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New Witness saw Wilson chasing Brown and shooting him while Brown had his hands up.

Another witness to Michael Brown's shooting has come forward in an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The witness, who spoke to the Post-Dispatch under the condition of anonymity, was working on a building in the neighborhood and wasn't from Ferguson. He told the Post-Dispatch that he could not tell whether or not there had been a struggle between Officer Darren Wilson and Brown, but that he saw Wilson chasing Brown and shooting him while Brown had his hands up.

Brown, a black teenager, was shot by Wilson, a white police officer, around noon on August 9th by Wilson. Amid allegations of racial profiling and excessive force, the FBI has stepped in to assist local police on the investigation. The Department of Justice has also opened up a wider probe on police in the area.

So far, the key witness to the shooting has been Dorian Johnson, a friend of Brown's who was with him when he was shot. Johnson has said that Wilson started firing unprovoked, and that Brown was "shot like an animal."


So-called recovery bypassed 90% of American families-who have gained 0 in terms of wealth/income

Robert Reich

The Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances, the most comprehensive source of data on the finances of American families, was released Thursday. Its findings are sobering. The so-called recovery has bypassed 90 percent of American families, who have gained nothing in terms of income or wealth; and the bottom 20 percent are worse off than when the recovery started. Only the rich have done better. Between 2010 and 2013, the most affluent 10 percent of families saw their incomes rise 10 percent, and their wealth increase 2 percent to an average of $3.3 million. (Those in the top 1 percent and top one-tenth of one percent did far better than this.)

Before you say “duh,” you should note that this is the first “recovery” on record that has shown this pattern. Although inequality has been widening for thirty years, the business cycle usually hid it when the economy was expanding, as in the late 1990s. The range of remedies many of us have been pushing for – a higher minimum wage, for example – are necessary but hardly sufficient. The entire economy must be reorganized in more fundamental ways. (I'll be suggesting some larger reforms in coming posts.) You agree, and, if so, what do you think are the biggest changes that are necessary?


LOL: Bush's Daughters are Not Republicans

Bush's Daughters are Not Republicans

Neither of former President George W. Bush's twin daughters are registered as Republicans, the New York Daily News reports.

Jenna Bush Hager mistakenly signed up with the Independence Party in New York when she meant to declare herself an independent. Records show her sister, Barbara, is registered to vote in Texas as unaffiliated with any party.


Legal memos released on Bush-era justification for warrantless wiretapping

“What these memos show is that nearly three years after President Bush authorized the warrantless wiretapping of Americans’ e-mails and phone calls, government lawyers were still struggling to put the program on sound legal footing,” said Patrick Toomey, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, which obtained the memos through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

“Their conclusions are deeply disturbing,” he said. “They suggest that the president’s power to monitor the communications of Americans is virtually unlimited — by the Constitution, or by Congress — when it comes to foreign intelligence.”

Goldsmith argued that Congress’s 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force passed shortly after the al-Qaeda attacks on the United States provided “express authority” for the warrantless program. “In authorizing ‘all necessary and appropriate force,’ ” he reasoned, the AUMF necessarily applied to electronic surveillance, including domestically.

He also asserted that the authorization can be read to “provide specific authority . . . that overrides the limitations” of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a law passed in 1978 that required a court order to wiretap an American or any person on U.S. soil.

the bloody rest:

Sen Wendy Davis:"I emerged a different person. Changed. Forever changed”



Sen. Wendy Davis in her memoir due out next week discloses the most personal of stories preceding her nationally marked fight against tighter abortion restrictions: a decision she and her then-husband made 17 years ago to end a much-wanted pregnancy.

Davis, in a copy of the book obtained by the Express-News, wrote that her unborn third daughter had an acute brain abnormality. She said doctors told her the syndrome would cause the baby to suffer and was likely incompatible with life.

“An indescribable blackness followed. It was a deep, dark despair and grief, a heavy wave that crushed me, that made me wonder if I would ever surface... And when I finally did come through it, I emerged a different person. Changed. Forever changed,” Davis wrote



Wendy's opponent in the Texas gubernatorial race, Greg Abbott, "believes that abortion should be illegal with no exceptions for rape, incest, or to protect the life of the woman."

The choice is clear, and I #StandwithWendy.


Winter Garden Commission adopts new policy for prayer, pledge

At the beginning of the special meeting, the city attorney presented three resolutions: the one that called for the moment of silence, another that allowed commissioners to invite members of the religious community to give an invocation, and a third in which the commission made no changes to the current procedure. The city attorney advised against the third option.

All three resolutions made clear that citizens could choose to stay in their seat—or leave the room—at any time. The commission voted 3-2 to adoption the resolution that called for a moment of silence.

Rees cast one of the votes against adoption of that resolution, but he said he accepts the commission's decision and he apologizes for the negative attention that Winter Garden has gotten over the past couple of weeks.

“I apologized to all of them, my wife included because let me tell you, you don't know how many profane, rude calls my wife had to answer and she had nothing to do with it,” Rees said.


Presenting the Corporate Sponsors of Urban Shield

Let's hear it for the Militarized Police Industrial Complex
by digby

Shane Bauer at Mother Jones is attending the Urban Shield Militarized COP Gear Trade Show in Oakland.

Lookee here:

Shane Bauer @shane_bauer
Here are the corporate sponsors of Urban Shield.
12:48 PM - 5 Sep 2014

'I squealed like a teenager': Family's joy at Stonehenge brush with Barack Obama

An excited young British family has told ITV News they are "euphoric" after meeting Barack Obama during his impromptu visit to Stonehenge this evening.

Janice and James Raffle and their three sons live a mile up the road from the ancient landmark.

They were playing in the garden when they heard helicopters overhead, and decided to make a dash up to the site after hearing the President may be in the area.


Retweeted by bee
Ben Prater @benpratershow · 3h
Amazing. "The mother-of-3 who is running 10 major races dressed as a bumble bee for Cancer Research UK" @BeesRun: pic.twitter.com/PWHFf105oS"

bee @BeesRun · 2h
All I kept thinking is my besty has a bath run for me and I haven't even shaved my legs!!
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