Morning Constitutional – Friday, 8 August 2014

Good morning, folks. Adam Levine ran out of gas. Now, your morning constitutional:

President Obama announced Thursday that he has authorized air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq. He also said that U.S. military aircraft have started dropping food and and water to thousands of Iraqis trapped atop a mountain in northwest Iraq.

The announcement was delayed because a toddler breached White House security just as the president was scheduled to address the country.

The 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas ended Friday morning, and immediately Hamas fired rockets into Israel, drawing Israeli response.

Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates have signed a deal to cooperate on the formation of a unity government following a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry.

The World Heath Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak a global health emergency.

U.S. worker productivity rose more than expected in second quarter, but wages didn’t rise with it.

Why isn’t the recovering economy helping President Obama?

It’s probably not a good idea for the U.S. to arm the Ukrainian army.

What if sanctions worked and Putin falls—what happens next?

How Wall Street tobacco deals left states with billions of dollars of toxic debt.

Once you read this piece about the broken metaphor of soccer and war you’ll realize you’ve read the best thing ever written and you may as well quit reading forever.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering reclassifying manatees from endangered to threatened, which could lessen protections.

As good a theory as any as to why President Obama is keeping Brennan as CIA director.

Solid short piece putting the death of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene in the broader context of the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.

There was once a female Ninja Turtle, kinda.

Don’t believe the hype: Corporate America hasn’t been disrupted.

Turns out if you show people racist things, they get more racist, not less.

What fish does to your brain.

Former councilman locks up nerd vote in North Carolina.

Finally, South Carolina mother calls cops on 15-year-old son after discovering that he had watched porn on the living room television.

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