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The Week Magazine July 10 - July 17, 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

“Poker pushes you out of your illusions,” says the writer and now champion player Maria Konnikova—“beyond your incorrect comfort zone—if, that is, you want to win.” Konnikova’s book about poker, The Biggest Bluff, was released in June, and you’ll find it anchoring our Books page this issue. I am not sure that it is, as one reviewer writes, the best book ever written about the game; Al Alvarez’s The Biggest Game in Town holds its own. But it may be the best if you are looking for a message that you can take away from the poker table. Konnikova holds a Ph.D. in psychology, and a focal point of her research is how quickly people make up their minds and how unwilling they are to change them. In the book,…

5 min.
roberts joins liberals in 5-4 abortion ruling

What happened The Supreme Court handed abortion-rights advocates a surprise victory this week, as Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberal wing to strike down a Louisiana law that would have limited abortion access in the state. It was a blow to abortion opponents who’d hoped the appointment of conservative justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh would pave the way for a narrowing, and ultimately a repeal, of abortion rights. “Today’s ruling is a bitter disappointment,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group. The case, June Medical Services v. Russo, centered on a Louisiana law requiring that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Lawyers defending the law argued it was needed to protect women’s safety, while opponents said it was a…

4 min.
state reopenings stall as coronavirus cases rocket

What happened At least 19 states slammed the brakes on plans to ease their coronavirus lockdowns after the U.S. recorded more than 40,000 new Covid-19 cases a day this week, the highest number since the start of the pandemic. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, told Congress to expect a “very disturbing” surge—perhaps 100,000 new cases a day—if the latest outbreak isn’t contained. The U.S. has so far registered more than 2.7 million infections and at least 130,000 deaths. Cases are surging across the Sun Belt, with Texas, Florida, Arizona, and California accounting for half of all new infections. In Arizona, where stay-at-home orders expired in mid-May, record single-day highs were recorded in new cases (4,900), deaths (88), and ER visits (1,300). Republican Gov. Doug Ducey ordered bars, gyms,…

1 min.
it wasn’t all bad

After Michelle Brenner got furloughed from her job, she decided to take some time to make lasagna, posting an offer in her Washington town’s Facebook group to make a pan for anyone who wanted it. As the requests poured in, Brenner set aside her $1,200 stimulus check for ingredients, then fundraised for more, becoming Gig Harbor’s resident “Lasagna Lady.” Three months and 1,200 pans later, Brenner spends eight hours every day feeding first responders and others in need. “It’s a pan of love,” said Brenner. “I’ll bet I could continue this for the rest of my life.” When Argentina canceled inbound flights in mid-March, Juan Manuel Ballestero resolved to get himself home from Portugal to his family some other way. Ballestero, 47, who has been sailing since he was 3 years…

3 min.
anti-racism: is the left going too far?

Here in “the Year of Stupid,” said Kyle Smith in NationalReview.com, protesters are even threatening to give “the Saddam Hussein treatment” to a Washington, D.C., statue of Abraham Lincoln and a freed slave, and drag them off their plinth. “The Great Awokening” has unleashed a wave of mindless rage equivalent to the French Revolution, as leftist intellectuals, online mobs, and violent street protesters seek to retroactively scrub our nation and our history of any resistance to their new anti-racist standards. The cultural torchbearers this week extracted anguished apologies from comedians Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel for decades-old blackface skits. Terrified TV networks and streaming services promptly announced that episodes of 30 Rock, Scrubs, and The Office will now be removed for instances of racial humor that caused no fuss at…

1 min.
good week/bad week

Good week for: Inventors, with a public call from NASA to the nation’s “community of makers, garage tinkerers, and citizen scientists” to help develop a zero-gravity toilet that can handle “simultaneous urination and defecation,” including “500g of diarrhea per event.” Viral marketing, with the opening in Miami of “Covid-19 Essentials,” a stylish boutique offering face masks, hand sanitizer, non-contact door openers, and every other conceivable pandemic accessory. “It’s like a toy store,” marveled shopper Hili Hazan. Chickens, whose existential angst may be partially eased by new research suggesting that whether or not the egg came first, they owe their existence to a brightly colored jungle fowl by the Latin name of Gallus gallus spadiceus that humans first domesticated in Southeast Asia around 7,500 B.C. Bad week for: Willie Brown, former mayor of San Francisco, who…