Next Day’s News: Unanswered questions in Ferguson, 2014 midterms, Selig successor and more

August 13, 2014

ST. LOUIS, MO – AUGUST 12: Demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown outside Greater St. Marks Family Church. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Here’s a look at tomorrow’s top talkers from Washington Post reporters and columnists who know the topics best.

TENSION, FRUSTRATION IN FERGUSON: Wesley Lowery is in the St. Louis area and reports on how there are still few answers from police – the differing accounts and the lack of any larger update from police on the circumstances of Brown’s shooting — even as Johnson’s comments are being widely reported — are heightening the tension in Ferguson.  Mark Berman takes an in-depth look at how “the people in and around Ferguson are using social media to capture and broadcast minute-by-minute updates, photos and videos … [to] offer a view of the scene there that simply would not have been able to spread to so many people so quickly until very recently.”

LEADERSHIP IN IRAQ:  Iran’s supreme leader threw his weight behind Iraq’s newly appointed prime minister Wednesday, but incumbent Nouri al-Maliki denounced efforts to oust him as “a constitutional violation” and vowed to continue resisting any transfer of power despite growing opposition to him from a wide spectrum of domestic factions, report Loveday Morris and Liz Sly. See video of Haider al-Abadi, Iraq’s new prime minister.

MIDTERMS: Matea Gold looks at the Senate race in North Carolina, where Sen. Kay Hagan seeks to ride backlash against state GOP leaders. The visceral reaction to Thom Tillis, who as speaker of the state House has been one of the leaders of a new conservative majority, explains why Democrats think Hagan may be in as strong a position as any vulnerable Democratic senator this year to win reelection. Meanwhile, Florida just redrew its congressional lines – but barely. If a judge upholds the map, the state’s redistricting reform will have had little effect, according to analysis from Aaron Blake.

MLB COMMISSIONER SEARCH: Major League Baseball’s owners will go to Wednesday night’s Orioles-Yankees game and eventually vote Thursday afternoon after another go-round with the candidates to replace Commissioner Bud Selig. Matt Bonestell shares everything you need to know about the search and Dave Sheinin captures Selig’s complicated legacy.

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