Morning Constitutional – Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Good morning, folks. Jason Siegel gained 40 lbs eating Hot Pockets. Now, your morning constitutional:

U.S. aircraft, including drones, have arrived at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey near the Syria border in preparation for a major offensive against Islamic State militants in Syria.

President Obama set to make the case for the Iran nuclear deal in a speech today at American University.

Insight on how the White House conducts foreign policy.

Russia formally claimed a massive area in the Arctic Ocean, including the North Pole.

Inside Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the arctic.

Pakistani and Indian guards exchanged fire in Kashmir, killing two Pakistanis and one Indian.

Russia responded to Sweden expelling a Russian diplomat by dismissing a Swedish diplomat.

Chinese Catholics ordained their first new bishop in three years, and in a change of policy, Bishop Joseph Zhang Yinlin has been approved by the Vatican.

Pope Francis on Wednesday said that the Church should not treat remarried Catholics as if they were excommunicated.

Police in five jurisdictions are investigating claims made that the late former UK Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath sexually abused children.

Now’s as good a time as any to remind ourselves what the U.S. did to North Korea—for instance, the U.S. dropped more bombs on North Korea during the Korean War than during the entirety of the Pacific campaign in WW2.

Kellogg said that it would stop using artificial colors and flavors in its cereals by 2018.

Netflix is offering employees up to a year of paid maternity/paternity leave.

Commodity prices are crashing similarly to 2008.

Chart: Why are we so eager to defund Planned Parenthood?

This: “In a rough year for polling analysis, the Trump surge stands out. The first-time candidate whom so many people wrote off has done for 2016 what Isaac Asimov’s Mule did for the psycho-historians of Foundation — a conquest from out of nowhere, unpredicted by any of the calculations, turning his enemies’ blasted palaces into new (and classy) throne rooms.”

Finally, Texas public school district promotes Christianity with made-up Washington and Reagan quotations.

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