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4:20 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 …
New York Times:
Ferguson Police Identify Darren Wilson as Officer in Fatal Shooting and Link Teenager to Robbery  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — The police in Ferguson broke their weeklong silence on Friday and identified the officer involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager …
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Congress under pressure from left and right to ‘demilitarize’ police
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Police: Teen Was ‘Primary Suspect’ In Robbery At Time Of Shooting  —  Michael Brown, the African-American teen who was shot by Ferguson, Mo., police Saturday, was the primary suspect for an alleged robbery at the time of the shooting, according to reporters on the ground piecing through a police report released Friday.
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.
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
Charles Rabin /
8 Dream Defenders in Miami are arrested in protests over Michael Brown shooting
Discussion: National Review and CBS Miami
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: OnPolitics and PoliticusUSA
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 …
Discussion: Liberaland
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: OnPolitics and Washington Monthly
Ukraine Strikes APCs From Russia as Spat Over Aid Convoy Deepens  —  The crisis in Ukraine escalated as the government said its army destroyed part of a column of military vehicles that crossed the border from Russia, even as Vladimir Putin denies any military presence in the country.
Roland Oliphant / Telegraph:
Russian armoured vehicles and military trucks cross border into Ukraine
Discussion: Guardian
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
A Climate Crusader's Comeuppance  —  Billionaire Tom Steyer's vow to make politicians toe the green line isn't working out so well.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Buying Main Street: Billionaires swamp local races  —  It was a gut-punch moment for the local lawman: Already sweating a tough reelection race, he'd just received word that one of the country's most powerful billionaires was trying to oust him from the Milwaukee County sheriff's seat.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
NEW PICS DROOL, GEEKS!  —  EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS  —  Tech geeks may want to take a hit off their inhalers and brace themselves ... because TMZ has obtained possible pictures of Apple's brand spanking new iPhone 6!  —  We're told the phone was smuggled out of a Foxconn factory in China …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Mashable and UPROXX
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Salt - The Science Was Settled!  —  The science was settled on salt, or at least the talking points were - less was better, and the typical American consumed too much.  —  Now it turns out the low-salt deniers may be on to something; here is NBC News:  —  Pour on the Salt?  New Research Suggests More Is OK
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The Okie:
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Claire McCaskill's sexual assault bill passes
Discussion: BuzzFeed
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Islamic State's potential weakness
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Emily Gosden / Telegraph:
Wind farm ‘needs 700 times more land’ than fracking site to produce same energy
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Forever Slump  —  It's hard to believe, but almost six years …
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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
Police Or Army: Who Wore It Better?
Discussion: National Review and Hit & Run
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
White House rejects media's demand for openness, reporters slap ‘bunch of spin’
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Curtis Wilkie / New York Times:
The South's Lesson for the Tea Party
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Washington Post:
The Clintons break bread and build ties with Julian Castro, stoking talk of a 2016 ticket