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4:30 PM ET, May 7, 2015


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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 …
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.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Top federal court rules against NSA's phone records program
Discussion: ABC News and Hit & Run
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:   BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Rules That The NSA's Massive Surveillance Program Is Illegal
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
McCain weighs in on NSA ruling: ‘People seem to have forgotten 9/11’
Discussion: Mediaite
USA Today:
Appeals court strikes down government's phone surveillance program
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, which was removed from the team's Vimeo page this morning, on the in-arena jumbotron.
Discussion: Mediaite, FOX31 Denver and
Exposure to ideologically diverse news and opinion on Facebook  —  1Facebook, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA.  —  2School of Information, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.  —  ↵† These authors contributed equally to this work.  —  Exposure to news, opinion …
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 …
Scott Daugherty / Virginian-Pilot:
Woman claims Verizon Wireless gave her a heart attack  —  Angela Hawkins called Verizon Wireless last year to straighten out a problem with her bill.  —  The grandmother of four hoped to talk to a helpful customer service representative.  —  Instead, according to a lawsuit …
Discussion: Associated Press
Washington Post:
One of Jeb Bush's top advisers on Israel: George W. Bush  —  When asked this week at an exclusive Manhattan gathering about who advises him on U.S.-Israel policy, Jeb Bush surprised many of the 50-plus attendees by naming his brother, former president George W. Bush, as his most influential counselor.
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 …
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.
James Franco / Washington Post:
McDonald's was there for me when no one else was  —  Before stardom, James Franco was just a fast-food employee eating fries straight from the hopper.  —  McDonald's sales have slumped.  Maybe the public wants healthier food.  Maybe there's too much competition.  Maybe people aren't into the chipotle barbecue snack wrap.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The media's real role in 2016  —  Let's be honest with ourselves for a second: This is Hillary Clinton's election to lose.  —  On Nov. 8, 2016, Clinton will start — start — with a minimum 247 of the 270 electoral votes she needs to win.  If you give her Colorado and Virginia …
Nathaniel Cary / Greenville News:
Stephen Colbert funds $800,000 in grants for South Carolina public school teachers  —  Stephen Colbert spoke to S.C. Supt.  Molly Spearman at Alexander Elementary School to announce he, along with ScanSource and Share Fair Nation, would fund all 1,000 classroom projects South Carolina teachers asked for on
Andrew Cooper /
THIS WEEK'S COVER: INSIDE QUENTIN TARANTINO'S BLOODY, BRUTAL NEW WESTERN THE HATEFUL EIGHT  —  Somebody's dying today—you can hear it in Samuel L. Jackson's voice.  On a soundstage in Hollywood this April, the actor who plays Major Marquis Warren in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight …
Discussion: Screen Rant and
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
Warner Todd Huston / BREITBART.COM:
Revealed: Four Clinton Foundation Trustees Charged or Convicted of Financial Crimes  —  Shocking revelations show that at least four Clinton Foundation board of directors have either been charged or convicted of financial crimes, including bribery and fraud.
Eliza Newlin Carney / Roll Call:
Clinton Foundation's Missteps Point to Broader Problem
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
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 …
Scottie Thomaston / Equality On Trial:
Federal lawsuit against all gay people dismissed  —  Yesterday, we noted that a Nebraska woman filed a lawsuit in federal district court against all gay people.  The complaint listed some quotes from the Bible, and appeared to discuss the woman's own personal views on homosexuality and gay people.
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
EPA Commits $100K to ‘Addressing Bed Bugs in Rural Alaska’  —  Rural Alaska is well known for its wolves, bears, and moose, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set its sights on a considerably smaller creature: the bed bug.  The EPA is prepared to award a grant of up to $100,000 …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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.
Shane Harris / The Daily Beast:
CIA's Ex-No. 2 Says ISIS ‘Learned From Snowden’  —  The former deputy director of the CIA says in a new book that the NSA contractor's disclosures allowed the forerunners of the terrorist group to evade electronic surveillance.  —  Edward Snowden's leaks about U.S. intelligence operations “played a role in the rise of ISIS.”
Discussion: Lawfare, Poynter. and Hullabaloo
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.
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New York Times:
Syria Is Using Chemical Weapons Again, Rescue Workers Say
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Iran bill nears finish line after Sen. Vitter drops objection
Discussion: NPR
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Rick Snyder not running for president
Michael Lipka / Pew Research Center:
5 facts about prayer
Sydney Morning Herald:
Online jihadist hails power of social media after Texas attack
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Stephanie Ballesteros / WAVY-TV:
Bank robbery suspect Instagrams crime video, robbery note
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Meghan DeMaria / The Week:
Mike Huckabee: If trade agreement passes, workers would ‘take it in the backside’
Discussion: Politico and The Reaction
Cathy O'Neil / mathbabe:
Nick Kristof is not Smarter than an 8th Grader
Discussion: Washington Center …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
Mystery Planes in the Skies Above Baltimore
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Chris Christie faces another blow
Discussion: New Jersey News …