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3:25 AM ET, August 19, 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 …
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.
Fred Siegel / City Journal:
A Grotesque Pantomime of Repression and Redemption  —  Activists and journalists are stuck in the racial resentments of the 1960s.  —  The American understanding of riots and racial violence was shaped a half-century ago, during the insurrections of the 1960s.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Ferguson and the Urban-Suburban Race Conflict
Discussion: Slate
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 …
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 …
Backed by U.S. strikes, Iraq Kurds retake strategic dam: officials  —  (Reuters) - Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's biggest dam from Islamist militants with the help of U.S. air strikes to secure a vital strategic objective in fighting that threatens to break up the country, Kurdish and U.S. officials said on Monday.
Discussion: RT and National Review
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.
Tim Hanrahan / Wall Street Journal:
Transcript: Obama's Remarks Monday on Ferguson and Iraq  —  President Barack Obama said in remarks from the White House that Attorney General Eric Holder would travel to Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday, and he called on members of the community to seek understanding rather than “holler” at each other.
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.
The Huffington Post:
Why Rick Perry Will Be Convicted  —  If the court of public opinion has an impact on a jury's decisions, Texas Governor Rick Perry may have a chance of beating his indictments.  While poorly informed Democrats like Obama advisor David Axelrod call the indictments “sketchy,” …
Discussion: The Week
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
The Charges Against Rick Perry Are Thin. But They Are Also Clarifying.
Errol Louis / CNN:
Opinion: Is Rick Perry sunk for 2016?
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Police Officer Pushes CNN's Don Lemon From Sidewalk  —  CNN reporter Don Lemon said a St. Louis County police officer pushed him away from the sidewalk where he was reporting live form Ferguson, Mo. on Monday.  —  During a segment on “The Situation Room,” CNN cut to Lemon as he was being corralled away from the road.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
What Happens When Police Officers Wear Body Cameras
Discussion: National Review
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg View:
Hillary's Wealth Won't Matter  —  Yesterday, Annie Lowrey considered Hillary Clinton's recent (and continuing) stumbles over her wealth.  She concluded that none of this “Mitt Romney problem” will matter because Democrats have a proven rhetorical flourish on the subject — Lowrey suggested, “Yes, we're really lucky.
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:   Hillary Clinton Is Finally Going Back to Iowa
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
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama Will Personally Chair U.N. Security Council Meeting  —  President Barack Obama chairs a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in 2009  —  President Barack Obama will preside over a meeting of the United Nations Security Council during his attendance …
Discussion: Hot Air, Yahoo! News and Politico
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
Exclusive: White House meets with big biz on immigration  —  Senior White House officials are in talks with business leaders that could expand the executive actions President Barack Obama takes on immigration.  —  Obama was initially expected to focus only on slowing deportations …
Understanding the decline in the labour force participation rate in the United States  —  The labour force participation rate in the US has fallen dramatically since 2007.  This column traces this decline to three main factors: the ageing of the population, cyclical effects from the Great Recession …
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Watch President Obama Speak On Iraq And Ferguson At 4 P.M. ET
Emily Steel / New York Times:
‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Has Raised Millions for ALS Association
Reno Gazette-Journal:
Nevada's Harry Reid hopeful of Dems' chances to hold U.S. Senate
Marshall Heyman / Wall Street Journal:
Apollo Night Is a Hit in the Hamptons
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and ABC News
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
West's historic drought stokes fears of water crisis
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Kurt Schlichter /
The GOP Needs to Return to a “Feared By Our Enemies” Foreign Policy
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Katherine Connell / National Review:
Revolutionary Justice
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman: If Impeachment Happens, “President Has Chosen To Bring That Upon Himself”
Discussion: Liberaland and Talking Points Memo
US Department of State:
Terrorist Designation of Abu Mohammed al-Adnani
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and TalkLeft
Brad DeLong / Washington Center for Equitable Growth:
Under What Circumstances Should You Worry That the Stock Market Is “too High”?: …
Timothy Williams / New York Times:
Workforce Investment Act Leaves Many Jobless and in Debt
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Top House Democrat open to ‘boots on the ground’ to fight ISIS
Discussion: Firedoglake
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
Don Young introduces fiancee at church event
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar / TIME:
The Coming Race War Won't Be About Race