Morning Constitutional – Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Good morning, folks. Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling had a baby. Now, your morning constitutional:

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday that he would recommend the president send ground troops to battle Islamic State militants in Iraq if air strikes didn’t work.

House representatives appear ready to give President Obama the authority to give training and arms to moderate rebels in Syria battling Islamic State militants.

Almost 50 people have been killed in Syrian government airstrikes against rebels in Talbiseh.

The Senate finally confirmed an ambassador to Guatemala, a position that has been vacant for months, most notably during the central American child migrant crisis. How to over-vet an Obama nominee.

August was the warmest August on record, according to NASA. Why are Americans flocking to build on shores that climate change may push underwater?

South Korean authorities arrested a U.S. man who was trying to swim across a river into North Korea.

Los Angeles schools’ police said Tuesday that it would return three grenade launchers it received for free from the federal government.

Unfortunately, wages for most are pretty much not growing. But: Child poverty dropped for the first time since 2000. The gender pay gap has also narrowed since 2009.

U.S. consumer prices dropped for the first time in a year and a half in August, so no inflation here.

The U.S. current account deficit narrowed in the April-June quarter to $98.5 billion due to growth in exports and overseas investment earnings.

Why do political parties lie about their histories?

On perception and the decline of crime in the U.S.

Japan still loves CDs.

Finally, goldfish undergoes life-saving tumor removal surgery.

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