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12:25 AM ET, May 9, 2015


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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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Natalie Portman To Play Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg In ‘On The Basis Of Sex’  —  EXCLUSIVE: Natalie Portman is set to play Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On The Basis Of Sex, with Marielle Heller (The Diary Of A Teenage Girl) in negotiations to direct.
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and Refinery29
Rick Jervis / USA Today:
Conspiracy theories flourish over military exercise in Texas  —  AUSTIN - To U.S. military officials, the upcoming seven-state military exercise known as Jade Helm 15 is a way to sharpen troops' skills in urban combat and terrorist control.  —  To skeptics in Texas, however …
Discussion: Eschaton
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 /
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 Case Fall One Vote Shy of a Conviction  —  A judge declared a mistrial in the Etan Patz case on Friday after jurors said for a third time that they could not reach a verdict despite three weeks of deliberation, leaving unresolved a missing-child case that vexed New York City …
Valerie Rowell / The Augusta Chronicle:
Former state legislator Joey Brush dies in motorcycle wreck  —  Former state legislator Ben Joseph “Joey” Brush Jr. was killed in a motorcycle accident Thursday morning, shocking and saddening friends and colleagues who remembered him as a colorful politician and community leader.
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Boston University prof flunks ‘white masculinity’ in controversial tweets  —  Boston University Professor Saida Grundy's tweets deriding white men are her business, according to the school.  (Boston University)  —  Critics say a newly-hired Boston University professor has crossed the line …
Discussion: American Spectator
Ron Fournier / National Journal:
Huckabee's Hucksterism vs Clintons' Cash  —  There's a seedy side to this candidate's smile.  —  Behind former Gov. Mike Huckabee's warm smile, inclusive rhetoric, and gee-whiz populism lies an ethics record that would make a Clinton blush.  His greedy, cheesy money grabs in Arkansas …
Sarah Wheaton / Politico:
South Dakota is last on Obama's list... and the feeling is mutual  —  But now that Obama is paying a visit for the first time in his presidency, South Dakota Republicans don't feel the need to rub it in.  —  When Barack Obama arrives in South Dakota on Friday, it'll mark the 50th state he's visited as president.
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 …
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
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 …
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?
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.
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
'We're Being Set Up': Glenn Beck Warns His Audience To Prepare For The Time When He Is Murdered In The Night  —  Glenn Beck closed out his radio program yesterday with a 10-minute monologue warning his audience that everything that is happening in Baltimore and Ferguson and elsewhere is all a giant set-up …
Discussion: Glenn Beck and Mediaite
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: Washington Post, ABC News and NPR
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
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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