Manchester Attack a Plot, At Home Russia-Trump Heats Up

American spies collected information last summer revealing that senior Russian intelligence and political officials were discussing how to exert influence over Donald J. Trump through his advisers, according to three current and former American officials familiar with the intelligence. [The New York Times]

THE MANCHESTER terrorist investigation expanded to Libya, a country that has both ISIL and Al Qaeda. It was such an unspeakable crime to target the innocent. Prime Minister May has had quite a baptismal. She’s faring well, I’d say.

The suicide bomber who killed 22 people after an Ariana Grande concert was part of a network that included his brother, who was arrested Wednesday as he was allegedly plotting a terrorist attack on the Libyan capital of Tripoli. The revelation came as British troops were deployed to protect landmarks in major cities and six more suspects, including suspected bomber Salman Abedi’s father were arrested. [NBC News]

Ariana Grande has suspended her tour for now. She tweeted after the bombing that she was “broken.”

When Amy Schumer was faced with gun violence at one of the theaters showing “Trainwreck,” she joined her cousin, Senator Chuck Schumer, giving voice to a gun safety message.

It’s a chilling prospect to think of all the public events coming as summer kicks off. I hope events across this country sell out.

No matter what else is happening, however, America is riveted to the escalating drama that’s exposing a cold war era-like plotline, with the former CIA Director John Brennan talking about accidental treason. “Accidental” is my word, not Brennan’s because he couldn’t be that direct. But he basically said, under oath, that people can get so involved that they don’t know they’ve crossed into the territory of treason.

Let that sink in.

And now… Top Russian Officials Discussed How to Influence Trump Aides Last Summer.

Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn pull focus, as things get a lot more serious for folks.

The only thing more disgusting than the obscene capitalistic treachery of Manafort and Flynn is Trump’s budget. Senator John Cornyn said it’s “basically dead on arrival.”

As for Trumpcare, Senator Mitch McConnell doubts he can get 51 votes.

With Trump’s numbers continuing to fall, and salacious Russia-Trump news breaking every day, no one is likely to hear the really dangerous thing President Trump did.

This incompetent boob is going to get someone killed.

Trump told Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Washington had “a lot of firepower over there”, according to the New York Times, which quoted a transcript of an April 29 call between the two. “We have two submarines — the best in the world. We have two nuclear submarines, not that we want to use them at all,” the newspaper quoted Trump as telling Duterte, based on the transcript. [Reuters]