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TODAY's Takeaway: Crisis in Syria, Hagerty loves Cronuts, Matt aces tennis

Aug. 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM ET

Ann reports from Jordan, Marilyn taste-tests and Matt teams up with Serena.
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Ann reports from Jordan, Marilyn taste-tests and Matt teams up with Serena.

1. Marilyn Hagerty, who shot to fame last year after her review of the local Olive Garden in Grand Forks, N.D., went viral, taste-tested New York’s biggest food fad on the plaza.

The verdict: She thinks the Cronut has a shot in the Midwest!

“It’s chewy,” the 87-year-old said of the croissant-doughnut hybrid. “I think a Cronut could make it in North Dakota. But we’re quite selective out there, you know.”

Video: Marilyn Hagerty, the writer whose Olive Garden review went viral online, has teamed up with Anthony Bourdain to publish a book called “Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 reviews.” She came on TODAY to chat and try some treats.

2. New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, who filed a $40 million lawsuit over the weekend against Donald Trump that maintains the real estate mogul's “Trump University” is a scam, responded to Trump's claims that the suit is groundless and politically motivated.

“You can’t tell people you’re selling them a car that gets 50 miles a gallon if it gets 10 miles a gallon,” he told Savannah. “Donald Trump’s university was phony.”

Video: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says that Donald Trump’s enterprise formerly known as Trump University is a fraud, and that Trump oversaw only the promotional aspects of the company, “luring in” students. Schneiderman sits down to talk with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie.

3. News came this morning that the United States could hit Syria with three days of missile strikes beginning Thursday. Richard Engel and Ann Curry reported on the mounting crisis; Engel from the Turkish border on Syria’s response to the news, and Curry from Jordan, where many of Syria’s 1 million child refugees have sought safety.

Video: Having fled the violence within Syria, nearly 2 million refugees, a million of them children, are living in refugee camps in Jordan. NBC's Ann Curry reports.

4. Game, set, Matt – er, match! Savannah and Matt went head-to-head on the tennis court with the help of U.S. Open champs Andy Murray and Serena Williams. While Savannah held her own (with a little bit of help from the reigning Wimbledon winner), it was the Lauer-Williams team who earned a trophy.  

Video: As the U.S. Open tennis tournament winds up, Matt and Savannah go head-to-head to test out their tennis prowess with the help of the defending U.S. Open champs Andy Murray and Serena Williams.

5. And in kids-are-adorable news: When little ones are allowed to dress themselves, sometimes they end up in "Ghostbusters" costumes. These pro-imagination parents are OK with that.

Are you little ones self-dressers? We want to see! 

Upload photos of them in their best dressed-all-by-themselves outfits — we may show them on air! 

Elliott Dash, left, and his older brother Oliver Dash pose in their favorite outfits: "Ghostbusters" suits.
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Elliott Dash, left, and his older brother Oliver Dash pose in their favorite outfits: "Ghostbusters" suits.

And that's TODAY's Takeaway!

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