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2:10 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.”
New York Times:
Missouri Governor Lauds Ferguson Curfew as ‘Solid Step Forward’  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — The governor of Missouri said Sunday that an overnight curfew had been effective in helping to maintain peace in this St. Louis suburb after a week of unrest ignited by the fatal shooting …
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.
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’  —  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
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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