Morning Constitutional – Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Good morning, everybody. Uma Thurmond isn’t engaged anymore. Now, your morning constitutional:

President Obama landed in Tokyo Wednesday night (local time), the first stop on his week-long trip through Asia. He began the trip by stating that a group of islands in the East China Sea that are claimed by both China and Japan fall under the U.S.-Japan security agreement.

Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison Sr., the commander of U.S. forces in Japan, has been reprimanded for allowing sexual assault complaints slide, but despite being disciplined, he has been moved to an important position at the Pentagon.

Last week, rebel militants in South Sudan seized Bentiu, an important oil town, and separated residents by ethnicity before killing at least 400.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia will respond if its interests in Ukraine are attacked.

Not for the first time, Homs becomes an important city in the Syrian civil war.

A $375 million hole in the Afghan budget worries leaders as U.S. and other world powers prepare to leave the country.

Colleges look for new ways to encourage diversity after the Supreme Court yesterday upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in college admissions.

The Republican-led Missouri state legislature is starting impeachment proceedings against Democratic governor Jay Nixon.

Ray Moore, Republican candidate for South Carolina lieutenant governor, urges Christian parents to take their kids out of the “godless” and “pagan” public school system. (Just out of curiosity, how can it be both?)

The U.S. middle class is no longer the richest middle class.

Bob Dole is back in Kansas. Money line: “I thought I was a conservative, but we’ve got some in Congress now who are so far right they’re about to fall out of the Capitol.”

All four Republicans running for Senate in North Carolina said that climate change is not real.

Is it racist to only date people of your own race? (Yes.)

Amazon to start offering HBO content to its Prime customers.

Mayor gets police to raid home of someone who made fun of him on Twitter.

Finally, man with 5,000 bras to open museum.

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