The Paris climate talks are almost finished, and the end result is likely to be a pact that, while vague, is ambitious and widely supported. In other news:
- Handsome Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau greeted Syrian refugees to his country in highly photgenic fashion while a video reel of Canadian children welcoming their new Syrian neighbors melted hearts.
- In regards to Syria itself, things fall apart and words are unraveling.
- Hillary Clinton called on the Citadel to end its official display of the Confederate flag after several cadets were photographed wearing white pointy hoods.
- Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting several black women while on duty; he will spend a lot of time in jail.
- Women are voting (and are eligible for office) in Saudi Arabia for the first time, although their political power is still severely circumscribed.
- And Ted Cruz—who was educated at Princeton and Harvard, has worked for two high-powered legal/lobbying firms, clerked for a Supreme Court chief justice, and helped George W. Bush win Bush v. Gore—continued to campaign on the premise that he is an "outsider."
Have a good weekend.