Morning Constitutional – Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Good morning, folks. Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen are having a baby. Now, your morning constitutional:

Russia and China reached a 30-year, $400 billion deal that would send natural gas from Siberia into China.

In a number of Senate primary elections held Tuesday, establishment Republicans easily held off tea-party challengers, mostly because the establishment Republicans are well funded, experienced, and possibly most importantly, have moved to to the right. Also good reads on this at Bloomberg and Vox. But, could the Republicans’ move to the right be bad for them in the long term? Jonathan Bernstein on the phony Republican civil war.

In short, the officials say, while the N.S.A. cannot spy on Airbus and give the results to Boeing, it is free to spy on European or Asian trade negotiators and use the results to help American trade officials — and, by extension, the American industries and workers they are trying to bolster.”

The Obama administration is set to release a memo that concluded that it would be lawful to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen who was accused of plotting terrorist attacks against the U.S.

Two car bombs killed over 100 in Jos, Nigeria, on Tuesday, the fourth urban attack in six weeks. It is believed the bombs were set by Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram. At least 17 people were also killed Wednesday, also ostensibly by Boko Haram, in the small village of Alagarno.

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to three years in prison for embezzlement.

“I’ve had some radical ideas about voting and it’s probably not a good time to tell them, but you used to have to be a property owner to vote.” – Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.).

The FBI is having trouble hiring programmers who don’t smoke weed, so may bend the rules.

Pat Sajak for some reason says that “global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists” on Twitter.

For West Wing fans, here’s Seventeen People.

Buzzfeed’s founder wrote a Marxist paper a decade ago that explains Buzzfeed.

Finally, a cat in New Zealand brought home a bag of weed and left it on the doorstep for its owner.

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