Morning Constitutional – Monday, 3 February 2014

Good morning, folks. Good game last night, huh? Here’s your morning constitutional:

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday, so six more weeks of winter.

Janet Yellin takes over the Federal Reserve today, becoming one of the most powerful women in history.

The U.S. and Libya have quietly destroyed Libya’s arsenal of chemical weapons.

Maryland Governor Tommy Carcetti—er, Martin O’Malley is gearing up for a presidential run, and not waiting for Hillary Clinton to decide if she’s running.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych returned to work today after an illness, as protesters still demand his resignation.

A series of car bombs around Baghdad on Monday killed at least 13 people.

An analysis by the Associated Press finds that there has been no reduction in school shootings despite increased security measures taken after the shooting at Sandy Hook.

A Moscow high school student shot a teacher and police officer and held 20 students hostage in a classroom today before being captured.

Chrysler announced that sales in January were up 8 percent, its best January in six years.

The European Commission has found the level of corruption in the EU “breathtaking,” and that it costs the EU economy at least €120 billion annually.

Many state governments are seeing unexpected surpluses, leading to battles over what to do with the extra revenues.

The United Arab Emirates now requires mothers to breastfeed for the first two years.

The abortion rate in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest level since the procedure because legal nationwide.

A 69-year old man is still in the mental hospital he entered after stealing a $20 necklace in 1971.

Stephen Hawking doesn’t believe in black holes anymore.

A California elementary school teacher was arrested Wednesday after police found at least 300 pythons in his home.

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