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The Week Magazine November 13, 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

In his first inaugural address in 1861, with a fractured nation rushing toward civil war, Abraham Lincoln expressed hope that “the better angels of our nature” would save us from a terrible conflagration. It is a plea just as relevant today. A cold civil war has, over the past four years, led to a virtual secession. Americans now live in two separate realities. In one, Donald Trump is a blatantly corrupt and cruel liar who has smashed norms and decency, purged the federal government of ethical public servants, pandered to racists, and cost tens of thousands of Americans their lives by horribly mismanaging the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic. In the other, the president is an authentic if bombastic patriot who championed the working class and goosed the economy,…

5 min.
biden leading as trump seeks to halt count

What happened Joe Biden appeared to be closing in on the 270 electoral votes needed to become the nation’s 46th president as The Week went to press Wednesday night, with President Donald Trump demanding a recount in at least one state and vowing legal action to challenge other results. Democratic hopes for a decisive Biden win were dashed on election night, as Trump defied polls in state after state, posting early wins in Florida, Ohio, and Iowa. But as counting continued into Wednesday, Biden took Wisconsin and Michigan and held narrow leads in Arizona and Nevada. He remained competitive in Georgia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania—where he was down by nearly a quarter million votes, but where 1 million mail-in ballots, thought to heavily favor him, awaited counting. “They are finding Biden…

3 min.
republicans have edge to hold senate

What happened Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky resoundingly defeated a heavily funded Democratic challenger and appeared likely to remain Senate majority leader this week, after a predicted blue wave in down-ballot races failed to arrive. Republicans entered the election with a 53-47 edge in the Senate, and GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Steve Daines of Montana, John Cornyn of Texas, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina all held on to their seats. Democrats toppled two sitting Republican senators: Retired astronaut Mark Kelly bested Arizona Sen. Martha McSally, and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper beat Sen. Cory Gardner. But those pickups were partly negated by a Democratic defeat in Alabama, where Sen. Doug Jones lost to former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville. Republican Sen. Thom Tillis…

1 min.
it wasn’t all bad

When 9-year-old Reese Osterberg’s house burned down in California’s Creek Fire, she lost not only her home but her prized baseball-card collection. Fellow collector Kevin Ashford took up a fire department call for donations for the young baseball player and two friends who also lost their homes. Reese had spent three years amassing her 100-card hoard. Ashford replaced it with a bigger one, giving away all of his 25,000 cards to the three kids. A bonus: Ashford’s cache included Osterberg’s favorite player, S.F. Giants catcher Buster Posey. A group of tenacious women completed the journey of a lifetime, walking in the footsteps of Harriet Tubman along the Underground Railroad. Linda Harris, 65, organized the odyssey after re-reading a book given to her by her father, Runaway Slave: The Story of Harriet…

3 min.
the election: why so many hispanics backed trump

We may not fully understand for weeks why the pollsters once again bungled a presidential election, but one point is already clear, said Sabrina Rodriguez in Politico.com: They badly underestimated Donald Trump’s support among Hispanics. On election night, returns from Florida’s heavily Hispanic Miami-Dade County showed Joe Biden leading Trump by only 7.3 percent—a shocking drop-off from the 29.4 percent by which Hillary Clinton “blew Trump away” in 2016. Democrats tried blaming the shift on Miami’s unique population of Cuban and Venezuelan exiles, whom Trump had targeted with “four years of nonstop outreach” and dire warnings that Biden would turn the U.S. into a socialist dystopia like the ones they’d fled. But as more numbers rolled in, it became clear that Miami-Dade was not unique, said Tiana Lowe in WashingtonExaminer.com.…

1 min.
good week/bad week

Good week for: Rehabs, after Google searches for “liquor store near me” hit an all-time high on election night. Searches for “anxiety” and “move to Canada” also skyrocketed. ‘Baby shark,’ after a video for the pre-school megahit that parents love to hate surpassed Luis Fonsi’s ‘Despacito’ to become the most viewed video in YouTube history, with a mind-numbing 7.038 billion views. Humans, after Walmart decided to “lay off” hundreds of 6-foot-tall robots it had been using to scan inventory in 500 of its stores. The company decided flesh-and-blood workers did this more efficiently and intelligently, and was concerned that customers were unsettled by coming upon robots in the housewares aisle. Bad week for: Office romances, after the New York Post reported that a state trooper guarding Gov. Andrew Cuomo began dating his daughter, Cara, 25,…