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6:15 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 …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell, GOP defend NSA
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Top federal court rules against NSA's phone records program
Discussion: ABC News and Hit & Run
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
McCain weighs in on NSA ruling: ‘People seem to have forgotten 9/11’
Discussion: Mediaite
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:   BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Rules That The NSA's Massive Surveillance Program Is Illegal
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
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate overwhelmingly approves Iran review bill in 98-1 vote  —  The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve legislation allowing Congress to review a nuclear deal with Iran in a 98-1 vote.  —  Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) was the only senator to oppose the bill.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate overwhelmingly passes Iran bill
Discussion: NPR
Gregory J. Wallance / USA Today:
Odds against Mosby in risky police charges: Column
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.
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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 …
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.
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
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 …
Heather Digby Parton / Salon:
Rise of the GOP's culture-war zombies: Why the party of right-wing extremism will never give it up  —  One of the more predictable tropes on the left side of America's political dial is the notion that the culture wars are over, that Christian conservatives are in retreat, and that the far right is breaking up due to its irrelevance.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Peter King: Pam Geller Event Put “People's Lives At Risk For No Good Reason”  —  “I think that — listen, she has the right to do what she did.  Just because you have the right to do it doesn't mean you should do it.”  —  —  New York Republican Rep. Peter King …
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 …
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
The Hill:
Clock ticks down on highway funding  —  Congress has just weeks to sift through several options for short-term highway funding, as Republicans scramble to ensure that a shutdown of infrastructure projects doesn't occur this summer.  —  There's little doubt among lawmakers that some sort …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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
Billy Hallowell /
He Was a Staunch Agnostic Who Laughed at Christianity.  But When He Set Out to Disprove It, He Says the Evidence Forced Him to Make a Life-Changing Decision.  —  Famed author and evangelist Josh McDowell's decades-long career in ministry has enabled him to reach scores of people across the globe …
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.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Bernie Sanders brings in $3 million in four days  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced Wednesday his 2016 presidential campaign had pulled in $3 million over the last four days.  —  Sanders's campaign had received approximately 75,000 contributions at an average amount of $43, according to The Huffington Post.
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 …
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
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Steve King: Obama Moving Nation Towards “Ideology Of Karl Marx”
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
VIDEO: Sexual predator attacks 13-year-old girl in West San Jose
Discussion: ABC News and Q13 FOX News
Alicia A. Caldwell / Associated Press:
US to add second layer of steel spikes to White House fence
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Discussion: Fox News
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Behind the Lens: Photographing the President in 50 States
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
EPA Commits $100K to ‘Addressing Bed Bugs in Rural Alaska’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Federal lawsuit against all gay people dismissed
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Nick Kristof is not Smarter than an 8th Grader
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
Mystery Planes in the Skies Above Baltimore
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Chris Christie faces another blow
Discussion: New Jersey News …