Morning Constitutional – Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Good morning, everybody. Selena Gomez celebrated her 22nd birthday in St. Tropez. Now, your morning constitutional:

Two Ukrainian jets were shot down in rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine.

Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Jerusalem Wednesday to meet with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas with hopes of securing a cease-fire between Israel and Gaza.

The Israeli military plans to demolish houses of of Palestinians in Gaza accused of violence.

Hamas is gambling that the resources it poured into its military will help win them concessions and possibly leave them in a better position economically than before the outbreak of violence.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navy Pillay warns that Israel may have committed war crimes in Gaza.

Rockets were found in a second U.N.-run school in Gaza.

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for an overnight suicide bombing near a major Shiite shrine in Baghdad that killed 33.

A bomb blast in the northern Nigerian town of Kaduna killed 25.

The Senate’s partisan gridlock in four charts.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday approved a U.N. treaty to protect people with disabilities from discrimination. The same treaty failed to win the two-thirds majority it needed to be ratified in 2012.

Is the America dream dead? Groundbreaking study shows that for many, it definitely is.

Why Democrats may have a shot at Georgia’s open Senate seat.

The judges who ruled against Obamacare yesterday because it had an error in the text made a error of their own.

Finally, Texan pulls up his pants, accidentally shoots himself.

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