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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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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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A militant group that has terrorized areas under its control in Syria and Iraq released a video Tuesday that purportedly showed the execution of James Foley, an American photojournalist who has been missing since 2012.

Zaid Benjamin, a D.C. reporter for Radio Sawa, an Arabic-language news outlet, reported that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria said the video was "a message to U.S. to end its intervention in Iraq." The video first appeared on YouTube, but has since been removed.

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A Missouri GOP official bemoaned in an interview published Monday that race had been injected into the conversation about the Ferguson, Mo., shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

“This is not just a tragedy for the African American community, this is a tragedy for the Missouri community as well as the community of what we call America,” Matt Wills, Missouri Republican Party executive director, told Breitbart News. “Injecting race into this conversation and into this tragedy, not only is not helpful, but it doesn’t help a continued conversation of justice and peace.”

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The headlines were all too predictable when Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield announced in June that it would request an average 12.5 percent premium increase for its Connecticut market. "Now EVEN MORE States Report Double-Digit Premium Hikes," the conservative Daily Caller trumpeted.

But that wasn't the whole story. It never is with Obamacare premium news, though that hasn't stopped news outlets from blaring headlines like that one from the Daily Caller whenever an insurance company announces its proposed rates for next year. Skyrocketing premiums are one of the last anti-Obamacare talking points that conservatives have to hold onto.

But then on Monday, the conclusion of the Connecticut story came. State insurance regulators had rejected Anthem's proposed 12.5 percent premium hike. So after some revisions, the company would instead lower its premiums ever so slightly on average -- 0.1 percent -- in 2015, the Connecticut Mirror reported.

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If history is any guide, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager on Aug. 9 is not likely to be charged -- much less convicted -- for the shooting.

Officer Darren Wilson left town in the days since he shot Michael Brown while multiple federal and local investigations are ongoing. The Brown family's attorneys have argued that the findings of their independent autopsy showed that Wilson should have already been arrested.

But he hasn't been -- and those familiar with the history of police-involved deaths say that a convergence of both U.S. law and cultural norms put the odds against it.

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