Good morning, everybody. On this day in 1804, Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton. Now, your morning constitutional:
Israel/Gaza: Palestinian officials say that nearly 100 Palestinians have died so far in Israel’s latest offensive against Gaza, while central and southern Israel has come under heavy rocket fire. Israel has called up 33,000 reserve soldiers after a rocket seriously wounded a civilian for the first time. A rocket was also fired from Lebanon, its source unknown.
Iraq: The Kurdish political bloc has stopped participating in Iraq’s national government after prime minister Nouri al-Maliki suggested that Kurds were hosting Sunni rebels. Kurdish fighters have also taken control of oil fields in Kirkuk from Baghdad.
Afghanistan: Secretary of State John Kerry is in Afghanistan to help resolve an electoral impasse as two presidential candidates have both declared victory.
Border crisis: The Homeland Security department that is responsible for removing immigrants who are in the country illegally will run out of money unless Congress approves President Obama’s emergency request for more funding.
Union: Despite an earlier anti-union vote at Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, the UAW and Volkswagen will announce the creation of a union. Participation will be voluntary and not will not be formally recognized until a majority of workers join.
Business: Number two tobacco company RJ Reynolds to take over rival Lorillard in a multi-billion dollar bid.
Soccer: Infamous biter Luiz Suarez has been sold by Liverpool to Barcelona.