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10:20 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.
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Politico:
Edward Snowden fans see vindication in court ruling
Discussion: Fox News and US News
Politico:
NSA ruling puts lawmakers on edge
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell, GOP defend NSA
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
McCain weighs in on NSA ruling: ‘People seem to have forgotten 9/11’
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Lindsey Graham looking at June 1 to announce White House run, sources say
Discussion: USA Today and Business Insider
BBC:
Election 2015: Exit poll puts Tories close to majority  —  The Conservatives are set to be the largest party in the Commons but just short of a majority, according to the general election exit poll.  —  The survey taken at polling stations across the UK suggests the Tories will get 316 MPs …
Discussion: Guardian, Power Line and Taylor Marsh
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P. J. O'Rourke / The Daily Beast:
Limey Liars & the Country That Doesn't Love Them
Discussion: Moe Lane
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 and FOX31 Denver
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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Gregory J. Wallance / USA Today:
Odds against Mosby in risky police charges: Column
Science:
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 …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Walker hits bump in '16 race  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has hit a bump in the presidential race as new candidates have crowded the field, and his national poll numbers have faltered.  —  He was seen as an early favorite to win the Iowa caucuses after taking the race by storm …
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
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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.
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
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
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.”  —  w.soundcloud.com  —  New York Republican Rep. Peter King …
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 DonorsChoose.org.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Spotify Laying Plans to Enter Web Video Business  —  Closely-held streaming service has been reaching out to companies that make content for YouTube  —  Music streaming service Spotify is laying plans to enter the hotly competitive Web video business and has been in discussions …
abc7news.com:
VIDEO: Sexual predator attacks 13-year-old girl in West San Jose  —  San Jose police are trying to track down a man who tried to sexually assault a woman in a grocery store restroom last month and this week forced his way into the home of a 13-year-old girl as she arrived home from school.
Discussion: abc7chicago.com and Q13 FOX News
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
Billy Hallowell / TheBlaze.com:
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 …
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
 
 
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Brendan Bordelon / National Review:
How Five Republicans Let Congress Keep Its Fraudulent Obamacare Subsidies
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Bloomberg plans 2016 reporter game show
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Michelle Shephard / Toronto Star:
Omar Khadr walks free on bail after 13 years in custody
Discussion: NPR
George Parry / Philly.com:
Double standard on offending Christians and Muslims
Alicia A. Caldwell / Associated Press:
US to add second layer of steel spikes to White House fence
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Bernie Sanders brings in $3 million in four days
Bethany Barnes / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
CITY OF NORTH LAS VEGAS WANTS TO DUMP ‘INTEGRITY’ FROM CORE VALUES
Discussion: Watchdog.org and Fox News
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Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
EPA Commits $100K to ‘Addressing Bed Bugs in Rural Alaska’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Scottie Thomaston / Equality On Trial:
Federal lawsuit against all gay people dismissed
Shane Harris / The Daily Beast:
CIA's Ex-No. 2 Says ISIS ‘Learned From Snowden’
Discussion: Lawfare, Poynter. and Hullabaloo
Andrew Cooper / EW.com:
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Discussion: Screen Rant and Comicbook.com
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
The Price of Nice Nails