Recap

The Best of the Beast, Aug 16–17: Ferguson, Porn Stars and Beer

A political fight between old rivals and bravery in the face of overwhelming force from both Ferguson, Mo., and Christy Mack. Here’s our best work from this week.

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Obama Stifled Hillary’s Syria Plans and Ignored Her Iraq Warnings for YearsBy Josh Rogin

The rift between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama over Syria that spilled into public view this week was three years in the making and was about much more than just arming the rebels.Stop Blaming Christy Mack: Porn Stars Don’t Deserve to Be BeatenBy Samantha Allen

A few days after the adult film actress allegedly suffered a brutal beating at the hands of her MMA fighter ex-boyfriend, the victim blaming has already begun.The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody LieBy Mike Daly

The officers got the wrong man, but charged him anyway—with getting his blood on their uniforms. How the Ferguson PD ran the town where Michael Brown was gunned down.‘Go Ahead and Shoot Me’: The Veteran Who Defied Ferguson’s CopsBy Justin Glawe

On the third day of demonstrations over Michael Brown’s killing at the hands of police, one man did what no other protester could.Meet the Beer Bottle Dictator by Tim Mak

Widely regarded as an eccentric bureaucrat, Kent ‘Battle’ Martin approves essentially every beer label in the United States, giving him awesome power over a huge industry.Aubrey Plaza’s Great DisconnectBy Aubrey Plaza

No tweets, vines, grams, or tumbles for me. No, emails, emojis, or digital stag movies for him. We flipped off our smartphones for three hours and it only killed us a little.