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The Week MagazineThe Week Magazine

The Week Magazine

March 22, 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

In the world of young adult fiction (YA), the censor has now become the censored. Not so long ago, aspiring novelist Kosoko Jackson was a freelance “sensitivity reader” for major publishing houses, vetting teen book manuscripts for “insensitive” material on race, gender, or privilege. On Twitter, he explained what he considered “off limits” in literature: female authors “profiting” from gay male stories, nonblack people writing about the civil rights movement, men writing about the fight for women’s suffrage. But then, as Jennifer Senior explained in The New York Times, came “a karmic boomerang.” Jackson’s own debut YA novel, A Place for Wolves, violated his standards. A tale of two gay American teenagers in war-torn Kosovo, it was savaged on social media by other YA writers and reviewers for focusing on…

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boeing’s 737 max 8 grounded worldwide

New 737 Max 8s at Boeing’s Washington state plantWhat happened President Trump bowed to mounting pressure this week to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 after a second deadly crash in five months killed 157 in Ethiopia and persuaded regulators and carriers worldwide to ban the planes from their airspace. After the Ethiopia disaster, in which at least eight Americans died, the Federal Aviation Administration initially said it found “no systemic” issues with the Max 8 and thus “no basis” for a ban. But the FAA and Trump, who had been personally lobbied by Boeing’s CEO to keep the plane in the air, reversed course after more than 50 nations—including the European Union, Canada, and China—had grounded the plane over concerns that it was difficult to control during takeoff. “The…

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it wasn’t all bad

Reese Turner stands only 4-foot-4, but that hasn’t stopped the 17-year-old from becoming a high school basketball sensation. The junior, who has dwarfism, is a standout member of Cushing High’s team, which finished the 2018–19 season 26-4 thanks in part to Turner’s fierce skills. He averaged 8 points a game and can be seen raining down threes in the video highlights that he posts on social media with the hashtag #HeartOverHeight. “I am more than a little person,” Turner says. “Live up to your dream, and don’t let anybody write you out.”Nima and DawaTwo formerly conjoined twins arrived home in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan last week after lifesaving separation surgery in Australia, delighting family members who saw them walking independently for the first time. Twenty-month-old Nima and Dawa Pelden,…

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feds expose college admissions cheating scheme

Loughlin and Huffman: Expensive educationWhat happenedFederal prosecutors this week charged more than two dozen wealthy parents—including Hollywood actresses, financiers, and a Napa Valley vintner—with using bribes, fake test scores, and bogus athletic records to secure their children’s admission to Stanford, Yale, and other elite colleges. The parents allegedly funneled $25 million through a sham college counseling service that paid proctors to secretly correct students’ SAT and ACT exam papers and college coaches to recruit students for sports they didn’t play. Fifty people in six states—including 33 parents and nine college coaches—have been charged in connection with the scheme. In most cases, the students were not aware of the scam, said Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts. “The parents are the prime movers of this fraud.” Among those…

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manafort gets 7 years, bids for trump pardon

What happened Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, got a second prison sentence this week, bringing his term to seven and a half years—by far the longest sentence to date resulting from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Manafort, 69, pleaded guilty to not disclosing high-paying lobbying work in Ukraine, then tampered with two witnesses and lied to investigators after agreeing to cooperate. With more than 20 of Mueller’s staff in the Washington, D.C., courtroom, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said, “It is hard to overstate the number of lies and the amount of fraud” involved in Manafort’s case. Jackson added 43 months to the nearly four-year sentence ordered last week by a judge in Alexandria, Va., following Manafort’s conviction for eight felony counts of bank and tax fraud. “This defendant…

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rep. omar: do democrats have an anti-semitism problem?

Omar: Invoked the ‘dual loyalty’ slur“I have a new hobby,” said Matthew Continetti in the Washington Free Beacon: “collecting the excuses Democrats make for Ilhan Omar,” the freshman Minnesota congresswoman trying to “mainstream anti-Semitic rhetoric within the Democratic Party.” Before her election, Omar accused Israel of having “hypnotized the world,” presumably with the sinister mind-control powers that anti-Semites for centuries have attributed to Jews. She then dredged up the myth of outsize Jewish financial influence, claiming that U.S. support for Israel was “all about the Benjamins [$100 bills], baby.” Omar apologized, claiming not to know the history of these ugly tropes, but then dredged up the ugliest of all, the “dual loyalty” slur, accusing Israel supporters of demanding “allegiance to a foreign country.” Rather than denouncing Omar, Democrats “circled the…

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