Morning Constitutional – Wednesday, 16 June 2010

CC photo by Flickr user Alexo!

Good morning, everyone. Charlie Sheen’s car has been driven off a cliff — again. Now, your morning constitutional:

In a speech from the Oval Office, President Obama last night urged action on new energy legislation and promised to make BP pay for damages related to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Judge Vaughn R. Walker will hear closing arguments today in a long-running trial on a lawsuit hoping to overturn California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in the state.

A series of six earthquakes, ranging from 4.8-7.0 magnitude, hit Indonesia Wednesday, killing at least two people.

The Securities and Exchanges Commission is hiring more experts in an effort to better analyze the complexity of the financial system.

Slate: Are firing squads a better means of execution than lethal injection?

The U.N. expects to deliver and distribute the aid to Gaza that was brought by the Turkish flotilla and seized by Israel after a violent and controversial confrontation.

Map of the worst oil spills in history.

Tea party favorite Sharron Angle, running against Harry Reid in the Senate race in Nevada, was recently once a Democrat.

People with more Vitamin B6 in their system may have significantly smaller risk of developing lung cancer, according to a new study.

Harold Meyerson: “No other major industrial nations are as hostile to independent unions as China and the United States.”

South Africa will deport 17 Argentine football fans after it was found that they were on a list of known troublemakers who were barred from attending matches in Argentina.

Finally, Germany destroying Australia in yesterday’s World Cup match — in Lego.

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