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The Week Magazine

August 23, 2019

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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editor’s letter

The United Nations made a polite request to the Western world last week: Could you please stop scarfing so much meat? If we could all just cut back a bit on the burgers and lamb chops, a U.N. panel of climate experts explained, millions of square miles of grazing land could be reforested. Those trees would then suck carbon from the atmosphere, effectively reducing CO2 emissions by up to 9 billion tons a year. As an added bonus, by shrinking herds of cows and sheep we’d also shrink the amount of planet-warming methane these ungulates belch into the atmosphere. To counter climate change, says Timothy Searchinger of the World Resources Institute, big meat consumers such as the U.S. “need to eat less.” To which I can only say: Good luck…

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epstein’s final escape from justice

What happened Attorney General William Barr vowed this week to “get to the bottom” of serial sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide inside a federal jail cell, as members of Congress demanded answers as to how the wealthy financier was left alone after a previous attempt to kill himself. The FBI opened an investigation into what Barr called “serious irregularities” at the Bureau of Prisons–run Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. Early reports suggest the two guards overseeing Epstein slept on their shifts, then falsified logs. Epstein had been placed on suicide watch July 23, when abrasions were found on his neck, then was taken off six days later at the request of his lawyers. Guards were still supposed to check on him every 30 minutes and house him with a roommate.…

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it wasn’t all bad

Two days before her fifth birthday, Maebh Nesbitt hiked to the top of the 4,239-foot Big Slide Mountain in upstate New York and became the youngest person to summit all 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks. Her mom and dad, Siobhan and Lee, are both members of the 46ers’ club, and when Maebh was 3, she said she also wanted a sticker from the club. Siobhan told her daughter she’d have to “climb every peak and earn it.” And Maebh did just that, scaling the peaks on her own, with her parents at her side. “I’m so proud of her,” said Siobhan. Danny Trejo is used to playing the bad guy, giving villainous turns in movies including From Dusk Till Dawn and Con Air. But the 75-year-old actor got a shot…

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china blames u.s. for hong kong protests

What happened Fears were mounting this week that China would launch a military crackdown in semi-autonomous Hong Kong, after pro-democracy protesters temporarily shuttered the city’s airport and Beijing began massing paramilitary forces nearby on the mainland. Thousands of protesters—some waving U.S. flags and singing “Do You Hear the People Sing?” from Les Misérables—swarmed the airport for several days, causing hundreds of flights to be canceled. It was the boldest act of defiance yet by the two-month-old protest movement, which was sparked by legislation that would have allowed Hong Kongers to be extradited to the mainland but has grown to include demands for greater democracy. The airport occupation descended into chaos after the crowd beat up two men from mainland China—one a reporter with a state-run newspaper—and riot police rushed in. The…

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white house sets new hurdles for legal immigrants

What happened The Trump administration moved aggressively this week to cut legal immigration with a new rule making it harder for immigrants already here lawfully to become permanent residents if they use public benefits. Starting Oct. 15, green card applicants could be rejected if they’ve turned to public benefits for more than 12 months of any 36-month period. That includes any of a wide array of programs, including most forms of Medicaid, food stamps, and public housing assistance. Immigrants could also be denied if officials determine they’re likely to use such benefits in the future. White House aide Stephen Miller was a driving force behind the new rule, with the anti-immigration hard-liner reportedly telling officials to prioritize it above everything else. The policy could reduce the number of people who receive green…

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shaming trump donors: fair game or out of bounds?

Since when did it become acceptable “to target private citizens for their political opinions?” said Karol Markowicz in the New York Post. Liberals have worked themselves into such moral outrage over President Trump, they think anyone who donates money to his 2020 campaign is “complicit in this great evil and therefore fair game.” Last week, droves of outraged blue staters canceled (or claimed they canceled) their memberships to Equinox and SoulCycle, the high-priced, New Age–y fitness centers, because Stephen Ross, billionaire owner of both gyms’ parent company, hosted a fundraiser for President Trump in the Hamptons. Just days earlier, Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro—presidential candidate Julián Castro’s twin brother and campaign manager—tweeted out the names of 44 San Antonio residents who had donated the maximum $2,800 to Trump’s re-election campaign, and…

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