Situational awareness: The stock market had another good day, with the Dow closing up nearly 400 points.
Chinese President Xi Jinping solidified his grasp on power yesterday, with the country's Communist Party abandoning term limits to allow Xi to serve long past his 2023 expiration date.
The global picture: This is "the latest and arguably most significant sign of the world’s decisive tilt toward authoritarian governance, often built on the highly personalized exercise of power," Steven Lee Myers reports for the N.Y. Times.
Why it matters: Xi has set an incredibly ambitious foreign policy, and more firmly established China as a rival to U.S. influence around the world. At home, he has ruled as a strongman with no tolerance for dissent, and methodically removed nearly all checks on his power, Axios world editor Dave Lawler notes.
Activists hold up signs at the Florida State Capitol as they rally for gun reform legislation. Photo: Don Juan Moore/Getty Images
Option 1: N.Y. Times photographer Doug Mills, 57, details the epic prep work he put in before the Olympic Games. This was his 14th round of the games.
Option 2: "Dolce & Gabbana Sent Purses Down the Runway Via Drones Because the Future Is Now" — TIME