Morning Constitutional – Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Good morning, everybody. Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon broke up again. Now, your morning constitutional:

Iraq told the U.N. that it has lost control of a chemical weapons facility to ISIS and would be unable to fulfill its obligation to destroy the toxins, such as sarin, that are stored there.

Airstrikes by Israel accelerated and rockets from Hamas continued Wednesday. Missiles fired by Hamas from Gaza are more sophisticated than usual and reaching further into Israel.

North Korea fired some short-range missiles into the sea.

Both candidates in Indonesia’s presidential election Wednesday have claimed victory, but Joko “Jokowi” Widoo appears to be ahead in the quick vote count. It is only Indonesia’s third presidential election, and the first ever to be a real contest.

Vials of smallpox dating back to the 1950s were discovered at the NIH campus in Bethesda by workers cleaning out a storage room.

Religious groups are already looking for exemptions from President Obama’s promised executive rule that will bar federal contractors from discriminating against gay and lesbian men and women.

In response to regulatory pressure, Carlos Slim planning to break up his massive Mexican phone company American Movil, the largest phone operator in the America, rather than be hit by massive anti-trust restrictions.

The RNC’s choice to have the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland probably will not help them win Ohio.

Republican Iowa U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst and former pig-castrator says President Obama is a dictator.

President Obama asked Congress for $3.8 billion to deal with the border crisis, and Republicans respond with LOLs. The border crisis is not “Obama’s Katrina.”

Good piece on House Republicans and the Federal Reserve.

Oh, did you need another reason to this this particular Congress isn’t terribly great? Well, turns out they are accidentally voting the wrong way a lot more now than ever.

Kentucky State Senator Brandon Smith says that climate change is a hoax because the Earth is the same temperature as Mars (Video).

Insurance companies want to track your car’s movements, and you’ll probably let them to save a little money.

Is there a better way to deboard an airplane? (God I hope so.)

Finally, chef finds “GOD” in an eggplant.

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