Morning Constitutional – Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Good morning, folks. Michelle Williams and Dustin Yellin broke up. Now, your morning constitutional:

.A new paper says that complete melting of major portions of Antartica’s western ice sheet is inevitable, and would lead to much higher ocean levels than previously expected. The region has enough ice to raise global sea levels by four feet.

A series of car bombs attacking Shiite areas of Baghdad killed at least 28 on Tuesday as Shiites celebrated the birthday of Imam Ali, Shiite Islam’s most sacred martyr.

Billionaire Tom Steyer, one of the most visible environmental activists in the U.S., made much of his fortune investing in Asian coal.

Federal safety officials say two were entrapped and killed in a West Virginia coal mine. (That’s literally all of the story so far at 9:18 a.m., but it could be updated.)

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German Foreign Minister, flew to Kiev Tuesday to open talks between the Ukraine government and its foes in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

North Carolina businessman Keith Cisco, a Democrat who ran for Congress against Clay Aiken, was found dead of an apparent accident at his home on Monday.

U.S. retail sales barely budged in April.

The European Union Court of Justice has ruled that Google must remove search results at the request of ordinary people, backing the EU’s “right to be forgotten” rule.

Civilian residents have returned to the once-bustling city of Homs after a ceasefire gave control of the city back to the Syrian government but find mostly ruins and devastation.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison for bribery.

Texas’s culture wars have created a public health nightmare for women.

AT&T is reportedly in talks to buy DirecTV for at least $50 billion.

The clever way congress is getting around its earmark ban,

The United Nations has appointed its first woman commander as Norwegian Major General Kristin Lund was tapped to lead U.S. peacekeeping troops in Cyprus.

An energy efficiency bill that was expected to pass failed in the Senate after Republicans wanted to add amendments to push approval of Keystone XXL, curtail EPA regulations, and permanently oppose a carbon tax.

Christopher Columbus’s long-missing Santa Maria may have been found.

What your web browsing says about your politics.

Can the evangelical church embrace gay couples?

Karl Rove suggests that Hillary Clinton may have brain damage.

Finally, a man stole a toilet from a West Seattle Subway.

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