| What Washington is Talking About:
The House Budget Committee is hearing testimony today on President Trump’s proposed budget from members of his cabinet, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.
What America is Talking About:
Tom Cruise says there will be a “Top Gun” sequel.
Updates from the Manchester Attack:
Greater Manchester police said today they have identified all the victims and have alerted their families. They also arrested three in connection with the attack and named 22-year-old Salman Abedi as the person who carried it out.
Ariana Grande arrived yesterday in Florida, where she’s staying with her mother after suspending her tour. Musicians continue to offer their condolences. Miley Cyrus dedicated her performance of “Malibu” on “The Voice” last night to victims of the attack. In Mexico, Harry Styles said the “tragedy in my hometown of Manchester” left him “with a hole in my heart.” And on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” where U2 performed “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” Bono said of the terrorists, “They hate music, they hate women, they even hate little girls. They hate everything that we love,” before adding, “Manchester has an undefeatable spirit.” Across the US, many venues have increased their security.
White House Gearing Up for Prolonged Russia Fight:
The Trump administration is preparing for what could be a drawn-out investigation over Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign. Sources tell CNN Trump has spoken with aides about possibly establishing a crisis communications team that would include outside advisers, and Trump is expected to retain New York attorney Marc Kasowitz, who’s represented him for more than 15 years, per his website.
Comey Confidante: Trump Should Be Scared:
Benjamin Wittes, a friend of fired FBI Director James Comey, said in an interview with our Anderson Cooper that Comey is “a guy with a story to tell.”
“I thought it was interesting and very telling that he declined to tell his story in private. He clearly wants to do it in a public setting,” Wittes said. “I think if I were Donald Trump, that would scare me a lot.”
In other Comey news, he was spotted at a Falls Church, Virginia, barber shop, per Time columnist Christopher Hale: