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8:10 PM ET, August 24, 2014

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Washington Post:
Darren Wilson's first job was on a troubled police force disbanded by authorities  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — The small city of Jennings, Mo., had a police department so troubled, and with so much tension between white officers and black residents, that the city council finally decided to disband it.
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New York Times:
Timeline for a Body: 4 Hours in the Middle of a Ferguson Street  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — Just after noon on Saturday, Aug. 9, Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer on Canfield Drive.  —  For about four hours, in the unrelenting summer sun, his body remained where he fell.
Fox News:
US, UK eye rapper as British-born militant who beheaded journalist James Foley  —  American and British intelligence officials are eyeing a British-born rapper as the militant who beheaded journalist James Foley.  —  A senior Western intelligence official told Fox News that 23-year-old …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Golf Address  —  FORE!  Score?  And seven trillion rounds ago, our forecaddies brought forth on this continent a new playground, conceived by Robert Trent Jones, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal when it comes to spending as much time on the links as possible …
Los Angeles Times:
At least 89 go to hospital after 6.0 earthquake shakes Bay Area  —  A long, rolling 6.0 earthquake shook a wide swath of the Bay Area awake early Sunday, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.  The temblor damaged buildings, cut off power to tens of thousands …
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Iris Salem / CBS Los Angeles:
Strong 6.1 Earthquake Rocks San Francisco Bay Area, Injures 87+, Significant Damage In Napa
BBC:
Actor and director Richard Attenborough dies aged 90  —  Oscar-winning British film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90, his son has said.  —  Lord Attenborough was one of Britain's leading actors, before becoming a highly successful director.
Al Jazeera English:
Kidnapped US journalist freed in Syria  —  Peter Theo Curtis is handed over to UN peacekeepers in Golan Heights nearly two years after he was captured.  —  An American journalist kidnapped nearly two years ago has been freed in Syria and handed over to UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights …
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Rand Paul: Dems afraid I'll run in 2016  —  Sen. Rand Paul says Democrats are afraid his stance on war and foreign policy would attract independents and “even some Democrats” if he were to run against Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.  —  “I think the American public is coming …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul Calls Hillary Clinton ‘A War Hawk’
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Detroit Free Press:   Sen. Rand Paul calls Hillary Clinton a ‘war hawk’
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
U.S. strikes in Syria against Islamic State would be hindered by intelligence gaps  —  A U.S. offensive in Syria against the radical Islamist group that beheaded an American journalist would likely be constrained by persistent intelligence gaps and an inability to rely on fleets of armed drones …
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Keith Laing / The Hill:
Graham: Target ISIS in Syria
Discussion: Associated Press, CNN, Hot Air and Politico
TMZ.com:
Suge Knight — Shot Multiple Times After VMA Party Turns Violent  —  5:45 AM PT — Suge is out of surgery ... according to family sources.  We're told Suge was shot 6 times.  He's currently in ICU, but is expected to recover.  —  Shots rang out at 1OAK nightclub in West Hollywood …
Robert Mendick / Telegraph:
Tony Blair gives Kazakhstan's autocratic president tips on how to defend a massacre  —  Tony Blair told the Nursultan Nazarbayev that the deaths of 14 protesters ‘tragic though they were, should not obscure the enormous progress’ his country had made  —  Tony Blair gave Kazakhstan's autocratic …
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Inside the Democrats' Plan to Save Arkansas—and the Senate  —  PINE BLUFF, Arkansas—No sign announces the purpose of this little storefront, squeezed between a Bestway Rent to Own and a Rent-a-Center in a dilapidated shopping center.  But the words hand-lettered in black and red marker …
Leslie Holland / CNN:
Texas police chief killed in traffic stop  —  (CNN) — A police chief in a small Texas town was shot multiple times during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon and later died, authorities said.  —  Michael Pimentel served in Elmendorf, a suburb southeast of San Antonio with about 1,500 residents.
Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
Dinesh D'Souza: Ferguson Protesters Are Just Like ISIS  —  Convicted felon Dinesh D'Souza is hawking a new book and making outlandish comparisons, again.  —  Dinesh D'Souza has a book to sell.  —  It was certainly with that in mind that in an interview with the conservative Newsmax TV …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Will Iowa be Dems' Waterloo?  —  Iowa was never supposed to be a Senate battleground for Democrats.  —  Following two cycles where it was GOP missteps and subpar candidates who cost them winnable races, the tables have turned and it's now Democrats who are scrambling to right Rep. Bruce Braley's flagging campaign before it's too late.
 
 
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