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2:00 PM ET, August 16, 2014


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Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
What the Hell Just Happened in Texas, and Why Was Rick Perry Just Indicted?  —  The scandal that erupted Friday night involved millions of dollars, statehouse power plays—oh yeah, and alcohol, police, and masks.  —  Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted Friday on charges of abuse of power …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
What You Need To Know About The Indictment Naming Texas Governor Rick Perry  —  Rick Perry, Texas' longstanding Republican governor and a 2012 presidential candidate, is now under indictment.  The indictment lays out two counts against the Texas governor, one for “Abuse of Official Capacity” …
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas Is Indicted on Charge of Abuse of Power  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — A grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts on Friday, charging that he abused his power last year when he attempted to pressure the district attorney here, a Democrat, to step down by threatening to cut off state financing to her office.
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
Analysis: It's Not the Crime, It's the Politics … So this is what happens when the fox cuts the food supply of the dog guarding the henhouse.  —  A Travis County grand jury on Friday indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts, alleging he abused his power by threatening to veto funding …
Discussion: WFAA-TV and Hot Air
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Rick Perry Indicted: Another Democratic Party Dirty Trick
Discussion: Instapundit
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Rick Perry indicted, backers cry witch-hunt
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Calm unravels in Ferguson  —  FERGUSON, Missouri— By early Saturday morning a day of peaceful protests gave way to tear gas and sporadic bouts of looting.  —  Police officers in riot gear blocked off a section of West Florissant Avenue as the protests over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown unraveled into bedlam.
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Protesters and Police Face Off Again on Ferguson Streets  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — Unrest returned to the streets of this St. Louis suburb early Saturday as hundreds of demonstrators, angered by the shooting death of an unarmed African-American teenager by a police officer, engaged in a standoff …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Hot Air
Jim Salter / Associated Press:
POLICE, PROTESTERS CLASH AGAIN IN FERGUSON  —  FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police and about 200 protesters clashed again in Ferguson, Missouri late Friday after another tense day in the St. Louis suburb that included authorities identifying the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager …
Looting, confrontation mar Ferguson's streets once more  —  Have you documented the protests in Ferguson?  Share your photos, videos and opinions with CNN iReport.  For local coverage of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown and its aftermath, go to CNN affiliates KMOV, KSDK, KTVI and KPLR.
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
The Rev. Jesse Jackson shows up at protest site as Brown family calls for calm
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
McCulloch blasts Nixon for replacing St. Louis County Police control
Discussion: Guardian and Daily Kos
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Congress goes after police  —  Lawmakers are targeting police with new and old pieces of legislation in the wake of riots in a St. Louis suburb sparked by the killing by a police officer of an unarmed black teenager.  —  Much of the focus has been on the heavy military equipment …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Black Caucus members call for hearings on Ferguson shooting
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Twitter User Appears To Provide Eyewitness Account Of Teen Shooting
Discussion: UPROXX and National Review
Sattkisson / Sharyl Attkisson:
HHS Official: “Delete this email”  —  An email obtained by Congress shows the top official for at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under the Department of Health and Human Services, Marilyn Tavenner, instructed the agency's top spokesman to “Please delete this email.”
Damon Linker / The Week:
What if your daughter was a porn star?  —  Americans have come to pride themselves on their moral libertarianism.  But there are limits.  —  Think about it.  —  W  —  e're living through a libertarian moment.  —  No, libertarianism hasn't consistently changed how Americans think about taxation …
William C. Rhoden / New York Times:
Mo'ne Davis Dominates at Little League World Series  —  SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — An unmistakable electricity ran through Howard J. Lamade Stadium on Friday as a team from Pennsylvania faced a team from Tennessee on the second day of the Little League World Series.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Joe Scarborough, Mike Allen Form Journalistic Axis of Evil
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