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2:50 PM ET, August 17, 2014


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New York Times:
Justice Dept. to Conduct 2nd Autopsy in Ferguson Case  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Sunday that the Justice Department would conduct its own autopsy of Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American teenager who was fatally shot more than a week ago by a white police officer.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
DEATH WISH?  Media Draws Map to Home of Ferguson Police Officer Who Shot Mike Brown  —  Is the media trying to get Ferguson police office Darren Wilson lynched?  —  CNN broadcast a report Friday that showed the house, including the street number, of the Ferguson police officer who police say shot Mike Brown.
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 …
Ellen Wulfhorst / Reuters:
Some clashes in Ferguson, Missouri, despite night curfew  —  (Reuters) - Protesters and police clashed early on Sunday despite a night curfew imposed on Ferguson, Missouri to try to quell days of violence that erupted after an unarmed black teenager was shot dead by a white police officer a week ago.
Jim Salter / Associated Press:
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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 …
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Perry Dismisses Indictment: Even David Axelrod Thinks It's ‘Sketchy’  —  On Fox News Sunday, Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) dismissed the indictment handed down by a Texas grand jury this week alleging that Perry abused his power in threatening to veto funding for an agency run by a Travis County District Attorney he wanted to resign.
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Perry: ‘I stood up for the rule of law’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg View:
Reading the Early Republican Presidential Field  —  In the realm of Republican presidential politics, this has been a good year for Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas.  It hasn't been as kind to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush or Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
James Gordon / Dallas Morning News:
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.
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