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11:40 AM ET, August 16, 2014


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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
What You Need To Know About The Indictment Naming Texas Governor Rick Perry  —  Rick Perry, Texas' longstanding Republican governor and a 2012 presidential candidate, is now under indictment.  The indictment lays out two counts against the Texas governor, one for “Abuse of Official Capacity” …
Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
What the Hell Just Happened in Texas, and Why Was Rick Perry Just Indicted?  —  The scandal that erupted Friday night involved millions of dollars, statehouse power plays—oh yeah, and alcohol, police, and masks.  —  Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted Friday on charges of abuse of power …
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas Is Indicted on Charge of Abuse of Power  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — A grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts on Friday, charging that he abused his power last year when he attempted to pressure the district attorney here, a Democrat, to step down by threatening to cut off state financing to her office.
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
Analysis: It's Not the Crime, It's the Politics … So this is what happens when the fox cuts the food supply of the dog guarding the henhouse.  —  A Travis County grand jury on Friday indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts, alleging he abused his power by threatening to veto funding …
Discussion: WFAA-TV and Hot Air
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Rick Perry Indicted: Another Democratic Party Dirty Trick  —  A grand jury in Travis County, Texas, indicted Governor Rick Perry today.  Why?  For exercising his constitutional prerogative by threatening to veto, and then vetoing, an appropriation to support the public corruption unit in Travis County's district attorney's office.
Discussion: Instapundit
Tony Plohetski / Austin American-Statesman:
Rick Perry indicted for Lehmberg veto threat
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Rick Perry indicted, backers cry witch-hunt
Discussion: The Raw Story
Associated Press:
Discussion: Business Insider
Calm unravels in Ferguson  —  FERGUSON, Missouri— By early Saturday morning a day of peaceful protests gave way to tear gas and sporadic bouts of looting.  —  Police officers in riot gear blocked off a section of West Florissant Avenue as the protests over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown unraveled into bedlam.
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Protesters and Police Face Off Again on Ferguson Streets  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — Unrest returned to the streets of this St. Louis suburb early Saturday as hundreds of demonstrators, angered by the shooting death of an unarmed African-American teenager by a police officer, engaged in a standoff …
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
The Rev. Jesse Jackson shows up at protest site as Brown family calls for calm  —  Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald S. Johnson said he sees no need for a police presence at the protests in Ferguson tonight.  —  “If something happens and if we have to come down here, we will,” Johnson said.
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
McCulloch blasts Nixon for replacing St. Louis County Police control
Discussion: Daily Kos and Guardian
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
The Ferguson Police Chief's Statement Is Only Making Things Worse
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Congress goes after police  —  Lawmakers are targeting police with new and old pieces of legislation in the wake of riots in a St. Louis suburb sparked by the killing by a police officer of an unarmed black teenager.  —  Much of the focus has been on the heavy military equipment …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Black Caucus members call for hearings on Ferguson shooting
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Twitter User Appears To Provide Eyewitness Account Of Teen Shooting
Discussion: UPROXX and National Review
Damon Linker / The Week:
What if your daughter was a porn star?  —  Americans have come to pride themselves on their moral libertarianism.  But there are limits.  —  Think about it.  —  W  —  e're living through a libertarian moment.  —  No, libertarianism hasn't consistently changed how Americans think about taxation …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Joe Scarborough, Mike Allen Form Journalistic Axis of Evil  —  Young punk reporters don't obey nothing these days.  —  Shares  —  One of the more fascinating sidelights of the crisis in Ferguson is the way it has revealed the complacent, obedient, and fundamentally non-journalistic instincts …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jay Newton-Small / TIME:
Ernst Says She Was Sexually Harassed in the Military  —  Breaks with party, Pentagon on stance  —  Republican State Sen. Joni Ernst, who is running for Senate and served more than 20 years in the military, said Friday that she was sexually harassed in the military and, given her experience …
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Who Lost the Cities?  —  The Reverend Jesse Jackson is …
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Meet Montana's Nose-Ringed Candidate for the U.S. Senate
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David Zahniser / Los Angeles Times:
Panel wants L.A. to look at using prizes to boost voter turnout
Discussion: National Review
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