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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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Something Doesn't Fit

After rolling over the Iraqi National Army in much of the Sunni heartland of Iraq, ISIS has now made significant territorial gains in Iraqi Kurdistan. This isn't just bad news for the US inasmuch as the Iraqi Kurds have been close to the United States. It also suggests some major misreadings (perhaps more than one or two) of key elements of what is happening in what we might now call the former Iraq.

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Wipeout

By dropping out of the Montana Senate race, Sen. John Walsh brings a remarkable end to Democrats' carefully laid plans for holding what was Max Baucus' seat. In retrospect of course the plans for pushing Walsh were doomed from the outset by his yet-to-be-discovered plagiarism in his masters thesis. And today's withdrawal just makes official what was already knew, that his candidacy was toast. But the machinations to try to preserve this as a Democratic seat were extensive, which makes Wash's collapse so much more dramatic.

Remember that Baucus announced early last year that he would not seek re-election. By later making Baucus ambassador to China, President Obama enabled Montana's Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock to appoint Walsh, his lieutenant governor, as Baucus' successor months in advance of the election, giving him a big leg up. There was also a very public dustup over Harry Reid trying to clear other prospective Democratic candidates out of Walsh's way.

All they say about best laid plans, etc. This one stings for national Democrats.

Are You A *Real* Conservative?

You can see impeachment emerging as a wedge issue among Republicans. Or maybe more precisely as a litmus test, a basic measure of conservative bona fides. Right alongside opposing abortion or repealing Obamacare. No room for debate. You either are or you aren't. Here's Alaska's Joe Miller challenging one of his opponents for the GOP Senate nomination on whether he supports impeachment.

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