Morning Constitutional – Thursday, 27 March 2014

Good morning, folks. Columbus Short got in a bar fight. Now, your morning constitutional:

The International Monetary Fund has agreed to provide Ukraine with $18 billion in loans to help prevent the country’s default.

President Obama met Pope Francis.

Former Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi finally announced that he is indeed running for president.

The National Labor Relations board has ruled that football players at Northwestern University are employees and can therefore unionize. Which may mean the NCAA’s charade of “student-athelete” may finally be crumbling.

The mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, has resigned after being arrested for corruption and accepting bribes.

Some good economic news: The U.S. economy grew faster in the fourth quarter than originally thought: GDP grew 2.6%, not the 2.4% the Commerce Department announced last month. Meanwhile, the Labor Department announced that initial unemployment claims dropped 10,000 to its lowest level since November.

What a 2015-2016 Republican Congress would look like.

Another dwarf planet has been discovered just past Pluto.

How states are using a loophole in the farm bill to fight back against food stamp cuts.

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a federal law banning people who have committed domestic violence from possessing a gun can still be enforced in states where no physical proof is required to support the domestic violence charge.

Oldest man in Congress remembers selling cigarettes to Bonny and Clyde.

Speaker Boehner pranks Rep. Pelosi by sending her chocolate for her birthday, just a day after she mentioned that she had given up chocolate for lent.

College graduates can’t find work, but that doesn’t stop colleges from calling and asking for money.

Wu Tang Clan has been secretly recording another new album and will only sell one copy of it.

Finally, a homeopathic remedy has been recalled because it may contain actual medicine.

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