Morning Constitutional – Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Happy Earth Day, everybody. Rosie O’Donnell lost 50 pounds. Now, your morning constitutional:

President Obama begins a week-long trip to Asia today, the centerpiece of which is a new agreement with the Philippines that would give American ships and planes extensive access to Philippine bases.

Meanwhile, Vice President Biden is in Ukraine, and pledged American support for a fair election, as well as $50 million in additional economic assistance.

Experts say the Russian military, despite being seen as outdated, is employing sophisticated 21st century tactics against Ukraine.

On the other hand, life in newly-Russian Crimea is getting chaotic, as, well, basic state services are all completely changed and not functioning fully yet.

The Justice Department is preparing a new effort to push equity in criminal sentencing for drug offenses, one piece of which is the administration preparing clemency requests for non-violent drug offenders who are serving long sentences.

The number of American troops in Afghanistan may soon drop below 10,000, maybe even below 5,000.

The White House has chosen a new counsel, W. Neil Eggleston, who has an impressive-as-hell resume.

Lots of people who are refusing to sign up for health insurance are doing so for bone-headed reasons.

Among the slew of cases the Supreme Court is hearing, they will decide what constitutes pomegranate juice.

Many Americans think owning a home is a better investment for them than it is.

The Obama administration looking to curb the number of immigrants it deports who have limited or no criminal records.

Yup, Americans pretty dumb about science.

The current debate over Common Core is more about politics than education.

Ford to announce that current CEO Alan Mulally will retire and Mark Fields will be its next CEO.

Netflix planning a price increase. Why should should care.

Finally, a high school student was suspended after asking Miss America to the prom.

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