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1:35 AM ET, August 15, 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 …
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:
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Opportunism knocks in Missouri  —  Add Rand Paul's name to the list of opportunists seeking to exploit for political purposes the tragic shooting of young Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  The race-hustlers populate the list, of course.  So does President Obama who sees a topic …
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Eric Holder ‘concerned’ over Ferguson  —  Attorney General Eric Holder released a new statement Thursday regarding the escalating tensions in Ferguson, Missouri, saying such unrest “cannot continue,” but expressed concerns over the actions of local law enforcement.
Discussion: Colorlines and The Last Refuge
Matthew Harwood / Salon:
One nation under SWAT: How America's police became an occupying force  —  If the situation in Ferguson has taught us one thing, it's that things are getting very, very scary  —  Jason Westcott was afraid.  —  One night last fall, he discovered via Facebook that a friend of a friend …
Discussion: Daily Kos, and The Raw Story
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Civil Rights Icon Compares Ferguson To Montgomery Freedom Riders, Calls For Martial Law  —  Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who nearly 40 years ago suffered a fractured skull as police officers attacked civil rights protesters with dogs and billy clubs in Selma, Alabama, denounced the police treatment …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Claire McCaskill: ‘We need to demilitarize’
Discussion: New York Times, The Hill and Mashable
USA Today:
Pentagon fueled Ferguson confrontation: Column
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.
Zachary Roth /
Ferguson's lack of diversity goes way beyond its cops
Discussion: NewsBusters and The Daily Banter
Jack Jenkins / ThinkProgress:
Ferguson Faith Leaders Take To The Streets, March With Protestors
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rand Paul on Ferguson: Police too militarized
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Even before Michael Brown's slaying in Ferguson, racial questions hung over police
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
What I Saw in Ferguson  —  Nothing that happened in Ferguson …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Politico's Media Reporter Says Arrested Journalists 'Aren't Heroes'
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Chuck Todd to replace David Gregory on ‘Meet The Press’
Discussion: NewsBusters
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Police chief rips Obama remarks  —  The executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police criticized President Obama Thursday for his remarks about law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo.  —  “I would contend that discussing police tactics from Martha's Vineyard is not helpful to ultimately calming the situation …
Charlie Spiering / BREITBART.COM:
PHOTOGRAPHER DELETES OBAMA DANCING PHOTO AFTER GOING VIRAL  —  A Martha's Vineyard photographer quietly deleted photographs of President Obama dancing during a birthday party after they went viral online.  —  Editorial and fine art photographer Elizabeth Cecil posted two photos of the president …
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Discussion: National Review
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
Close  —  President Barack Obama really wanted to take a vacation.  But then the world intervened.  —  The president's plan to snag two weeks off in Martha's Vineyard has been an utter failure, marking his worst attempt at relaxation since the Detroit underwear bomber consumed his 2009 Christmas holiday in Hawaii.
Discussion: RedState
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?
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Twitter vows to “improve our policies” after Robin Williams' daughter is bullied off the network  —  Internet trolls bullied Robin Williams' daughter off of Twitter and Instagram just days after her father's death.  A handful of Twitter users sent Zelda Williams messages on Twitter that blamed …
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The Clintons break bread and build ties with Julian Castro, stoking talk of a 2016 ticket
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Obama's one achievement — outgolfing Tiger Woods
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Economic Lessons Unlearnt
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Redskins appeal trademark board ruling against team name
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Politico
Nancy Lofholm / Denver Post:
Discussion: Liberaland and ABC News
Maliki finally steps aside as Iraq Sunni leader sees U.S. help
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Robin Smith / KMOV-TV:
Another witness to Brown shooting comes forward; video shows graphic scene
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Steve King: Since Ferguson Rioters Are All Of The Same ‘Continental Origin,’ Racial Profiling Is Not A Concern