Morning Constitional – Monday, 19 July 2010

Good morning, everybody. Mel Gibson might be moving back to Australia. Now, your morning constitutional:

In a report called “Top Secret America,” the Washington Post reveals the results of a two-year investigation into the security buildup after 9/11, finding that intelligence gathering has grown so much that nobody knows is exact costs, how many programs exist, or how many people are involved.

The U.S will allow BP to continue its pressure test of the containment dome over the busted oil well in the Gulf, despite possible seepage problems.

President Obama finds an unlikely ally on immigration reform: Evangelical Christians.

Irish President Mary McAleese signed a bill into law granting same-sex couples most of the benefits of legal marriage. It will likely go in effect in January.

Republicans in Congress introducing legislation to stop the Obama administration from suing Arizona over its new immigration law.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in South Korea today for talks as the two countries prepare for joint military exercises.

British PM David Cameron attacked the Scottish government’s release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only man convicted in the Lockerbie bombing, as “completely wrong,” ahead of his first visit to to the U.S. as prime minister.

Looks like the DISCLOSE Act is dead in the Senate.

Germans party in the highway.

Divers discover what is possibly the world’s oldest drinkable champagne in a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea.

Finally, state trooper responds to call about debris on highway, saves kitten.


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