READ IN: Monday, August 18, 2014: National Guard to Ferguson, Schatz wins HI SEN, primaries in Wyo. and Alaska tomorrow, Parnell vs. Palin, and Boehner’s big bucks

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A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call.

-- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Sunday dispatched National Guard troops to Ferguson after mostly peaceful protests were marred by what officials said was a small band of agitators who fired at officers, lobbed molotov cocktails and looted stores. Police deployed tear gas about three hours before a midnight curfew; the streets were calm about an hour after curfew. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Washington Post)

-- Michael Brown, the teenager whose death a week ago sparked protests in Ferguson, was shot six times, including twice in the head, according to a preliminary autopsy performed Sunday by a medical examiner hired by Brown's family. The bullets did not appear to have been fired from close range, said Dr. Michael Baden, the former chief medical examiner for New York City. Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a third autopsy by a federal medical examiner due to what a spokesman called "the extraordinary circumstances involved in this case." (New York Times, Washington Post)

-- A wave of U.S. airstrikes has helped Iraqi and Kurdish fighters close in on the Mosul Dam, the largest dam in northern Iraq. In a letter to Congress on Sunday, President Obama said the Islamic State's control of the dam posed a threat to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, 200 miles south. A Kurdish official said Islamic State fighters had abandoned the dam, but the Iraqi and Kurdish fighters were slow to enter the facility because they feared it is booby-trapped. (Washington Post, Associated Press)

-- The Ukrainian Army on Sunday said it had captured central Luhansk, a hub of the pro-Russian rebels' territory. The army is also pressuring rebel positions in Donetsk, while three senior rebel leaders have bolted in recent days. A Russian convoy of humanitarian aid remains at the border on Sunday. Foreign ministers from Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany met over the weekend to discuss a settlement to the conflict. (New York Times)

-- Scottish voters favor staying with the United Kingdom by a 47 percent to 38 percent margin, according to a survey conducted a month before they vote on independence. Of the 14 percent who remain undecided, the bulk are likely to vote no, an analysis of the poll numbers showed. (The Scotsman) Check out the quotes by the two sides' spokespeople. Viciously personal by our standards.

-- Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) officially resigns from Congress today. He submitted his resignation on Aug. 1. A special election to fill the remaining two months of his term takes place on Election Day. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

-- Front Pages: WaPo leads with Iraqi and Kurdish progress toward the Mosul Dam. St. Louis Post-Dispatch has an incredible photo of a woman getting milk poured into her eyes to counteract tear gas. NYT: "Missouri Shooting Victim Was Hit at Least 6 Times." WSJ also leads with the Michael Brown autopsy. USA Today leads with civil liberties groups calling for an end to the curfew in Ferguson. LA Times readers start with a look at the record number of out-of-state students studying in the UC system.

National Roundup: What's happening outside the Beltway.

-- Hawaii: Sen. Brian Schatz (D) bested Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) in a Democratic primary delayed almost a week by tropical storm damage in two precincts on the Big Island. After Friday's vote tally, which included 800 absentee votes found on a memory card in Maui, Schatz increased his lead from 1,635 votes to 1,769 votes, or about seven-tenths of one percent. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Washington Post)

-- Texas: A grand jury on Friday indicted Gov. Rick Perry (R) for allegedly abusing his office by trying to coerce an elected official to resign her post. (Washington Post, Texas Tribune) The backstory: Perry vetoed $7.5 million in funding for an anti-corruption unit after Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg (D) refused to resign after she was arrested and convicted of drunk driving. Reid's Take: This one's never going to stick. Lehmberg, Perry's biggest Democratic rival in Texas, is now his best friend. The tapes of Lehmberg after she was arrested, when she threatens police officers for doing their jobs, are damning beyond belief. How did Texas Democrats stand by her after that? More on the legal issues from our colleagues at The Volokh Conspiracy here.

-- Montana: At a convention Saturday in Helena, state Democrats tapped state Rep. Amanda Curtis (D) to fill the void left by Sen. John Walsh's (D) withdrawal. Curtis, a freshman legislator from Butte, earned support from state labor unions after beating rancher Dirk Adams by a two-to-one margin. (Montana Standard) Rep. Steve Daines (R) has raised $5 million. Curtis has 80 days to compete.

-- Iowa: State Sen. Joni Ernst (R) said in an interview Friday she was sexually harassed during her 20 years in the military, and that she supports a proposal to take sexual assault cases out of the military chain of command. Ernst won't specifically endorse Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-N.Y.) proposal; she wants sexual assault cases reported to independent investigators outside the chain of command. (Time) Also, this headline: "Wasserman-Schultz insists Braley campaign in good shape." (Des Moines Register)

-- Virginia: From bad to worse: Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) wants the legislature to cut $346 million from the state budget by the end of the year as projected two-year revenue shortfalls jump to $2.4 billion. McAuliffe has the authority to cut spending by up to 15 percent. The legislature can help, though: They're still in special session, preparing to debate Medicaid expansion next month. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

-- Alaska: Voters head to the polls Tuesday to pick party nominees in key races, and Dan Sullivan is expected to do very well. Dan Sullivan (R) the former Attorney General is likely to win the Republican Senate nomination over Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and attorney Joe Miller (R), while Dan Sullivan (R) the Anchorage Mayor is likely to win the lieutenant governor nomination. The winner of the Senate primary will face Sen. Mark Begich (D) and at least four other minor party candidates; both the Alaska Independence Party and the Libertarian Party have contested primaries.

