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3:00 PM ET, August 14, 2014


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Sen. Rand Paul / TIME:
Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police  —  Anyone who thinks that race does not skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention.  And the root of the problem is big government.  —  The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown is an awful tragedy …
St. Louis County Police to Be Removed From Ferguson: Clay  —  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will announce that St. Louis County law enforcement will be relieved of duty in Ferguson, which has been roiled by protests after the shooting death by police of an unarmed teenager, according to Representative William Lacy Clay.
Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Ferguson Police Chief Turns To Hannity To Handle His PR  —  After a long day of crowd control and reporter arrests, the chief made an appearance on Sean Hannity's show to reassure everyone he had things under control.  —  Police Chief Thomas Jackson took a breather from all of his responsibilities …
Discussion: Slate and New York Times
Ashley Alman / The Huffington Post:
Huffington Post Reporter Arrested In Ferguson  —  The Huffington Post's Ryan J. Reilly and the Washington Post's Wesley Lowery were arrested Wednesday evening while covering the protests in Ferguson, Missouri after the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, who was shot by a police officer last week.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Losing perspective in Ferguson  —  The popular line on Ferguson, Missouri — the site of ongoing protests over the police shooting of an 18-year-old African-American — is that it's become an American Iraq.  The Huffington Post banner reads “Baghdad USA.”  Lydia Polgreen, deputy International editor …
Casey Nolen / KSDK-TV:
TV crews hit by bean bags, tear gas  —  AL JAZEERA AMERICA TV crews were overcome with tear gas fired near their vehicle in Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday night.  Minutes later, police took down the crew's light kit, and pointed their camera at the ground.  KSDK  —  CONNECT
Mary Katharine Ham / Hot Air:
Free societies require more of police than turning tough situations into militarized zones  —  There's a lot of bad going on in Ferguson, Missouri right now.  Let me start with the shooting, several times over, by police of an unarmed young man.  It is not in dispute that he was unarmed …
Discussion: RedState
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
What I Saw in Ferguson  —  Nothing that happened in Ferguson, Missouri, on the fourth night since Michael Brown died at the hands of a police officer there, dispelled the notion that this is a place where law enforcement is capable of gross overreaction.  Just after sundown on Wednesday …
Adam Serwer /
In Ferguson, the blurred line between law enforcement and combat  —  The photograph shows a man with his hands raised in surrender or protest, and a clutch of police, clad in camouflage and body armor brandishing assault rifles.  The patches on their shoulders read “police,” but they look like soldiers.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Claire McCaskill: ‘We need to demilitarize’  —  Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is calling for the “demilitarization” of the police in Ferguson, Missouri, deeming the response by law enforcement “the problem instead of the solution.”  —  McCaskill, who was in Ferguson on Thursday morning meeting …
Nine charged for alleged Ferguson looting
Discussion: National Review and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Even before Michael Brown's slaying in Ferguson, racial questions hung over police
USA Today:
Pentagon fueled Ferguson confrontation: Column
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Ferguson's Police Got Free Military Gear Straight From The Pentagon
Discussion: Fox News, Newsweek and The Raw Story
Washington Post:
Transcript: Obama's remarks on unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Iraq
Discussion: TalkLeft and Shakesville
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Washington Post reporter arrested in Ferguson
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Harrowing Images Out of Ferguson
Washington Post:
Post's Lowery detained in Ferguson
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Clinton hurt 2014 Dems  —  Democrats face potentially catastrophic midterm elections that could leave Republicans and conservatives in control of the House, the Senate and the Supreme Court.  Yet while Democrats face a political state of emergency, Hillary Clinton this week launched …
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
How Money Warps U.S. Foreign Policy
William Douglas / News, sports and weather …:
Clinton's lead over GOP candidates shrinking
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Brian Stelter /
“Meet the Press:” Gregory out, Todd in  —  NBC will name Chuck Todd the new host of “Meet the Press” as soon as Thursday afternoon, according to people with direct knowledge of the network's plans.  —  The sources confirmed widespread speculation that David Gregory, who moderated the show …
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Steve King: Since Ferguson Rioters Are All Of The Same ‘Continental Origin,’ Racial Profiling Is Not A Concern  —  Rep. Steve King appeared on Newsmax TV yesterday, where host J.D. Hayworth asked him about the rising tensions in Ferguson, Missouri and the call by members of the Congressional Black Caucus …
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Steve King: Ferguson Protestors Are Of A Single ‘Continental Origin’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Obama administration shows little urgency for stemming Islamic State violence  —  Senior U.S. officials describe the threat posed by the Islamic State in chilling terms, but they have mounted a decidedly modest military campaign to check its advance through northern Iraq.
Discussion: Power Line and Booman Tribune
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:   Obama prepares schools for migrant kids
New York Times:
Where We Came From, State by State  —  We charted how Americans have moved between states since 1900.  See how your state has changed:  —  These charts were compiled using Census microdata obtained from at the University of Minnesota Population Center.
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