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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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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) pledged "a different tone" and "operational shifts" in Ferguson, Mo., the site of ongoing confrontations between police and protesters after the police shooting of a black teen, though he did not offer specifics.

"You will see a different tone," Nixon said at a community event in suburban St. Louis. He plans to address the media again at 2:30 p.m. CT, adding that there would be "operational things that we're doing to make that shift today."

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said on Thursday in a Time magazine op-ed that the events in Ferguson, Mo., meant that it was time to "de-militarize the police."

"There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response," he wrote. "The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action."

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Ferguson, Mo., Mayor James Knowles defended local law enforcement amid growing criticism about their tactics during the protests sparked by the police shooting of an unarmed African-American teen.

Knowles said Thursday on MSNBC that there is "a lot of unlawfulness going around these peaceful protests." Two police officers have been shot at during the demonstrations, he said, which started on Sunday after the shooting of Michael Brown and have resulted in tear gas and rubber bullets being fired into the crowd.

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The images coming out of Ferguson, Mo., in the last few days have been harrowing, and one element in particular has shocked those watching the events unfold. American law enforcement decked out in military fatigues, patrolling the streets in armored vehicles that look like they were plucked out of Afghanistan or Iraq.

And the thing is, they very well might have been. The Ferguson and St. Louis County police departments have both received equipment from the U.S. military through what's known as the 1033 program, a federal program that the American Civil Liberties Union says has been a key catalyst to the broader escalation of law enforcement force in the United States.

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Reporters for the Huffington Post and Washington Post were arrested on Wednesday evening amid the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo., after the police shooting this weekend of a young African-American man.

Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post and Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post, reporting from the scene in Ferguson, relayed their encounters with the police via social media. It appears they were both arrested at a local McDonald's and later released without being charged.

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Ferguson, Mo., Police Chief Thomas Jackson told reporters Wednesday race relations is "a top priority" for the department amid tense confrontations between protesters and law enforcement after the police shooting of an African-American teen.

"Race relations is a top priority right now," Jackson said at a Wednesday press conference. "I'm working with the Justice Department to address that."

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An unconfirmed report surfaced on Wednesday that pro-Russian separatist leader Igor Strelkov, who allegedly boasted of shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on social media before recanting, had been wounded in battle in eastern Ukraine, sparking some confusion among foreign policy journalists.

The report was quickly denied by some pro-Russian separatist officials, and what actually happened -- if anything -- remains unclear.

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A top White House official said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama could consider sending U.S. ground troops to help in the rescue of thousands of minority Iraqis who have been trapped on a mountain by Islamic extremists.

The New York Times reported that Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security adviser, said that the use of American ground troops could be one of the options presented to Obama to aid Iraqi forces in rescuing thousands of Yazidis, a minority religious community in Iraq. The Yazidis have been stranded on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq for more than a week after fleeing a nearby town and being surrounded by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which considers the Yazidis to be "devil worshippers."

Rhodes distinguished between using U.S. troops to fight ISIS, which has wreaked havoc in recent weeks and carved out a self-described caliphate in Iraq and Syria, and a humanitarian mission to help the Yazidis.

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