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The Week Magazine September 11 - September 18, 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

The easiest lesson you can pick up from any Western is that when people start waving guns around in public, those guns will be used soon enough. In Kenosha, Wis., last week a 17-year-old boy showed up to help the police, armed with an AR-15–style assault rifle; he now stands accused of two homicides. Kyle Rittenhouse does not easily fit the profile of a bigot, zealot, or eager killer (see Talking Points). He seems to have sincerely wanted to be a police officer, and does not seem to have gone to Kenosha planning to kill someone. Just what his culpability may be—he has claimed self-defense—is for the courts to determine. But there will be no legal penalty for the militia groups that encouraged Rittenhouse to go to Kenosha, the police…

5 min.
violence roils the presidential campaigns

What happened President Trump visited Kenosha, Wis., this week to press the law-and-order message that’s become his chief re-election theme, in the wake of a police shooting of a black man there and the ensuing fatal shooting of two protesters, allegedly by a 17-year-old Trump supporter. Trump met with law enforcement officials in the small lakeside city and toured buildings torched by rioters. The violence erupted after police responding to a call for help shot 29-year-old Jacob Blake seven times in the back as he tried to enter his car, severing his spine and leaving him paralyzed. Trump, who did not meet with Blake’s family, blamed the violence on “far-left politicians” who “push the destructive message that our nation and our law enforcement are oppressive or racist.” Trump also defended Kyle…

3 min.
trump administration may rush vaccine

What happened The U.S. surpassed 6 million confirmed Covid-19 cases and 185,000 deaths this week as new outbreaks erupted on college campuses and the virus moved further into rural areas. Some states are making progress against the disease: The country registered 34,000 new cases on Monday, the lowest single-day total in more than two months, and coronavirus hospitalizations have dropped by 45 to 78 percent in California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona from their July peaks. But cases climbed in 32 states, particularly the Dakotas, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa, which—despite having the higher number of cases per capita—will allow 25,000 football fans to attend Iowa State’s opening game next week. The start of college may be sparking new hot spots, with the University of Alabama reporting more than 1,300 Covid-19 cases…

1 min.
it wasn’t all bad

When Amanda Simpson-Rojas sent her 2-year-old daughter off to Panama to visit family in March, she didn’t imagine it would turn into a five-month separation. Kaiya was traveling with her grandmother, and Kaiya’s father, Alex, a cruise ship engineer, was going to pick them up on his way home. After Panama shut its borders, Simpson-Rojas spent months pleading for entry; finally, a last-minute seat on a humanitarian flight opened up. When Amanda arrived the next day, Kaiya didn’t seem to recognize her mom. “Then,” says Simpson-Rojas, “she looked at me and said, ‘Mommy.’” An 11-year-old who set up a lemonade stand to buy diapers and supplies for single mothers raised $7,500—$3,000 in just three days. Cartier Carey set up the stand in July with the help of his parents, siblings, and…

3 min.
republican convention: did trump save his campaign?

The media’s storyline of the 2020 election was set: Joe Biden would win by emphasizing his niceness and letting President Trump get beaten by the pandemic. But then last week, at the Republican convention, Trump “tore up the media narrative and wrote a new script,” said Daniel McCarthy in Spectator.org. Trump reintroduced himself as the only candidate willing to fight the left-wing mobs who’ve torched buildings and battled cops in Kenosha and Portland, Ore. Speakers reminded voters of Trump’s first-term accomplishments—tax cuts, regulatory reform, the defeat of ISIS—and testified to his rarely seen softer side, while Trump used his acceptance speech to lay out a powerful, simple case for his re-election, said Scott Jennings in the Los Angeles Times. Either voters entrust him with a second term or they elect…

1 min.
good week/bad week

Good week for: Jake and Elwood Blues, joint protagonists of 1980’s comic cult movie The Blues Brothers, which was this week endorsed by the Vatican newspaper as “a Catholic classic.” The film’s muddled plot involves the brothers’ “mission from God”—efforts to raise money for a Catholic orphanage where they grew up. The nonbinary, after the new Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War video game will allow players to choose characters of any gender or no gender at all, or even to have their gender remain “Classified.” An alternative to the middle seat, after the pilot of an American Airlines jet coming in to land at Los Angeles’ LAX airport radioed the control tower to report that “we just passed a guy in a jet pack” at 3,000 feet. The “guy” has not…