-- Wyoming: There was a time when Tuesday's primary was going to be very exciting, back when Liz Cheney was running against Sen. Mike Enzi (R). But with Cheney gone, Enzi faces only token opposition. The real race to watch is the governor's contest, where Gov. Matt Mead (R) faces state Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill (R). Mead will win, but his margin might not be as lopsided as he would like.

DC Digest: What's on tap today in DC.

-- President Obama returned to Washington late last night for a few days of meetings before heading back to vacation on Cape Cod. Obama meets this morning with the National Security Council for an update on Iraq. After lunch with Vice President Biden, Obama sits down with Attorney General Eric Holder for an update on the situation in Ferguson, Mo.

-- Vice President Biden attends the NSC meeting this morning for an update on Iraq. This afternoon, Biden will ceremonially swear in new HUD Secretary Julian Castro.

-- Congress is still long gone. But House Speaker John Boehner is hard at work: He's raised more than $43 million for accounts under his control this election cycle. He's contributed $18 million to the NRCC, about one-fifth of the committee's total income since the beginning of 2013. Boehner's 14-state bus tour this August will cover a total of 6,000 miles and 20 districts. (Associated Press)

TV Time Out: Our exclusive look at who's advertising, and where.

-- Iowa: Rep. Bruce Braley (D) is betting big on late broadcast time. Braley's campaign bought $1.3 million on broadcast TV for ads that will run Sept. 30 through Election Day in the Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines and Sioux City markets. He'll spend more than $100,000 a week in Des Moines during that stretch. Braley's campaign is finishing a three-week, $630,000 buy on broadcast TV today. We'll check to see if those buys continue.

-- Minnesota: This race has been playing out quietly on the airwaves for weeks. Through last week, Sen. Al Franken (D) has spent $2.6 million on TV ads. Challenger Mike McFadden (R), who has his own money to spend, has dropped $950,000. McFadden is on the air right now with small buys in the Duluth, Fargo, Mankato, Minneapolis and Rochester markets, for a total of $150,000 through next weekend.

The Buried Lede: The nuggets that deserve the spotlight.

-- Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (R) cut taxes for the oil industry in hopes of stimulating new drilling and exploration in North Slope oil fields. His biggest critics? State Democrats -- and his predecessor, Sarah Palin (R). Palin's most recent Facebook post advocating for the old system of higher taxes has 4.3 million "likes." That's about six times Alaska's population. Voters head to the polls this Tuesday to approve or reject Parnell's tax cuts. (New York Times) Background on the tax cuts, and the Parnell-Palin feud, here.

B1: Business, politics and the business of politics

-- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has fired a company that runs the state lottery system after it generated half a billion dollars less than it projected during the first three years of its contract. The company, Northstar Lottery Group, finished the last fiscal year $242 million behind what it had projected. Quinn chose Northstar in 2010 to become the first private manager of a state lottery system. (Chicago Tribune)

-- Stock futures are up before the bell this morning after a mixed day on Wall Street on Friday. World markets traded marginally higher, though the German DAX is having a good day. (CNN)

C1: The long reads you'll need to check out before tonight's cocktail party.

-- The U.S. has shelled out billions of dollars to buy power wheelchairs for seniors through Medicare, and the government isn't sure how much of that money went to scammers. The scammers use a loophole in Medicare to diagnose seniors -- even those who don't need assistance walking -- with ailments requiring a power wheelchair, which they then bill to the government.

-- "[W]hile it lasted, the scam illuminated a critical failure point in the federal bureaucracy: Medicare’s weak defenses against fraud. The government knew how the wheelchair scheme worked in 1998. But it wasn’t until 15 years later that officials finally did enough to significantly curb the practice." (Washington Post)

C4: The comics page, fun things to read when you're bored at work

-- Michael Beschloss on John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and a 1960 deer hunt that both remembered very differently: Kennedy shot a deer, but "'the memory of the creature’s death had been haunting, and afterward he had relived' it with his wife, 'to heal the inner scar,'" Kennedy biographer William Manchester wrote. Johnson brought the mounted deer head to the White House. Later, when Johnson read Manchester's account, he was shocked. He said Kennedy had insisted on finding a second deer to shoot. (New York Times)

-- Something else we learned from that piece: The Roosevelt Room used to be called the Fish Room.

-- Don't forget to follow the latest in former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's trial when his defense begins mounting its case in a Richmond courthouse today. Keep up with the developments with The Washington Post's live blog, here.

Attn Matt Drudge: Things conservatives will get outraged by today.

-- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demands a presidential suite in any hotel she stays in when giving a speech. A rider for an Oct. 13 speech at UNLV shows she requires transportation in a Gulfstream G450 or larger, and she travels with at least a few aides. Documents obtained under public records requests show Clinton asked for $300,000 to speak to the UNLV Foundation; she eventually accepted $225,000. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Attn HuffPo: What outrages liberals today

-- Jackson County, Ala. commissioner Tim Guffey (R) says his proposal to erect a monument to the Ten Commandments is purely an historical act and has nothing to do with religion. Guffey wants the Ten Commandments to sit next to the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. (ThinkProgress) Roy Moore would be proud.

Reid Wilson covers national politics and Congress for The Washington Post. He is the author of Read In, The Post’s morning tip sheet on politics.

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