Morning Constitutional – Monday, 27 January 2014

Good morning, folks. Apparently 33 couples got married at the Grammys last night. Now, your morning constitutional:

Saturday morning, Darion Marcus Aguilar entered The Mall in Columbia, Md., and shot Brianna Benlolo and Tyler Johnson, two workers at the Zumiez store, before shooting himself. Investigators have not established that the shooter and victims knew each other.

U.S. intelligence agencies are concerned that if all American troops were to withdraw from Afghanistan, they will lose air bases used for drone strikes in the region.

More than half of all children in Afghanistan now suffer irreversible damage to their bodies and minds from malnutrition.

On the second day of face-to-face talks in Geneva, the Syrian government offered to let women and children leave the besieged city of Homs.

The U.S. carried out a missile strike Sunday in a remote area near Barawe, Somalia, on a suspected leader with ties to al Qaeda and al Shabaab.

Over concerns of possible attacks at the the Sochi Winter Olympics, the U.S. is stationing two warships in the Black Sea and C-17 aircraft in Germany. The FBI is also working with Russian counterparts and the U.S. is considering sharing its bomb detection technology.

The Associated Press reports a number of security lapses and problems in the U.S. nuclear weapons apparatus, including crew members being unfit for duty, a base not passing a safety inspection, personnel breaking rules, among others.

Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) will resign today, a month after pleading guilty to cocaine possession.

Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin stands trial today on corruption charges.

In order to stop same-sex marriage in Oklahoma, state Rep. Mike Turner has introduced a bill to ban all marriage.

The Obama administration is cracking down hard on doctors who habitually overcharge Medicare patients, and for the first time in 30 years, disclose how much is paid to individual doctors receiving Medicare payments.

Today, the first in a five-part series from WAMU on D.C.’s crack epidemic.

The race for colleges to find the most talented women athletes has accelerated in the past five years, leading some to recruit players before they even begin high school.

Virginia finds success in housing 500 homeless families with rapid rehousing, a strategy of using short-term rent assistance to give a family a place to live while it works out the problems that led to homelessness in the first place.

Why is the American dream dead in the South?

An oral history of shooting the movie Swingers.”Wayne Gretzky’s head bleeding was the hardest thing to shoot in the whole movie.”

Finally, we remind you that Froot Loops are all the same flavor.


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