The Defense Logistics Agency’s Excess Property Program….

Since its inception, the program has transferred more than $5 billion worth of defense equipment and supplies to more than 8,000 local law enforcement agencies, according to the DLA’s Disposition Services website.

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Ferguson Update 8/15/14….

[Ferguson Police Chief] Jackson says the officer who stopped Brown did not stop him in connection with the alleged robbery. Brown was stopped, Jackson says, “Because he was walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic. That was it.”

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Ukrainians say they have destroyed Russian vehicle’s entering their country

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday that Ukrainian forces had attacked and destroyed part of a column of Russian military vehicles on Ukrainian territory, a step that, if confirmed, would represent a significant escalation of hostilities between Ukraine and Russia.

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Boko Haram is still still snatching Nigerian young people….

“I don’t think we are significantly closer to seeing them released,” said one Western diplomat.

“It’s not looking real good,” said a second Western diplomat.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry indicted for abuse of power charge….

The indictment is a blow to Perry just as he’s trying to rehabilitate his image after a disastrous 2012 presidential run. But he also is the third major potential White House candidate on the Republican side — the others being Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Scott Walker of Wisconsin — to face legal problems at a time when no clear GOP standard-bearer has appeared in the run-up to 2016.

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Political Roundup for August 15, 2014…Red Racing Horses

GA-Gov, Sen: Ex-Sen. Zell Miller (D) endorsed a Republican, Gov. Nathan Deal, and in a more surprising move, endorsed a fellow Democrat, Michelle Nunn. Miller, a key Bush administration ally, was effectively a “Republican In All But Name” during his latter tenure.

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The Ukraine and those Russian Vehicles trying to Cross the Border

NATO and Ukraine said that a column of military vehicles crossed into Ukraine from Russia last night and that most of them had been destroyed by Ukrainian artillery fire. It was not clear whether Russian soldiers or rebel separatists were driving the vehicles.

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Things going to US Southern Border…Texas National Guard…Medical Services…

Operation Lone Star started 16 years ago to help the guard prepare for emergencies such as hurricanes or pandemics in south Texas. Since then it has expanded its medical care component, treating thousands in a region that hugs the Mexican border, including some who come because no identification papers are required…..

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Hawaii finishes voting in a Democratic Senator Primary….

In last week’s Senate primary, Schatz led Hanabusa by 1,635 votes. His win may be sealed on Friday, when voters in two precincts — prevented from voting by a tropical storm — are scheduled to go to the polls.

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The Clinton’s began dancing with a possible VP Choice…Julian Castro…

Former president Bill Clinton invited Julian Castro, a former San Antonio mayor and incoming Obama Cabinet secretary, to the Clintons’ home in Washington last week for a private dinner that friends described as a chance for Democratic leaders from different generations to become better acquainted.

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Jeb Bush is AGAINST Medical Marijuana for Florida residents…

“Allowing large-scale, marijuana operations to take root across Florida, under the guise of using it for medicinal purposes, runs counter to all of these efforts. I believe it is the right of states to decide this issue, and I strongly urge Floridians to vote against Amendment 2 this November.”

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Christie on 2016 Run….“I’m thinking about it,”

“It is an enormous decision to make not only for me, but my family,” he stressed. “Probably by the end of this year or the beginning of next I’ll decide.”

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Ferguson Update 8/15/14…Police Officer involved named…Cops fall back…Protests…No Violence

The difference in tactics and tone was apparent almost immediately here. On Thursday night, the armored vehicles and police cars were gone, and the atmosphere was celebratory. A street barricaded on previous nights was filled with slow-moving cars blasting their horns. There were few signs of police officers, let alone a forceful response….

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On Libertarians and the GOP…A matter of trust……

…..libertarianism is neither dangerous nor doomed, and that people who think otherwise are misled by a double standard they use when analyzing this political faction. When they write about a “libertarian moment,” they act as if it would mean the immediate embrace of an extreme, ideologically pure version of a philosophy that most actual sympathizers embrace with pragmatic moderation…..

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Nunn gets Zell Miller’s endorsement in Georgia Senate race…

Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn has nabbed the endorsement of former Georgia Gov. Zell Miller (D), a conservative Democrat who’s backed more Republicans than members of his own party in recent years.

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Ferguson Update 8/14/14….The Governor brings in a black State Police boss to lead the police effort ….

Even as dozens of protesters continued their campaign near the shooting scene for a fifth day on Thursday, state officials followed the federal lead. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) announced that the Missouri State Highway Patrol would take over security operations in Ferguson, led by Capt. Ronald S. Johnson, an African American who grew up in the area…..

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