Morning Constitutional – Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Good morning, everybody. Sofia Vergara Is Dating Joe Manganiello. Now, your morning constitutional:

Israel intensified its airstrikes against Gaza early Tuesday and is reportedly considering a ground invasion.

Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory in Afghanistan’s presidential election, despite his rival, Asraf Ghani, leading in the poll. Meanwhile, a suicide bomber killed 16 in an attack in Parwan province north of Kabul.

A law signed by President Bush at the end of his term to curb child trafficking is partially behind the surging flow of of unaccompanied minors from Central America crossing the U.S. border. The U.N. is pushing for these migrants to be labeled refugees.

In Slovyansk, where the Ukraine military beat back rebels, a city badly damaged by the fighting.

Under pressure after yesterday announcing it would not convene again until August, the Iraq parliament announced it it meet again early next week instead.

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) is asking the Justice Department to investigate evidence uncovered by the C.I.A. that the Cuban government plotted to smear him with allegations that he had paid for sex with two Dominican teenage prostitutes.

House Republicans planning on spending $3.3 million this year on the special committee they created to investigate #Benghazi.

The last American participating at the World Cup is referee Mark Geiger, who will make history for being the first U.S. referee to officiate at a semifinal match in today’s Brazil – Germany match as the fourth official.

How England, Italy and Germany are (kinda) still dominating the World Cup.

A U.S. Navy veteran is suing Idaho State Veterans Cemetery for not allowing her to be buried with the ashes of her late wife.

The logic of “throwing the bums out” of Congress is wrong.

Over 99% of food stamps go to eligible people.

Until August 24, TGIFriday’s is offering $10 endless appetizers.

Writing tips from the C.I.A.’s style manual.

Why your yoga class is so white. (Also, maybe not using “your.”)

Cupcakes are over.

Finally, a fugitive was caught after posing for a newspaper photo.

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