August 15

* After a night in which Missouri state troopers succeeded in calming the city of Ferguson down, the Ferguson police managed to raise the tension again:

The police officer who shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown to death in Ferguson, Missouri, did not know that Brown was a suspect in the robbery of a convenience store minutes earlier, the police chief said Friday.

Police Chief Thomas Jackson said that Brown and a friend were stopped “because they were walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic.”

Earlier in the day, police identified the officer who killed Brown as Darren Wilson, 28. They also released surveillance footage of the convenience store robbery, in which Brown was suspected of stealing a box of cigars and assaulting a clerk.

And so, the chorus of “he had it coming” has begun. But the officer apparently didn’t know “he had it coming,” so…

* Brian Beutler with some very good questions for the Ferguson police.

* A useful explanation for why Ferguson is a majority-black city with a majority-white political leadership.

* Ryan Cooper on why the potential for a meaningful liberal-libertarian alliance on the militarization of law enforcement is a good development. Also, the coinage of the day: “Police goonification.” Who could be for that?

* Digby points out that libertarians aren’t the only ones who have been talking about that militarization:

So please, don’t tell me that this is only a “libertarian” concern. There are a whole lot of liberals in the country who have been caring about this for a very long time — and we’ve been caring about it whether Democrats are in the White House or Republicans are in the White House. We’re a minority in the Democratic Party but there are more of us than there are libertarians. A lot more. A little credit would be nice.

* And as Atrios reminds us: “People who live in communities most affected by police militarization are, you know, Democrats and liberals. Also, poor people and black people who no one ever listens to.”

* Here’s a charming story about a time when Ferguson police arrested an innocent man in a case of mistaken identity, then charged him with destruction of property because he bled on their uniforms while four officers were beating him in a jail cell. Seriously.

* Evan McMorris Santoro has some background to what is delicately being called “regulatory agency militarization,” and why the debate over it could now be pushed to the forefront.

* Alison Lundergan Grimes is up with a new ad hammering Mitch McConnell on economic issues, with a notable focus on the minimum wage and unemployment benefits. It’ll be interesting to see if these issues move the needle.

* The importance of the GOP’s rightward lurch on immigration continues to go under-appreciated, but Steve Benen explains how the party has become “the most aggressively anti-immigrant party Americans have seen in a generation.” — gs

* David Leopold offers President Obama a good road-map: Five things he can do immediately to improve the immigration system.

* Jennifer Rubin shows fellow conservatives that there’s a conservative case for immigration reform, one centered around economic growth.

* At the American Prospect, I explain how new host Chuck Todd can save Meet the Press.

* Watch a congressional candidate have a particularly embarrassing brain freeze during a debate. As Rick Perry would say, oops!

* And speaking of which, this appears to be the first ad of the 2016 presidential campaign, from Perry’s political action committee, RickPAC. As you might expect, it’s full of talkin’ tough, lookin’ tough, and generally bein’ tough.