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10:40 AM ET, August 19, 2014

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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.”
The Huffington Post:
Why Rick Perry Will Be Convicted
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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 …
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 …
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
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Fred Siegel / City Journal:
A Grotesque Pantomime of Repression and Redemption
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
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.
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Jesse J. Holland / Associated Press:
Police Mistrust Still Prevalent Years Later
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:   County investigation: Michael Brown was shot from the front, had marijuana in his system
Angela J. Davis / The New Republic:
Justice for Michael Brown Rests Almost Entirely in the Hands of This One Man
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
Reuters:
Egypt Urges US Restraint Over Missouri Unrest  —  CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt on Tuesday urged U.S. authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri - echoing language Washington used to caution Egypt as it cracked down on Islamist protesters last year.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Daily News Egypt:
Egypt calls for restraint in Ferguson
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.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Support for U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq; Concern About Getting Too Involved  —  Republicans Offer Stronger Backing for Airstrikes than Democrats  —  As fighting rages in Iraq, most Americans (54%) say they approve of U.S. airstrikes against Islamic militants there, while 31% disapprove.
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
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Reuters:
Backed by U.S. strikes, Iraq Kurds retake strategic dam: officials
Discussion: RT and National Review
Washington Post:
Full Transcript: Obama's remarks on Ferguson, Mo. and Iraq
Tim Hanrahan / Wall Street Journal:
Transcript: Obama's Remarks Monday on Ferguson and Iraq
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Obamacare Losing Punch as Campaign Weapon in Ad Battles  —  Republicans seeking to unseat the U.S. Senate incumbent in North Carolina have cut in half the portion of their top issue ads citing Obamacare, a sign that the party's favorite attack against Democrats is losing its punch.
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.
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
Joe Vardon / The Columbus Dispatch:
Top staffers leaving FitzGerald campaign  —  A potential mass exodus from Ed FitzGerald's gubernatorial campaign is afoot, with several of the Democratic nominee's top aides and experienced Ohio political consultants transitioning away from a campaign seemingly under a siege of negativity.
Ruben Navarrette / The Daily Beast:
A Texas Democrat Tries to Fix the Border  —  Rep. Henry Cuellar is battling Republicans and Democrats alike to end the humanitarian crisis on America's southern border.  But does a guy picking fights with everyone from President Obama to Ted Cruz stand a chance?
Discussion: National Review
ALS Association:
Ice Bucket Challenge Donations Continue to Exceed Expectations  —  Washington, D.C. (August 18, 2014) — As of Monday, August 18, The ALS Association has received $15.6 million in donations compared to $1.8 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 18).
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John Cook / The Intercept:
Intercept Reporter Detained While Covering Ferguson Protests
Evan Soltas / Vox:
Americans are taking fewer vacations than they used to
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Jon Swaine / Guardian:
Police in Ferguson arrest Getty photographer Scott Olson
Vermont Public Radio:
Former Senator Jim Jeffords Dead At 80
Discussion: Inside Higher Ed
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