Morning Constitutional – Thursday, 30 January 2014

Good morning, patriots. Looks like Bieber now getting charged with assault. Here’s your morning constitutional:

U.S. officials believe Russia tested a new cruise missile, which is prohibited by a treaty signed in 1987 by President Reagan and Soviet leader Gorbachev. 

The U.S. economy grew at a 3.2% annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2013, way better than predicted. On the other hand jobless claims rose more than expected last week.

The Afghan government continues to receive billions of dollars in U.S. aid despite a audit report that found most of it being wasted or stolen.

Syrian authorities have “deliberately and unlawfully” razed thousands of residential buildings.

Police in Togo seize more than two tons of ivory destined for Vietnam.

The Federal Reserve will reduce the pace of its bond-buying program by another $10 billion.

Today in not-really-news: Hillary Clinton holds a gigantic lead over potential 2016 Democratic rivals in new poll, while there is no clear favorite among Republicans. Clinton’s “lead is the largest recorded in an early primary matchup in at least 30 years of Post-ABC polling.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he is slow-tracking a trade bill that was promoted by President Obama during the State of the Union address. The bill would give the president authority to negotiate trade agreements with other countries, while only allowing congress to vote on agreements without the power to amend them.

Americans don’t have a clue what’s in Obamacare, don’t like it anyway.

Companies aren’t going to raise wages because low wages are why companies are so profitable.

Congress eyeing legislation to ban taxpayer funding of presidential political conventions.

The “women are paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men” trope doesn’t tell the whole story.

Google is selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. It had bought Motorola for $12.5 billion in 2011.

Penguins in Argentina at risk from climate change.

“A double-barreled comparison of ancient Neanderthal DNA with hundreds of modern-day genomes suggests that many of us have Neanderthal skin and hair traits — but other parts of the Neanderthal genome appear to have been bred out of us along the way.”

Really cool multimedia material on the Beatles invasion 50 years ago.

Finally, casino announces that it is snake-free.

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