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Rick Perry

Uh oh. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted for abusing the power of his office for threatening to veto prosecutors' funding for investigating public corruption.

Can Big Booze and Big Pot Get Along?

To most of us, legalized marijuana is something happening in Washington and Colorado and yeah, probably going nationwide or at least to a lot more states at some point in the future. But the folks who run the alcohol industry are way past that. To them, it's a done deal. And they're already sizing up and trying to make sense of what they believe is a key competitor. Most folks in the booze lobby want a get along and go along approach but at least one faction in the pot legalization movement wants to legalize pot by shining a light on the health effects of booze. And that's turning into something of a buzzkill for many of the folks involved. Here's our latest Prime longform (sub req.) whether the titan and the coming titan in the struggle to get you buzzed and stoned can get along.

And, Yeah, That

I will preface this by saying I don't think anyone at TPM at least is saying it's either/or at that 'militarization' caused the situation in Ferguson. But this struck me as an important take on Ferguson from TPM Reader GJ ...

Ferguson Is About Racism, Not Police Militarization

The idea that some Bush era homeland security program giving police camo pants and armored trucks is what led to the events in Ferguson is absurd.

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Hiring: Publishing Fellow

We're hiring a Publishing Fellow for our New York City office. This is a six month paid fellowship. Learn the ins and outs of the publishing and business dimensions of making a digital news site work. Listing after the jump ...

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What?

Just to bring you up to date on the latest development in the Ferguson story, city police have released a police report that purports that show that Michael Brown was the suspect in a convenience store shoplifting/roberry incident in which the suspect stole a box of Swisher Sweets cigars. (It's a little hard to capture the apparent progression of alleged events in a few words - see the print out of the police report here.)

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