Morning Constitutional – Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Good morning, folks. Miley and Madonna are going to twerk together or something. Anyways, here’s your morning constitutional:

The president addressed congress last night on the State of the Union. Here’s a good wrap-up of the laundry list of what he plans to do and what things he hopes congress can do (warning: automatically starting video and audio). Jonathan Chait’s reaction is pretty much on the money.

A great profile on Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg, the veteran featured in the speech last night.

The Onion: Dad Delivers State Of The Union Rebuttal Directly Into Television Screen

Meanwhile, after the speech, Republican Rep. Michael Grimm from New York was caught on camera threatening a reporter  after being asked about a federal investigation into campaign finance violations. Grimm: “Let me be clear to you: If you ever do that to me again, I’ll throw you off this f***ing balcony…. No, no. You’re not man enough, you’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half, like a boy.”

Justice Samuel Alito granted Herbert Smulls, who was set to be executed in Missouri last night, a stay of execution due to questions about the compounding pharmacy that created the execution drugs.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he could accept an Israeli military presence in the West Bank for a three-year transition period, a key issue in peace talks.

Ukraine lawmakers are considering possible amnesty for protesters who have been arrested in the last few weeks. Ukraine’s president warns that the country is “on the brink of civil war.”

The $956 billion farm bill in one graph.

Research by Japanese scientists suggest that stem cells could be created by shocking blood cells in acid, which would be a massive breakthrough.

How somebody lost their $50,000 Twitter account.

Finally, Jelly Belly debuts a beer-flavored jelly bean.

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