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2:50 PM ET, May 23, 2017

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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 …
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.
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
Washington Post:
Manchester bombing suspect identified; Islamic State claims responsibility  —  MANCHESTER, England — The Islamic State claimed Tuesday that one of its “soldiers” carried out an apparent suicide blast in Manchester that killed at least 22 people, including teenagers and others streaming out of a pop concert.
New York Times:
Ariana Grande Manchester Concert Ends in Explosion, Panic and Death
Telegraph:
Manchester terror attack: Everything we know so far
Daily Mail:
Manchester concert suicide bomber is named
Discussion: Geller Report
CNN:
Manchester Arena attack: ISIS claims blast that killed 22 at Ariana Grande concert
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Daily Caller
Joshua Taylor / Mirror.co.uk:
VIDEO UNAVAILABLE  —  A sick video has surfaced online showing …
Discussion: Daily Wire
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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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.
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.
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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
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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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
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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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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Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
Ex-CIA head: Intel showed contacts between Russians and Trump team
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and Mediaite
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
Brennan: 'I Don't Know' If There Was Collusion [VIDEO]
Discussion: RedState and IJR
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
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
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 …
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.
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Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Google's AlphaGo Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win for A.I.
Discussion: NPR, CNBC and Gizmodo
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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, Daily Kos, IJR and Raw Story
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!
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 …
 
 
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George Borjas / LaborEcon:
More Fake News On Mariel
Discussion: National Review
Rafael Olmeda / Sun-Sentinel:
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Discussion: IJR
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Uber Shortchanged New York City Drivers by Millions of Dollars
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
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Justice Department ethics experts clear Mueller to lead Russia probe
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shakesville
Diana Wagman / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed I put a spell on you, Mr. President
Mariel A. Klein / Harvard Crimson:
National Politics … - Students from the Southeast …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sarah Gantz / Baltimore Sun:
Riverside rowhome accidentally knocked down
Discussion: Raw Story and Gizmodo
Jon Austin / Daily Express:
Terror in Manchester: 3,500 potential terrorists & 400 ISIS fighters back from Syria in UK
Discussion: Infowars and The Daily Caller
Alexander Acosta / Wall Street Journal:
Deregulators Must Follow the Law, So Regulators Will Too
Discussion: Vox, Business Insider and CNBC