Morning Constitutional – Monday, 26 July 2010

Good morning, everybody. The Kansas City Wizards beat Manchester United in a pointless friendly, but we’ll take what we can get. Now, your morning constitutional:

Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, a former Khmer Rouge prison chief, has been found guilty of crimes against humanity by a UN-backed Cambodian war crimes tribunal and sentenced to 35 years in prison. Who were the Khmer Rouge?

The website on Sunday published around 90,000 military and diplomatic documents relating to the war in Afghanistan. Many suggest that Pakistan is aiding Afghan rebels. The documents also show a much dimmer view of the war than official sources; according to the NY Times, which was given early access to the documents, “the documents sketch a war hamstrung by an Afghan government, police force and army of questionable loyalty and competence, and by a Pakistani military that appears at best uncooperative and at worst to work from the shadows as an unspoken ally of the very insurgent forces the American-led coalition is trying to defeat.” The Guardian, which was also given early access, has more.

The Obama administration has pushed deportation of undocumented aliens to record highs.

Economists still don’t know how deflation works. Yet, many economists worry that the U.S. might be edging toward deflation.

Companies that cut deep during the recession are aiming to keep profits high without hiring new employees yet. Robert Samuelson has more on why CEOs aren’t hiring.

Two minute hate: Woman sells her war hero brother’s medals to fund a luxury cruise.

Sure, more Hispanic voters may be Democrats, so how are the better Hispanic candidates Republicans?

Republican Colorado Senate candidate Ken Buck caught calling tea party birthers “dumbasses.”

Why “conscience clauses,” which allow, for example, pharmacists to decline to offer birth control if it is against their religious beliefs, are a terrible idea.

Finally, Kings of Leon had to stop a show after being bombarded by pigeon droppings.


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