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12:55 PM 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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Simon Maloy / Salon:
The right's “bombshell” deceit: Why the left's defense of Perry reveals so much  —  Tons of big-time liberals are saying Rick Perry's indictment looks weak.  Can you imagine the right ever doing that?  —  Rick Perry is under indictment.  For a guy trying to put together a comeback bid …
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
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 …
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:   Frustration in Ferguson
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
History Says Ferguson Police Officer Likely Won't Be Charged For Shooting
Discussion: Washington Post and Unfogged
Jesse J. Holland / Associated Press:
Police Mistrust Still Prevalent Years Later
Discussion: The Hill
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Stark Racial Divisions in Reactions to Ferguson Police Shooting
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.
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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.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
The Survivor  —  Why the hell is Eric Holder still around?  That's a question many of Barack Obama's political advisers have asked at various points throughout Holder's tumultuous five years at the helm of the Justice Department.  —  For most of Obama's presidency, in fact …
Discussion: Fox News
Los Angeles Times:
President Obama chooses his words carefully on Michael Brown
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Behind Closed Doors, Obama Crafts Executive Actions
John Cook / The Intercept:
Intercept Reporter Shot With Beanbags and Arrested While Covering Ferguson Protests  —  Intercept reporter Ryan Devereaux was arrested this morning while on the ground covering the protests in Ferguson, Mo. According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer David Carson, who witnessed the apprehension …
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Ferguson police will keep arresting reporters
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.
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Trouble With Tenure  —  DENVER — Mike Johnston's mother was a public-school teacher.  So were her mother and father.  And his godfather taught in both public and private schools.  —  So when he expresses the concern that we're not getting the best teachers into classrooms or weeding …
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
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.
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
Charlie Spiering / BREITBART.COM:
MISSOURI GOP: MICHAEL BROWN VOTING REGISTRATION BOOTHS ‘DISGUSTING’  —  Republicans are criticizing efforts by liberal organizers to set up voter registration booths at the site where Missouri teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a local police officer.
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
 
 
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan: Lawmakers Shouldn't ‘Try To Capitalize’ On Ferguson
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Howard Dean: I hope Hillary Clinton becomes president
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Washington Post:
Ferguson protesters: The peaceful, the elders, the looters, and the ‘militants’
New York Times:
Don Pardo, the Voice of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Dies at 96
Discussion: Deadline, Gothamist, Shakesville and Gawker
Joe Vardon / The Columbus Dispatch:
Top staffers leaving FitzGerald campaign
Evan Soltas / Vox:
Americans are taking fewer vacations than they used to
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ruben Navarrette / The Daily Beast:
A Texas Democrat Tries to Fix the Border
Discussion: National Review
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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Support for U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq; Concern About Getting Too Involved
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Fred Siegel / City Journal:
A Grotesque Pantomime of Repression and Redemption
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