Josh Marshall

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Most infographics don't add that much. But this one is very helpful in understanding some broad outlines about the Wilson grand jury. PBS Newshour has gone through the transcripts and created a straightforward chart showing what each witness said on several key questions. Were Brown's hands up? Was he charging Wilson? Was he running away when fired upon?

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We should always be careful not to force concrete individual events - individual tragedies - into the greater, broader social injustices into which they seem to and may indeed fit. It's with this skepticism that I've approached the death of Michael Brown from the start. So I was surprised that finally reading Darren Wilson's testimony changed my impression of what happened a lot.

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Out of the spotlight for a couple years, Giuliani decides memories of toxicity had maybe faded too much. So he's back on the case.

Two FBI Agents were shot overnight near Ferguson, Missouri where they were helping local law enforcement execute an arrest warrant at a barricaded home. Neither agent's injuries were life-threatening.

One of the most frequent refrains you will hear in discussions of immigration policy is that the real victims of efforts to 'legalize' undocumented immigrants are legal immigrants, in other words, the folks who went to the trouble to follow the rules and gain residency legitimately. Everybody is entitled to their opinion of course. But a new poll suggests that legal immigrants themselves do not agree.

A poll out this morning shows that 89% of Hispanic voters support the President's actions. That number itself is eye-popping. 76% of Hispanic Republicans support the President's move. The number is 95% for Hispanic Democrats. That's about as close as you ever get in polling to just saying a particular group is essentially unanimous.

But when I saw these numbers it made me think about that question above - how do legal immigrants feel about this?

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Steve Clemons is close to out-going Sec Def Hagel and played a significant role in the background politicking that led to Hagel's nomination two years ago. (Full disclosure: he's also a long time personal friend.) We reached out to Steve to get his sense of what's behind this morning's surprising announcement and perhaps some of Hagel's too. He didn't hold back.

This is rather unfortunate. A review has shown that police shooting is the most common form of homicide in Utah over the last 5 years. More common than killings by drug dealers, gang members, from child abuse and anything else. But in some ways, even more eye-popping than that was this response from the spokesman for the Utah state police union. Asked about the report, Ian Adams said "The onus is on the person being arrested to stop trying to assault and kill police officers and the innocent public. ... Why do some in society continue to insist the problem lies with police officers?"