Morning Constitutional – Monday, 23 August 2010

Good morning, everybody. Is Lauren Hill back? Now, your morning constitutional:

Seventeen days after they were trapped in a cave-in, rescuers discovered 33 miners still alive in a small gold and copper mine in northern Chile. The rescue. however, could take months.

There is still no official result of this weekend’s election in Australia, and it’s expected to end with a hung parliament. How Australia would navigate a hung parliament.

Many economists believe that home ownership will never be as generous an investment tool as it was during the second half of the 20th century.

Protesters for and against the Park51 community center near the World Trade Center site rallied in Manhattan this weekend. William Saletan: Is a mosque near Ground Zero “insensitive?” Far away from New York City, plans for other other mosques also running into opposition.

Margaret Hamburg, the head Food and Drug Administration, addressed the recent salmonella outbreak and said that her agency was forced to be merely reactive by law and needs more authority to be preventative. New food safety rules going into effect could have prevented the outbreak were they in effect.

The generosity of the U.K. in aide to Pakistan’s flood victims is “shaming world politicians,” according to Brendan Gormley, the head of the Disasters Emergency Committee.

President Obama needs to rediscover the old passionate speechwriter within himself.

General David Patraeus says that the U.S. has momentum over the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The new Republican divide: K Street versus the tea party.

Microbes scrubbed off a cliff face in the English village of Beer survived 553 days on the outside of the International Space Station.

Movie posters reimagined from an alternate reality.

Wyclef Jean was declared ineligible to run for the presidency of Haiti yet plans to appeal the decision.

Thirty-two coal-fired power plants have been built since 2008 or are under construction, further cementing coal’s dominance of the electricity sector in the face of climate change.

Finally, Cameron Diaz is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online.

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