Morning Constitutional – Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Good morning, everybody. Chelsea Handler says she’s not a racist. Now, your morning constitutional:

The European Union announced that it would offer $15.12 billion in assistance to Ukraine over the next few years. Meanwhile, top American and Russian diplomats are set to meet in Paris today. As NATO holds meetings on the Ukraine crisis, divisions are highlighted among European countries and their economic ties to the post-Cold War Russia. The U.S. is prepared to place unilateral sanctions on Russians if necessary.

ADP says the U.S. added 139,000 new jobs in February, well shy of expectations, and they revised their number for January down to 127,000. Despite the disappointing news, stock futures barely budged.

Israel says they seized a ship in the Red Sea that was carrying advanced Iranian M302 rockets that were made in Syria bound for Gaza.

The newest casualty of climate change may be guacamole or salsa at Chipotle. 

The D.C. Council voted to decriminalize marijuana yesterday. The bill still needs to be signed by Mayor Gray and not blocked by the U.S. Congress.

In yesterday’s primary election in Texas, Republican incumbents easily beat back contests from tea party challengers. Of special note is Steve Stockman, who threatened the second-most powerful Republican in the senate, Sen. John Cornyn, but never actually ran a serious campaign.

New poll finds that 59% of Americans approve of same-sex marriage, a record high, and 50% think the constitution guarantees the right of same-sex couples to marry.

Senator John McCain attacks president Obama for a paper he wrote in college.

Teenagers are terrible.

Finally, Dove drops “Armpit of America” from a billboard ad in New Jersey.

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