Morning Constitutional – Monday, 9 February 2015

Good morning, folks. Sophie B. Hawkins is pregnant at 50. Now, your morning constitutional:

Jordan says that it has launched 56 airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria. Syria’s foreign minister was critical toward Jordan, saying that Syria did not need Jordan’s help in fighting Islamic State militants.

A drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, killed the Islamic State’s top recruiter on Monday.

Nine Ukrainian soldiers have been killed while fighting pro-Russia separatists in the past 24 hours. European Union nations have temporarily held off on new sanctions against Russia ahead of talks this week in Belarus.

Egyptian officials have suspended its national soccer league after 22 fans were killed in clashes with police in Cairo.

Alabama Chief Justice Ray Moore has ordered local judges to ignore a federal court’s ruling that the state’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Meanwhile, lawmakers in South Carolina have proposed four bills aimed at chipping away at marriage equality.

The United Steelworkers have expanded their strike to two more oil refinery plants as oil companies have failed to discuss safety issues with workers.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is drafting rules to sharply limit the number of unaffordable pay-day loans.

The Foolish, Historically Illiterate, Incredible Response to Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Speech.”

Don’t listen to anybody who says the unemployment rate is a big lie.

Finally, couple arrested for stealing 57 blocks of cheese from Walmart.

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