Morning Constitutional – Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Good morning, everybody. Bieber settled a lawsuit with his former bodyguard who accused Bieber of assaulting him. Now, your morning constitutional:

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has reportedly been engaging in secret peace negotiations with the Taliban without U.S. or ally involvement.

Al-Qaeda’s leadership has severed ties with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, one of the most powerful militant groups in the Syrian crisis. The group was founded by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of al-Qaeda’s Iraqi front, against the orders of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri.

The debt limit is back; looks like we hit it near the end of February. This time around, House Republicans look to demanding approval of the Keystone XL pipeline or a repeal of Affordable Care Act risk corridors in return for a one-year extension.

Three years later, the farm bill is on the verge of actually passing.

“No, really guys, we really don’t need any more tanks, thankyouverymuch.” – the U.S. military.

“The annual rate of new business creation is about 28% lower today than it was in the 1980s.” 

Republicans are defending a series of trick websites that seem to support Democratic candidates, but funnel contributions to Republicans.

Why we should socialize the law.

Satya Nadella is the new CEO of Microsoft.

Today in British fringe political party news:  Ukip learning from Lib Dems ways to help them actually get some seats in parliament. Almost half of conservative activists in Britain would like the Tories to forge an agreement with Ukip before the 2015 election. Finally, Mujeeb ur Rehman Bhutto, who recently resigned as a party spokesman for the British Ukip party, is also a former leader of a Pakistani kidnapping gang.

The story of the SNL after party.

South Koreans drink twice as much booze as Russians, and four times as much as Americans. Russia’s new anti-alcohol campaign features a drunk hallucinating squirrel.

Finally, one of Norway’s northernmost aiports will now accept dog-sled taxis.

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