Morning Constitutional – Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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Good morning, folks. Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez went to the zoo. Now, your morning constitutional:

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the highest religious leader of Iraq’s Shiite establishment, asked his followers to join with the Iraqi military to fight ISIS. Meanwhile, Moktada al-Sadr, also a Shiite, who ran a militia that fought the government during the war, has in turn reformed his military and announced that they will not join the government.

Secretary of State John Kerry met Tuesday with Kurdish leaders in Northern Iraq, who have expressed warnings of a new reality in Iraq. The Kurds maintain a semi-autonomous region that, while part of the Iraqi government, has called for the prime minister’s ouster.

The United Nations says that over 1,000 have been killed in Iraq in June so far.

Pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine agreed Monday to respect the ceasefire called by the Ukrainian government. Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked his parliament to revoke the right of military intervention in Ukraine in an effort to “normalize the situation.”

A suicide bombing near a checkpoint in a southern neighborhood in Beirut killed one security guard and injured 20.

At least five are dead in Witu, Kenya, after an armed gang attacked the village that is about nine miles away from Mpeketoni, where Somali extremist group al-Shabab killed 60 last week.

At least 91 people were kidnapped last week by Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigeria.

Libyan oil is slowly finding its way to the market.

A large measles outbreak in Ohio is leading Amish to reconsider the use of vaccines.

Excellent reporting from Laurel County, Kentucky, an Appalachian district with one of the highest concentrations of food stamp recipients.

Liberals drink this kind of beer, conservatives drink this kind of beer.

Georgia congressional candidate Jody Hice (R) doesn’t think Islam deserves First Amendment protection.

That story of that little girl who got kicked out of KFC because she had scars on her face? Yeah, that didn’t happen.

“I don’t know about Mel,” he said. “He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all f—ing hypocrites. That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n—– or that f—ing Jew? I’m being brutally honest here. It’s the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy. Or maybe I should just strike that and say ‘the N word’ and ‘the F word,’ although there are two F words now.” – Gary Oldman in an interview with Playboy.

World Cup mug manufacturer mistakes England defender Chris Smalling for Barack Obama.

Finally, drunk driver falls out of own car, runs over self.

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