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5:00 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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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
Angela J. Davis / The New Republic:   Justice for Michael Brown Rests Almost Entirely in the Hands of This One Man
Tim Stanley /
A black president couldn't stop the Ferguson race riots
Discussion: RedState
Gabrielle Bluestone / Gawker:
Cops in Ferguson Threaten to Shoot Reporter, Mace Chris Hayes
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
White House “Did Not Know” National Guard Was Being Deployed In Ferguson
Discussion: Mediaite
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   Civil Rights Groups To Missouri Gov: Ferguson Curfew Is Unconstitutional
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:   Ferguson and the Urban-Suburban Race Conflict
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Three More Journalists Detained In Ferguson (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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?
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 …
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.
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
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
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 and WSB-TV
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.
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