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Images of Chinese troops massing near Hong Kong are feeding fears of an impending crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, Axios World editor Dave Lawler writes.
Between the lines: Allowing Hong Kong's dramatic displays of dissent to rage on is intolerable for the Communist Party.
China’s propaganda machine has raged against the protesters, with officials claiming the protests contain "sprouts of terrorism" and the "black hand" of foreign intervention.
The big picture: Xi has spent six years systematically clamping down on dissent, and attempting to solidify Beijing's control over all of China.
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"[M]ore than 1 in 10 Americans — 34 million people — are living in rapidly heating regions, including New York City and Los Angeles," according to an analysis of 3,107 counties in the Lower 48 states by The Washington Post.
Alaska is the fastest-warming state, the Post analysis found.
Go deeper: Axios' Kim Hart, "Rising global temperatures wreak havoc on urban 'heat islands.'"
What's new: "U.S. mortgage debt reached a record in the second quarter, exceeding its 2008 peak as the financial crisis unfolded," The Wall Street Journal's Harriet Torry reports (subscription).
"The two staff members who were guarding the jail unit where Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself fell asleep and failed to check on him for about three hours, then falsified records to cover up," the N.Y. Times reports:
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What's new: City governments, following the example of major brands, are now tapping into data from social streams to keep tabs on residents' chatter and complaints, Axios' Kim Hart writes.
ZenCity, a Tel Aviv-based, Microsoft-backed startup, sells an AI-powered sentiment analysis tool designed to track citizen opinions so cities can gauge how they are performing.
"Fear sells even better than sex."— University of Kansas anthropology professor John Hoopes, quoted by the N.Y. Times in "Boom Time for the Bunker Business and Doomsday Capitalists."
The N.Y. Times launches the 1619 Project, "observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery."
Worthy of your time (subscription).
Brian Toale, 66, who says he was molested at his Catholic high school on Long Island, was a leader in passing New York's Child Victims Act. Here, he shows a picture of himself at 16. Photo: Bebeto Matthews/AP
Today marks the start of a one-year window in New York allowing molestation victims to file lawsuits that had previously been barred by the statute of limitations, AP's David Klepper writes.
Why it matters: Institutions that have long cared for children are girding for what could be a devastating financial blow.
Snap Inc. this fall will launch a new version of its Spectacles sunglasses, able to capture photos and videos and upload them directly to Snapchat, Reuters reports.
"Forget hot dogs and s’mores: Farm-to-table cooking classes are some of the most popular new offerings at summer camp this year," the Boston Globe's Kay Lazar writes.
Why it matters, per The Globe: "A generation of foodie kids raised on 'Chopped' ... and 'MasterChef Junior' wants serious cooking lessons."
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