BREAKING DOWN THE 2016 MONEY SO FAR "Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton led their respective parties in fundraising from July through September, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday. Clinton led all the 2016 candidates, with $29.9 million raised. Carson pulled in $20 million, but he wasn't the second-best fundraiser. That position belongs to the other top Democratic candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), who raised $26 million over the period." Here's who is running out of cash, and a breakdown of how much each candidate has spent so far. [Paul Blumenthal, HuffPost]
DEMENTIA COMES WITH $730K PRICE TAG Between round-the-clock care and longer lifespans, dementia can deplete the bank accounts of those who suffer, as well as their children's. [USA Today]
'NEW SNOWDEN' GIVES LOOK INSIDE DRONE WAR "The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret slides that provides a window into the inner workings of the U.S. military’s kill/capture operations at a key time in the evolution of the drone wars -- between 2011 and 2013." [The Intercept]
NYT: 'WHAT DO WE REALLY KNOW ABOUT OSAMA BIN LADEN'S DEATH?' "The history of Obama’s most important foreign-policy victory is still being written." [NYT]
INSIDE THE DNC CHAOS After the debate invite fiasco, things are only getting worse for DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. And in case you missed it, check out Sam Stein and Amanda Terkel's profile on Wasserman Schultz, who they deemed "the hardest working scapegoat in Washington." [Sam Stein and Amanda Terkel, HuffPost]
MAPPING OUT THE TALIBAN'S PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN A look at the group's control of more than a third of the country. [NYT]
FAMED TEACHER FILES $1 BILLION LAWSUIT AGAINST LA SCHOOLS Rafe Esquith, one of the most acclaimed teachers in the country, was abruptly fired this year. His lawsuit, filed on the behalf of over 2,000 teachers, alleges the LA school district "conducts witch hunts" against older teachers in order to avoid paying out pensions. [CNN]
NO, EL NINO WON'T SAVE THE WESTERN STATES FROM THEIR DROUGHT Experts hope the superstorm will bring a "wet winter," but say you can't count on anything when it comes to this weather system. [HuffPost]
PLAY MUSIC ANYWHERE This device allows your iPhone to create music on any surface. [HuffPost]
THOSE STANDING DESKS? Might not be all they're cracked up to be. [HuffPost]
THE AMAZON PRODUCTS THAT ENABLE YOU TO NEVER LEAVE YOUR HOME And spend all the money on Amazon while you're at it. [HuffPost]
TESLA: DON'T TRUST US TOO MUCH ON THIS AUTOPILOT THING That's encouraging. [HuffPost]
THE CITY DECLARING WAR ON OBESITY "Oklahoma City has declared war on fat. First the mayor -- realizing he had become clinically obese just as his hometown was identified by a magazine as one of America’s most overweight cities -- challenged his citizens to collectively lose a million pounds. But hitting that target was just the start: this veteran Republican politician then took on the car culture that shaped his nation and asked citizens to back a tax rise to fund a redesign of the state capital around people." [HuffPost]
ON THE BLOG
'WHAT I LEARNED WHEN FOUR REFUGEES MOVED IN' "I asked Marija what she wanted most for herself and her family. She gently grabbed my hand and looked into my eyes: 'Sophia, all I want is a small room for my family. A table for us to eat together. And a bed for us to share. I didn't come to Germany to be a millionaire. I came here because I wanted to be allowed to be a human being. To be happy.'"[HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ The "So, That Happened" crew breaks down those drone papers and the democratic presidential debate.
~ Check out original sketches of "My Fair Lady."
~ This building gives us major library envy.
~ When your parents are millennials.
~ This paralyzed dad managed to walk his daughter down the aisle.
~ How many laser points it takes to kill a woman.
~ This might have to be college football's catch of the year.
~ That time Jane Fonda went skinny-dipping with Michael Jackson.
~ The man taking on Sloan Kettering for his son.
~ "The Walking Dead" blooper reel makes us feel a bit better about the most depressing post-apocalyptic show ever.
~ The gifts Elizabeth Taylor would buy for her friends.
~ ABC is making a TV sequel to "My Best Friend's Wedding," and by God, there will be dancing.
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