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12:25 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.
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.
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
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.
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 and Washington Post
Manu Raju / Politico:
GOP consultant on hot seat over Rand Paul attack
Discussion: RedState
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
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 …
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Bernie Sanders is wrong: College is not a right
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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
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
Serafin Gómez / Fox News:
Sources: Graham to announce 2016 White House bid on June 1  —  Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham plans to announce his presidential campaign on June 1, GOP sources tell Fox News.  —  Graham, a three-term senator from South Carolina, is known as a foreign policy hawk in Congress.
Discussion: Mediaite, New York Post and FishbowlDC
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Lindsey Graham looking at June 1 to announce White House run, sources say
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Mike Huckabee Wants to Reconquer Iowa, One Bass Solo and Pizza Ranch at a Time  —  The 2008 caucus winner reintroduces himself to the voters who made him.  —  t daveweigel  —  There was no mega-rally for Mike Huckabee, no overflow room, no line of cars that bent around the highway.
Discussion: The Hill
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Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
No, there's no “hate speech” exception to the First Amendment
Dustin Volz / National Journal:
Federal Appeals Court Rules NSA Spying Illegal
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Hill
Janet Kim / Q13 FOX News:
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Discussion: and KFOR-TV
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Inching toward ‘Harrison Bergeron’
Restaurant to host ‘White Appreciation Day’
Discussion: USA Today and Western Journalism
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Meet Jade Helm, the woman with the unluckiest name in the world
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg Business:
Hillary Clinton's Big Donor Paradox
Discussion: Hot Air
Daily Mail:
Man is raped at gunpoint by THREE women so they could collect his semen in a cooler box and ‘steal’ it in South Africa
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Kimmel Will Not Broadcast New Episode Opposite Letterman Finale
Discussion: Business Insider, Mediaite and The Week
Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Arabia Considers Nuclear Weapons to Offset Iran
Discussion: Hot Air
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Bloomberg plans 2016 reporter game show
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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