A.M. Links: DOJ to Review Police Tactics, U.S. Sends More Military Advisors to Iraq, Lauren Bacall Dead


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    President Obama spoke about the weekend shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, calling it "tragic," while the Department of Justice announced it would conduct a broad review of police tactics nationwide. Gun sales in Ferguson have quadrupled. The Ferguson Police Department continues to withhold the name of the officer who shot and killed Brown. A progressive reporter heckled the Rev. Al Sharpton, who arrived for protests in Ferguson, for being a snitch.

  • The United States is sending 140 additional military advisers to northern Iraq. Iran and Saudi Arabia have both come out in support of Haider al-Abadi to replace Nouri al-Maliki, who refuses to give up as prime minister of Iraq. The Vatican, meanwhile, has endorsed the U.S. air strikes in Iraq, something it usually doesn't do.
  • Russia has sent a convoy of aid to eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian officials say they will consider any attempt to deliver aid to eastern Ukraine without their consent an invasion.
  • Officials from Israel and Palestine are expected to continue negotiating as a ceasefire brokered by Egypt comes to an end. Hamas, which rules Gaza, where the bulk of civilian casualties have been, insists this would be the last ceasefire they agree to.
  • Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has become the official owner of the Los Angeles Clippers after a judge approved Donald Sterling's wife's authority to agree to a sale.
  • Actress Lauren Bacall died at age 89.

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