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2:41 AM ET, May 8, 2015

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Politico:
Edward Snowden fans see vindication in court ruling  —  New York court's ruling says that the NSA surveillance Snowden exposed was “illegal.”  —  Edward Snowden hasn't had his day in court, but he's already finding some vindication in the U.S. judicial system.
Discussion: Fox News and US News
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Politico:
NSA ruling puts lawmakers on edge  —  Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell spar over the future of the National Security Agency's phone-data collection program after it was ruled illegal.  —  A court ruling against the National Security Agency's phone data collection Thursday sparked a war …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
N.S.A. Phone Data Collection Illegal, Appeals Court Rules
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
McCain weighs in on NSA ruling: ‘People seem to have forgotten 9/11’
Discussion: Mediaite
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
Appeals Court Rules NSA Phone Program Not Authorized by Patriot Act
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 …
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P. J. O'Rourke / The Daily Beast:
Limey Liars & the Country That Doesn't Love Them
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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Meghan Barr / Associated Press:
Activist: No regrets about cartoon contest ended by gunfire
Brendan Bordelon / National Review:
How Five Republicans Let Congress Keep Its Fraudulent Obamacare Subsidies  —  Health-care experts call it D.C. insiderism at its worst.  —  The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support …
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
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Manu Raju / Politico:
GOP consultant on hot seat over Rand Paul attack
Discussion: RedState
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.
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 Q13 FOX News
Gregory J. Wallance / USA Today:
Odds against Mosby in risky police charges: Column  —  Prosecutor better win case, or she'll bring more turmoil to Baltimore.  —  What's the only thing worse than failing to bring charges against police officers who commit acts of police brutality?  The answer: bringing charges but losing the case at trial.
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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 …
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
Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Arabia Considers Nuclear Weapons to Offset Iran  —  As a deal to curb Tehran's nuclear program nears, Iran's regional rivals feel vulnerable  —  RIYADH—The nuclear deal that the U.S. and other world powers hope to reach with Iran would put a 10-year curb on the Islamic republic's nuclear program.
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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: Q13 FOX News
Michelle Shephard / Toronto Star:
Omar Khadr walks free on bail after 13 years in custody  —  'Mr. Khadr you're free to go," Alberta judge says in denying Ottawa its emergency motion.  Ottawa condemns the release of ‘convicted terrorist.’ Khadr first tastes freedom at 2:03 p.m. Toronto time.
Discussion: TalkLeft and NPR
George Parry / Philly.com:
Double standard on offending Christians and Muslims  —  In 1987, Andres Serrano submerged a crucifix in a glass of his own urine and took a picture.  Entitled “Piss Christ,” the photograph won first place in a contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
 
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Billy Hallowell / TheBlaze.com:
He Was a Staunch Agnostic Who Laughed at Christianity. …
Shane Harris / The Daily Beast:
CIA's Ex-No. 2 Says ISIS ‘Learned From Snowden’
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Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Piers Morgan Causes Mika Brzezinski To Roll Off ‘Morning Joe’ Set (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite
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