Morning Constitutional – Monday, 2 June 2014

Good morning, everybody. Melissa Etheridge got married. Now, your morning constitutional:

The Obama administration will announce a plan Monday to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 30 percent by 2030, the most significant action ever taken by the U.S. government against climate change. Here’s an good explanation of the new regulations.

Most Americans say climate change is happening. It’s just not one of their policy priorities.

Questions are beginning to arise over the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Sunday, not the least of which are accusations that Sgt. Bergdahl in fact had deserted five years ago. Oh, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai isn’t happy to have been kept in the dark about the deal.

King Juan Carlos of Spain, who nearly 40 years ago ushered in democracy following the death of Franco, has announced that he will abdicate his throne.

Hundreds of separatists have mounted a major attack against a border command center near Luhansk, Ukraine.

Rebels in Donetsk tried to win affection by handing out candy to children. It didn’t go well.

Great reporting on the facts that have emerged regarding the divisions in the Chinese army and Tiananmen Square protests 25 years ago. Meanwhile, China has reportedly disrupted Google services ahead of the 25th anniversary of the pro-democracy protests.

The Palestinian Authority has formed a unity government consisting solely of independent technocrats, including representatives from Gaza. However, because Hamas had input on the Gaza representatives, Israel is shunning the new government.

U.S. factory activity expanded faster than expected in May.

Herman Cain may run for president again, if God calls on him to do so.

Noooooooope.

Finally, a sheriff’s deputy found the culprit behind vandalized flags at a cemetery in New York: a groundhog.

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