Morning Constitutional – Thursday, 30 July 2015

Good morning, everybody. Here’s your morning constitutional:

The Taliban confirmed the death of leader Mullah Omar. Peace negotiations scheduled for Friday between the Afghan government and the Taliban were postponed after a Taliban statement suggested they would pull out of the talks. The nightmare scenario of a leaderless Taliban.

Two drone strikes in Afghanistan killed 20 militants tied to Islamic State.

Myanmar pardoned nearly 7,000 prisoners on humanitarian grounds.

University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing was indicted Wednesday for killing an unarmed man during a traffic stop. New York Times has a great feature on how video is affecting perceptions of race and policing.

Pennsylvania House Representative Chaka Fattah was indicted for misuse of funds Wednesday along with a staff member, a lobbyist and two others.

A dangerous level of viruses and bacteria from human sewage were found in water venues where athletes will compete in next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Flooding in northern Vietnam has killed at least 17 and threatens to heavily pollute Ha Long Bay.

 

Valuable, old forests in Cambodia are being destroyed at a unprecedented rate according to a new report.

The U.S. economy grew at an accelerated 2.3 percent annual rate.

The vast majority of children bought and sold for sex in the U.S. are American.

Liberals did not censor or ignore the Planned Parenthood sting video story.

Why Trump can’t win and Clinton can.

Maybe they found the plane?

Ohio Governor and presidential hopeful John Kasich doesn’t like The Roots.

Finally, fugitive caught after starring in movie.

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