Morning Constitutional – Monday, 16 March 2015

Good morning, everybody. Leah and Brandon Jenner are pregnant. Now, your morning constitutional:

A cyclone that hit Vanuatu destroyed or damaged 90 percent of buildings on the main island of Port Vila, killing 8 and injuring 20.

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians have joined protests demanding that President Dilma Rousseff be impeached for a corruption scandal at Petrobas, where she previously held a seat on the board of directors.

Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro was granted decree power by parliament for nine months he says to defend the country from U.S. meddling.

Kurdish forces in Iraq are investigating two more possible chemical weapons attacks by Islamic State militants.

Russian President Vladimir Putin made his first public appearance since March 5, meeting with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev.

Congressional Republicans looking to pass the first Republican budget plan since 2006 are split between those who refuse to raise spending and those unwilling to support passage without increasing the military budget.

German stocks hit a record high and the euro hit a 12-year low against the dollar briefly during nightly trading, a result of European Central Bank quantitative easing.

The Democrats do not, in fact, have a weak bench in 2016.

“The Wall Street bonus pool for last year is roughly double the total earnings of all Americans who work full time at the federal minimum wage.”

Arizona is defunding community colleges.

Tournament bracket of the worst things on the Internet.

Finally, Idaho authorities tell movie theaters they can’t sell alcohol during screenings of 50 Shades of Grey.


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