ASSESSING THE POST-DEBATE DAMAGE Jeb Bush delivers a speech to a half-empty room, Carly Fiorina tries to figure out how to capitalize on her momemtum and Scott Walker retreats to Iowa. [AP]
TURKEY HAS SPENT ALMOST $8 BILLION ON REFUGEES A Turkish deputy prime minister said the country, which has an "open-door policy" for Syrian refugees, has spent $7.6 billion on over 2.2 million refugees. [Reuters]
U.S. SEARCHES FOR NEW SYRIA STRATEGY "The Obama administration is considering scrapping its effort to create a large-scale Syrian force to fight Islamic State as it searches for alternatives to prevent the American-led effort from collapsing, officials said. Under one proposal being crafted at the Pentagon, the $500 million train-and-equip program -- a core component of the U.S. Syria strategy -- would be supplanted by a more modest effort focused on creating specially trained militants empowered to call in U.S. airstrikes, defense officials said." [WSJ]
EX-NOBEL DIRECTOR: OBAMA PEACE PRIZE DIDN'T HAVE DESIRED EFFECT "Geir Lundestad, long-time director of the Nobel Institute and secretary of the Nobel Peace Prize committee, has commented publicly on the decision. In 'Secretary of Peace, 25 years With The Nobel Prize,' a new memoir released on Thursday, he said Obama’s award 'failed to live up to the panel's expectations … In hindsight, we could say that the argument of giving Obama a helping hand was only partially correct,' Lundestad wrote." [Dominique Mosbergen, HuffPost]
AIR POLLUTION KILLS 3.3 MILLION A YEAR "Air pollution is killing 3.3 million people a year worldwide, according to a new study that includes this surprise: Farming plays a large role in smog and soot deaths in industrial nations." [AP]
WHERE THE POPE SLEEPS ON HIS U.S. VISIT You can bet the pillows will be up to snuff. [WaPo]
THE IKEA RELATIONSHIP TEST Here's why building Ikea furniture can quickly turn into a maelstrom of relationship nightmares. [Quartz]
WHAT TO WATCH AND SKIP IN THE FALL TV LINEUP Yes to "Scream Queens." Run from "Minority Report." [HuffPost]
USC'S VIRTUAL REALITY LAB "Even by virtual reality’s usual standards, the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies is taking things a little over the top." [The Verge]
DON'T FEEL BAD ABOUT TAKING A SICK DAY Take the BMW CEO's collapse on stage as an example -- it doesn't pay to drive yourself into the ground. [HuffPost]
PRINCE HARRY'S LOVE LIFE DRAMA CONTINUES He might actually be back with his other ex, Cressida Bonas. [Vanity Fair]
TRUE FRIENDSHIP This dog watched over her best friend, trapped in a cistern, until help came. [Buzzfeed]
THE LUXURY HOME INSIDE A NATIONAL PARK "Not all of the land inside America’s most iconic public places is publicly owned." [The Atlantic]
CAPTURING NATIVE AMERICANS' DIVERSITY "Three years ago, Seattle photographer Matika Wilbur set out on an ambitious journey that has thus far required her to trek 250,000 miles around the country. Frustrated with the stereotypical images that Wilbur saw dominating narratives about the Native American community, she set out to capture all of the nation’s (then) 562 federally-recognized tribes. (There are 566 today.)" [HuffPost]
ON THE BLOG
PARENTING: NOT A GAME OF SIMON SAYS "As a parent, I can discipline my children to not throw tantrums when they don't get their way. But how do I respond when I don't get mine? My daughter throwing a fit over having to wait two minutes for a bowl of cheerios is no different than me having a meltdown because I got caught by a train in traffic." [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ U.K. police have spent over $16 million on the search for Madeleine McCann.
~ This photo series basically proves what you knew to be true: Instagram is a lie.
~ Meet a water sommelier.
~ Can you name a Miss America winner besides Vanessa Williams?
~ Admit it, you will watch the "Law & Order" reality show.
~ Never good when you find over 3,500 swords and knives in someone's home.
~ This Marvel illustrator's proposal comic could not be cuter.
~ The World Chess president believes he was abducted by aliens. He also wants to be the next head of FIFA -- makes total sense.
~ Making a sandwich from scratch (like real scratch), can cost you about $1500.
~ Check out chapter three in Steven Brill's Johnson & Johnson expose.
~ Try not to "awwww" over Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter on the kiss cam at this Braves game.
~ Lupita Nyong'o simply stuns on October's "Vogue" issue.
~ The 11 symptoms you should be able to recognize in your dog.
~ Are the teens using Instagram to combat their anorexia helping or hurting each other?
~ The first "Grey's Anatomy" trailer promises everything has changed (RIP McDreamy, RIP).
~ Another awesome sunset on Pluto.
~ Take a listen to Ryan Adams' first released Taylor Swift cover, "Bad Blood."
~ And this week on "So That Happened," the gang takes a crack at debate shenanigans and discusses the pope's upcoming visit.
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