Morning Constitutional – Monday, 3 November 2014

Good morning, everybody. Zac Efron has a goatee. Now, your morning constitutional:

Iraq is planning a major spring offensive against Islamic State militants backed by air power from the U.S. in an effort to bring northern and western Iraq back under government control by the end of 2015.

U.S.-backed rebels in Syria were routed from their main strongholds Sunday by al-Qaeda linked militants.

Islamic State militants claim they have captured a second gas field this week in the central Syrian province of Homs.

A suicide blast killed more than 50 people near the India-Pakistan border crossing in Wagah. The Pakistani Taliban and other militant groups claimed responsibility.

The so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, a separatist-controlled area in Ukraine, held an illegitimate election this weekend that even Russia may not recognize.

The U.N. climate change panel issued its final report, warning that the effects of climate change will be “irreversible.”

One Trade Center in New York opens today as its first tenant, Conde Nast, moves into offices there.

China has created a device that shoots down drones with lasers.

For Louisiana’s poor mothers, Paul Ryan’s poverty plan could make a bad situation worse.

Arizona Republican party attacking Democrat by tying him to…Paul Ryan?

Why are the media ignoring the crazy Republican candidates this year?

Looks like we may have hit peak pumpkin spice.

Finally, man’s own dog helps bust him on drug charge.

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