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4:05 PM ET, August 19, 2014


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Daily Mail:
'I can't go out... the support is really keeping me going during this stressful time.  Just stay safe': Under 24-hour guard in fear for his life, Darren Wilson breaks his silence in texts to friend  — Wilson, who shot dead Michael Brown, sparking seven nights of unrest …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING REPORT: Officer Darren Wilson Suffered “Orbital Blowout Fracture to Eye Socket” During Mike Brown Attack
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
White House hasn't ruled out sending Obama to Ferguson  —  The White House has weighed sending President Obama to Ferguson, Mo., and has not ruled out a visit in upcoming weeks, according to sources familiar with the internal decisionmaking.  —  For now, the White House believes a trip …
New York Times:
Obama Is Seen as Frustrating His Own Party  —  WASHINGTON — The meeting in the Oval Office in late June was called to give President Obama and the four top members of Congress a chance to discuss the unraveling situation in Iraq.  —  But Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, wanted to press another point.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
The Survivor  —  Why the hell is Eric Holder still around?
Discussion: Fox News
Stuart Stevens / The Daily Beast:
Why Won't Obama Go to Ferguson?
Discussion: VodkaPundit
New York Times:
Is Gov. Rick Perry's Bad Judgment Really a Crime?  —  Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is one of the least thoughtful and most damaging state leaders in America, having done great harm to immigrants, abortion clinics and people without health insurance during his 14 years in office.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
3 Reasons Why Rick Perry Will Be Very Tough To Take Down In Court
John Cook / The Intercept:
Intercept Reporter Shot With Beanbags and Arrested While Covering Ferguson Protests  —  Intercept reporter Ryan Devereaux was arrested this morning while on the ground covering the protests in Ferguson, Mo. According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer David Carson, who witnessed the apprehension …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Ferguson police will keep arresting reporters
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Ferguson mayor: No ‘racial divide’
Discussion: The Raw Story
Sunil Dutta / Washington Post:
I'm a cop.  If you don't want to get hurt, don't challenge me.  —  It's not the police, but the people they stop, who can prevent a detention from turning into a tragedy.  —  Sunil Dutta, a professor of homeland security at Colorado Tech University, has been an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for 17 years.
Vera Culley /
St. Louis City police shoot, kill knife-wielding suspect  —  ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says officers warned a suspect multiple times to put down his weapon before they shot and killed him.  —  The shooting happened around 1 p.m. Tuesday at McLaran and Riverview.
Stephanie Baumer / KMOV-TV:
Police: Suspect showed knife prior to fatal officer-involved shooting in North St. Louis  —  ST. LOUIS ( -A 23-year-old man was shot and killed after showing a knife to an officer in North St. Louis, according to Chief Sam Dotson.  —  Dotson confirmed that there was a fatal officer …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and
Travis / Uber Blog:
A Leader for the Uber Campaign  —  Uber the Candidate  —  Uber's simple mission: Transportation as reliable as running water, everywhere, for everyone.  In pursuit of that mission over the past four years, Uber has transformed the fabric of 170 cities around the world …
Microsoft Corporation:
Steve Ballmer steps down as board member at Microsoft  —  As I approach the six month mark of my retirement and your appointment as CEO, I have been reflecting on my life, my ongoing ownership of Microsoft stock, and my involvement with the company.  I have reached some conclusions and wanted to share them with you.
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Trouble With Tenure  —  DENVER — Mike Johnston's mother was a public-school teacher.  So were her mother and father.  And his godfather taught in both public and private schools.  —  So when he expresses the concern that we're not getting the best teachers into classrooms or weeding …
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.
Argus Leader:
Reid: ‘We are going to lose in South Dakota’  —  RENO, Nev. - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday he expects Democrats to maintain control of Senate in the fall elections but acknowledged things could change between now and then.  —  “If the election were held today …
The Kochs' plan to beat Harry Reid  —  LAS VEGAS — Harry Reid's reelection is more than two years off, but the Koch brothers' political machine is already methodically laying the groundwork that will be used to try to take him out.  —  The efforts in recent months have been largely subterranean, but they are unmistakable.
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
Charlie Spiering / BREITBART.COM:
MISSOURI GOP: MICHAEL BROWN VOTING REGISTRATION BOOTHS ‘DISGUSTING’  —  Republicans are criticizing efforts by liberal organizers to set up voter registration booths at the site where Missouri teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a local police officer.
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Rand Paul is no Jack Kemp
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Democratic poll: Kay Hagan lead narrows
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Arthur C. Brooks / New York Times:
Breaking Out of the Party Box
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon Shows Us How Not to Govern
Daily Mail:
Fiancé faked his own death to get out of dream wedding to 23-year-old partner by ringing …
Discussion: Gawker,, Gothamist and Liberaland
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
WATCH: Ferguson Protesters Throw Rocks at Chris Hayes' Head
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Howard Dean: I hope Hillary Clinton becomes president
Washington Post:
Ferguson protesters: The peaceful, the elders, the looters, and the ‘militants’
New York Times:
Don Pardo, the Voice of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Dies at 96
Discussion: Deadline, Gothamist, Shakesville and Gawker
Egypt Urges US Restraint Over Missouri Unrest
Discussion: Mediaite
Joe Vardon / The Columbus Dispatch:
Top staffers leaving FitzGerald campaign
The Atlantic Online:
Reparations for Ferguson  —  A few weeks ago I received …
Discussion: The Dish