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12:00 PM ET, August 17, 2014


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Jason Sickles / Yahoo! News:
Photos: Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson earned police honor before fatal shooting Yahoo News 4 hrs ago  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — Six months before he shot and killed an unarmed teenager, police Officer Darren Wilson earned a commendation for his “extraordinary effort in the line of duty.”
Mark Steyn / Steyn Online:
Cigars, But Not Close  —  The “narrative” of Ferguson, Missouri changed somewhat today.  But, amid the confusion, the blundering stupidity of the city's police department remains consistent.  —  This morning the Police Chief, Thomas Jackson, released security-camera shots …
Ferguson curfew ends after 7 arrests, 1 shooting  —  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.
New York Times:
Midnight Curfew in Effect for Ferguson  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri on Saturday imposed a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew in this small city, declaring a state of emergency as violence flared anew after a week of street protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.
Jim Salter / Associated Press:
Discussion: TIME
Mike Lillis / The Hill:   Congress goes after police
Calm unravels in Ferguson
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
This Indictment Of Rick Perry Is Unbelievably Ridiculous  —  I have never seen anything so frivolous in my (admittedly nonexistent) legal career.  —  Shares … They say a prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, and this always seemed like hyperbole …
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Perry: ‘I stood up for the rule of law’  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry said on Sunday he would “make exactly the same decision” that resulted in a grand jury indicting him.  —  Perry, who was indicted by a Travis County grand jury in Texas on Friday alleging he abused the powers of his office …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Where's the Justice at Justice?  —  WASHINGTON — JIM RISEN is gruff.  —  The tall slab of a reporter looks like someone who could have played an Irish Marine sergeant in an old World War II movie.  —  “Editors think I'm a curmudgeon,” the 59-year-old admits, laughing.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
High fashion, expense for Hillary travel  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answers questions during the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries' annual conference at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino on Thursday, April 10, 2014.  Clinton, a potential 2016 presidential candidate …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Playing Soldier in the Suburbs  —  TO understand what's been happening in Ferguson, Mo., where protests and violence following a cop's shooting of an unarmed teenager summoned up a police response that looked more like a military invasion, it helps to flash back to the heyday of the Symbionese Liberation Army.
Janet Harris / Washington Post:
Stop calling abortion a ‘difficult decision’  —  Janet Harris is the president of Upstream Analysis, a news and social-media analysis firm.  She was previously the communications director of Emily's List, a political action committee supporting Democratic pro-choice women running for office.
Discussion: NewsBusters
Andrew Browne / Wall Street Journal:
The Great Chinese Exodus  —  Many Chinese are leaving for cleaner air, better schools and more opportunity.  But Beijing is keeping its eye on them.  —  A recent report showed that 64% of China's rich are either migrating overseas or have plans to leave the country.
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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