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7:50 PM ET, August 18, 2014


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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 …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Stark Racial Divisions in Reactions to Ferguson Police Shooting  —  Blacks and whites have sharply different reactions to the police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Mo., and the protests and violence that followed.  Blacks are about twice as likely as whites to say that the shooting of Michael Brown …
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.
Angela J. Davis / The New Republic:
Justice for Michael Brown Rests Almost Entirely in the Hands of This One Man  —  The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, by St. Louis County police officer Darren Wilson prompted massive protests in Ferguson and in cities all over the nation.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Ferguson Is Not Binary  —  The world is not a binary place.  People and events can sometimes be simple and can sometimes be complicated.  Simple events can have tangentially related complicated issues involved and complicated events can have tangentially related simple issues involves.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Ed Driscoll
Tim Stanley /
A black president couldn't stop the Ferguson race riots  —  Violence continues in Ferguson, Missouri.  It began on August 9 with the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager cut down by a white cop's bullets.  Peaceful demonstrations turned into looting …
Discussion: RedState
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:   Ferguson and the Urban-Suburban Race Conflict
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
A Movement Grows in Ferguson
Discussion: Colorlines
Missouri Governor's Office / Governor Jay Nixon:
Statement from Gov. Nixon regarding the ongoing situation in Ferguson and role of National Guard  —  Guard's mission limited in scope; tasked with protecting the Unified Command Center so law enforcement can protect peaceful protestors, citizens and property
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
White House “Did Not Know” National Guard Was Being Deployed In Ferguson
Discussion: Mediaite
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:   Watch President Obama Speak On Iraq And Ferguson At 4 P.M. ET
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   Civil Rights Groups To Missouri Gov: Ferguson Curfew Is Unconstitutional
Missouri Governor's Office / Governor Jay Nixon:
Following coordinated attacks on civilians and law enforcement, Governor Nixon signs executive …
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?
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Why We Fight Wars  —  A century has passed since the start of World War I, which many people at the time declared was “the war to end all wars.”  Unfortunately, wars just kept happening.  And with the headlines from Ukraine getting scarier by the day, this seems like a good time to ask why.
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
No, the Founders Were Not Tea Partiers  —  A 200-year-old lie.  —  Shares … A longstanding conceit of conservative thought, which has returned with new force during the Obama years, is that conservatism is the authentic heir to the vision of the Founders.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Community Health says data stolen in cyber attack from China  —  (Reuters) - Community Health Systems Inc (CYH.N), one of the biggest U.S. hospital groups, said on Monday it was the victim of a cyber attack from China, resulting in the theft of Social Security numbers and other personal data belonging to 4.5 million patients.
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:   Chinese hackers stole data of 4.5M patients
Washington Post:
Full Transcript: Obama's remarks on Ferguson, Mo. and Iraq  —  A fulltranscript of the remarks President Obama delivered on Iraq and the situation in Ferguson, Mo. on August 18.  —  OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody.  —  Earlier today, I received an update from my team on two separate issues …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Shakesville
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Is Finally Going Back to Iowa  —  Hillary Clinton is going back to Iowa for the first time in six years.  —  The former secretary of state will headline Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry in Indianola next month, making her first visit to the state since 2008.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Clinton making 1st Iowa trip since '08
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
West's historic drought stokes fears of water crisis  —  WILLOWS, Calif. — When the winter rains failed to arrive in this Sacramento Valley town for the third straight year, farmers tightened their belts and looked to the reservoirs in the nearby hills to keep them in water through the growing season.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 and Liberaland
Iraq crisis: Mosul dam recaptured from militants - Obama  —  Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Iraqi troops have retaken Mosul dam from Islamic State (IS) militants, US President Barack Obama has said.  —  Mr Obama said the US helped in the operation.  Air strikes targeted IS around the dam, Iraq's largest.
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