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2:40 PM ET, August 18, 2014


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New York Times:
Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Struck at Least 6 Times  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found.
Washington Post:
County investigation: Michael Brown was shot from the front, had marijuana in his system  —  Michael Brown was shot in the head and chest multiple times, according to Mary Case, the St. Louis County medical examiner.  —  While Case declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation …
Missouri Governor's Office / Governor Jay Nixon:
Following coordinated attacks on civilians and law enforcement, Governor Nixon signs executive order directing Missouri National Guard resources to Ferguson  —  Gov. Jay Nixon has signed an executive order directing additional resources through the Missouri National Guard to help restore peace …
Gabrielle Bluestone / Gawker:
Cops in Ferguson Threaten to Shoot Reporter, Mace Chris Hayes  —  Police in Ferguson were caught on camera Sunday night threatening to mace one reporter and shoot another.  At least two other journalists also claim they were arrested while following police orders.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox Panel Defends Ferguson Police: ‘The Response Last Night Is What Needs To Happen’  —  An all-white male panel of Fox News experts defended the militarization of police in Ferguson, Missouri and the actions of police officer Darren Wilson, arguing that local police districts need to use tear gas …
William Powell / The Atlantic Online:
The Roots of Violence in Ferguson
Discussion: Washington Post and Simple Justice
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
A Movement Grows in Ferguson
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
The Charges Against Rick Perry Are Thin.  But They Are Also Clarifying.  —  Barely had their schadenfreude subsided over the indictment Friday of Texas Governor Rick Perry for abusing the powers of his office than even some liberal commentators began questioning the charges.
Errol Louis / CNN:
Opinion: Is Rick Perry sunk for 2016?  —  Editor's note: Errol Louis is the host of “Inside City Hall,” a nightly political show on NY1, a New York all-news channel.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.  —  (CNN) — The indictment and possible trial …
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Georgia Man Charged After Stray Bullet Kills Texas Woman  —  Police said a Georgia man was charged with involuntary manslaughter after he accidentally fired his gun Saturday, shooting himself in the hand and killing a woman walking by him with the stray bullet.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
WSB-TV:   Police: Texas tourist killed in accidental shooting in Helen
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar / TIME:
The Coming Race War Won't Be About Race  —  Ferguson is not just about systemic racism—it's about class warfare, and how America's poor are held back  —  Will the recent rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, be a tipping point in the struggle against racial injustice, or will it be a minor footnote …
Discussion: Hot Air, National Review and ACS Blog
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Congressional Re-Elect Measure Remains Near All-Time Low  —  American voters not as negative about their own member of Congress  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Nineteen percent of U.S. registered voters say most members of Congress deserve re-election, roughly the same as in two measures earlier this year.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Clinton making 1st Iowa trip since '08  —  Hillary and Bill Clinton will be featured guests at retiring Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry, marking her return to the Hawkeye State for the first time since her failed 2008 presidential campaign, sources familiar with the event said.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNN
Kurt Schlichter /
The GOP Needs to Return to a “Feared By Our Enemies” Foreign Policy  —  SHARES  —  The GOP is in the midst of a public foreign policy debate.  Debate is fine, but as Republican we must agree on some basic premises.  The most important premise is that instead of laughing at us, our enemies should be terrified of us.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Breaking: Nuclear Sabotage in Europe?  —  Here's a curious story out of Belgium that is receiving no media attention (outside a few mentions in the specialized press) in the US: … According to a separate report in the Belgian press, Belgian anti-terrorism investigators are working on the case.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman: If Impeachment Happens, “President Has Chosen To Bring That Upon Himself”  —  Rep. Ted Yoho also reveals he raised impeachment with House leadership, who said no.  —  Republican Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida doesn't want to need to impeach the president, but says if an impeachment does happen …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Thomas Frank / Salon:
How to wreck the GOP in 3 easy steps!  —  Now's the time for change — and here's how to make it  —  President Obama is in the doldrums.  He has run out of ideas, and out of gas.  His strongest supporters are in the grip of a morbid fatalism.  There is nothing the president can do any longer …
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Top House Democrat open to ‘boots on the ground’ to fight ISIS  —  Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that the U.S. might need “some boots on the ground” to fight the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), adding that the U.S. should consider airstrikes in Syria.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice and TalkLeft
Brad DeLong / Washington Center for Equitable Growth:
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Wolfgang Münchau / Financial Times:
Draghi is running out of legal ways to fix the euro
Discussion: AEIdeas and National Review
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Civil Rights Groups To Missouri Gov: Ferguson Curfew Is Unconstitutional
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Chinese hackers stole data of 4.5M patients
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Russia Today's New Ad Campaign Suggests It Could Have Prevented The Iraq War
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Workforce Investment Act Leaves Many Jobless and in Debt
Discussion: AEIdeas
 Earlier Items: 
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
Don Young introduces fiancee at church event
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
White House “Did Not Know” National Guard Was Being Deployed In Ferguson
Discussion: Mediaite
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
2 Killed and Dozen Are Injured as Weekend Shootings Plague New York
Discussion: Gothamist and National Review
Gun safety stressed after accidental shooting
Jeff Smith / New York Times:
In Ferguson, Black Town, White Power
Discussion: Washington Post, Guardian and Eschaton
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Three More Journalists Detained In Ferguson (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
Rand Paul Gives War a Chance
Discussion: Washington Monthly