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8:55 PM ET, August 15, 2014


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Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie  —  The officers got the wrong man, but charged him anyway—with getting his blood on their uniforms.  How the Ferguson PD ran the town where Michael Brown was gunned down.  —  Police in Ferguson, Missouri, once charged a man with destruction …
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
The Ferguson Police Chief's Statement Is Only Making Things Worse  —  Five days after a police officer fired multiple rounds at and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, we now know that the officer's name is Darren Wilson.  Thanks to Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson …
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
White St. Louis Has Some Awful Things to Say About Ferguson  —  About a 15-minute drive from the Ferguson protest that, by now, feels more like a block party, in the more upscale St. Louis suburb of Olivette, there's a new strip mall with a barbecue joint and a Starbucks and an e-cigarette store.
USA Today:
Ferguson police identify officer in Michael Brown shooting  —  Ferguson, Missouri police department released store surveillance video that shows a man shoving the store clerk and stealing cigars.  Michael Brown was a suspect in that robbery. … FERGUSON, Mo. — Michael Brown was identified …
Statement from the Family of Michael Brown & Their Attorneys  —  “Michael Brown's family is beyond outraged at the devious way the police chief has chosen to disseminate piece mil information in a manner intended to assassinate the character of their son, following such a brutal assassination of his person in broad daylight.
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Congress under pressure from left and right to ‘demilitarize’ police
Patrick Tolbert / KXAN-TV:
Texas Governor Rick Perry indicted by grand jury  —  AUSTIN (KXAN) - A grand jury has handed up an indictment against Gov. Rick Perry in connection with the investigation into an effort to force Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign.  — Read the Indictment
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Texas Gov. Perry Indicted on Charge of Abuse of Power  —  AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry of Texas was indicted on two felony counts on Friday by a state grand jury examining his handling of a local district attorney's drunken driving arrest and the state financing for a public corruption unit under the lawyer's control.
Discussion: Power Line and CANNONFIRE
Associated Press:
TEXAS' PERRY CHARGED WITH COERCION FOR VETO THREAT  —  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption …
Andy Abrahams / Parade:
Paul Ryan on His Father's Private Battle, Family, and ‘House of Cards’  —  More by Andy  —  When Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan to be his running mate in 2012, the most dramatic detail in the potential veep's biography was the tragic loss of his father when Ryan was just 16.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Al Gore sues Al Jazeera for fraud  —  Former Vice President Al Gore and business partner Joel Hyatt have filed a lawsuit against Al Jazeera on charges of fraud and material breaches in their acquisition of Current Media, POLITICO has learned.  —  Gore and Hyatt, the co-founders of Current Media …
Al Gore Sues Al Jazeera Over $500 Million Current TV Deal
Jay Newton-Small / TIME:
Ernst Says She Was Sexually Harassed in the Military  —  Breaks with party, Pentagon on stance  —  Republican State Sen. Joni Ernst, who is running for Senate and served more than 20 years in the military, said Friday that she was sexually harassed in the military and, given her experience …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Twitter User Appears To Provide Eyewitness Account Of Teen Shooting  —  A Twitter user appears to have provided a contemporaneous account from the scene of the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting of Michael Brown, 18, on Saturday, Aug. 9.  —  The account of the incident was found and curated …
Discussion: UPROXX and National Review
Lizzie Dearden / The Independent:
Huge asteroid that ‘could end human life’ defying gravity as it moves towards Earth, scientists say  —  Scientists have moved closer to being able to stop a huge asteroid colliding with the Earth and potentially wiping out human life.  —  Researchers at the University of Tennessee have discovered …
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Candidate Can't Explain His Position On Women's Health, Forgets What Birth Control Is  —  Rep. Mike Coffman,, left, and Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff smile at the start of a their first debate  —  At a political debate on Thursday night, a GOP candidate for the U.S. House …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
There Is A Man In Texas Who Has Been Imprisoned 34 Years Without A Conviction  —  In 1977, a Texas man named Jerry Hartfield was convicted of murder.  His conviction was tossed out three years later because the process used to select his jury was unconstitutional.
Discussion: Shakesville
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Why Is Dem Nunn Touting Endorsement From Zell Miller?  —  Georgia Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn's campaign has been strongly touting a new, major endorsement: former Georgia governor and Sen. Zell Miller (D).  —  Miller supported segregationist candidates early in his career and then became …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jim Galloway / Political Insider blog:
Zell Miller endorses Michelle Nunn for Senate, but Nathan Deal for governor
Discussion: Washington Monthly and OnPolitics
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Meet Montana's Nose-Ringed Candidate for the U.S. Senate  —  A week ago, Amanda Curtis was a just math teacher from Butte with a TED talk.  Now she's the last-minute frontrunner to hold on to the Democrats' Big Sky Senate seat.  —  In recent years, Montana has been electing a certain breed of burly, alpha male Democrats.
Discussion: Washington Post
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
McCulloch blasts Nixon for replacing St. Louis County Police control  —  McCulloch blasts Nixon  —  St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch Thursday night blasted the decision by Gov. Jay Nixon to replace St. Louis County Police control of the Ferguson situation with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Stars In “House Of Cards” Spoof For Her Husband's Birthday  —  Brought to you by the Clinton Foundation.  —  Hillary Clinton stars a House of Cards-style video for her husband's upcoming 68th birthday.  —  The bill features a couple jokes about Clinton running for president …
Discussion: Politico and Jezebel
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David Zahniser / Los Angeles Times:
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Charles Rabin /
8 Dream Defenders in Miami are arrested in protests over Michael Brown shooting
Discussion: National Review and CBS Miami
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: Mashable, UPROXX and The Daily Caller
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Islamic State's potential weakness
Discussion: VodkaPundit and The Daily Caller
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Forever Slump  —  It's hard to believe, but almost six years …
Discussion: AEIdeas
U.S. Rep. Justin Amash /
Amash responds: Why my opponent's smears were ‘disgusting’
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Video: Steve King says blacks in Ferguson should “straighten up and fly right”
Discussion: PoliticusUSA