Morning Constitutional – Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Good morning, everyone. Meryl Streep and 50 Cent were seen hanging out at a basketball game. Now, your morning constitutional:

Folk singer legend Pete Seeger passed away yesterday at 94.

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai believes that the U.S. is responsible insurgent-style attacks aimed at undermining his government.

Negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition broke off earlier this morning than expected as the government’s plans for the future of Syria did not include a transitional government.

House Republicans are preparing an immigration reform framework that will provide for legal status for those in the country illegally but not citizenship.

President Obama plans to sign an executive order declaring that federal government contractors must be paid a minimum of $10.10 an hour.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has resigned in an effort to calm street protests that had grown violent since parliament banned virtually all forms of protest. 

A second grand jury has indicted Officer Randall Kerrick of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for voluntary manslaughter. Kerrick is accused of fatally shooting Jonathan Ferrell after a woman called 911 and reported someone was trying to break into her house. Ferrell was seeking assistance after a car accident. An earlier grand jury refused to indict. 

Dennis McGuire, a convicted murder and rapist, was executed in Ohio on Thursday, using a new drug cocktail that has never been before used. It took 15 minutes for McGuire to die.

The State of the Union address is tonight. Democrats hope for the beginning of a new populist agenda. We think it’ll be boring and long and pointless.

Twenty young people a day are hospitalized for gun injuries.

A man who paid $350,000 for the ability to hunt an endangered black rhino says that he death threats and fears for his safety.

NFL cheerleaders are not paid fairly. But the struggle for fairness may bring up the question: why have cheerleaders at all?

Today in LOLs: Could Mitt Romney run for president again?

Major League Baseball has approved the use of instant replay for the 2014 season.

Today on eBay: the actual velociraptor cage from Jurassic Park. It could be yours.

A clairvoyant manatee predicts that the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl.

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