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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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Hot Air, UPROXX and CNN
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.
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
Stephen Deere / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis alderman released from jail after arrest during Ferguson protest
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Harrowing Images Out of Ferguson
Max Fisher / Vox:
Washington Post reporters have been arrested in two cities this year: Ferguson and Tehran
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Washington Post:
Post's Lowery detained in Ferguson
John McWhorter / The Daily Beast:
The True Stereotypes Behind Michael Brown's Death
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, New York Times and Balloon Juice
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.
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Washington Post reporter arrested in Ferguson  —  Wesley Lowery, a reporter for The Washington Post who has been reporting on the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., was detained Wednesday evening by police in Ferguson.  —  He and other reporters were working in a McDonald's in Ferguson when about half …
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 and Mediaite
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
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
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
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 …
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)  —  Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said on Wednesday that he saw no reason to be concerned about the possibility of racial profiling in police clashes with protesters in Ferguson, Mo. because the protestors all appeared to be of a single “continental origin.”
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
President Obama: No Internet Fast Lanes  —  The Federal Communications Commission, which could soon allow phone and cable companies to block or interfere with Internet content, has been deluged with more than a million comments.  Last week, President Obama offered some thoughts of his own …
Discussion: The Hill and The Raw Story
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