Morning Constitutional – Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Good morning, everybody. Freddie Prinze Jr. doesn’t like Kiefer Sutherland much. Now, your morning constitutional:

Striking the home of the Hamas top political leader and Gaza’s only power plant, Israel hit Gaza with some of the strongest fire since the conflict began this weekend, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the nation to prepare for a long battle. Meanwhile, hard to not feel bad for Secretary of State John Kerry, who is being lambasted (scapegoated) by both sides for the failure of efforts to negotiate a ceasefire. And, the most predictable part of this story.

The U.S. alleges that Russia violated a major arms control treaty and tested a medium-range cruise missile. European leaders are preparing stronger economic sanctions against Russia for its support of Ukrainian rebels. Where Ukrainian rebels are getting their weapons.

Africa is suffering the largest ebola outbreak in history.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) announced a bipartisan $17 billion deal to deal with the problems plaguing the Department of Veterans Affairs. The numbers.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, covering Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, ruled that Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. North Carolina’s attorney general announced Monday that he will not defend North Carolina’s ban in court.

Thirty-five percent of Americans face debt collectors.

Alabama’s seniors saved $180 million on prescription drugs under the Affordable Care Act, part of $11 billion saved nationwide. Medicare spending per person is going downWhat if nobody cared?

The labor crisis being ignored on America’s small farms.

Is Georgia going Democratic? Not yet. There’s also no 2014 Republican wave yet.

The Family Dollar-Dollar Tree merger embodies everything wrong with American capitalismFive things not to buy at dollar stores.

Phoenix strip club endorses Democratic pastor for Congress.

LOLJournalism.

Finally, DUI suspect pulled over while driving lawnmower.

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