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The Week Magazine May 29, 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

Like many other people, I’m starting to have second thoughts about my urban love affair. (See Talking Points.) Growing up in a small and rather dull town in rural England, I longed to escape to the buzz of the big city—ideally New York City, which my TV informed me was somehow simultaneously home to Peter Parker, the Ghostbusters, and the Beastie Boys. So as soon as I had the chance, I bailed on small-town life. I went to college in Brighton (the seaside city you might know from the Who movie Quadrophenia), then headed to London, and nine years ago landed in NYC. It lived up to my expectations: dive bars with great jukeboxes, restaurants serving every cuisine imaginable, endless concert halls and comedy clubs. Being a dad of two…

3 min.
a cautious return to a new normal

What happened America’s reopening gathered speed this week, as all 50 states loosened restrictions and citizens weary of lockdowns began to emerge, leaving anxious public health officials watching for signs that a surge in infections will follow. As confirmed Covid-19 cases swelled to 1.6 million nationwide and deaths surpassed 94,000, some states took tentative steps toward reopening the economy, while others—in defiance of guidelines calling for a steady, two-week decline in infections—threw open the doors. Alaska announced a full return to business, with bars, theaters, and gyms open at full capacity; Connecticut allowed museums and offices to reopen; auto plants resumed operations in Michigan and Illinois. A partisan split continued, with blue states moving more cautiously than red ones. But even in hard-hit and deep blue New York City, Mayor Bill…

2 min.
it wasn’t all bad

A runner on the Isle of Man—a tiny island that sits between England and Northern Ireland—has completed 19 marathons in 19 days to raise money for coronavirus relief. Christian Varley finished his final 26.2-mile run in four hours, 39 minutes and raised $102,000, more than four times his goal. The 35-year-old said he was inspired to take on the challenge after seeing the devastation caused by Covid-19, which has killed at least 24 of the island’s 83,000 residents. “I’ve never been so emotional,” Varley said after completing the 19th marathon. When Gabrielle Pierce discovered that her graduation ceremony from Xavier University of Louisiana had been canceled because of the pandemic, she burst into tears. “I was really upset because felt I deserved to walk after all that hard work,” said Pierce.…

2 min.
watchdog investigating pompeo fired in continuing purge

What happened President Trump last week fired a watchdog official investigating a series of accusations against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo—the fifth inspector general fired or demoted by Trump since April. Steve Linick had been probing whether Pompeo ordered a federal employee to walk Pompeo’s dog, make restaurant reservations, and pick up dry cleaning and takeout. Linick had also nearly finished an investigation into Pompeo’s contentious decision last year to use an emergency declaration to push through billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Pompeo reportedly refused to be interviewed by Linick, then denied knowing the substance of any of Linick’s probes. Trump defended Pompeo, saying he might have been too busy to walk his dog and shouldn’t have to “wash dishes because maybe his wife isn’t there.” The dismissal…

2 min.
hopes rise for vaccine breakthrough

What happened Stock markets briefly surged this week after U.S. biotech firm Moderna reported positive early results for its experimental Covid-19 vaccine—only to drop a day later when scientists expressed skepticism about the apparent breakthrough. Moderna said blood samples taken from eight healthy volunteers who received the vaccine had levels of virus-fighting antibodies that were similar to or greater than those in recovered coronavirus patients. Most vaccines use inactive pieces of virus or a genetically engineered virus protein to trigger a lasting immune response. But Moderna is deploying genetic material known as messenger RNA that instructs human cells to produce a protein that resembles the spikes on the coronavirus. Those proteins, the thinking goes, should then cause the body to generate protective antibodies. Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said the data from…

3 min.
‘obamagate:’ what it really means

President Trump’s mounting anxiety about his re-election chances found expression last week in a single all-caps tweet, said Frank Rich in NYMag.com: “OBAMAGATE!” Trump himself can’t quite explain the substance of his latest base-rousing conspiracy theory, beyond calling it “the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA, by FAR!” But thanks to blanket coverage by Trump’s “spokespeople” in right-wing media, we know it involves President Barack Obama, then–Vice President Joe Biden, and a shadowy cabal of “Deep State” operatives who ginned up a phony Russia investigation and supposedly tricked Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn into lying to the FBI. Obamagate is another “ludicrously fake” conspiracy theory from the man who built his political brand on birtherism, said Rick Wilson in TheDailyBeast.com. But it already has…