GERMANY EXPECTS 1 MILLION SYRIAN REFUGEES THIS YEAR "Germany's vice chancellor says the country can expect 1 million migrants this year, raising the previous estimate by 200,000." Even with the revision, the country plans to close the Austrian border to stanch the flow. European leaders are meeting today for an emergency session to address the escalating crisis. With recent crackdowns at the Turkish border, it's getting harder to escape Syria. And here's the most important thing refugees can carry: a smartphone. [AP]
RUSSIA FLYING SYRIA SHIPMENTS OVER IRAQ AND IRAN Despite express U.S. objections and attempts to thwart the supply, Russia is sending shipments heading to an "airfield south of Latakia, Syria, which could become the most significant new Russian military foothold in the Middle East in decades." [NYT]
FERGUSON REPORT POINTS TO INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM "A 16-person commission tasked with examining racial inequality in the St. Louis area in the wake of Michael Brown's death found sweeping examples of institutionalized racism, according to a report released on Monday." You can read the whole report here. [Alana Horowitz, HuffPost]
WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE BERNIE SANDERS SURGE What the presidential candidate needs to do to capitalize on his momentum. [Marina Fang, HuffPost]
MEET THE NEW MISS AMERICA Yes, winner Betty Cantrell, Miss Georgia, did wear a crop top dress in the formal competition. Check out Miss Colorado's powerful monologue on being a nurse, which is taking the Internet by storm. And here's how much body ideals have changed since the beginning of the pageant in 1922. [AP]
THE UNRAVELING OF TOM HAYES The Wall Street Journal chronicles the downfall of the star trader accused of manipulating of Libor, the London interbank offered rate. [WSJ]
DJOKOVIC DEFEATS FEDERER FOR US OPEN TITLE Novak Djokovic, who was previously 1 for 4 in U.S. Open title matches, dropped Federer in four sets. [AP]
TALIBAN FREES HUNDREDS OF INMATES FROM AFGHAN JAIL The attack on a jail in the Ghazni province allegedly freed over 350 inmates. [AP]
DEALING WITH THE SKUNK IN THE ROOM How the 2016 candidates have decided to deal with Donald Trump. [Howard Fineman, Jason Linkins and Lauren Weber, HuffPost]
CASTING SHEETS, WHERE IT PAYS TO BE BRUTALLY HONEST "I’m about a size 10. I don’t go on many auditions, but when I do, the roles I go for are described as 'underdog,' 'chubby,' and — my favorite — “not aspirational looking.' I recently did a Listerine audition where a leafblower was blown into my mouth from 10 inches away as I shouted the phrase 'I’m a trainwreck!' over and over again, while the older white male 'boss type' I was playing opposite reacted in horror." [Vulture]
NEW YORK TIMES DECLARES MAN BUNS HERE TO STAY Basically killing them in the fashion world. [NYT]
THE BLOOD PRESSURE CRISIS IN AMERICA Experts discovered the current recommendation of 140 mm Hg should be reduced to 120 mm Hg in order to significantly reduce the rates of heart attack, heart failure and stroke. [HuffPost]
ANOTHER REASON TO EAT MORE FISH Got to love that chicken from the sea. [HuffPost]
HOW GEORGE CLOONEY AND SANDRA BULLOCK ARE FIGHTING HOLLYWOOD SEXISM Clooney handed Bullock a role originally written for him in the upcoming "Our Brand Is Crisis." [HuffPost]
WHY ISN'T THE TECH WORLD HELPING FIGHT WILDFIRES? Most California blazes are literally in Silicon Valley's backyard. [TechCrunch]
YOU CAN NOW PAINT WITH DONALD TRUMP It's strangely therapeutic. [Paint With Donald Trump]
THE 3D STETHOSCOPE "Eight years since a blockade was imposed on the Gaza Strip, hospitals in the Palestinian territory have faced shortages of basic medical supplies and international donors have not followed through on their pledges to help -- so a 34-year-old doctor is devising a solution from within. Tarek Loubani, a Canadian doctor of Palestinian descent, has created an innovative stethoscope that can be 3-D printed for $2.50, a fraction of the cost of traditional equipment, according to the Associated Press."[HuffPost]
ON THE BLOG
WHEN YOU DON'T 'LOVE' PARENTHOOD "You don't have mushy, cuddly, loving feelings towards your child. In fact, a big part of you is wondering if maybe this whole thing was a colossal mistake. And you're starting to wonder if something is very, very wrong with you." [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ Pure genius: This app plays Nickelback if you try to call your ex.
~ Have faith, "Game of Thrones" fans: Winter is coming.
~ How to survive an ostrich attack.
~ Kate Middleton got a haircut!
~ Three types of people you meet in bars.
~ The American fruit no one remembers.
~ Of course Amy Schumer drunk-ate a cake meant for Jake Gyllenhal.
~ Turns out other people's skin is not softer than yours.
~ How cool is it that illustrators can "step into the page" of their drawings with virtual reality?
~ Is this groom levitating or what?
~ How McCann capitalized on "Mad Men."
~ Falling in love with letters, from the typography icon Alan Peckolick himself.
~ Saving the Scottish language.
~ And zombie squirrels might be real.
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