Morning Constitutional – Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Good morning, folks. Kim Kardashian is going to reboot her pop music career. Now, your morning constitutional:

ISIL militants have reportedly taken control of Iraq’s largest oil refinery in Baiji, which is 130 miles north of Baghdad, although the Iraqi military denies the report.

Iran President Hassan Rouhani promised that Iran would defend Shiite holy sites in Iraq.

President Obama is considering targeted air strikes against ISIL militants in Iraq, similar to counter-terrorism operations in Yemen.

Yglesias with the best one-line analysis: “The speed with which the apparent gains of the surge melted away in the face of Iraq’s entrenched domestic political problems underscores how futile the US-led campaign there was.”

At least 21 were killed yesterday in Damaturu, Nigeria, after  a suicide bomber attacked a group of people watching the Brazil-Mexico match outside a shop with a television.

The Syrian government has reportedly bombed a refugee camp near the Jordanian border, killing 20 mostly children and women.

>> New baby elephant born in Zurich zoo.

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has announced a proposed unilateral ceasefire following a phone discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin. One separatist group has already rejected the offer.

European countries are selling arms to Russia even while condemning it over Ukraine.

U.S. officials are hoping to try Ahmed Abu Khattala, the alleged leader of the group that attacked the U.S. consulate in #Benghazi, in the U.S. court system. He’s currently on a slow boat to the U.S.

The first two executions since the botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April were carried out in Georgia and Missouri on Tuesday night.

Glut of gasoline coming in the next couple of years as consumers consume less gasoline because of tighter fuel efficiency standards and people driving less.

Meanwhile, coal may be falling out of fashion in the U.S., but worldwide, it has reached its highest use in 44 years.

“Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many,” writes fmr. Vice President Dick Cheney, somehow without irony.

The Senate Tuesday confirmed Darrin Gayles to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, becoming the first openly gay black top-level federal judges in U.S. history.

Twenty-somethings report better health, lower health-care expenses under Obamacare.

Japan has banned possession of child pornography.

Uh, what?

Here’s some Soviet anti-religious propaganda.

Finally, man tries throwing football full of drugs into a prison yard.


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