Morning Constitutional – Thursday, 15 October 2015

Good morning, everybody. Adam Levine shaved his head. Now, your morning constitutional:

President Obama is expected to announce Thursday that the U.S. will stop its military withdrawal from Afghanistan and keep thousands of troops in the country until at least 2017.

Syrian troops, backed by Russian jets, attacked rebel-held towns north of Homs on Thursday, while Islamic State militants fought rebels north of Aleppo. Russia’s military assistance in Syria—the country’s first military exercise outside its borders since the dissolution of the Soviet Union—is showing the West how Russia’s military has transformed under President Putin.

Myanmar’s government signed a ceasefire agreement with eight armed ethic groups on Thursday, the culmination of more than two years of negotiations aimed at ending decades of conflict. Seven other groups refused to sign the agreement.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert may reach a plea deal to keep allegations of breaking banking laws to pay hush money from reaching public trial.

The New York Times brings us a great feature on the dark reality of online sports betting and daily fantasy sports games.

Ukraine, Egypt, Japan, Senegal and Uruguay are uncontested candidates for Thursday’s U.N. election for non-permanent members of the Security Council.

The Treasury Department is considering radical measures to assist Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis that could include a debt exchange with the federal government, and federal assistance in tax collections.

The number of Americans filing new unemployment claims fell to a 42-year low last week.

The way we use Social Security numbers is absurd.

Finally, woman sues 12-year-old nephew for breaking her wrist at his eighth birthday party.

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