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11:50 AM ET, May 8, 2015


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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.
Discussion: New York Times, Althouse and Hot Air
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 …
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.
New York Times:
David Cameron and Conservatives Get Majority in British Election  —  LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservatives won a resounding victory in the British general election, with nearly complete results on Friday showing that the party had secured an overall majority in Parliament.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Messina trounces Axelrod in British elections
Ed Miliband resigns as Labour leader
P. J. O'Rourke / The Daily Beast:
Limey Liars & the Country That Doesn't Love Them
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, Senators Both, Lead Republican Attacks on Congress  —  WASHINGTON — His voice exuding disgust, Jeb Bush could have been describing a blistering rash.  —  “I'm not a United States senator — thank God,” he told a ballroom full of people here the other day.
Discussion: Shakesville
Manu Raju / Politico:
GOP consultant on hot seat over Rand Paul attack
Discussion: RedState
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.
Alex Roarty / National Journal:
Why Jeb Bush Can't Spend His Way to the Win  —  The GOP presidential primary is on course to be flooded with super PAC money.  But in 2016, candidates will need more than a little dough to win over voters.  —  The GOP could have a dozen deep-pocketed presidential contenders …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Insiders say Bush shouldn't ignore Iowa
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Added 223,000 Jobs in April; Unemployment Rate at 5.4%  —  The American job market rebounded in April, the government said Friday, as employers added 223,000 positions and the unemployment rate decreased to 5.4 percent.  —  The April figures from the Labor Department came …
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Job growth regains steam, keeping Fed rate hike on track
Discussion: Hot Air and Balloon Juice
Sara Murray / CNN:
Jeb: George W. Bush is a top foreign policy adviser  —  Washington (CNN)Jeb Bush cited his brother, former President George W. Bush, as one of his main advisers on the Middle East in a private meeting in Manhattan on Tuesday, according to three people who attended the off-the-record event.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Lindsey Graham looking at June 1 to announce White House run, sources say
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
‘Shawshank’ prison escape ends 56 years later with cinematic stakeout  —  A man convicted of manslaughter who escaped from an Ohio prison farm in 1959 was arrested in Florida Monday.  But a friend says she hopes 79-year-old Frank Freshwater won't be sentenced.  (AP)
The dawn of artificial intelligence  —  Powerful computers will reshape humanity's future.  How to ensure the promise outweighs the perils  —  From the print edition  —  “THE development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” Stephen Hawking warns.
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
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
Discussion: USA Today and Western Journalism
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
How A Ragtag Group Of Lefties Mainlined Debt-Free College Into The Democratic Primary  —  A group of two dozen young activists working out of homes and coffee shops around the country has achieved something rather unusual: mainlining an idea into the upper echelons of the Democratic Party …
Discussion: The Week and Washington Post
Al Weaver / The Daily Caller:
Ben Carson Returns To Baltimore, Questions Indictment Of Freddie Gray Officers  —  BALTIMORE, Md. — He's been in the 2016 race for a mere three days, but Dr. Ben Carson returned to Baltimore for the first time Thursday following the riots that consumed the city much of the past two weeks after the death of Freddie Gray.
Janet Kim / Q13 FOX News:
Lacey kindergartener leaves school grounds, walks a mile home unnoticed; dad steamed  —  LACEY, Wash. — A kindergartener is home safe after a scare earlier this week.  John Canales said his 5-year old son managed to leave school grounds and walk at least a mile home all by himself.
Discussion: and KFOR-TV
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Meet Jade Helm, the woman with the unluckiest name in the world
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg Business:
Hillary Clinton's Big Donor Paradox
Discussion: Hot Air
Daily Mail:
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Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
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Discussion: Business Insider, Mediaite and The Week
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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 and TalkLeft
George Parry /
Double standard on offending Christians and Muslims
Discussion: Weekly Standard
VIDEO: Sexual predator attacks 13-year-old girl in West San Jose
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Q13 FOX News
Heather Digby Parton / Salon:
Rise of the GOP's culture-war zombies: Why the party of right-wing extremism will never give it up
Discussion: Washington Monthly