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Nixon takes control in Ferguson

Tough week in Missouri, but it’s over.

“This has clearly struck a nerve.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon at a news conference Thursday on Ferguson.

Yes, it has, governor, who stepped in just in time before criticism of his attention — or lack of it — to the situation there sparked a political wildfire. The comparisons with Nixon’s sterling performance in Joplin in the wake of the 2011 tornado will be the measuring stick of how well he handles Ferguson.

“If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn’t have expected to be shot.” — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul writing in Time Magazine.

Paul blamed big government for what he called the outsized and militarized approach to the protestors in Ferguson.

“At a time when we must seek to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the local community, I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message.” — Attorney General Eric Holder in a statement Thursday afternoon.

Holder criticized a Defense Department program that transferred billions of dollars worth of surplus military equipment to state and local police agencies, including the one in Ferguson. He said the key is for police to maintain public safety “without relying on unnecessarily extreme displays of force.”

“I leave NBC as I came — humbled and grateful.” — NBC’s David Gregory who announced he’s leaving the host’s chair of “Meet the Press.”

Classy exit for a man pummeled in the media for low ratings in his tenure as the head of the longest running program on television. Following Tim Russert proved too much.