Morning Constitutional – Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Good morning, everybody. Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas broke up. Now, your morning constitutional:

U.S. gross domestic production growth in the first quarter of 2014 was turrrrible, growing at an annualized rate of .1 percent. Yes, point-one-percent. Blame lies mostly on the weather, stocked inventories from last year, and a small drop in exports.

It’s not all bad news, though. ADP says that the U.S. economy added 220,000 jobs in April, up from 209,000 in March.

Clayton Lockett died Tuesday 40 minutes into a botched execution in Oklahoma. Thirteen minutes after Lockett had been given the dose of a new and untested death penalty drug cocktail, Lockett lifted his head and started mumbling. The doctor then tried to stopped the execution, but Lockett died of a heart attack 40 minutes later. The state used a new, untested cocktail of drugs because the drugs previously used have become unavailable.

Iraq is holding its first parliamentary elections since the U.S. withdrew its troops amid heavy security. Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki is hoping to win a third term, although odds may be narrow.

Prosecutors in D.C. and New York are nearing criminal charges against two of the largest bank in the country and are meeting with regulators to find a way to punish bank’s criminal activity without putting them out of business or harming the overall economy.

Pro-Russian militants took over government buildings in Horlivka on Wednesday, another sign that the Kiev government is losing control of its eastern provinces.

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the EPA does have the authority to regulate coal pollution that contributes to soot and smog in neighboring states.

On Tuesday, a federal district court ruled that Wisconin’s voter ID law is unconstitutional and violates the Voting Rights Act. Rick Hasen has some good thoughts about why the case is a major victory for opponents of voter ID, and where it’s going.

According to a civil society group in Nigeria, scores of young girls who were recently abducted from school are being forced to marry Boko Haram militants.

Exelon, the nation’s largest nuclear operator, has agreed to buy Pepco, the utility that services the Maryland and D.C. area, for $6.8 billion.

Totally surprising: Young people waited until the last minute to sign up for health insurance under the ACA and did so in droves.

Where the best tippers in the U.S. are.

Finally, man armed with potato arrested.


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