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9:40 AM ET, August 19, 2014

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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Stark Racial Divisions in Reactions to Ferguson Police Shooting  —  Blacks and whites have sharply different reactions to the police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Mo., and the protests and violence that followed.  Blacks are about twice as likely as whites to say that the shooting of Michael Brown …
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TIME:
Trayvon Martin's Mom: ‘If They Refuse to Hear Us, We Will Make Them Feel Us’  —  Sybrina Fulton is the mother of Trayvon Martin and the founder of the Trayvon Martin Foundation.  In a letter to the family of Ferguson teen Michael Brown written exclusively for TIME, Fulton reflects on what the families now share.
Washington Post:
County investigation: Michael Brown was shot from the front, had marijuana in his system  —  Michael Brown was shot in the head and chest multiple times, according to Mary Case, the St. Louis County medical examiner.  —  While Case declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation …
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Poll finds sharp racial, political divide over Ferguson shooting  —  A new poll finds the public sharply divided along racial and political lines amid violence in Ferguson, Mo., sparked by the police killing of an unarmed black teenager.  —  An overwhelming majority of black people …
Discussion: Politico and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Frustration in Ferguson  —  The response to the killing of the unarmed teenager Michael Brown — whom his family called the “gentle giant” — by the Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson — who was described by his police chief as “a gentle, quiet man” and “a gentleman” — has been anything but genteel.
Jesse J. Holland / Associated Press:
Police Mistrust Still Prevalent Years Later
Discussion: The Hill
Angela J. Davis / The New Republic:   Justice for Michael Brown Rests Almost Entirely in the Hands of This One Man
New York Times:
Is Gov. Rick Perry's Bad Judgment Really a Crime?  —  Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is one of the least thoughtful and most damaging state leaders in America, having done great harm to immigrants, abortion clinics and people without health insurance during his 14 years in office.
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Michael Lind / Salon:
Rick Perry's indictment is bad for Democrats: A Texas perspective  —  From a shoddy charge to an awful martyr — and its effect on 2016 — here's why the left should hope this goes away  —  When I heard that Texas Governor Rick Perry had been indicted, I thought, “This had better be good, or it will backfire on the Democrats.”
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
3 Reasons Why Rick Perry Will Be Very Tough To Take Down In Court  —  Rick Perry's special prosecutor is going to have a hard time taking him down.  —  The Texas governor was indicted by a grand jury Friday on one count of abuse of power by intentionally misusing government property to harm someone …
The Huffington Post:
Why Rick Perry Will Be Convicted
New York Times:
Obama Is Seen as Frustrating His Own Party  —  WASHINGTON — The meeting in the Oval Office in late June was called to give President Obama and the four top members of Congress a chance to discuss the unraveling situation in Iraq.  —  But Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, wanted to press another point.
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Los Angeles Times:
President Obama chooses his words carefully on Michael Brown  —  As they watched police in military gear spread tear gas in a St. Louis suburb in recent days, White House aides knew President Obama would be expected to weigh in on race.  —  But rather than bold words, Obama's reaction …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Fred Siegel / City Journal:
A Grotesque Pantomime of Repression and Redemption
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Tim Stanley / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
A black president couldn't stop the Ferguson race riots
Discussion: TIME, Hot Air and RedState
Washington Post:
Full Transcript: Obama's remarks on Ferguson, Mo. and Iraq  —  A fulltranscript of the remarks President Obama delivered on Iraq and the situation in Ferguson, Mo. on August 18.  —  OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody.  —  Earlier today, I received an update from my team on two separate issues …
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Reuters:
Backed by U.S. strikes, Iraq Kurds retake strategic dam: officials
Discussion: RT and National Review
Tim Hanrahan / Wall Street Journal:
Transcript: Obama's Remarks Monday on Ferguson and Iraq
The Atlantic Online:
Reparations for Ferguson  —  A few weeks ago I received an anxious text from my wife informing me that a group of young men were fighting outside of our apartment building.  We've spent most of our adult lives in New York, and most of that time in New York living in Harlem.
Discussion: The Dish
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Police Officer Pushes CNN's Don Lemon From Sidewalk  —  CNN reporter Don Lemon said a St. Louis County police officer pushed him away from the sidewalk where he was reporting live form Ferguson, Mo. on Monday.  —  During a segment on “The Situation Room,” CNN cut to Lemon as he was being corralled away from the road.
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Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
What Happens When Police Officers Wear Body Cameras
Discussion: National Review
Politico:
The Kochs' plan to beat Harry Reid  —  LAS VEGAS — Harry Reid's reelection is more than two years off, but the Koch brothers' political machine is already methodically laying the groundwork that will be used to try to take him out.  —  The efforts in recent months have been largely subterranean, but they are unmistakable.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Why We Fight Wars  —  A century has passed since the start of World War I, which many people at the time declared was “the war to end all wars.”  Unfortunately, wars just kept happening.  And with the headlines from Ukraine getting scarier by the day, this seems like a good time to ask why.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Why Obama won't give the Ferguson speech his supporters want  —  TWEET SHARE +1 LINKEDIN EMAIL PRINT  —  President Obama's statement today on Ferguson began with the words “I also want to address the situation in Ferguson.  Earlier this afternoon I spoke with Governor Nixon...” It didn't get much more passionate from there.
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg View:
Hillary's Wealth Won't Matter  —  Yesterday, Annie Lowrey considered Hillary Clinton's recent (and continuing) stumbles over her wealth.  She concluded that none of this “Mitt Romney problem” will matter because Democrats have a proven rhetorical flourish on the subject — Lowrey suggested, “Yes, we're really lucky.
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Liz Kreutz / ABC News:   Hillary Clinton Is Finally Going Back to Iowa
 
 
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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
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