Morning Constitutional – Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Good morning, everyone. Lady Gaga is engaged to Taylor Kinney. Now, your morning constitutional:

A state of emergency was declared last night after a train carrying shale oil derailed and exploded in West Virginia.

A local police chief says that Islamic State militants burned 45 people to death in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi.

Egypt launched airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Libya Monday after militants beheaded a group of 21 Egyptian Christians. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Tuesday called for a U.N. coalition to intervene in Libya.

Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah in Lebanon, strongly denounced the Islamic State militants’ beheading of the Egyptians, then claimed that the CIA and Mossad were behind the Islamic State.

Read this: What ISIS Really Wants.

Despite the ceasefire, separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine claim to have taken the strategically important town of Debaltseve, a rail hub that links by train the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Four suicide bombers attacked a provincial police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday, killing 22 police officers. A Pakistani suicide bomber failed to make it to a police headquarters and instead killed at least seven people in a busy neighborhood.

The Obama administration is expanding the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, a tiny office in the State Department, to counter the Islamic State’s message.

Southeast Brazil is experiencing its worst drought in a century, and as a result, it’s largest city, São Paulo, is almost out of water.

U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen in Texas issued an injunction temporarily blocking President Obama’s program that would defer deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants.

Inflation in the U.K. dropped to .3 percent, the lowest level on record.

A German court has charged a 93-year-old with 170,000 counts of accessory to murder for allegedly serving as an SS officer at Auschwitz.

How and why Republicans think they can kill unions.

A number of Republican-led states are considering tax changes that would raise taxes on the poor and lower them for the rich.

Despite taking the majority in both houses, Republicans find themselves unable to get Congress working.

Are presidents overrated?

Income inequality has not actually risen since the financial crisis.

Tax rates and economic performance don’t so much correlate.

I’ve been saying this for awhile, so of course I agree.

Japanese sales of flip phones rose 5.7 percent in 2014.

At this point, I’m not even sure it’s LOLBoston anymore.

Finally, suspect falls asleep during mugshot.

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