- Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is It's the excessive force, stupid:
- Tonight, Republicans in Alaska head to the polls to select a nominee to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, in one of the key races that will determine who wins a majority in the Senate this fall. Polls don't close until midnight Eastern time, so you'll have to stay up late if you want to follow the results—but rest assured, we'll be here liveblogging. If you're not a night owl, there's also a crucial special election in Virginia that we'll be covering, since control of the state Senate is on the line. Polls there close at 7:00 PM ET. You can find our preview for both of these contests right here.
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook August 18:
Attorney For Ferguson Market: NO ONE From His Store Called 911 To Report Cigar Theft, by TeamSarah4Choice
So Darren Wilson has a clean record?, by Susan from 29
The Seamy Underbelly Of Ferguson Starts To Appear, by Phoebe Loosinhouse
- Don Pardo, voice of SNL and a whole lot more, dead at 96:
Pardo's long career in radio began in 1938, with a Rhode Island NBC affiliate. In 1944 he ended up with a job offer at NBC's main network while touring the New York headquarters.
He made the move to television as NBC experimented with the new medium, announcing for variety and game shows, including "The Price Is Right." When "The Price Is Right" left NBC, Pardo moved to another game show that would prove wildly successful, "Jeopardy!" As the original "Jeopardy!" came to an end, he was approached by Lorne Michaels for his new sketch comedy program, "Saturday Night Live." At that point, Pardo had been with the network for more than three decades; he would serve as the announcer for "SNL" for nearly 40 years.
- Today would have been the primary between Mike Enzi and Liz Cheney if she hadn't chickened out.
- Join our intrepid Election Diary Rescue team: The Daily Kos Election Diary Rescue team is seeking volunteers. Right now, the EDR posts one diary a week. Come September, it will post twice a week. In October, the feature will become daily until shortly after the general election November 4. EDR is very flexible. Some volunteers might be able to commit to a regular, weekly slot and others may work a few hours here and there. If you are interested, please email DKosEDR@gmail.com.
- James Risen: The national security reporter the Obama administration may soon send to jail. He refuses to reveal a source for his reporting on this:
In State of War, Risen revealed a secret CIA operation, code-named Merlin, that was intended to undermine the Iranian nuclear program. The plan—originally approved by president Bill Clinton, but later embraced by George W. Bush—was to pass flawed plans for a trigger system for a nuclear weapon to Iran in the hopes of derailing the country's nuclear program. "It was one of the greatest engineering secrets in the world," Risen wrote in State of War, "providing the solution to one of a handful of problems that separated nuclear powers such as the United States and Russia from the rogue countries like Iran that were desperate to join the nuclear club but had so far fallen short."
- CNN's Errol Barnett gives co-anchor Rosemary Church the side-eye over suggesting Ferguson use water cannon on protesters.
- Wind power prices at all-time low:
With new wind power installations rebounding from last year's free fall, there's still a chance that wind could provide 20 percent of U.S. electricity by 2030, the Department of Energy projected on Monday. [...]
The most positive sign for the wind power industry in the 82-page report was that both the cost of wind turbines and the price of wind-powered electricity continue to fall. [...]
That means wind electricity costs about 2.5 cents per kilowatt hour, a highly competitive price in some parts of the country.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show: It's officially OK to consider Ferguson outrageous. Kid mistaken for intruder. Again. Greg Dworkin has more on the Perry indictment. Rei (and WaPo) warn on Iceland. Thoughts on Ferguson via GideonAB & Phoebe Loosinhouse.
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