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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."


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.


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."


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.


"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.


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.


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.


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.


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:


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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