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The Week Magazine March 6, 2020

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

Viruses, strictly speaking, are not alive. They are tiny sets of genes bundled within protein shells, with one singular function—to replicate. Lacking cells or other common features of living organisms, viruses are parasitic zombies. They infect living cells, hijack the genetic machinery, and mass-produce replicas of themselves. (A single sneeze can release 100,000 viruses into the air.) The common cold is a virus, and so are influenza, measles, HIV, and Ebola. The new coronavirus, Covid-19, has joined the list of humanity’s viral scourges, after apparently jumping species from its original host, bats. It has sickened more than 80,000 people and, infectious-disease experts say, it’s coming to America. (See Talking Points, Briefing, and The World at a Glance.) One way or another, it will affect all of our lives. As Covid-19 relentlessly…

5 min.
moderates seek to stall sanders’ momentum

What happened Panicked moderate Democrats were hoping for a single centrist savior to emerge this week after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ landslide victory in the Nevada caucus made him the undisputed front-runner in the race. After Sanders’ triumph, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina moved to throw his considerable sway in his home state behind former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of this Saturday’s primary, which Biden hopes to win with major African-American support and revive his campaign. “We know Joe,” Clyburn said. “More importantly, Joe knows us.” At a debate in Charleston, Sanders’ moderate rivals sought to slow his momentum, casting him as a far-left extremist whose praise for Communist regimes and support for policies like “Medicare for All” would alienate vast swaths of the electorate. “Sen. Sanders…

3 min.
russia’s new election interference campaign

What happened Democrats warned this week that U.S. election security was in jeopardy after the nation’s top intelligence official was ousted and replaced with a staunch loyalist to President Trump, just days after the House received an intelligence briefing on Russia’s plans to interfere in the 2020 election. In the closed-door meeting with the House Intelligence Committee, an aide to acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire told members of both parties that Moscow was trying to tip the election in Trump’s favor. Trump grew angry after hearing of the briefing, The New York Times reported, saying that Democrats would “weaponize” the Russia intelligence. Soon after, the president announced that he was replacing Maguire with Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany and an outspoken defender of Trump. Grenell quickly replaced…

1 min.
it wasn’t all bad

A teenager traveled more than 4,000 miles from Canada to have her first pint in the English pub where she was born 18 years ago. Isobel Casey’s mother unexpectedly went into labor at the Hartford Mill pub in the village of Wyton on Feb. 14, 2002, and gave birth next to the ball pit for toddlers. The family moved to Vancouver in 2006 but always vowed to return to the pub for the coming-of-age moment. Bar staff at the Hartford Mill showed Isobel, who hopes to study biology at a British college, how to pour her own pint to mark the occasion. A 62-year-old Marine veteran has shattered the Guinness World Record for holding an abdominal plank—staying in the position for an agonizing 8 hours, 15 minutes, and 15 seconds. That’s…

3 min.
weinstein: is his conviction a turning point?

Harvey Weinstein’s many victims have “finally got their Hollywood ending,” said Maureen Callahan in NYPost.com. Two and a half years after published reports of sexual assault and harassment against the movie mogul launched the #MeToo movement, a New York jury this week convicted Weinstein, 67, of third-degree rape and criminal sexual assault. Weinstein was acquitted on the more serious charges of first-degree rape and “predatory sexual assault,” but he’ll spend at least five years in jail, and another rape trial is pending in Los Angeles. “It’s hard to overstate how consequential this is.” Weinstein’s humiliating trial and conviction puncture the absolute sense of impunity enjoyed by powerful predators, making it more likely women will report their abusers. Weinstein’s journey “from untouchable to incarcerated” is a symbolic turning point, said Moira…

1 min.
good week/bad week

Good week for: Timeless classics, after President Trump complained at a rally in Colorado that a film from South Korea, Parasite, won the 2020 Academy Award for Best Picture. “Can we get Gone With the Wind back, please?” Trump asked, referring to the 1939 film that caricatures slaves as happy and simpleminded. Extra pounds, after new research from Cornell University found that overweight men have greater “perceived leadership potential” in the workplace because of the “big man” stereotype. The findings, researchers cautioned, do not apply to women. Potty mouths, with the formal repeal of Virginia’s 1792 ban on “profane swearing.” Legislators, however, kept a prohibition on public spitting. Spitting is “yucky,” one lawmaker explained. Bad week for: Modern fairy tales, after armed robbers who made off with more than $320,000 in opioid pills from a…