“The vote will be seen as boost for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters, and a challenge to the Chinese government at a time of strained US-China relations, marked by a protracted trade war and geopolitical jostling.” US Senate unanimously passes Hong Kong rights and democracy bill. (At least we’re still unanimous about democracy.) The House is expected to pass a similar bill. Next stop, the president’s desk.

+ “For the past decade, as inexpensive laser pointers have become more available, protesters around the world have added them to their tool kits. They are used to distract or obstruct riot police and their cameras and drones, as a colorful way to celebrate and show solidarity in groups, or as a method of communication.” A photo collection. The Lasers of Discontent.