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Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie  —  The officers got the wrong man, but charged him anyway—with getting his blood on their uniforms.  How the Ferguson PD ran the town where Michael Brown was gunned down.  —  Police in Ferguson, Missouri, once charged a man with destruction …
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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.
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 …
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Congress under pressure from left and right to ‘demilitarize’ police
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Al Gore sues Al Jazeera for fraud  —  Former Vice President Al Gore and business partner Joel Hyatt have filed a lawsuit against Al Jazeera on charges of fraud and material breaches in their acquisition of Current Media, POLITICO has learned.  —  Gore and Hyatt, the co-founders of Current Media …
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 …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Why Is Dem Nunn Touting Endorsement From Zell Miller?  —  Georgia Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn's campaign has been strongly touting a new, major endorsement: former Georgia governor and Sen. Zell Miller (D).  —  Miller supported segregationist candidates early in his career and then became …
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Jim Galloway / Political Insider blog:
Zell Miller endorses Michelle Nunn for Senate, but Nathan Deal for governor
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Bloomberg:
Ukraine Strikes APCs From Russia as Spat Over Aid Convoy Deepens  —  The crisis in Ukraine escalated as the government said its army destroyed part of a column of military vehicles that crossed the border from Russia, even as Vladimir Putin denies any military presence in the country.
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Roland Oliphant / Telegraph:
Russian armoured vehicles and military trucks cross border into Ukraine
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Lizzie Dearden / The Independent:
Huge asteroid that ‘could end human life’ defying gravity as it moves towards Earth, scientists say  —  Scientists have moved closer to being able to stop a huge asteroid colliding with the Earth and potentially wiping out human life.  —  Researchers at the University of Tennessee have discovered …
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TwitLonger:
Statement from the Family of Michael Brown & Their Attorneys  —  “Michael Brown's family is beyond outraged at the devious way the police chief has chosen to disseminate piece mil information in a manner intended to assassinate the character of their son, following such a brutal assassination of his person in broad daylight.
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
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.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Salt - The Science Was Settled!  —  The science was settled on salt, or at least the talking points were - less was better, and the typical American consumed too much.  —  Now it turns out the low-salt deniers may be on to something; here is NBC News:  —  Pour on the Salt?  New Research Suggests More Is OK
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 …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
White St. Louis Has Some Awful Things to Say About Ferguson  —  About a 15-minute drive from the Ferguson protest that, by now, feels more like a block party, in the more upscale St. Louis suburb of Olivette, there's a new strip mall with a barbecue joint and a Starbucks and an e-cigarette store.
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.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Buying Main Street: Billionaires swamp local races  —  It was a gut-punch moment for the local lawman: Already sweating a tough reelection race, he'd just received word that one of the country's most powerful billionaires was trying to oust him from the Milwaukee County sheriff's seat.
 
 
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