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3:20 PM ET, May 15, 2017


 Top News: 
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Sources: WH aides are sharing a mix of fake and real news stories with Trump in an attempt to influence policy and bolster their standing within the Oval Office  —  The president rarely surfs the web on his own, but his staff have made a habit of slipping news stories on to his desk—including the occasional internet hoax.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Some pro-Trump media figures like Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec seize control of the political news cycle by breaking significant, legitimate news  —  Last March, in a 60 Minutes segment on fake news, CBS's Scott Pelley introduced a vast new audience to Mike Cernovich …
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
A look at the fallout from Fox News scandals that are already affecting politicians in NY and Va., and, sources say, may spill over to Bannon and Roger Stone  —  The metastasizing Ailes affair is spilling over into the politics of New York, Virginia and the White House.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
After publishing a database of unofficial White House visitor logs based on public data, Politico debuts database API to expand cooperation with other news orgs  —  Andrew Restuccia wanted the answer to a simple question: Who was visiting the White House?  —  After doing some digging …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As the Trump beat grows more chaotic and news cycles shorten, some news consumers tune out  —  Journalism has been called the first rough draft of history, but last week it felt more like an adrenaline-fueled doodle on Snapchat — scribbled in one frantic instant only to disappear the next.
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Brad Grey, the former CEO and Chairman of Paramount Pictures, has died of cancer at age 59  —  In a shocking development, it saddens me to report that Brad Grey has died at age 59.  His death, from cancer, comes months after his exit as chairman/CEO of Paramount Pictures, a job he held for 12 years.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
As Snap user growth slows, it pilots ads served directly in promotional AR Lenses and debuts regional campaigns, which sources say cost advertisers $300K-$700K  —  Snapchat's user growth is slowing.  Prepare for the deluxe ads.  —  Subscribe Reprints  —  On Cinco de Mayo …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Survey by cable trade group NCTA shows 61% of Americans strongly or somewhat support net neutrality rules, 51% say net shouldn't be considered a public utility  —  NCTA touts opposition to price caps—which don't exist for home Internet.  —  As US cable companies push to eliminate …
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Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
The New York Times says A.G. Sulzberger will take over paper's opinion section from his father, expanding his role beyond deputy publisher  —  Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, the 36-year-old deputy publisher of The New York Times, is one step closer to taking over the paper his family has owned since the late 19th century.
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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
US agencies under Trump have removed or hidden information, including workplace violation and animal welfare data, which was once easily accessible
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK PM Theresa May says that fake news is a “concern” and that she was a victim of misleading information on social media during her party's leadership campaign
Ashley McBride / Poynter:
Public radio stations look for new funding sources after signs that future Corporation for Public Broadcasting support is not guaranteed
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 Earlier Picks: 
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Zeit Online CEO Christian Röpke on reaching a younger audience, introducing a new paywall, more
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with NYT R&D Lab head Marc Lavallee on new technologies, which areas are ripe for experimentation, and what news orgs should pay more attention to
Ian Burrell / The Drum:
Interview with Euronews CEO Michael Peters as the European 24-hour broadcaster splits its multi-language channel into 12 customized-by-language channels
Rob Sharp / Nieman Lab:
A look at Denník N, the independent Slovakian paper founded in 2015 that now has 23K paid digital subscribers, the most nationally, and 110K registered readers