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The Week Magazine

January 22, 2021

The Week makes sense of the news by curating the best of the U.S. and international media into a succinct, lively digest.

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2 min.
editor’s letter

“This is not who we are.” That was the cry that went out from politicians of all stripes after last week’s deadly pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The behavior of the 8,000-strong mob was “entirely un-American,” read a statement from a bipartisan group of lawmakers including Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), while House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) deemed the violence the antithesis of “the American way.” President-elect Joe Biden said the scenes of chaos in Washington “do not reflect the true America.” Yet the people who stormed Congress weren’t some alien other, but everyday Americans who—fed a diet of conspiracy theories—believed they were doing the patriotic thing. They included the CEO of a data analytics firm from suburban Chicago, a Florida firefighter, the son of…

5 min.
the trumpist insurrection at the capitol

What happened The Trump presidency was in full collapse this week, as fallout mounted from an insurrection by thousands of Trump supporters who launched an assault on the U.S. Capitol—killing a police officer, injuring dozens more, and leaving the nation deeply shaken. Before the riot, President Trump told a crowd of rabid supporters the election had been stolen and to march on the Capitol, warning, “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.” A mob of thousands then smashed windows, broke down doors, ransacked offices, smeared feces in hallways, and sent panicked lawmakers into hiding, delaying the certification of Joe Biden’s election win. Armed with flex cuffs and tasers, some sought out Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; several legislators who only…

2 min.
house impeaches trump—again

What happened House lawmakers voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time this week, on a charge of “incitement of insurrection,” with 10 Republicans joining Democrats in a historic 232-197 vote. The House charged Trump with inciting supporters to attack the U.S. Capitol, and also cited other efforts to “subvert and obstruct” the certification of the election results, specifically detailing a Jan. 2 phone call in which Trump demanded that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger “find 11,780 votes.” The House moved to impeachment after Vice President Mike Pence refused to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office. Rep. Liz Cheney (D-Wyo.), the third ranking House Republican, said Trump “lit the flame of this attack,” and that there had “never been a greater betrayal by a president.”…

2 min.
covid vaccination effort stumbles

What happened With the U.S. recording up to 300,000 new Covid-19 cases a day, and daily deaths hitting a record 4,400, the Trump administration this week sought to streamline a disastrously bungled vaccine rollout. States were urged to expand eligibility for available doses to anyone over 65 and those with pre-existing conditions, rather than limit the first vaccines to over-75s and health workers. The change, intended to accelerate the pace of vaccination as millions of doses remain in storage, means 152 million Americans are now eligible for shots. Moderna and Pfizer likely won’t have enough doses of their vaccines to meet that demand until summer. Only 10 million people had received a jab as of this week, and many state-led efforts have struggled: Florida’s first-come, first-inoculated policy forced seniors to camp…

3 min.
georgia runoffs: what a democratic senate means for biden

It was understandably “overshadowed by the storming of the U.S. Capitol,” but “it’s hard to overstate the importance” of what happened the night before in Georgia, said Chris Cillizza in CNN.com. Democrats won both Senate runoff elections in that former Republican stronghold last week, securing unified control of government and ending Mitch McConnell’s reign as Senate majority leader. And they did so with two candidates who stand as harbingers of how much the country is changing. Rev. Raphael Warnock is only the second black senator ever elected from a former Confederate state. Jon Ossoff, meanwhile, will be the first Jewish senator from the South since the 19th century, and at 33 the youngest new senator since Joe Biden in 1972. Democrats should “profusely thank activist Stacey Abrams,” who led a…

1 min.
good week/bad week

Good week for: Metrosexuals, after a Trump spokesman told Fox News that the heavily made-up, intricately coiffed, very chubby 45th president is “the most masculine person ever to hold the White House.” Rescue dogs, which have become so popular during the pandemic, because of the human need for companionship, that animal shelters are running out of them. “They’re going like hotcakes,” said Cindy Sharpley of Last Chance Animal Rescue in Maryland. Play selection, after New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick canceled plans to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Trump at the White House. Formerly a Trump supporter, Belichick, 68, said he could not accept a medal from this president while “remaining true to the people, team, and country I love.” Bad week for: Taking a stand, after a lawyer for Adam Johnson,…