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The Week Magazine

May 31-June 7, 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 developers of the SAT have come under fire for a plan to give every test taker an “adversity score” (see Controversy)—the latest skirmish in the multifront war over college. Or maybe it’s better to call it, as Michael Grunwald in Politico.com does, the war on college. Everyone wants in on this one. Republicans see the university as a bastion of liberalism, and many take a dim view of courses of study with no pragmatic application to getting a post-graduation job. Many liberals, on the other hand, seem to have given up on the university’s intellectual mission and see it as a blunt instrument for leveling advantages. Finally, there is the army of the sensible—all those columnists and personal finance experts explaining that a four-year university is too expensive, so…

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impeachment rumblings grow among democrats

What happenedHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week faced growing pressure from Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump, with an angered Trump saying he would no longer attempt to work with the opposition party on any legislation. In a tense closed-door leadership meeting, Pelosi rejected calls for impeachment from Democrats increasingly frustrated by the Trump administration’s blanket refusal to honor congressional subpoenas. Democratic anger boiled over after the White House blocked former counsel Don McGahn from testifying before Congress about Trump’s attempts to end or curtail special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, which Mueller listed among 10 possible acts of obstruction of justice. The White House is also refusing to turn over Trump’s tax returns, despite a law requiring the Treasury Department to do so upon a request from Congress.…

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it wasn’t all bad

Less than 24 hours after 9-year-old Shailyn Ryan learned the Heimlich maneuver at a kids’ safety class, she used the technique to save her best friend’s life. Shailyn and Keira Silvia were eating lunch at their elementary school in Northborough, Mass., when Keira started to choke and her face turned blue. Shailyn immediately sprang into action, wrapping her arms around Keira’s waist, and using her hands to repeatedly push up on her bestie’s abdomen until Keira coughed up a lodged piece of hot dog. “She’s awesome,” said Keira, “a really good friend.”Robert F. Smith was delivering the commencement address to the graduating class at the historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta when the billionaire investor made a surprise announcement: He would be paying off the student loans of the nearly…

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sats: will ‘adversity scores’ make them fairer?

“On a scale of 1 to 100, how much adversity have you faced?” asked Jane Hu in Slate.com. That may seem like a hard question to answer, but the College Board—the company behind the SAT, formerly known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test—now believes it has a formula for measuring a student’s “environmental context.” The exact algorithm for determining the score is proprietary information, but it involves 31 variables in three distinct areas—school, neighborhood, and family life. Starting this fall, college admissions officials, if they choose, can weigh both the applicants’ SAT results and the amount of adversity they’ve faced. The goal is to address what College Board CEO David Coleman calls “the disparities in wealth in the SAT” and to level the playing field for students from struggling neighborhoods and…

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only in america

Alabama Public Television refused to air an episode of the PBS animated children’s show Arthur, because it featured a same-sex wedding. The episode, “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” depicted the wedding of Mr. Ratburn, a rat, and Patrick, an aardvark. The APT’s Mike McKenzie said that since parents weren’t warned about the gay wedding, “we felt it would be a violation of trust to broadcast the episode.”Schools are turning to a smartphone app to help combat active shooters. The Share911 app, now in use in more than 200 schools nationwide, allows staff to share and receive information with police while a mass shooting is underway. “You can’t decide if you’re going to run, hide, or fight in the absence of information,” explained Share911 CEO Erik Endress.Trump cashes in on…

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rail tie-up

SacramentoCalifornia sued the Trump administration this week for canceling a $929 million grant for the state’s beleaguered high-speed rail project, calling the move retaliation for California’s opposition to a border wall. The Federal Railroad Administration announced last week that it would revoke the grant because California’s bullet train is way behind schedule and over budget; a line linking Los Angeles, San Francisco, and the Central Valley is now projected to cost $77 billion and to be finished by 2033. California, which has already spent $2.5 billion in federal funds on the project, outlined a sequence of events in February: After California joined 15 states suing to invalidate Trump’s emergency declaration at the border, Trump tweeted that California “has wasted billions of dollars on their out of control Fast Train.” Hours…

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