Morning Constitutional – Thursday, 31 July 2014

Good morning, everybody. Alicia Keys is pregnant. Now, your morning constitutional:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Thursday to destroy Hamas’s sophisticated tunnel network in Gaza and would not accept any cease-fire agreement that does not allow the Israeli military to do so. Israel has called up an additional 16,000 reservists.

Rival militias in Tripoli, Libya, agreed to a temporary cease-fire Wednesday, as at least 75 bodies of mostly soldiers were found in Benghazi. The fighting throughout Libya has caused Western powers to at least temporarily abandon efforts to bolster Libya’s nascent democratic institutions,

For the first time, international investigators were finally able to reach the site of the downed Malaysian Airlines flight 17 in rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

Argentina defaulted on its debt obligations.

Poll shows that Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front party, would knock out the Socialist Party contenders, both the current president Hollande and more popular prime minister Valls, in the presidential race if the election were held now.

Unaccompanied immigrant children who are apprehended at the border are being put first in line to go before immigration judges.

Sierra Leone has declared an Ebola emergency.

Fewer people signed up for unemployment benefits in the past month than any month in the past eight years. Here are some charts illustrating how the economy seems to be finally perking up.

President Obama in Kansas Wednesday called on Republicans to ‘stop just hatin’ all the time,” Meanwhile. Republicans in the House voted to sue the president. Why.

The middle class is 20 percent poorer than it was is 1984.

There’s no debate: Economists widely believe the stimulus helped the economy.

Why we don’t know the size of the transgender population.

Finally, nonviolence rally marred by multiple fights.

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