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Police officials in Missouri are sued for $40 million by protesters in Ferguson

(Reuters) A group of people caught up in unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white officer killed a black teenager, sued local officials on Thursday, alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, says law enforcement met a broad public outcry over the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown with "militaristic displays of force and weaponry," (and) engaged U.S. citizens "as if they were war combatants."

Segami

Mitch McConnell RUNS AWAY FROM REPORTERS After Leak Of Secret Speech To the KOCHS

(Politicus USA) Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been caught on video literally running away from reporters after audio of a secret speech that he gave to the Koch brothers was leaked.

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Wolf Headed for Landslide Win in Pennsylvania

(Political Wire) A new Franklin & Marshall College poll in Pennsylvania finds Tom Wolf (D) with a 25-point lead over Gov. Tom Corbett (R) in the race for governor, 49% to 24%.

Said pollster Terry Madonna: "The big takeaway here is that the race has not changed because Corbett has not changed. His narrative remains the same, and that's the fundamental problem for his campaign."

DonViejo

Michelle Nunn Takes A Page From Blistering Anti-Romney Playbook

(TPM) Democrat Michelle Nunn's campaign for U.S. Senate is taking a page from the playbook Democrats used to hit Mitt Romney over his time as the head against Bain Capital.

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"Medicare: Not Such a Budget-Buster Anymore"

(NYT) You’re looking at the biggest story involving the federal budget and a crucial one for the future of the American economy. Every year for the last six years in a row, the Congressional Budget Office has reduced its estimate for how much the federal government will need to spend on Medicare in coming years. The latest reduction came in a report from the budget office on Wednesday morning.

The changes are big. The difference between the current estimate for Medicare’s 2019 budget and the estimate for the 2019 budget four years ago is about $95 billion. That sum is greater than the government is expected to spend that year on unemployment insurance, welfare and Amtrak — combined. It’s equal to about one-fifth of the expected Pentagon budget in 2019. Widely discussed policy changes, like raising the estate tax, would generate just a tiny fraction of the budget savings relative to the recent changes in Medicare’s spending estimates.

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Former Iowa state senator pleads guilty in Ron Paul endorsement-for-pay scheme

(Washington Pos) A former Iowa state senator pleaded guilty Wednesday to concealing campaign expenditures and obstructing justice as part of an endorsement-for-pay scheme that roiled the Iowa Republican caucuses in 2012.

Kent Sorenson, of Milo, Iowa, admitted in federal district court that former Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign secretly paid him $73,000 after he dramatically dropped his backing of Rep. Michele Bachmann in late 2011 and endorsed Paul’s White House bid, saying at the time that Bachmann was no longer a viable candidate.

DonViejo

TV station pulls anti-Shaheen ads off air

(AP) A super PAC’s negative ads against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen were pulled off the air Wednesday after the New Hampshire Democrat’s attorneys flagged inaccuracies in the spot.

Ending Spending Action Fund, a conservative outside group, claimed in ads that “Shaheen’s wealth has surged while in public office.” Her financial disclosure forms filed with the Senate show the opposite, with her personal wealth dropping by at least $562,000 and perhaps as much as $1 million.

Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin

Women are “barely receptive” to Republican policies — GOP poll

(Seattle PI) Two powerful, male-led Republican “SuperPACs” commissioned a major poll on what women think of the party and its candidates, and were rewarded with dismal results.

Women view the Republican Party as “lacking in compassion,” and “stuck in the past” and “intolerant,” according to the report, “Republicans and Women Voters: Huge Challenges, Real Opportunities,” which was obtained by the Politico website.

BeyondGeography

We interrupt this difficult life for scenes of love and joy

From Chicago, where the 11- and 12-year olds from Jackie Robinson West were celebrated for winning the US Little League Championship and second-best in the world:

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Schauer edges ahead of Snyder, 45% to 43%, in new governor race poll

(Detroit Free Press) Democratic challenger Mark Schauer has edged ahead of Gov. Rick Snyder by two percentage points, according to a new poll of likely voters in the Nov. 4 election.

The results from EPIC-MRA of Lansing come just before the Labor Day holiday which is seen as the kickoff of the main campaign season and were released exclusively to the Free Press, WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) and statewide media partners. A 2-point lead is within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, meaning the race remains a statistical dead heat.

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Ted Cruz Calls Obama A 'Kitty Cat' Next To The Russian Bear

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U.S. military carries out airstrikes, aid drops to Iraqi town surrounded by ISIS

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Iraqi minority vows death before IS capture (Amerli, Iraq)

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People rally at Ohio Wal-Mart where cops shot man - Dupe, sorry.

8 hrs ago - On edit: This story was already posted, and I neglected to see it the first time around. Please check the original one at: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014884482 Really sorry. Will be more careful, with luck! People rally at Ohio Wal-M ... (Associated Press)

Ecuador may ditch dollar with world’s first govt-issued digital currency

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N-plant interviews may come out in early Sept.

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US Rep. Joe Kennedy on trip to Central America

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Trapped miners rescued

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New voting machines set for New Mexico election

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British Police Ignored 1,400 Cases Of Pakistani Muslim Gangs Raping Children In Rotherham

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5 US airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

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People rally to demand more transparency in fatal Walmart shooting

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At least 6 Ferguson officers apart from Brown shooter have been named in lawsuits

11 hrs ago - By Kimberly Kindy and Carol D. Leonnig Federal investigators are focused on one Ferguson, Mo., police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, but at least six other police officers in the town’s 53-member department have been named in ci ... (W Post)

NYPD under investigation for another restraint-related death

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Michael Sam cut by the St. Louis Rams

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Pakistan protesters clash with Islamabad police

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Saudi King Says Terrorists Will Reach Europe In A Month, America In Two

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Russia Pushing Ukraine Conflict to ‘Point of No Return,’ E.U. Leader Says

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U.S. Adds Penalties Amid Resistance by Iran to Inspection of Nuclear Work

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International Group Says It Will Take 20 Years To Build Adequate Housing For Gaza

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Nearly Three Dozen Trapped U.N. Peacekeepers Safely Rescued In Golan

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Weekly Address: This Labor Day, Let’s Talk About the Minimum Wage

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China Warns Foreign Powers Not To Use Hong Kong As A 'Bridgehead'

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Iraq conflict: Kurds 'recapture oilfields from IS'

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Cameron plans to seize suspects' passports in response to terrorist threat

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