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• On this Labor Day, it’s good to start with Jonathan Cohn’s interview of longtime labor organizer Richard Yeselson on the state of unions in the United States: Pretty much in every other country in Western Europe, Canada, even Australia and the U.K. (which share some labor-management features with the U.S.), the assumption is that […]

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More signs emerged today that the Obama administration may not announce its new deferral of deportations until after the elections: The White House refused Friday to commit to executive actions on immigration by the end of summer, stirring speculation that President Obama might be planning to delay some of the more controversial steps until […]

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President Obama made another statement to the press today. Among other things, he’s trying to downplay the idea that the current military action against ISIS will pull us into Syria or deeper into Iraq: Well, first of all, I want to make sure everybody’s clear on what we’re doing now because it is limited. […]

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• No one knows exactly what kind of executive actions President Obama is likely to take on immigration, but Karen Tumulty and Robert Costa report that people in both parties are getting frightened of the potential fallout: In the past few days, Democratic candidates in nearly every closely fought Senate race have criticized the idea of […]

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Here’s the latest in the investigation into Michael Brown’s death: A newly surfaced audio recording allegedly captures the exact moment that unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. According to an attorney for an unidentified man who lives in an apartment building near the site of the […]

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At Michael Brown’s funeral today, thousands were in attendance. A lot of people were upset about a New York Times story on Brown, which asserted that because he had “dabbled in drugs and alcohol,” among other things, he was “no angel.” Matthew Yglesias had a response: When I was Brown’s age I also […]

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Jonathan Cohn makes the case for why Robert McCulloch, the prosecutor overseeing the Michael Brown case, should step aside: The issue with McCulloch isn’t whether he’s capable of mastering and presenting the material. It’s whether he’ll do so in an impartial way. Prosecutors are always close to police, because they work closely on investigations. […]

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• Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is testifying in the remarkable corruption trial of he and his wife, Maureen, and the whole thing is completely nuts. The sheer variety of ways the McDonnells’s “friend” Jonnie Williams found to shower the couple with his largesse — vacations, clothes, a Rolex, a drive in a Ferrari, paying for the […]

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Earlier today, I argued that nothing President Obama says about Ferguson is going to promote healing. Jonathan Capehart says black people in particular have unrealistic expectations about what Obama can or should do: Throughout his presidency, some African Americans have called on Obama to do more to show he cares about the black community. […]

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Ezra Klein explains why President Obama won’t be giving any insightful, eloquent speeches about Ferguson: If Obama’s speeches aren’t as dramatic as they used to be, this is why: the White House believes a presidential speech on a politically charged topic is as likely to make things worse as to make things better. It […]

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President Obama spoke to the press today about the situation in Ferguson, MO, among other things. Perhaps the most significant thing he said was to announce that Attorney General Eric Holder will be going to Ferguson to help oversee the federal criminal investigation into Michael Brown’s death. He also said Department of Justice experts […]

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After a night in which Missouri state troopers succeeded in calming the city of Ferguson down, the Ferguson police managed to raise the tension again: The police officer who shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown to death in Ferguson, Missouri, did not know that Brown was a suspect in the robbery of a convenience store […]

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Jamelle Bouie reports from on the ground in Ferguson: St. Louis County has been in command of officers on the street since Sunday, and one of the armored vehicles was labeled “St. Charles County SWAT.” In any case, they weren’t interested in actual crowd control. On at least two occasions, they refused to let […]

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The latest on the Michael Brown shooting and its aftermath: St. Louis County police have so far interviewed 12 people from the Ferguson, Mo. community for information about the shooting death of Michael Brown, not counting officers, a police spokesman said Wednesday afternoon. Several officers have also been interviewed by authorities, the spokesman said. […]

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President Obama released a statement today on the killing of Michael Brown: The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local […]

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Remember how conservatives confidently predicted that in the second year of the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges, consumers would experience “rate shock” as their premiums skyrocketed? According to the latest data, not so much: Premiums on ObamaCare’s health insurance exchanges will rise by an average of 7.5 percent next year, according to a new analysis. […]

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Today the United States began airstrikes against targets of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Surprisingly, Republicans think they aren’t tough and manly enough: Republicans suggested that the administration had acted too slowly and timidly to confront the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, and now was moving too cautiously against […]

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The campaign news of the day is no real surprise: Democratic Sen. John Walsh suspended his campaign for a full Senate term on Thursday, bowing to pressure to back out of the race after a plagiarism scandal threatened to eliminate his already slim chance of victory in Montana. In a statement to Lee Newspapers, […]

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Former Obama aide Reid Cherlin aptly sums up the Obama presidency as seen from the perspective of the White House: They know that in spite of everything, they have managed over six years to accomplish much of what Obama promised to do, even if accomplishing it helped speed the process of partisan breakdown. And […]

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The latest Gallup poll on the effects of the Affordable Care Act, which Greg referenced earlier today, has another striking finding: The law’s implementation is producing two Americas. The Associated Press summarizes: States that fully embraced the law’s coverage expansion are experiencing a significant drop in the number of uninsured residents, according to a […]

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