices could be so complicated
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.
Shibani Shah / Washington Post:   Q&A: Rep. Tom MacArthur and the agony of GOP moderates in Trump's Washington
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
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.
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Former C.I.A. Chief Reveals Mounting Concern Over Trump Campaign and Russia
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Republicans Focus on Protecting Trump at Russia Hearing
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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 …
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
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
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
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump calls Kim Jong Un a ‘madman with nuclear weapons,’ according to transcript of Duterte call  —  President Trump labeled North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un a “madman with nuclear weapons” during a private phone conversation with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte last month …
Brian Faler / Politico:
Central pillar of House tax reform plan draws friendly fire  —  The fault lines widened Tuesday over a major pillar of the tax overhaul being pushed by House Republican leaders, with the proposal drawing stronger criticism from the Trump administration and getting a cool reception by some GOP members …
Discussion: Axios and Real Clear Politics
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Branstad to resign, Reynolds to take oath Wednesday morning … CONNECT  —  Day 8,169 for Terry Branstad will gave way on Wednesday to Day 1 for Kim Reynolds.  —  Branstad will resign as Iowa and the nation's longest-serving governor and Reynolds will be sworn in as his successor …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Bruce Bawer / City Journal:
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Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Intel Continues To Pursue Flynn Documents In Russia Probe
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
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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
Ben Collins / The Daily Beast:
Manchester Death Hoax Makes It All the Way to Fox News
Discussion: Raw Story and RedState
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
GOP Senator Slams His Party's Process For Crafting Health Care Bill
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
It's Time to Worry about Health Care in the Senate
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Discussion: Fusion