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7:35 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.
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
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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
CBS Miami:
Gov. Scott Concedes That Earlier Medicaid Support Was A Ruse  —  TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) - Gov. Rick Scott, after his mother's death in 2013, went on TV to explain his decision to drop his strongly-held opposition to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
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.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Actors cast to play Barack and Michelle in upcoming romantic dramedy  —  “Southside With You,” a movie documenting the first date of Barack and Michelle Obama in 1989, has cast its main characters.  —  Parker Sawyers will play a young Obama as he tries to woo a young lawyer named Michelle Robinson …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Hot Air
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Sarah Wheaton / Politico:
South Dakota is last on Obama's list... and the feeling is mutual
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 …
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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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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.
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, Hot Air, The Nation, The Week and Telegraph
Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig / The New Republic:
Welfare Is the Best Weapon Against Nepotism  —  With another round of Bush versus Clinton looming (and everyone putting aside time to call their moms this Sunday), nepotism is enjoying something of a renaissance in certain corners of America.  Yesterday, Kevin D. Williamson …
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 …
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
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.
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Jurors in Etan Patz Mistrial Say They Split 11-1 in Favor of Conviction  —  Harvey Fishbein, the lead defense lawyer for Pedro Hernandez, spoke to reporters Friday, before a mistrial was declared.  —  Ángel Franco/The New York Times  —  A memorial for Etan Patz in SoHo in 2012.
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?
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 …
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.
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
Nick Gass / Politico:
Obama on trade deal: 'Let's just do it'  —  President Barack Obama went to Nike headquarters on Friday to make the hard sell on the trans-Pacific trade deal, even uttering the words, “Let's just do it.”  —  Obama delivered a full-throated defense of the Trans-Pacific Partnership currently …
Discussion: ABC News, Washington Post and NPR
Japan Times latest:
Australia PM advisor says climate change a U.N.-led ruse to create new world order  —  SYDNEY - Prime Minister Tony Abbott's top business adviser on Friday claimed climate change was a ruse encouraged by the United Nations to create a new authoritarian world order under its control.
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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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney convenes 2016 contenders, donors for Utah retreat
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ABC News:
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Denise Grady / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Week
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell sets up first trade vote
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Ryan Cooper / The Week:
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Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
No, there's no “hate speech” exception to the First Amendment
 Earlier Items: 
Janet Kim / Q13 FOX News:
Lacey kindergartener leaves school grounds, walks a mile home unnoticed; dad steamed
Discussion: fox13now.com and KFOR-TV
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Inching toward ‘Harrison Bergeron’
James Hohmann / Politico:
Insiders say Bush shouldn't ignore Iowa
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