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7:50 AM ET, August 19, 2014


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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 …
Trayvon Martin's Mom: ‘If They Refuse to Hear Us, We Will Make Them Feel Us’  —  Sybrina Fulton is the mother of Trayvon Martin and the founder of the Trayvon Martin Foundation.  In a letter to the family of Ferguson teen Michael Brown written exclusively for TIME, Fulton reflects on what the families now share.
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Poll finds sharp racial, political divide over Ferguson shooting  —  A new poll finds the public sharply divided along racial and political lines amid violence in Ferguson, Mo., sparked by the police killing of an unarmed black teenager.  —  An overwhelming majority of black people …
Discussion: Politico and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Tim Stanley /
A black president couldn't stop the Ferguson race riots
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
A Movement Grows in Ferguson
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.
Jesse J. Holland / Associated Press:
Police Mistrust Still Prevalent Years Later  —  For one night, all was well in Ferguson, Missouri.  After a change in police command, violent protests decrying the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of white police officer Darren Wilson suddenly gave way to peaceful demonstrations.
Discussion: The Hill
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
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
Discussion: RT and National Review
Tim Hanrahan / Wall Street Journal:
Transcript: Obama's Remarks Monday on Ferguson and Iraq
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.
Michael Lind / Salon:
Rick Perry's indictment is bad for Democrats: A Texas perspective  —  From a shoddy charge to an awful martyr — and its effect on 2016 — here's why the left should hope this goes away  —  When I heard that Texas Governor Rick Perry had been indicted, I thought, “This had better be good, or it will backfire on the Democrats.”
The Huffington Post:
Why Rick Perry Will Be Convicted
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
Jon Swaine / Guardian:
Police in Ferguson arrest Getty photographer Scott Olson  —  Arrest marks the second time that police have arrested journalists covering the Ferguson protests  —  Scott Olson is placed into a paddy wagon after being arrested by police as he covers demonstrations in Ferguson.  Photo: Joe Raedle /Getty Images
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.
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 …
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: Yahoo! News, Politico and Hot Air
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Vermont Public Radio:
Former Senator Jim Jeffords Dead At 80
Discussion: Inside Higher Ed
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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
No, the Founders Were Not Tea Partiers
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ACS Blog
Reno Gazette-Journal:
Nevada's Harry Reid hopeful of Dems' chances to hold U.S. Senate
Discussion: Washington Post
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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
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman: If Impeachment Happens, “President Has Chosen To Bring That Upon Himself”
Discussion: Liberaland and Talking Points Memo
Brad DeLong / Washington Center for Equitable Growth:
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