Morning Constitutional – Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Good morning, everybody. Kit Harrington got a haircut. Now, your morning constitutional:

The newly Republican-led 114th Congress is getting sworn in today and will convene at noon. House Speaker John Boehner is facing some dissent in the ranks, but is expected to easily win the speaker’s seat in the new Congress.

President Obama is rapidly getting closer to closing the Guantánamo Bay detention facility: After a series of nighttime flights over the past few weeks, there are only 127 prisoners at the facility, down from 680 in 2003.

The Pakistani parliament unanimously authorized military trials for terrorism suspects a month after Taliban militants killed 152 people, including 134 students, at a army school.

Florida same-sex couples can get married Tuesday. The Supreme Court will meet in private on Friday to consider whether to make a decision on same-sex marriage.

Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) is expected to announce that he will retire after this Congress. He represents a competitive district that President Obama carried in 2012.

Republican North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory possibly in discussions with the administration on expanding Medicaid in his state under the Affordable Care Act.

Inflation in Ukraine reached 24.9 percent, the highest level in 14 years.

What a strong dollar means for the U.S. economy.

 How “dynamic scoring” will lead to more budget deficits and give Congress less information.

British elections are getting less British.

 Verizon might buy AOL.

Cities are banning … sledding?

Finally, discarded Christmas trees are good for goats.


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