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The Week Magazine August 28, 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

Last weekend, I decided it was time to upgrade my wheels. For the past few years I’ve been driving a 1998 Honda Accord, a wonderfully reliable machine that my family has named Betty (because she’s white). But on a trip to upstate New York, Betty made clear her objection to climbing mountain roads, and so my wife and I agreed that we should give in and join the SUV club. Because New York City—home to pothole-pocked roads that resemble the surface of the moon and truck drivers who joyfully scrape past parked vehicles—is no place for a new car, I went hunting for a used CR-V or RAV4. I got nowhere. Every dealer I spoke with had sold out of decent and affordable used autos. This isn’t just a New…

3 min.
democrats make their case for biden

What happened Democrats formally nominated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as their presidential ticket this week at a virtual convention featuring a parade of both Democratic and Republican speakers praising Biden’s decency and empathy and calling President Trump unfit to lead. Having scrapped plans to gather in Milwaukee, Democrats pivoted to a heavily produced convention with rapid-fire appearances from dozens of participants, plus a colorful “roll call” panorama featuring delegates showing off distinctive scenery in 50 states and seven territories, including the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., fried calamari in Rhode Island, saguaro cacti in Arizona, and a field of cows in Montana. The speaker lineup showcased Biden’s broad coalition: Republicans such as former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Arizona Sen. John McCain’s widow, Cindy, along with Sen. Bernie Sanders…

1 min.
it wasn’t all bad

A 15-year-old from Jacksonville, Fla., found he could give old machines a new life for kids who couldn’t afford a computer. When Christopher Kilpatrick was interning with the electronics recycler Urban Mining this summer, he had an epiphany: Why not take some of the retired machines that Urban Mining got from businesses and refurbish them instead of ripping them into salvaged parts? The teen refurbished 20 desktops and donated them to the nonprofit Big Brothers, Big Sisters. “I like the feeling I am making a difference,” said Kilpatrick. At 103 years of age, Dorothy Pollack decided to check an item off her bucket list: a frog tattoo. Pollack had been living in a retirement home, but her grandson pulled her out when he found he couldn’t even take her out “for…

2 min.
senate panel confirms russian ties to trump campaign

What happened The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee concluded this week that Russia conducted “an aggressive, multifaceted effort” to sway the 2016 election for Donald Trump that Trump’s campaign knew about and welcomed. The committee said that Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared internal polling data with Russian intelligence officer Konstantin Kilimnik and strategized “in detail” with him about defeating Hillary Clinton. While the fifth—and final—report from the committee does not accuse the Trump campaign of a coordinated conspiracy with Russia, its nearly 1,000 pages portray a sprawling web of contacts between the campaign’s most senior officials and Russian intelligence operations. It also emerged this week that the committee made criminal referrals of White House strategist Steve Bannon, Donald Trump Jr., and the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner for potentially false or…

2 min.
postal chief retreats on service changes

What happened Amid fierce public backlash, U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced this week that he was postponing cost-cutting measures that have slowed mail delivery and sparked fears about compromised mail-in balloting this fall. “To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail,” he said, “I am suspending these initiatives until after the election.” Since assuming the job in June, DeJoy, a major donor to President Trump, has cut back overtime, reduced post office hours, and decommissioned scores of high-speed mail-sorting machines. The moves led to reports of weeks-long waits for paychecks and mail-order medications and stoked fears that service was intentionally being slowed to aid the president’s re-election effort. Some 47 percent of voters who back Joe Biden intend to vote by mail during the pandemic, compared with…

3 min.
kamala harris: will she give biden’s campaign a boost?

“The process was long and winding,” said E.J. Dionne in The Washington Post, but Joe Biden finally got it right last week in picking Sen. Kamala Harris to be his 2020 running mate. It’s not just that Harris, 55, a five-term congresswoman and former attorney general of California, is eminently qualified to serve as president if the 77-year-old Biden doesn’t complete a full term or steps down after one. Harris’ gender and ethnicity—as the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, she’s the first woman of color on a major-party ticket—will invigorate Biden-skeptical progressives, while her own pragmatic, moderate credentials should soothe the “ideological anxiety” of mainstream voters worried Biden might be a Trojan horse for the radical Left. Harris is also a battle-tested national campaigner, said Bart Jansen in USA…