Morning Constitutional – Monday, 16 June 2014

Good morning, everybody. Anne Hathaway got a puppy. Now, your morning constitutional:

Iraq military spokesman Qassim Ata said that the Iraqi army has killed 279 militants associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a Sunni organization that has taken hold of a large swath of Iraq in recent weeks. ISIS claimed Sunday that they have executed hundreds of captive Shiite members of the Iraqi military, which if true, would be the worst atrocity in the region in years. A report suggests that the U.S. is contemplating direct talks with Iran to support the Iraqi government against the ISIS threat.

Spain claims to have arrested eight people in Madrid on Sunday on suspicion that they were recruiting people to fight for ISIS. The leader of the cell is reportedly Lahcen Ikasrrien, who was arrested in Afghanistan and held at Guantanamo Bay but released in 2005 for lack of evidence.

Russia has stopped supplying Ukraine with natural gas after talks failed to resolve an argument over debts.

Dozens of extremist militants allegedly connected to the Somali al-Shabab attacked the small coastal town of Mpeketoni, Kenya, killing at least 48, including anybody who couldn’t answer questions about Islam and those who didn’t know the Somali language.

Pakistani fighter jets are hammering reported areas of militant activity in the northwest tribal area of North Waziristan.

“Virginia has become a state full of Southern statues and Northern voters.” Population shifts making all politics national.

“There are some who duck the question by saying, ‘Hey, I’m not a scientist.’ Let me translate that for you: What that means is, ‘I accept that man-made climate change is real, but if I admit it, I’ll be run out of town by a radical fringe that thinks climate science is a liberal plot.'” – President Barack Obama

Juan Manuel Santos won reelection in Colombia’s presidential election, seen by many as a sign of support for his peace talks to end the country’s long conflict with FARC.

England is suffering a World Cup cocaine shortage.

Why are there so few Latinos on the U.S. national soccer team?

The World’s Ball: Cool piece charting the evolution of the soccer ball.

Finally, Montana man arrested for drunk driving while trying to bail out wife who was arrested for drunk driving.

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