Morning Constitutional – Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Good morning, folks. Wyclef Jean has given up trying to become the president of Haiti so he can promote his new album. Now, your morning constitutional:

A defense authorization bill failed in the Senate yesterday that contained a repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, the DREAM Act, as well as a pay raise for military personnel.

Lawrence Summers, President Obama’s top economic adviser, is set to leave the administration by the end of the year. Should be noted that this was planned, and that Harvard has a two-year rule of absence after which tenure ends.

Delaware Republican nominee for Senate Christine O’Donnell will not be doing any more national television interviews. And, the real reason O’Donnell is “unelectable.”

Republicans are planning to strip Senator Lisa Murkowski from her post as ranking member of the Senate Energy Committee after she announced that she will continue to run for reelection in a write-in campaign.

How the disappearance of of salesmen helps explain America’s economic woes.

Complications with India’s struggle for peace in Kashmir.

As Switzerland votes a new minister into the government, women have a majority in the cabinet for the first time.

Seriously, you had to know it was coming: Google Elections.

FiveThirtyEight: Why generic ballots may underestimate Democrats.

In New York, Republican nominee and tea party favorite Carl Paladino is within striking distance of popular Democratic nominee Andrew Cuomo, 49% to 43%.

Finally, a Frenchman swam across the English Channel. Oh, and also, he’s a quadriplegic.

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