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10:30 AM ET, August 15, 2014


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The Hill:
Lawmaker drafting bill to demilitarize local police  —  A Democratic congressman from Georgia is drafting legislation to limit a Pentagon program that provides surplus military equipment to local law enforcement.  —  Rep. Hank Johnson is pushing the legislation amid the situation in Ferguson …
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and Hot Air
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 …
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 …
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Congress under pressure from left and right to ‘demilitarize’ police  —  Groups on the left and right are uniting behind calls to end what they say is the rise of a “militarized” police force in the United States.  —  They say the controversial police tactics seen this week in Ferguson …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Libertarians make their voices heard on police in Ferguson, Mo.  —  The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., has produced a rare and surprisingly unified response across the ideological spectrum, with Republicans and Democrats joining to decry the tactics …
Sen. Rand Paul / TIME:
Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Eric Holder ‘concerned’ over Ferguson
Discussion: Colorlines and The Last Refuge
Jeff Roberson / ABC News:
Ferguson, Missouri, Police to Release Name of Officer in Fatal Shooting  —  Police in Ferguson, Missouri, plan to release the name today of the officer who shot and killed an unarmed teen — a shooting that sparked days of clashes in the streets of the St. Louis suburb.
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Protests again roil Ferguson, Mo., over Michael Brown shooting
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rand Paul on Ferguson: Police too militarized
Discussion: Politico
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
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
White House rejects media's demand for openness, reporters slap ‘bunch of spin’  —  WASHINGTON SECRETS BARACK OBAMA MEDIA JOSH EARNEST WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS ASSOC WHITE HOUSE PRESS CORPS  —  The White House blew off a demand for openness and transparency from 40 prominent media groups …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Video: Steve King says blacks in Ferguson should “straighten up and fly right”  —  U.S. Rep. Steve King said the African-American community in Ferguson, Mo., should “settle down” and “straighten up and fly right,” and suggested a tattoo parlor was not damaged in rioting because of blacks …
U.S. Rep. Justin Amash /
Amash responds: Why my opponent's smears were ‘disgusting’  —  U.S. Rep. Justin Amash said Brian Ellis ran a “disgusting despicable smear campaign” during Amash's victory speech in downtown Grand Rapids Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.  (Cory Morse |  —  Editor's note: The following …
Washington Post:
The Clintons break bread and build ties with Julian Castro, stoking talk of a 2016 ticket  —  As she expands her political network in advance of an expected presidential run, Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband have been cultivating an important ally who some believe could become her vice presidential running mate.
Police Or Army: Who Wore It Better?  —  Are we seeing double?!  Nope, that's just what happens when two of the state's instruments of physical force bust out the exact same look.  Time for a fashion face-off!  —  1. Kevlar Tactical Body Armor  —  Via Wikimedia / Getty  —  Uh-oh!
Discussion: National Review and Hit & Run
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 and TVNewser
GAMESCOM: SHOOT RACIST TEA PARTIERS IN ‘BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE’  —  In the upcoming first-person shooter Battlefield Hardline, players will shoot and kill racist anti-government Tea Party types, Gadsden flag and all.  —  Gamers got their first look at Battlefield Hardline's singleplayer campaign …
Curtis Wilkie / New York Times:
The South's Lesson for the Tea Party  —  OXFORD, Miss. — LAST week's Republican primary in Tennessee resulted in a comfortable win for Senator Lamar Alexander over his Tea Party-backed challenger, State Assembly Representative Joe Carr.  But make no mistake: The Tea Party is on a roll across the South …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
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