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2:25 PM ET, August 24, 2014

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Washington Post:
Darren Wilson's first job was on a troubled police force disbanded by authorities  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — The small city of Jennings, Mo., had a police department so troubled, and with so much tension between white officers and black residents, that the city council finally decided to disband it.
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New York Times:
Timeline for a Body: 4 Hours in the Middle of a Ferguson Street  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — Just after noon on Saturday, Aug. 9, Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer on Canfield Drive.  —  For about four hours, in the unrelenting summer sun, his body remained where he fell.
Washington Post:
Black America and the burden of the perfect victim
Los Angeles Times:
At least 89 go to hospital after 6.0 earthquake shakes Bay Area  —  A long, rolling 6.0 earthquake shook a wide swath of the Bay Area awake early Sunday, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.  The temblor damaged buildings, cut off power to tens of thousands …
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Iris Salem / CBS Los Angeles:
Strong 6.1 Earthquake Rocks San Francisco Bay Area, Injures 87+, Significant Damage In Napa  —  Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.  —  AMERICAN CANYON (CBS SF) — A strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocked the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday morning …
CNN:
6.0-magnitude earthquake hits California Bay Area  —  (CNN) — A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Northern California early Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.  —  It was the strongest to hit the Bay Area since 1989, when a quake struck during the World Series.
Discussion: KTLA and ABC News
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Rand Paul: Dems afraid I'll run in 2016  —  Sen. Rand Paul says Democrats are afraid his stance on war and foreign policy would attract independents and “even some Democrats” if he were to run against Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.  —  “I think the American public is coming …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul Calls Hillary Clinton ‘A War Hawk’  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a “war hawk” and added that if she decides to run for president in 2016 voters will question whether she wants to bring the U.S. into another war in the Middle East.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Detroit Free Press:
Sen. Rand Paul calls Hillary Clinton a ‘war hawk’  —  WASHINGTON — Calling Hillary Rodham Clinton “a war hawk,” Sen. Rand Paul says that if the former secretary of state seeks the presidency, some voters will worry that she will get the U.S. involved in another Mideast war.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Golf Address  —  FORE!  Score?  And seven trillion rounds ago, our forecaddies brought forth on this continent a new playground, conceived by Robert Trent Jones, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal when it comes to spending as much time on the links as possible …
TMZ.com:
Suge Knight — Shot Multiple Times After VMA Party Turns Violent  —  5:45 AM PT — Suge is out of surgery ... according to family sources.  We're told Suge was shot 6 times.  He's currently in ICU, but is expected to recover.  —  Shots rang out at 1OAK nightclub in West Hollywood …
Fox News:
US, UK eye rapper as British-born militant who beheaded journalist James Foley  —  American and British intelligence officials are eyeing a British-born rapper as the militant who beheaded journalist James Foley.  —  A senior Western intelligence official told Fox News that 23-year-old …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
U.S. strikes in Syria against Islamic State would be hindered by intelligence gaps  —  A U.S. offensive in Syria against the radical Islamist group that beheaded an American journalist would likely be constrained by persistent intelligence gaps and an inability to rely on fleets of armed drones …
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Keith Laing / The Hill:
Graham: Target ISIS in Syria
Discussion: Politico
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Inside the Democrats' Plan to Save Arkansas—and the Senate  —  PINE BLUFF, Arkansas—No sign announces the purpose of this little storefront, squeezed between a Bestway Rent to Own and a Rent-a-Center in a dilapidated shopping center.  But the words hand-lettered in black and red marker …
 
 
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New York Times:
In Washington, Second Thoughts on Arming Police
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