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

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A St. Louis County grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson on any criminal charges in the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The nationally televised announcement is the climax to a story that has captivated the nation and amplified racial tensions, with fierce clashes between protesters and police in a majority black town with a largely white police force. The incident and its aftermath resurfaced America's long complicated history with race, violence, and law enforcement.

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch began the announcement with a detailed explanation of the investigation, at times criticizing the media's "insatiable appetite" in following the case and "non-stop rumors on social media."

"The duty of the grand jury is to separate fact from fiction," he said. "They are the only people who have heard and examined every witness and every piece of evidence."

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) urged for calm hours before a grand jury is expected to release its decision whether to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown.

"It's understandable that like the rest of us they are on edge waiting for a decision," Nixon said at a press conference Monday evening. But residents "must show tolerance, mutual respect and restraint."

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has delivered some hot takes in recent days about Ferguson, Mo., saying that "white police officers won't be there if you weren't killing each other 70 percent of the time." He then doubled down after some outcry, adding that "the danger to a black child -- if it was my child -- the danger is another black.”

And now Giuliani is getting the backing of Missouri House Speaker Timothy Jones (R), whose state has been embroiled in racial tension since the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

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This post has been updated.

The St. Louis County prosecutor's office said Monday afternoon that the grand jury deliberating whether to charge Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown shooting had reached a decision and it would be announced later in the day.

The decision will be announced at a 9 p.m. ET press conference.

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The divorce of President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had no singular cause, according to an insider close to Hagel, but boiled largely down to Hagel's dissatisfaction with the Obama White House's national security bureaucracy and the reality that Hagel had become the "weak link" in the public view of the president's foreign policy team.

Steve Clemons, The Atlantic editor-at-large and founder of the New America Foundation's America Strategy program who was a high-profile public advocate for Hagel's nomination as defense secretary, told TPM in a phone interview Monday that Hagel's resignation "happened faster than I expected" but he had expected it to come eventually.

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One of the most important elements of a Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential candidacy might be completely out of her hands.

Two of the favored rhetorical questions around her presumed bid are: How much will she distance herself from President Barack Obama? And, relatedly, will she be able to capture the Obama coalition that propelled the President to victory twice, but hasn't shown up in the midterm elections?

They are of course linked: If Obama is unpopular, a Clinton campaign will be tempted to present a sharp contrast. At the same time, the President will likely remain popular with the core Democratic base that she needs to harness. But the record tells us that, however the Obama presidency is faring like in its final months, it's going to influence his aspiring successor's White House ambitions.

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A school district that borders Ferguson, Mo, said Friday that it would cancel classes next week in anticipation of the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting being announced.

Television station KDSK reported that the Jennings School District had decided to close its schools starting on Monday. The district had originally only been scheduled to be off Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving break.

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