Morning Constitutional – Thursday, 19 August 2010

Good morning, folks. Conan O’Brien is releasing two albums on vinyl featuring Frankenstein’s monster and rockabilly. Now, your morning constitutional:

The last combat brigade has left Iraq, two weeks ahead of schedule. Around 50,000 troops will remain in advisory roles.

At least four million are homeless due to the extreme flooding in Pakistan.

New applications for unemployment reached 500,000 last week, the highest number since November. The bulk of job losses are coming from small businesses.

A growing number of Americans think that President Obama is a Muslim, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center. Eighteen percent of Americans now believe it, up from 11 percent in March 2009.

Totally unrelated: One in five American adults believe the sun revolves around the earth.

General Motors has filed for what could be the largest initial public offering in U.S. history.

How the stimulus taught candidates to be vague about jobs plans.

Bill Clinton on the campaign trail stumping for Democratic candidates, President Obama included.

Hundreds may have been sickened by tainted eggs.

A trailer for Caddyshack made to resemble Inception.

Fake Science: For when the facts are too confusing.

Pictures of the 37 ingredients in a Twinkie.

Finally, tame black bears are guarding a marijuana farm in British Columbia.

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