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1:10 PM ET, May 7, 2015


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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
N.S.A. Phone Data Collection Illegal, Appeals Court Rules  —  WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in New York on Thursday ruled that the once-secret National Security Agency program that is systematically collecting Americans' phone records in bulk is illegal.
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
Appeals Court Rules NSA Phone Program Not Authorized by Patriot Act  —  ACLU lawsuit argued the data collection should be stopped because it violates Americans' privacy rights  —  A federal appeals court ruled Thursday the National Security Agency's controversial collection of millions …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Top federal court rules against NSA's phone records program  —  A federal court has decided that the National Security Agency's (NSA) bulk, warrantless collection of millions of Americans' phone records is illegal.  —  The decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday represents …
Discussion: Hit & Run
USA Today:
Appeals court strikes down government's phone surveillance program
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  What Trouble?  Clinton Has Early Lock On Iowa Caucus, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Sanders, Biden Are Only Dems Over 3%  —  Sample and Methodology detail  —  With 60 percent of the vote among Iowa likely Democratic Caucus participants, former Secretary …
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg Business:
Trade Debate Gives Bernie Sanders a Chance to Put Hillary Clinton on the Hot Seat
Discussion: Politico
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Bill Clinton concedes role in mass incarceration
Discussion: Gawker
Sources: Baltimore police investigation doesn't support some of prosecution's charges  —  Baltimore (CNN)The Baltimore police investigation into the death of Freddie Gray doesn't support some of the charges, including the most serious, filed by the Baltimore City State's Attorney …
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
The Price of Nice Nails  —  Manicurists are routinely underpaid and exploited, and endure ethnic bias and other abuse, The New York Times has found.  —  The women begin to arrive just before 8 a.m., every day and without fail, until there are thickets of young Asian and Hispanic women …
Discussion: The Week, Gothamist and Balloon Juice
Jeff Kaufmann / Politico:
It's time to change the Iowa Straw Poll  —  Much has changed since 1979 and sometimes cherished traditions—like the Iowa GOP Straw Poll—must change too.  What is supposed to be a fun opportunity for Iowans and presidential candidates has turned into a high-stress and expensive endeavor.
Cathy O'Neil / mathbabe:
Nick Kristof is not Smarter than an 8th Grader  —  This is a post by Eugene Stern, originally posted on his blog  —  About a week ago, Nick Kristof published this op-ed in the New York Times.  Entitled Are You Smarter than an 8th Grader, the piece discusses …
Discussion: Washington Center …
Mary Katharine Ham / Hot Air:
Heh: Carly Fiorina answers Seth Meyers question about domain snafu by buying  —  Carly Fiorina, who just jumped into the race for the presidency Monday, has spent the week coolly sitting for interviews and cleverly parrying jabs from reporters and critics.
Justin Wolfers / New York Times:
How Britain's Election Has Stumped the Betting Markets  —  British voters are heading to the polls Thursday, and it looks as if it's going to be a nail-biter.  Political prediction markets suggest that it's basically a 50-50 bet as to whether the Conservative prime minister, David Cameron …
Christine Byers / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Dorian Johnson, figure in Michael Brown case, arrested in St. Louis  —  ST. LOUIS  • Dorian Johnson, the man who was with Michael Brown when Brown was fatally shot by a Ferguson police officer last summer, has been arrested on suspicion of drug charges and resisting arrest, a St. Louis police source said Wednesday.
John DiStaso / WMUR:
Bush leads, Rubio up, Christie down in new WMUR poll  —  Tightly packed field continues with 9 months to go  —  Nine months is an eternity in politics, particularly in late-deciding New Hampshire.  And so not surprisingly, the Republican presidential primary field remains crowded with no true frontrunner …
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Chris Christie faces another blow  —  His “biggest” achievement, state pension reform, is likely to be dismantled by New Jersey courts.  —  Chris Christie's signature achievement as New Jersey governor may be going up in smoke.  —  The potential presidential candidate has said his …
Discussion: New Jersey News …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Cruz: Iran legislation is a ‘bad bill’  —  Presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday slammed legislation that would allow Congress to review and vote on a final Iran nuclear deal, calling the proposal a “bad bill.”  —  “I agree that it is of paramount important to give Congress …
David Espo / ABC News:   Analysis: Republican Budget Claims Don't Add Up
Tom Ley / Deadspin:
The Cavaliers Should Have Thought A Little Harder About This Promo  —  During last night's playoff game against the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers showed the video below on the in-arena jumbotron.  The premise of the skit, which is supposed to be a Dirty Dancing spoof …
Discussion: FOX31 Denver, and Mediaite
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
Mystery Planes in the Skies Above Baltimore  —  In Baltimore, Maryland, where law enforcement officials ought to be doing their utmost to win back the trust of brutalized residents who perceive a conspiracy against them, a shadowy police tactic is stoking more dark suspicions.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Gawker
Eliza Newlin Carney / Roll Call:
Clinton Foundation's Missteps Point to Broader Problem  —  On the surface, the uproar over foreign contributions to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of State looks like another example of the Clintons behaving badly.  But the problem goes beyond the Clintons and could tar Republicans as well.
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
New York Times:
Clinton Takes the Lead on Immigration  —  With her speech on immigration in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton took a large step forward, up front and to the left of President Obama.  That is a good place to be for a presidential candidate who proposes to get the stalled debate moving again …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Online jihadist hails power of social media after Texas attack  —  US Muslims condemn Texas attack  —  Largest Muslim advocacy group in the US speaks out against Sunday's attack on a provocative anti-Islamic cartoon event.  —  An Australian Twitter user and Islamic State supporter …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Meghan DeMaria / The Week:
Mike Huckabee: If trade agreement passes, workers would ‘take it in the backside’  —  In an MSNBC interview, 2016 Republican presidential candidate and ordained Baptist minister Mike Huckabee used some salty language to argue against fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
Discussion: The Reaction and Politico
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Piers Morgan Causes Mika Brzezinski To Roll Off ‘Morning Joe’ Set (VIDEO)  —  Former CNN personality Piers Morgan's opinions led to an Irish exit from co-host Mika Brzezinski on the set of MSNBC's “Morning Joe” on Thursday morning.  —  The moment came during a segment about paid paternity leave …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Alexa Ura / The Texas Tribune:
Senate OKs Bill Banning Insurers From Covering Abortion
Discussion: Raw Story and Salon
Stephanie Ballesteros / WAVY-TV:
Bank robbery suspect Instagrams crime video, robbery note
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Tax cheats kept jobs at IRS, audit finds
Washington Post:
How to revive the American Dream
Discussion: Shakesville
James Hohmann / Politico:
Marco Rubio tries to thread immigration needle
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
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All exotic animals from Tiger Safari in Tuttle have been found
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 Earlier Items: 
Mark Binelli / Rolling Stone:
Mayor Bill de Blasio's Crusade
Discussion: Fox News, CBS New York and Politico
Elizabeth Kolbert / New Yorker:
The G.O.P.'s War on Science Gets Worse
Discussion: Daily Kos
Radley Balko / Washington Post:
This isn't 1968. Baltimore isn't Watts. And Hillary Clinton isn't Michael Dukakis.