Wiretap: Can Christiana Figueres stop global collapse with zero authority?

Big job

Elizabeth Kolbert offers a job description in The New Yorker for Christiana Figueres, the woman charged with persuading humanity to save itself: “Of all the jobs in the world, Figueres’s may possess the very highest ratio of responsibility (preventing global collapse) to authority (practically none).

Hot spot

Thomas Friedman writes that the world’s hot spot in the Middle East really is the world’s hot spot. Via The New York Times.

Harsh economics

Why ISIS beheaded the 82-year-old antiquities scholar in Palmyra: It was as much about economics as it was ideology. Via The Atlantic.

Iran deal

Both sides — for or against — get to claim some momentum in the Iran nuclear deal debate. But the question remains whether Democrats will sink the Obama agreement. Via Real Clear Politics.

Junk mail

Platte River Networks — the Denver tech firm suddenly thrust into the middle of the Clinton email server controversy – wishes it had never gotten involved in any of it. Via The Washington Post.

Rock and a hard place

The Jeb! problem in New Hampshire: He’s getting squeezed from both the left and the right and is having trouble making room for himself in the middle. Via The Washington Post.

#Blacklivesmatter vs. Clinton

The Hillary Clinton you rarely see: Impassioned and unscripted in a video debate — on the Democrats’ civil rights generation gap – with an activist from #blacklivesmatter. Via The New York Times.

Dumb and dumber

What’s in it for Trump or Cruz in the GOP primary bromance? Is Cruz a veep candidate in waiting or the heir apparent when Trump inevitably flames out? Via The Daily Beast.

Trojan Horse

Andrea Flynn writes in The New Republic that Carly Fiorina is a Trojan horse in the GOP’s war against women.

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