Morning Constitutional – Thursday, 7 July 2014

Good morning, everybody. Vincent Kartheiser and Alexis Bledel got married. Now, your morning constitutional:

In response to Western sanctions against Russia, Russia has imposed bans on the importation of a number of food and agricultural products from Europe and the U.S.

Iraqi politicians are pleading for emergency aid to help the thousands of minority Yazidis trapped atop a mountain surrounded Islamic State fighters. Islamic State fighter have also taken Qaraqosh, home to many Iraqi Christians who are reported to have fled.

Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, two of the most senior living leaders of the Khmer Rogue, a regime that terrorized Cambodia in the 1970s, were found guilty of crimes against humanity on Thursday and sentenced to life in prison.

President Obama is expected to sign a bill overhauling the Veterans Affairs Department into law Thursday.

The U.S. Forest Service is, once again, about to run out of money to fight wildfires.

The number of people filing for unemployment dropped unexpectedly last week; the four-week average of new claims is now the lowest it has been since 2006. Here’s a good piece on polling and how Americans are perceiving the recovery.

Folllowing issues with Colorado’s legalization of the sale of marijuana-laced edibles, Washington is implementing regulations for clear labeling and potency testing.

A German gun designer is trying to make a smarter and safer gun, which is angering U.S. gun rights advocates.

NCAA expected to pass measure that would lead to looser rules that will probably lead to even more spending by university athletic departments.

Brad Delong with good (big) thoughts about the Affordable Care Act.

The Republican Party: The Party of Lincoln Reagan Nixon, for better or for worse.

Surprising no one, Texas Governor Rick Perry is gearing up for a 2016 run.

Kansas Republican official says crazy asshole thing.

Real life story: Oil refinery threatened by rising sea level asks for government help.

Finally, Oklahoma teacher found drunk, pantsless in high school classroom.

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