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  • The Telegraph is covering three terrorist attacks in London here, including a van that ran over people on London Bridge.

  • Texas Governor Greg Abbott held a reception for Convention of States Project supporters at the governor’s mansion today:

  • Joel Kotkin argues that Donald Trump is betraying Middle America:

    In the end Trump’s modern-day peasants will be left stranded like the supporters of European peasant rebellions of the European middle ages, like England’s Jack Cade in the 15th century, or the Taiping rebels in mid–19th century China. These movements grew bright, stormed across the countryside, and conquered cities, until the forces or order imposed themselves and eliminated the most rebellious of their subjects. Hong Xiuquan, the leader of the Taiping, committed suicide in 1864, as the 14-year rebellion failed. Cade, of course, was killed, as recounted in Shakespeare’s Henry the 6th, still proud of his “unconquered soul” but nevertheless despised by the ruling classes.

    Later:

    The notion of “Making America Great Again” had its flaws, but appealed to people who hoped to see middle-class jobs return to the country. It energized the suburbs and small cities who now find themselves led by an incompetent leader who appears to have used them, like patrons of a casino. Lured by an image of glamour they will find their wallets lightened rather than their spirits lifted.

    The big winners long-term as Trump fails to deliver will be the country’s emergent tech oligarchy. Allied with the clerisy, and with an expanding, soon to be dominant, role in the media, they will create the conditions and define the future culture. Hollywood and Wall Street will be partners, but the nerds of the Valley will rule the economy.

  • Andrew McCarthy writes that the U.S. was not a party to the Paris climate agreement because it wasn’t approved by the Senate:

    The Left’s objective was to impose the Paris agreement without making Democratic office-seekers accountable for it. That is exactly what the Constitution is designed to prevent.

    Here is the basic problem for transnational progressives: If the U.S. Constitution remains vital, their ultimate goal of global governance is unattainable.

  • Toyota sold its interest in Tesla, ending a partnership to jointly develop electric cars.

  • SpaceX launched a recycled Dragon space capsule to the International Space Station. They also recovered the first stage of the rocket, landing it at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

  • A farmer is suing the city of East Lansing, Michigan because they barred him from a farmer’s market — because he won’t host same sex weddings in his orchard. East Lansing passed an ordinance that targeted this particular farmer, so he sued in federal court, claiming his religious freedoms are being violated.

  • Russia claims it tested a hypersonic missile called the Zircon today.

  • Someone bombed a funeral in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing at least 19 people. The funeral was for a person killed during a clash between the police and protesters yesterday.

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