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12:25 AM ET, August 16, 2014

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Patrick Tolbert / KXAN-TV:
Texas Governor Rick Perry indicted by grand jury  —  AUSTIN (KXAN) - A grand jury has handed up an indictment against Gov. Rick Perry in connection with the investigation into an effort to force Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign.  — Read the Indictment
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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
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” …
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.
Associated Press:
TEXAS' PERRY CHARGED WITH COERCION FOR VETO THREAT  —  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption …
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Rick Perry indicted, backers cry witch-hunt
Discussion: The Raw Story
Tony Plohetski / Austin American-Statesman:
Rick Perry indicted for Lehmberg veto threat
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Daily Caller
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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Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
The Ferguson Police Chief's Statement Is Only Making Things Worse  —  Five days after a police officer fired multiple rounds at and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, we now know that the officer's name is Darren Wilson.  Thanks to Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson …
Danaradio / The Dana Show:
Alleged Friend Of Officer Darren Wilson Offers His Side  —  A woman claiming to be a friend of the officer involved in the shooting of Ferguson's Mike Brown called into my program offering Darren Wilson's side of the story.  Video via my show's flagship station, KFTK in St. Louis:
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.
Andy Abrahams / Parade:
Paul Ryan on His Father's Private Battle, Family, and ‘House of Cards’  —  More by Andy  —  When Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan to be his running mate in 2012, the most dramatic detail in the potential veep's biography was the tragic loss of his father when Ryan was just 16.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Dish and Hit & Run
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Twitter User Appears To Provide Eyewitness Account Of Teen Shooting  —  A Twitter user appears to have provided a contemporaneous account from the scene of the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting of Michael Brown, 18, on Saturday, Aug. 9.  —  The account of the incident was found and curated …
Discussion: UPROXX and National Review
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Joe Scarborough, Mike Allen Form Journalistic Axis of Evil
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
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