Morning Constitutional – Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Good morning, everybody. Kelly Rowland is pregnant. Now, your morning constitutional:

Let’s just start here: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) lost a primary election by 11 points to tea-party-backed economics professor Dave Brat. No sitting majority leader has lost since 1899. So, who’s Dave Brat?

Extremist militants belonging to the al Qaeda splinter group ISIL have overrun Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city. More than 500,000 civilians have reportedly fled the city, which has a population of around 1.6 million. Why this is significant (in case that wasn’t obvious).

The South Sudanese government and rebel leaders have agreed to form a unity government within the next 60 days effectively ending the country’s civil war.

Five American troops were killed in a friendly fire accident in Afghanistan.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu ruled that five California rules regarding teacher tenure violated the state’s constitution, because they make it too difficult to remove ineffective teachers from classrooms, causing children’s educations to suffer.

Female genitalia cutting is illegal in the United States, but concerns that the practice may be on the rise as families travel back to Africa to perform the procedure.

Will we ever recover from the Great Recession? Maybe not.

Perverse incentives in the New Gilded Age: “Yet many builders have made a calculated bet: Better to sell fewer new homes at higher prices than build more and charge less.”

The American middle class is a lot less wealthy than you think.

Jack Daniel’s and George Dickel fighting over definition of Tennessee whiskey.

Holy hell this story.

Ford and Heinz are teaming up to research ways to turn tomato skins into car parts.

Finally, researchers find that rats are capable of feeling regret, unlike you, you psychopathic jerk.

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