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8:55 AM ET, August 17, 2014


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Mark Steyn / Steyn Online:
Cigars, But Not Close  —  The “narrative” of Ferguson, Missouri changed somewhat today.  But, amid the confusion, the blundering stupidity of the city's police department remains consistent.  —  This morning the Police Chief, Thomas Jackson, released security-camera shots …
New York Times:
Midnight Curfew in Effect for Ferguson  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri on Saturday imposed a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew in this small city, declaring a state of emergency as violence flared anew after a week of street protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.
Curfew set in Ferguson  —  Have you documented the protests in Ferguson?  Share your photos, videos and opinions with CNN iReport.  For local coverage of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown and its aftermath, go to CNN affiliates KMOV, KSDK, KTVI and KPLR.
Jim Salter / Associated Press:
Calm unravels in Ferguson
Discussion: stacia l. brown and Booman Tribune
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
The Rev. Jesse Jackson shows up at protest site as Brown family calls for calm
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
This Indictment Of Rick Perry Is Unbelievably Ridiculous  —  I have never seen anything so frivolous in my (admittedly nonexistent) legal career.  —  Shares … They say a prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, and this always seemed like hyperbole …
Sarah Rumpf / BREITBART.COM:
POLITICAL PAYBACK: RICK PERRY INDICTED IN POWER STRUGGLE WITH DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED DA OFFICE  —  AUSTIN, Texas — A grand jury indicted Governor Rick Perry Friday for his attempts to remove Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg from office after she was arrested for driving …
Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
What the Hell Just Happened in Texas, and Why Was Rick Perry Just Indicted?  —  The scandal that erupted Friday night involved millions of dollars, statehouse power plays—oh yeah, and alcohol, police, and masks.  —  Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted Friday on charges of abuse of power …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Where's the Justice at Justice?  —  WASHINGTON — JIM RISEN is gruff.  —  The tall slab of a reporter looks like someone who could have played an Irish Marine sergeant in an old World War II movie.  —  “Editors think I'm a curmudgeon,” the 59-year-old admits, laughing.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Andrew Browne / Wall Street Journal:
The Great Chinese Exodus  —  Many Chinese are leaving for cleaner air, better schools and more opportunity.  But Beijing is keeping its eye on them.  —  A recent report showed that 64% of China's rich are either migrating overseas or have plans to leave the country.
William C. Rhoden / New York Times:
Mo'ne Davis Dominates at Little League World Series  —  SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — An unmistakable electricity ran through Howard J. Lamade Stadium on Friday as a team from Pennsylvania faced a team from Tennessee on the second day of the Little League World Series.
Sattkisson / Sharyl Attkisson:
HHS Official: “Delete this email”  —  An email obtained by Congress shows the top official for at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under the Department of Health and Human Services, Marilyn Tavenner, instructed the agency's top spokesman to “Please delete this email.”
New York Times:
Mapping the Spread of the Military's Surplus Gear  —  State and local police departments obtain some of their military-style equipment through a free Defense Department program created in the early 1990s.  While the portion of their gear coming from the program is relatively small …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Congress goes after police
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Who Lost the Cities?  —  The Reverend Jesse Jackson is …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Joe Scarborough, Mike Allen Form Journalistic Axis of Evil
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