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Dylan Scott

Dylan Scott is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He previously reported for Governing magazine in Washington, D.C., and the Las Vegas Sun. His work has been recognized with a 2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors award for Best Feature Series and a 2010 Associated Press Society of Ohio award for Best Investigative Reporting. He can be reached at dylan@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Law enforcement lobbying groups appear unsettled by a growing call to reform the federal programs that funnel military-grade equipment to state and local police, sparked by images of decked-out police officers confronting protesters in Ferguson, Mo., over the last two weeks.

The Daily Beast interviewed the leaders of several law enforcement groups and they were adamant in their belief that the programs, which help agencies obtain things like the mine-resistant MRAP vehicles, should not be cut off.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) ordered the National Guard on Thursday to begin "systematically withdrawing" from Ferguson, Mo., after the reserve force was called in earlier this week to protect local law enforcement officials.

“As we continue to see improvement, I have ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin a systematic process of withdrawing from the City of Ferguson," Nixon said in a statement.

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Some schools in a St. Louis area school district are instructing teachers to change the subject if the police shooting and ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo., come up in class.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that teachers in middle schools and high schools in the Edwardsville School District, an Illinois suburb of St. Louis about 25 miles from Ferguson, have been told to “change the subject and refocus the students” if Ferguson is brought up.

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Every vote will matter in the North Carolina Senate race, which could in turn determine which party controls the upper chamber next year. So the news that three write-in candidates will have their votes counted in the November election, including something of a foreign-language speaker, should not be overlooked.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that three candidates had received the state's approval to have their votes counted if they are written in on the ballot. One of them, David Waddell, is a former town councilman from Indian Trail -- who also speaks Klingon, the fictional language from the the Star Trek universe that has become a favorite of nerdy linguaphiles everywhere.

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As if the current clashes in Ferguson, Mo., needed any additional stimuli, a group of habitual revolutionaries has tried to insert itself into the drama. It hasn't gone well, and they've clashed with protesters as well as police, as a short video posted by a St. Louis alderman shows.

The group, which calls itself the Revolutionary Communist Party, emerged from the movement period of the late 1960s and early 1970s but is now a "parasitic" organization, in the words of one sociologist who has studied it, that tends to pop up opportunistically when and where civil unrest develops.

But just who is the Revolutionary Communist Party and what is it doing in Ferguson?

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The American Civil Liberties Union chapter in Missouri is demanding that the state's highway patrol identify and remove a law enforcement officer who was videotaped telling a protester in Ferguson, Mo., "I will fucking kill you" Tuesday night.

"We are confident that you will agree that law enforcement officers who are unable to maintain a professional demeanor and exercise appropriate restraint should not be involved," the organization wrote in a letter to Missouri Highway Patrol superintendent Ron Replogle.

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New research data provided exclusively to TPM offer the most striking evidence to date of how rare it is for police officers to be charged for homicides committed in the line of duty.

Philip Stinson, a criminal justice professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, told TPM on Wednesday that his research showed there were 31 arrests of non-federal sworn law enforcement officers for a murder or non-negligent homicide committed with a firearm while on duty from 2005 to 2011. That would equal a little more than four per year. Another 10 arrests were made for negligent homicide with a firearm on duty in that seven-year time frame.

Over the same period, according to the FBI, the number of justifiable homicides committed by law enforcement officers with a firearm was 2,706 or about 385 per year.

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In a grim national address Wednesday, President Barack Obama mourned murdered U.S. journalist James Foley and condemned in harsh terms the Islamic terrorist group that killed him.

Obama said that he had spoken with the Foley family and told them that "we are all heartbroken at their loss and join them in honoring Jim in all that he did."

"Jim Foley's life stands in stark contrast to the killers," Obama said of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which released the video Tuesday of Foley's beheading.

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Microsoft said on Tuesday that it will end its involvement with the American Legislative Exchange Council, the conservative advocacy group, reportedly because of the group's lobbying against renewable energy.

CNET reported that Microsoft would cease being a member of ALEC's communications and technology task force.

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