Morning Constitutional – Friday, 27 June 2014

Good morning, everybody. Courteney Cox is engaged to Johnny McDaid. Now, your morning constitutional:

Seven months after rejecting it and setting off massive protests, Ukraine signed the economic and trade treaty with the European Union.

Prominent Shiite leaders across Iraq are increasingly calling for President Nouri al-Maliki to step down.

Even as it looks more and more likely that Iraq will fracture along ethnic and religious lines, fragmentation offers little to solve the overall conflict in the country.

What the Supreme Court was doing yesterday in its decision in the recess appointment case. Scalia, making up history again.

The Supreme Court also yesterday overturned Massachusetts’s buffer zone around abortion clinics. They don’t seem to mind the buffer zone around their building, though.

Ugh, Congress. Pretty much done until after the midterms. But, they still have to fund the Highway Trust Fund, which is set for insolvency in September. They also have to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank.

Massachusetts raised its minimum wage to be the highest in the nation. It’s still not a livable wage.

Pew: 80% of conservatives think the poor “have it easy.”

How the Pentagon Papers are connected to the insider trading probe hitting Congress.

Hospitals getting into the big data game to create profiles on patients to identify those at higher risk.

I shouldn’t have to tell you this, but don’t put your tomatoes in the refrigerator.

Finally, EPA employees asked to stop shitting in the hallway.

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