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August 20, 2014

Should President Obama visit Ferguson?

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Should President Obama go to Ferguson? In light of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teen killed by police in the Missouri town—and the violent, militarized overreaction by law enforcement to peaceful protesters and journalists on the ground–attention is focused now on how Obama will respond. At a Monday press conference, the president spoke about the hurt Ferguson is facing and announced Attorney General Eric Holder will To be sure, there are calls…

Trayvon Martin’s Mother Finds New Role As An Activist

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Sybrina Fulton, mother of slain teen Trayvon Martin, is moving from the role of grieving parent to full-blown advocate. On Friday, Fulton spoke to the Urban League convention, where thousands are gathered. Meanwhile, a juror in the case is saying defendant George Zimmerman “got away with murder.” Copyright © 2013 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: The…

What Else Do They Need to ‘Arrest the Killer’?

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A medical examiner hired by the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot to death by a police officer in Missouri, said Monday that Brown could have survived all but the last of six shots — a bullet to the top of the head. “This is the last shot, and this is the only shot that is not treatable,” said the medical examiner, Dr. Michael Baden, pointing to…

Paul Ryan Rewrites His Government Shutdown Role

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WASHINGTON — In his new book, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) recounts shaking his head in frustration last fall as fellow Republicans sought to use a government shutdown as leverage to gut Obamacare. “It was a suicide mission,” Ryan writes in The Way Forward, his memoir released Tuesday. “This can’t be the full measure of our party and our movement. If it is, we’re dead and the country is lost.” Reflecting on…

Obama Administration ‘Appalled’ If Video Depicting James Foley Execution Is Authentic

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A video by Islamic State militants released Tuesday purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The White House, his family and employer said they could not determine the video’s authenticity and were attempting to confirm if he had been killed. Foley, a 40-year-old freelance journalist from Rochester, New Hampshire, went missing nearly two years ago in northern…

Ferguson Hired Officer With History Of Allegedly Hitting Children

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He resigned from St. Louis city police under a cloud of suspicion. Missouri tried to make sure he couldn’t walk the beat. But one officer with a history of allegations of hitting children found a willing employer in the Ferguson Police Department. The saga of Eddie Boyd III underlines the troubles surrounding Ferguson’s tiny police force, which has been engulfed in controversy ever since one of its officers shot 18-year-old…