Morning Constitutional – Monday, 4 August 2014

Good morning, everybody. Chloe Grace Moretz Is dating Brooklyn Beckham. Now, your morning constitutional:

A seven-hour long ceasefire announced by Israel is underway in parts of Gaza, although Palestinian officials have accused Israel of already breaking it with an attack on a house in Gaza City. The unilateral ceasefire comes a day after a controversial attack by Israel that hit a Palestinian school that killed at least 10.  An inspection of damage caused to a UN-run school in Gaza during a strike last week suggests that Israeli forces may have paid little attention to warnings to safeguard sites and used weapons not appropriate for the situation.

Kurds in northern Iraq are planning a counter offensive against Islamic State militants after the militants quickly took three Kurdish towns and the Mosul Dam. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has ordered Iraqi air units to provide support to the Kurdish fighters.

The Lebanese army advanced Monday on a town attacked by the Syrian Islamist militants this weekend.

Russia’s defense ministry announced that Russia will be holding military exercises this week near the Ukraine border.

The U.S. as early as 2009 ran a program that secretly sent young Latin Americans undercover to Cuba to try and incite a revolution.

An strong earthquake in southern China killed at least 398, and injured more than 1,800.

A warning to not use tap water continues into Monday in Toledo, Ohio, as authorities still fear high levels of a toxin that probably comes from high algae levels in Lake Erie.

New evidence suggests that Cameron Todd Willingham, who was put to death by Texas for murder in 2004, may have been innocent.

A Google email scan led to the arrest of a sex offender who had explicit photos of a child in his email.

Good piece on thinking about probability and the War on Nate Silver.

Five sectors that are holding back the U.S. economy.

The share of people living in neighborhoods with 40% or higher poverty rose 76% between 2000 and the 2008-12 period, mostly in the suburbs.

Five things the news media are getting wrong about the Halbig Obamacare lawsuit.

New Hampshire state representative is kind of an idiot.

Finally, a drunk woman tries to drive away in an unmarked police car with the cops inside it.

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