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12:40 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.
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.
Jon Swaine / Guardian:
Ferguson police officer was ‘doing his job’, say supporters  —  Protesters, almost all of whom were white, say Darren Wilson is being victimised as they stage protest in St Louis  —  Supporters of the police officer who shot dead an unarmed teenager in Missouri last weekend …
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 …
New York Times:
Missouri Governor to Deploy National Guard to Ferguson
Discussion: The Daily Banter, Jezebel and Gawker
William Powell / The Atlantic Online:
The Roots of Violence in Ferguson
Ellen Wulfhorst / Reuters:
National Guard called in after second night of chaos in Ferguson, Missouri
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico and National Review
Los Angeles Times:
Autopsy shows Michael Brown was shot six times, and twice in the head
Discussion: USA Today and Crooked Timber
Michael Brown / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Nixon speaks on several Sunday morning shows, Holder orders autopsy
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.
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
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: National Review, Hot Air and ACS Blog
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 …
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.
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.
Gun safety stressed after accidental shooting … Headlines List  —  SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. —  A stray target shooting bullet sent one man to the hospital Sunday afternoon.  It happened west of Wichita near Andale, and now Sedgwick County deputies are urging gun owners to know their surrounds before they shoot.
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
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Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
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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
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
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