West Des Moines, Iowa Scott Morgan/Reuters
A poster depicting U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton behind bars
New frontiers in "Lock her up" mania: So George out in West Des Moines has pursued one of the most deranged right-wing memes of this deranged election year to its logical extreme, by mounting an immense portrait of Hillary Clinton behind bars above his yard. It's an impressive demonstration of the First Amendment in action -- but seriously, given that George's fence bears a startling resemblance to the outer perimeter of a correctional institution, who's really in prison here?
–Andrew O'Hehir, executive editor
Madrid, Spain Francisco Seco/AP
A Spanish soldier looks up as he marches in a military parade
Spain doesn’t have a government at the moment, but that didn’t stop the country from celebrating Hispanic Day, or “Dia de la Hispanidad.” For almost a year, Spain has been in political limbo since two elections failed to settle on a governing coalition. The Spanish parliament has until Oct. 31 to choose a new prime minister or the government will be dissolved. On Wednesday, Spanish soldiers paraded through the streets of Madrid, providing a needed break from the political stalemate.
–Taylor Link, editorial intern
Chennai, India Arun Sankar
A boy self-flagellates during the mourning procession on the tenth day of Muharram
As someone who spends a good deal of time on news photo sites, one holiday I do not look forward to every year is the Day of Ashura (Tesagan Gin Je is another – don't google that unless you have a strong constitution). Celebrated by Shi'a Muslims around the world with parades of self-flagellation and other forms of bodily harm that leave the streets literally awash with blood, this ritual seems to attract the bravest, most prolific photographers. Luckily not all of the photos capture the blood-soaked side of this solemn ceremony.
–Benjamin Wheelock, senior art director
Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China Reuters
A view shows newly harvested red chili being spread out to dry in the sun
At first glance this frame resembles a fabric pattern or an abstract painting. But what you’re actually looking at is an aerial photo of newly harvested chili that’s been spread out to dry in the sun.
–Melanie McFarland, TV critic