Morning Constitutional – Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Good morning, everybody. Michael Bay will not be directing Transformers 5. Now, your morning constitutional:

U.S. officials have suggested that the U.S. would increase it’s assistance to the Iraqi government so long as the government is led by Haider al-Abadi and not Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. Maliki claims that the appointment of al-Abadi is unconstitutional and may refuse to step down. As al-Maliki reaches his moment of truth, the man was a source of frustration for two U.S. presidents.

Seems very little progress has been made in Egyptian-led talks between Israel and Hamas, but the fragile ceasefire is for now still holding.

Would arming Syrian rebels have stopped the Islamic State?

Protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the killing of Michael Brown by police continued Monday night as police fired tear gas and beanbag rounds into a crowd of protesters.

China announces rare birth of panda triplets.

Ukraine is blocking a convoy of 280 trucks that Russia says are for humanitarian aide because it doesn’t conform to international rules and isn’t affiliated with the Red Cross.

The World Health Organization has okayed the use on untested drugs to combat Ebola.

Asbestos, mostly banned in developed countries, is being pushed by industry executives on the poor in developing countries.

Bet you didn’t know that on average more jobs were created under Carter than Reagan.

Why stealing cars went out of fashion.

Finally, man fined for making ghost noises in a cemetery.

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