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10:05 AM ET, May 24, 2017


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David Weigel / Washington Post:
The life and death of the Seth Rich conspiracy theory  —  When Seth Rich's Gmail account received an alert this week from, attempting to start a new account on a website created by the New Zealand-based Internet businessman and convicted hacker Kim Dotcom, his family knew that something was off.
Discussion: Salon and Daily Wire
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.
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.
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
The Shame of Defaming Seth Rich
Discussion: Showbiz411 and Hot Air
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Hannity on Seth Rich coverage: ‘I retracted nothing’
Discussion: The Week and RedState
Pope Lends Weight to G-7 Push to Bind Trump to Climate Deal  —  G-7 leaders await Trump decision on emission cuts this weekend  —  Francis has called for urgent action to protect environment  —  Pope Francis joined an international chorus urging Donald Trump to meet U.S. commitments …
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump tells Pope Francis: 'I won't forget what you said'  —  Vatican City (CNN)After a highly anticipated meeting, Pope Francis appears to have left his mark on President Donald Trump.  —  “Thank you.  I won't forget what you said,” Trump told Pope Francis, before leaving the Pope's private study after a half-hour private meeting.
Discussion: Axios and AOL
Daily Mail:
'I won't forget what you said!' …
Discussion: AOL and
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Pope Francis gave Trump 2015 encyclical on climate change
Discussion: Religion News Service and Fusion
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump says he had ‘fantastic meeting’ with pope
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News
Outrage as Milo Yiannopoulos criticises Ariana Grande for being ‘pro-Islam’ after Manchester attack  —  Milo Yiannopoulos, the ultra-conservative British media personality in the US, has prompted outrage on social media after he criticised singer Ariana Grande for being “pro-Islam” …
New York Times:
When Terrorists Target Children
The Intercept:
TRUMP CALLED RODRIGO DUTERTE TO CONGRATULATE HIM ON HIS MURDEROUS DRUG WAR: “YOU ARE DOING AN AMAZING JOB”  —  Photo Illustration: The Intercept/Getty Images  —  In a phone call from the White House late last month, U.S. President Donald Trump heaped praise on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte …
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump calls Kim Jong Un a ‘madman with nuclear weapons,’ according to transcript of Duterte call
New York Times:
Trump Praises Duterte for Philippine Drug Crackdown in Call Transcript
Discussion: Politico and CNBC
The Intercept:
Read the Full Transcript of Trump's Call With Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte
The Intercept:
What Trump and Duterte Said Privately About the North Korean Nuclear Threat
Discussion: Daily Mail
The Guardian:
US leak of Manchester attacker's name strikes new blow to intelligence sharing  —  Naming of Salman Abedi by ‘US officials’ hours before it was announced by UK authorities is latest in series of leaks that may damage credibility with allies … American officials have been criticised …
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
‘We need a final solution,’ British columnist tweets — then deletes — after Manchester bombing … A British tabloid columnist faced calls for a police investigation on Tuesday after she used the term “final solution” to describe how the country should respond to the deadly bombing in Manchester.
Discussion: The Guardian
Jerome Hudson / Breitbart:
Katy Perry on Manchester Bombing: ‘No Barriers, No Borders, We All Just Need to Co-Exist’
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Trump's Budget Scam  —  I have a plan to dunk a basketball.  First, I'll grow a foot taller.  Next, I'll recapture the athleticism of my youth, so I can jump a lot higher.  I didn't say I had a serious plan—just a plan.  —  Today, the Trump administration released a plan to balance …
Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:   Trump Budget Slashes Spending—Except on His Own Security Detail
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Republicans: Montana special election ‘closer than it should be’  —  GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Republican Greg Gianforte's closing motivational speech to voters ahead of Thursday's special House election in Montana is the same thing GOP strategists are whispering in private: “This race is closer than it should be.”
Discussion: Politicus USA and The Week
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Democrats Just Flipped Seats In 2 Districts That Voted For Donald Trump
Discussion: WMUR and Raw Story
Ryan Struyk / ABC News:
The single county to watch in Montana's special election
David M. Schwartz / Newsday:
In upset, Democrat Pellegrino wins 9th District Assembly seat  —  Democrat Christine Pellegrino, left, won the race against Conservative Tom Gargiulo in a special election Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in the 9th Assembly District.  She will fill the seat that opened when Assemb.
Discussion: NY State of Politics
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
New GOP fear: nine months of failure  —  Republican leaders are coming to the bleak conclusion they will end summer and begin the fall with ZERO significant legislative accomplishments.  Privately, they realize it's political malpractice to blow at least the the first nine of months of all Republican rule …
Mario Parker / Bloomberg:
Icahn Guides Trump's Policy and Scores $60 Million  —  Billionaire's CVR Energy saves from plunge in energy credits  —  His crusade to excuse refiners from rules pays off in quarter  —  Government work has paid off handsomely for billionaire Carl Icahn.  —  CVR Energy Inc. …
Discussion: Raw Story
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Melania and Ivanka Trump show the world what feminine power looks like  —  By now you're exhausted by all the head-swiveling news — the terrorist slaughter in Manchester; the president's trip to Everywhere; and investigation upon investigation of the possible collusion with Russia, obstruction of justice and liars by the dozen.
Discussion: Vanity Fair and The Week
Ted Johnson / Variety:
FCC Will Not Take Action Over Stephen Colbert's Trump Remarks  —  The FCC will not take any action in response to complaints over a May 1 broadcast of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” in which the host quipped during his opening monologue that “the only thing [Trump's] mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin's c— holster.”
The FISA court opinion  —  Circa has reported that there was a three-fold increase in NSA data searches about Americans and a rise in the unmasking of U.S. person's identities in intelligence reports after Obama loosened the privacy rules in 2011.  —  Officials like former National Security …
Daily Mail:
Manchester terrorist Salman Abedi pictured in Libya  —  Just one week after its launch, the levels were raised to critical when police uncovered a plot to smuggle explosives on passenger jets travelling between the UK and US.  —  There was a fresh state of heightened alert in June 2007 …
Leinz Vales / CNN:
Trump should be scared, Comey friend says  —  (CNN)A friend of James Comey said Tuesday that if he were President Donald Trump he would be scared of the former FBI director's pending testimony.  —  “I found it interesting and very telling that (Comey) declined any opportunity to tell his story in private …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump, Clinton campaign aides launch their own bids
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Keith Foster found guilty of conspiracy to distribute heroin, marijuana
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
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Cuts to AIDS Treatment Programs Could Cost a Million Lives
Discussion: Melinda Gates
Diane Ravitch / New Republic:
Don't Like Betsy DeVos? Blame the Democrats.
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John J. Pitney / USA Today:
I was a Republican until Donald Trump hijacked my party
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
No, Impeachment Doesn't Work That Way  —  Despite the fact …
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