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"MOSCOW (AP) — Kremlin says Russia is sending humanitarian convoy into Ukraine in cooperation with Red Cross."

Federal Judge Charged with Beating Wife

US District Court Judge Mark Fuller was arrested Sunday morning and charged with misdemeanor battery for assaulting his wife. Police responded to a call from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Atlanta. Fuller's wife said her husband had assaulted her; she was treated for wounds by paramedics but declined to be taken to a hospital.

Fuller is best known for presiding over the trial of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman (D), which Siegelman's supporters believe - with some reason - was a politically motivated prosecution.

Fuller is a judge in the Middle District of Alabama.

Into the Fog

Through Iraq's recent unfolding crisis, the US position has been that no progress is possible until Baghdad forms an inclusive rather than sectarian government which commands confidence from each of Iraq's three ethno-religious communities - Kurds, Sunni Arabs and Shia Arabs. This is undoubtedly right as far as it goes: ISIS's success rolling over Iraq's Sunni heartlands was at least made much easier - perhaps possible - by Sunni estrangement from the government in Baghdad. But what if that government simply cannot or will not be formed?

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Walmart

Police shoot a man at a Walmart in Dayton, Ohio, apparently after he'd picked up a toy gun on a store display, while he was talking to his girlfriend on the phone ...

“We was just talking. He said he was at the video games playing videos and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were. And the next thing I know, he said ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him,” she said, adding: “And I could hear him just crying and screaming. I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.”

Shock and Awe

From a longtime TPM Reader who's former US military intelligence/counter-terrorism ops and has worked as a military contractor in Iraq pretty since the invasion ...

Let me take a shot at your question. You might recall that I have some expertise in the area of the Iraqi terror groups and their strategies, particularly al-Qaeda in Iraq. I also wrote for Small Wars Journal and published three books on al-Qaeda. I have only just completed the second edition of my 2007 book The Terrorists of Iraq. It is due out in October and give quite a bit of details into the rise of ISIS from al-Qaeda in Iraq and why their operational combat strategy against the Iraqi army and Kurds is successful.

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More on Making Sense of What's Happening in Northern Iraq

I asked for you input last night about the seeming disconnect between what we'd been led to believe about ISIS and the Kurdish Peshmerga and what we've seen unfold on the ground over the last few days. As usual, you've come through. A few basic points come through. ISIS either had or has absorbed since its move into Iraq (probably both) elements of the Saddam-era Iraqi Army. That means more experience with and ability to absorb and use heavy weaponry and armor than I'd suggested. It also brings the sort of tactical and command and control experience you get from time in a regular army.

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The Wheels Of Justice Don't Grind Fine Enough

The first remains have been identified from that notorious reform school in Florida where dozens of bodies have been unearthed. They belong to a 14-year-old boy whose mother was told in 1940 that he died after trying to escape:

Owen was hastily buried in a two-foot grave, lying on his side with his hands over his head, they said. He was unclothed other than a shroud. His family says he will soon be reburied next to his mother and father in the central Florida city of Auburndale.

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