More Protests, Less Violence

More protests last night in Ferguson, Missouri though it wasn't nearly as violent or destructive. Some folks remain angry that a grand jury didn't indict 29 year old Darren Wilson for the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. 44 people were arrested last night. There were three times the number of National Guard troops out last night.

There were other protests with some violence in other cities too including Oakland, Los Angeles, and New York.

Wilson had a sit down interview with ABC News last night. He said his conscience is clear, and said if Brown had been white the incident would have unfolded the same way. Brown's family was on the Today Show this morning. The family has said they are shocked that there were no charges against Wilson, and they have spoken out for peace in the community. Sadly, Wilson's stepfather was seen exhorting a crowd to violence in the moments after the announcement by the grand jury.

President Obama said, "Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk - that's destructive and there's no excuse for it. Those are criminal acts. People should be prosecuted if they engage in criminal acts." But the President also said, "We've seen young people who are organizing and people beginning to have real conversations about how do we change the situation so that there's more trust between law enforcement and some of these communities. I want all those folks to know their president will work with them."

We've got Fox team coverage including Adam Housley, Mike Tobin, Steven Harrigan and Garrett Tenney.

A big tax reform deal that had been working its way through Congress appears to be dead.. after President Obama promised a veto. We'll get into it.

The Washington Post has an interesting report out today about the President's executive orders on immigration:

"Under President Obama's new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of other federal benefits, a White House official said Tuesday."

A speech from New York Senator Chuck Schumer raising some eyebrows. In the first in a trilogy of speeches about the future of the Democratic party Schumer said it was a mistake for dems to focus on healthcare after the 2008 elections, "It wasn't the change we were hired to make; Americans were crying out for an end to the recession, for better wages and more jobs, not for changes in their health care. ... the average middle-class person thought, 'the Democrats are not paying enough attention to me." Republicans were gleeful over the speech. A spokesman for incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said "Senator McConnell strongly agrees with Sen. Schumer that Obamacare was a mistake."

Still Schumer doubled down on core Democratic values calling for more government help on the economy.

At least one of the so-called top contenders to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has dropped out of the running. Michèle Flournoy, who co-founded the Center for a New American Security and serves as its chief executive says she doesn't want the job.

Rain and snow are going to make a mess of the biggest travel day of the year. Today a Nor'easter is headed up the coast and will bring up to a foot of snow in inland areas of the Northeast coast. Boston and New York will see snow. Today is the busiest day of the year, and 46.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more (according to the Brainroom).

We've got reporters covering planes, trains and automobiles today, and we'll talk to travel experts in both hours.

Lots of economic numbers out today. We'll get weekly jobless claims, consumer sentiment, new home sales and pending home sales numbers. Stocks took a pause in their recent bull run yesterday. Markets are open today. On the watch for Dow 18,000!

At least 95 were killed in Northern Syrian as Syrian airstrikes target ISIS.

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