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6:50 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.
The United States Department of Justice:
Statement by Attorney General Eric Holder on Latest Developments in Ferguson, Missouri  —  Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement Thursday following his meeting earlier today with President Obama to discuss the latest developments in Ferguson, Missouri:
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Claire McCaskill: ‘We need to demilitarize’
Discussion: The Hill, New York Times and Mashable
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rand Paul on Ferguson: Police too militarized
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
White House walks a careful line on Ferguson
Washington Post:
Even before Michael Brown's slaying in Ferguson, racial questions hung over police
USA Today:
Pentagon fueled Ferguson confrontation: Column
Washington Post:
Transcript: Obama's remarks on unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Iraq
Nine charged for alleged Ferguson looting
Discussion: National Review and Daily Kos
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 …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Did MSNBC's Ticker Just Confirm That Chuck Todd Is Taking Over ‘Meet The Press’?  —  CNN's Brian Stelter reported that NBC could officially name Chuck Todd as the new host of “Meet the Press” as early as Thursday afternoon.  But confirmation of the change may have gone largely unnoticed.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Chuck Todd to replace David Gregory on ‘Meet The Press’
Discussion: NewsBusters
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 …
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 …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Politico's Media Reporter Says Arrested Journalists 'Aren't Heroes'
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Ashley Alman / The Huffington Post:
Huffington Post Reporter Arrested In Ferguson
New York Times:
Where We Came From, State by State  —  Charts showing how Americans have moved between states for 112 years.  —  BLURRING PARTY LINES |  AUGUST 14, 12:23 AM  —  Welcome to Rhode Island, America's Least Polarized State  —  Wonder what Washington might look like if it were less polarized?
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 …
Mike Allen / Politico:   Open Mike: Inside Ready for Hillary
William Douglas / News, sports and weather …:
Clinton's lead over GOP candidates shrinking
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Maliki Agrees to Relinquish Power in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD — Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki said Thursday night that he had agreed to relinquish power, state television reported, potentially ending a crisis in which his deployment of extra security forces around the capital had raised worries of a military coup.
Maliki finally steps aside as Iraq Sunni leader sees U.S. help
Discussion: TalkLeft
Washington Post:
Obama administration shows little urgency for stemming Islamic State violence
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
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
As Work Shifts Vary, Family's Only Constant Is Chaos  —  Like increasing numbers of low-income mothers and fathers, Ms. Navarro is at the center of a new collision that pits sophisticated workplace technology against some fundamental requirements of parenting, with particularly harsh consequences for poor single mothers.
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: Balloon Juice, Slate and Taylor Marsh
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