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4:20 PM 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.
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 …
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
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 …
Washington Post:
Conservatives claim decisive win in British election, defying predictions
Discussion: CNN, The Nation, Telegraph, The Week and Hot Air
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
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal:
Why Hillary Clinton Doesn't Need Americans to Trust Her
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
Alex Roarty / National Journal:
Why Jeb Bush Can't Spend His Way to the Win
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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?”
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?
Sen. John McCain / Fox News:
America's Most Wasted: A wake-up call for Congress about out -of-control spending  —  Unnecessary, wasteful government spending is today putting America on a dangerous path, as we burden future generations with a mounting national debt - now totaling more than $18 trillion.
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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
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.
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Discussion: Hot Air
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