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3:15 PM ET, August 19, 2014

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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
White House hasn't ruled out sending Obama to Ferguson  —  The White House has weighed sending President Obama to Ferguson, Mo., and has not ruled out a visit in upcoming weeks, according to sources familiar with the internal decisionmaking.  —  For now, the White House believes a trip …
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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.
Argus Leader:
Reid: ‘We are going to lose in South Dakota’  —  RENO, Nev. - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday he expects Democrats to maintain control of Senate in the fall elections but acknowledged things could change between now and then.  —  “If the election were held today …
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.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
The Survivor  —  Why the hell is Eric Holder still around?
Discussion: Fox News
Stuart Stevens / The Daily Beast:
Why Won't Obama Go to Ferguson?
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Los Angeles Times:
President Obama chooses his words carefully on Michael Brown
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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 …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
3 Reasons Why Rick Perry Will Be Very Tough To Take Down In Court
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
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Medical Examiner: Marijuana Could've Made Ferguson Teen Act ‘Crazy’  —  The doctor who carried out a private autopsy on Michael Brown expressed a pretty old-school view on marijuana in a Monday interview with Fox News, when he speculated that the drug may have made the black teen act “crazy” at the time he was shot by a white cop.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Raw Story
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Travis / Uber Blog:
A Leader for the Uber Campaign  —  Uber the Candidate  —  Uber's simple mission: Transportation as reliable as running water, everywhere, for everyone.  In pursuit of that mission over the past four years, Uber has transformed the fabric of 170 cities around the world …
Sunil Dutta / Washington Post:
I'm a cop.  If you don't want to get hurt, don't challenge me.  —  It's not the police, but the people they stop, who can prevent a detention from turning into a tragedy.  —  Sunil Dutta, a professor of homeland security at Colorado Tech University, has been an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for 17 years.
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 …
Vera Culley / FOX2now.com:
Live Blog: St. Louis City police shoot, kill knife-wielding suspect  —  ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Authorities are responding to a report of an officer involved shooting in north St. Louis.  It happened just before 1 p.m. Tuesday at McLaran and Riverview outside a market.
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.
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.
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
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Democratic poll: Kay Hagan lead narrows  —  A new survey from Democratic robopollster Public Policy Polling finds North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan's lead down to four points, a slight tightening of what last month was a seven-point advantage for the Democratic incumbent.
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Daily Mail:
'I can't go out... the support is really keeping me going during this stressful time.  Just stay safe': Under 24-hour guard in fear for his life, Darren Wilson breaks his silence in texts to friend  — Wilson, who shot dead Michael Brown, sparking seven nights of unrest …
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.
New York Times:
Don Pardo, the Voice of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Dies at 96  —  Don Pardo, who literally introduced television viewers to some of America's biggest stars and soon-to-be-stars as the longtime announcer for “Saturday Night Live,” died Monday in Tucson.  He was 96.  —  Mr. Pardo's death was confirmed by his daughter, Dona Pardo.
Discussion: Deadline, Gothamist, Shakesville and Gawker
 
 
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Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
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Daily Mail:
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Michael Harthorne / KOMO News:
Charges: Talkative white supremacist gets himself arrested
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
WATCH: Ferguson Protesters Throw Rocks at Chris Hayes' Head
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israelis and Palestinians Agree to Lengthen Cease-Fire
Discussion: Mondoweiss and Outside the Beltway
 Earlier Items: 
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
Washington Post:
Ferguson protesters: The peaceful, the elders, the looters, and the ‘militants’
Reuters:
Egypt Urges US Restraint Over Missouri Unrest
Discussion: Mediaite
Joe Vardon / The Columbus Dispatch:
Top staffers leaving FitzGerald campaign
Ruben Navarrette / The Daily Beast:
A Texas Democrat Tries to Fix the Border
Discussion: National Review
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