"Less than two months remain before Germans go to the polls in a general election. On the surface, this has been as regular an election season as can be: Parties have assembled their programs and teams, candidates have been out campaigning, and politics have mostly revolved around the classic issues: taxes, social benefits, public investment. Yet hanging over this appearance of normalcy is the question of when and how Russia will inject itself into the upcoming ballot."
* by Joerg Forbrig on Foreign Policy
"Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, flexing his muscles in an effort to counter President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, will unveil an ambitious new national effort Friday aimed at providing lawmakers with a comprehensive set of tools to pass substantive climate change legislation at the state and local level. The new initiative to tweak Trump on climate change is being touted as a first — a “digital environmental legislative handbook” which organizers say will provide political leaders around the nation with a comprehensive curated list of legal and legislative research, voting records, and bill language and data to help them prepare bills on a wide range of environmental action, including air quality, renewable energy, health and climate change."
* by Carla Marinucci on POLITICO
5. 👻 Mark Ruffalo Talks Environmental Policy in Second Season Finale of Snapchat's 'Good Luck America'
"Snapchat's original political show hosted by Peter Hamby is signing off on its second season today with an episode that focuses on the Environmental Protection Agency."
* by Natalie Jarvey on The Hollywood Reporter
"Her final drink of the day? It actually doesn’t come until she’s going to sleep: a glass of Champagne before bed."
* by Josh Duboff on Vanity Fair
"Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation is partnering with Ofo, a bike-sharing program, to give scholarships and bikes to young girls in Malawi to keep them in school. The five-year partnership, called 1 KM Action, will provide scholarships to girls attending secondary schools along with bikes for them to use to get to school. Many drop out because their school is too far away from their home. Only 8 percent of students in Malawi complete secondary school — a number that number disproportionally affects young women."
* by Sarah Spellings on The Cut