Morning Constitutional – Thursday, 4 September 2014

Good morning, folks.  Justin Bieber was charged with assault. Now, your morning constitutional:

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with Western leaders at a NATO summit in Wales Thursday signalling a tougher stance by the Ukrainian president against Russia’s military action in eastern Ukraine.

Shelling from the Syrian civil war struck the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday, and Israel responded by attacking a Syrian army position.

The Islamic State is building a government and setting up services and institutions across the area they’ve occupied.

Eleven planes are missing from a Libyan airport, and intelligence agencies fear they were stolen by militants looking to use them in an attack.

Years of budget cuts have critically hobbled the World Health Organization’s ability to respond to and limit outbreaks of dangerous diseases.

The Department of Justice is launching a civil rights investigation of the Ferguson, Mo., police department. The race gap in America’s police departments.

Kansas Democratic nominee for Senate Chad Taylor dropped out of the race Wednesday, clearing the way for Democrats to support independent candidate Greg Orman, who has amassed significantly more support.

The federal government is selling off and giving away over a hundred lighthouses.

The number of people filing for unemployment benefits is still at its lowest point in the past seven years. Meanwhile, U.S. exports rose in July, and the trade deficit narrowed by .6 percent.

Lego is now the world’s largest toy maker.

Americans are drinking a whole lot more tea than they used to.

Finally, people are already lining up for an iPhone 6 that doesn’t even exist yet.

 

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