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4:50 PM ET, May 8, 2015

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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The World May Have A Polling Problem  —  It's becoming increasingly clear that pre-election polls underestimated how well Conservatives would do and overestimated Labour's result.  The BBC's exit poll was one early sign.  But we're now seeing Conservatives outperform their poll-based projections …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Nate Silver: Polls are failing us  —  Nate Silver fared terribly in Thursday's UK election: In his pre-election forecast, he gave 278 seats to Conservatives and 267 to Labour.  Shortly after midnight, he was forecasting 272 seats for Conservatives and 271 for Labour.
Guardian:
Mhairi Black: the 20-year-old who beat a Labour heavyweight  —  Politics student rides SNP surge to defeat shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander to become youngest MP since 17th century.  But first, she has to complete her dissertation  —  The odds were heavily stacked …
Guardian:
Ed Miliband resigns as Labour leader
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Bill Simmons and ESPN Are Parting Ways  —  Bill Simmons, who built a personal empire at ESPN and is one of America's most influential sports personalities, will leave the media giant when his contract expires in the fall.  He and the company were unable to reach an extension after months of talks.
USA Today:
BBQ joint to host ‘White Appreciation Day’  —  MILLIKEN, Colo. — The Hispanic owners of a barbecue restaurant in Milliken say they plan to host a “White Appreciation Day” next month.  —  What started as a joke is now on the calendar.  Edgar Antillon and Miguel Jimenez recently purchased Rubbin Buttz BBQ on Broad Street.
Discussion: Raw Story
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KUSA-TV:
Restaurant to host ‘White Appreciation Day’  —  The Hispanic owners of the restaurant in Milliken say “all Americans should be celebrated.”  9NEWS at 9 p.m. 05/07/15.  —  The Hispanic owners of the restaurant in Milliken say “all Americans should be celebrated.”  —  CONNECT
Nick Gass / Politico:
Messina trounces Axelrod in British elections  —  The British Conservative Party's electoral victory “stunned the world,” Jim Messina said Friday, commenting on results that defied the dead heat that most polls had predicted.  —  With the Tories securing a surprisingly decisive victory …
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Washington Post:
Conservatives claim decisive win in British election, defying predictions
Discussion: CNN, The Nation, Hot Air, Telegraph and The Week
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Jeb Bush's $100M May  —  Inside the most ambitious presidential super PAC yet.  —  Jeb Bush is putting in motion an ambitious plan to develop a super PAC that would be unprecedented in its size and scope — a blueprint growing in scale and intensity as he nears the formal launch of his presidential campaign.
Discussion: Washington Post, Daily Kos and The Week
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, Senators Both, Lead Republican Attacks on Congress
John Harwood / CNBC:
Maverick candidate Ben Carson's ‘no-brainer’ offer  —  Can Dr. Ben Carson succeed in politics?  —  CNBC's John Harwood talks with Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson about his political aspirations, belief in self-reliance and the current economic and racial tensions facing the country.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Hillary's State Dept. aides consulted on Bill's speeches  —  One instance centered on a proposed speech the former president would give in China.  —  Hillary Clinton's State Department aides were sometimes consulted “as a practical matter” during the independent review process …
Discussion: Hot Air and Bloomberg Business
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Ronald Brownstein / National Journal:
Why Hillary Clinton Doesn't Need Americans to Trust Her
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Is Matt Drudge the second most influential man in America?  —  While as a liberal, I do not suggest the following with a great deal of pleasure, but Matt Drudge is by far the single most influential person in the American media, and it is fair to ask: Is he the second most influential man in America?
Jonathon Dornbush / EW.com:
DANIEL RADCLIFFE AND DANE DEHAAN TO REUNITE FOR MOVIE ABOUT YOUNG KARL ROVE  —  Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan will be reteaming with their Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas for another real-life inspired film, trading in their roles as Beat Generation writers for ambitious, would-be politicians.
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Tami Luhby / CNNMoney:
America's poor are ‘envy of the world,’ says richest Congressman  —  Darrell Issa, the richest man in Congress, said America has made “our poor somewhat the envy of the world.”  —  Asked by CNNMoney whether he feels personally responsible to address income inequality in the United States …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Shakesville, Raw Story and CNN
Lebanese Examiner:
Detroit TV anchor upsets Muslim community in Michigan for ISIS comment  —  UPDATE: Harlan apologized on Thursday saying: “In no way did I mean to imply that because of our community's make up, there was a higher risk of ISIS threats.”  —  (DEARBORN, MI) — WDIV-TV Local 4 news anchor Carmen Harlan upset …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
Noelle Knox / POLITICO:
10 take-aways from the UK elections  —  What a breathless, barmy time this is.  The exit polls made monkeys of us all, which was a fitting way for these Neanderthal elections to conclude.  There is no silence more delicious than that of a political class gobsmacked into speechlessness.
James Hohmann / Politico:
Insiders say Bush shouldn't ignore Iowa  —  His poor poll numbers there, they say, are mostly caused by a lack of attention to the Hawkeye State thus far.  —  Jeb Bush's failure to invest time in Iowa is the main explanation for his seventh-place finish in the latest poll of likely Republican caucusgoers.
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Alex Roarty / National Journal:
Why Jeb Bush Can't Spend His Way to the Win
Discussion: Washington Post
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
No, there's no “hate speech” exception to the First Amendment  —  I keep hearing about a supposed “hate speech” exception to the First Amendment, or statements such as, “This isn't free speech, it's hate speech,” or “When does free speech stop and hate speech begin?”
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Americans Not In The Labor Force Rise To Record 93,194,000  —  In what was an “unambiguously” unpleasant April jobs payrolls report, with a March revision dragging that month's job gain to the lowest level since June of 2012, the fact that the number of Americans not in the labor force rose once again …
Discussion: FOX News Radio and The Week
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Record number of Americans abroad giving up citizenship  —  A record 1,335 Americans living overseas renounced their citizenship in the first three months of 2015, according to the Internal Revenue Service.  —  That number is 18 percent higher than the previous record, according to Bloomberg.
Cora Currier / The Intercept:
U.S. Government Designated Prominent Al Jazeera Journalist as “Member of Al Qaeda”  —  The U.S. government labeled a prominent journalist as a member of Al Qaeda and placed him on a watch list of suspected terrorists, according to a top-secret document that details U.S. intelligence efforts …
 
 
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Nick Gass / Politico:
Actors cast to play Barack and Michelle in upcoming romantic dramedy
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Denise Grady / New York Times:
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell sets up first trade vote
Discussion: Daily Kos
BREITBART.COM:
Only Two Republicans Admit They Actually Read Secret Obama Trade Deal—Both Unsupportive
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sen. Bernie Sanders / TIME:
Bernie Sanders: It's Time To End Orwellian Surveillance of Every American
Discussion: New York Times, Daily Kos and The Week
Sen. John McCain / Fox News:
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Serafin Gómez / Fox News:
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 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Bernie Sanders is wrong: College is not a right
Discussion: Washington Post
Michelle Malkin / Townhall.com:
SFC Christopher Speer Is Dead; Omar Khadr Is Free
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Mike Huckabee Wants to Reconquer Iowa, One Bass Solo and Pizza Ranch at a Time
Discussion: The Hill
Janet Kim / Q13 FOX News:
Lacey kindergartener leaves school grounds, walks a mile home unnoticed; dad steamed
Discussion: fox13now.com and KFOR-TV
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
How A Ragtag Group Of Lefties Mainlined Debt-Free College Into The Democratic Primary
Economist:
The dawn of artificial intelligence
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
‘Shawshank’ prison escape ends 56 years later with cinematic stakeout