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12:50 PM ET, August 15, 2014

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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Police: Teen Was ‘Primary Suspect’ In Robbery At Time Of Shooting  —  Michael Brown, the African-American teen who was shot by Ferguson, Mo., police Saturday, was the primary suspect for an alleged robbery at the time of the shooting, according to reporters on the ground piecing through a police report released Friday.
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The Hill:
Lawmaker drafting bill to demilitarize local police  —  A Democratic congressman from Georgia is drafting legislation to limit a Pentagon program that provides surplus military equipment to local law enforcement.  —  Rep. Hank Johnson is pushing the legislation amid the situation in Ferguson …
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Opportunism knocks in Missouri  —  Add Rand Paul's name to the list of opportunists seeking to exploit for political purposes the tragic shooting of young Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  The race-hustlers populate the list, of course.  So does President Obama, who sees a topic …
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Congress under pressure from left and right to ‘demilitarize’ police
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Eric Holder ‘concerned’ over Ferguson
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Forever Slump  —  It's hard to believe, but almost six years have passed since the fall of Lehman Brothers ushered in the worst economic crisis since the 1930s.  Many people, myself included, would like to move on to other subjects.  But we can't, because the crisis is by no means over.
Discussion: AEIdeas
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Video: Steve King says blacks in Ferguson should “straighten up and fly right”  —  U.S. Rep. Steve King said the African-American community in Ferguson, Mo., should “settle down” and “straighten up and fly right,” and suggested a tattoo parlor was not damaged in rioting because of blacks …
Washington Post:
The Clintons break bread and build ties with Julian Castro, stoking talk of a 2016 ticket  —  As she expands her political network in advance of an expected presidential run, Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband have been cultivating an important ally who some believe could become her vice presidential running mate.
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Candidate Can't Explain His Position On Women's Health, Forgets What Birth Control Is  —  Rep. Mike Coffman,, left, and Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff smile at the start of a their first debate  —  At a political debate on Thursday night, a GOP candidate for the U.S. House …
Discussion: Shakesville, Denver Post and The Spot
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Islamic State's potential weakness  —  The Obama administration's Iraq policy seems premised on the idea that the terrorist Islamic State is so toxic that it will be self-limiting and ultimately self-defeating.  But that's not the view of senior U.S. intelligence officials.
Discussion: VodkaPundit and The Daily Caller
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Claire McCaskill's sexual assault bill passes  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill's legislation to force changes in the military's sexual assault policies passed the Senate on Monday without dissent, capping her latest bid to get the Pentagon to clean up its ranks.  —  The 97- vote on the Missouri …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
White House rejects media's demand for openness, reporters slap ‘bunch of spin’  —  WASHINGTON SECRETS BARACK OBAMA MEDIA JOSH EARNEST WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS ASSOC WHITE HOUSE PRESS CORPS  —  The White House blew off a demand for openness and transparency from 40 prominent media groups …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Jim Galloway / Political Insider blog:
Zell Miller endorses Michelle Nunn for Senate, but Nathan Deal for governor  —  Former governor and U.S. senator Zell Miller on Thursday endorsed Democrat Michelle Nunn in the U.S. Senate race, citing her bipartisan approach as an antidote for Washington gridlock.
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
Close  —  President Barack Obama really wanted to take a vacation.  But then the world intervened.  —  The president's plan to snag two weeks off in Martha's Vineyard has been an utter failure, marking his worst attempt at relaxation since the Detroit underwear bomber consumed his 2009 Christmas holiday in Hawaii.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState
U.S. Rep. Justin Amash / MLive.com:
Amash responds: Why my opponent's smears were ‘disgusting’  —  U.S. Rep. Justin Amash said Brian Ellis ran a “disgusting despicable smear campaign” during Amash's victory speech in downtown Grand Rapids Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.  (Cory Morse |  MLive.com)  —  Editor's note: The following …
Emily Gosden / Telegraph:
Wind farm ‘needs 700 times more land’ than fracking site to produce same energy  —  Shale gas site ‘creates the least visual intrusion’ compared with wind or solar farm for same energy, according to Government's former chief scientific advisor on energy  —  A wind farm requires 700 times …
Discussion: AEIdeas and Power Line
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
A Climate Crusader's Comeuppance  —  Billionaire Tom Steyer's vow to make politicians toe the green line isn't working out so well.
 
 
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