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Time Magazine International Edition December 16, 2019

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TO IMPEACH, OR NOT RE “A NATIONAL TEST” [Nov. 18]: In Lindsey Graham’s tearful tribute to John McCain at the latter’s funeral, he said, “Don’t look to me to replace this man. Look to me to remember what he was all about and try to follow in his footsteps.” I cannot believe that McCain would have treated the current Trump impeachment hearings with such contempt, and based on this, there is no prospect whatsoever of Graham replacing McCain. Rod Baker,FISH HOEK, SOUTH AFRICA RE “YOU CAN’T IMPEACH IF There Is No Crime” [Nov. 18]: I was disappointed by Robert Ray’s argument against impeachment. If the framers of the Constitution intended a legal process, they would have given the decision to the Supreme Court, not Congress. Of course, these days, it is unlikely that…

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‘He’s two-faced.’DONALD TRUMP,U.S. President, on Dec. 4, at a NATO summit, after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was caught on a hot microphone apparently complaining about Trump with other world leaders 18,000 Age, in years, of a prehistoric puppy found frozen in permafrost in Russia $9.4 billion Amount Americans spent online on Cyber Monday, Dec. 2, a record for the retail holiday ‘We are still in. The United States is still in.’NANCY PELOSI,Speaker of the House, pledging at U.N. climate talks in Madrid on Dec. 2 to continue fighting climate change despite the Trump Administration’s plan to withdraw from the Paris Agreement 14,315 Number of Thanksgiving Day inquiries to the Butterball Turkey Talk Line, which provides answers to turkey-related cooking questions Spuds A weak potato harvest brought fears of a possible french-fry shortage Suds An experiment bound for the ISS could…

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a mixed message on afghan peace

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HAD BARELY BEEN in Afghanistan for a few hours on Nov. 28 when he made three bold declarations. In coming days, Trump said, the Taliban would stop their attacks and stalled peace talks would resume. But, he also told Afghan officials, the U.S. would keep a small number of troops there indefinitely. “They didn’t want to do a cease-fire, but now they do want to do a cease-fire,” Trump said of the Taliban, during a press conference at Bagram Airfield, north of Kabul, roughly 13 hours after flying from Maryland under the cover of darkness for a surprise Thanksgiving visit to the troops. “It will probably work out that way.” Unfortunately, that’s not how the Taliban see it. The combination of notions Trump floated is a deal breaker…

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amid fallout from journalist’s death, malta’s prime minister will step down

WHEN MALTA’S PRIME MINISTER JOSEPH Muscat announced Dec. 1 that he would step down, the news was both sudden and a long time coming. His decision was prompted by new arrests in the 2017 murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese journalist who had investigated corruption at the highest levels of the country’s government. More than two years have passed since a bomb detonated under the driver’s seat in her rental car, but—even after Muscat’s decision—the political crisis that was triggered by her death continues. RENEWED REVOLT The investigation into Caruana Galizia’s unsolved murder took a turn after the Nov. 20 arrest of Maltese businessman Yorgen Fenech, whom media reports have linked to payments to senior government figures. Muscat’s chief of staff and two ministers stepped down as police said they…

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Harris ends presidential campaign California Senator Kamala Harris suspended her run for the White House on Dec. 3. The Democrat surged after the July debate but struggled to maintain her position in the polls and with donors. The week also saw the end of lower-profile bids from former Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak and Montana Governor Steve Bullock. Putin signs ‘foreign agent’ law Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a bill Dec. 2 that will allow Russia to declare journalists and bloggers “foreign agents” if they distribute content and receive funding from abroad. Journalists and human-rights activists say the law is meant to allow the Kremlin to silence its critics. Georgia Senate pick rankles Trump allies Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on Dec. 4 named businesswoman Kelly Loeffler to replace U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, who is set to…

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why are remains from pearl harbor still being identified?

WHEN THE REMAINS OF U.S. NAVY SAILOR Victor Patrick “Pat” Tumlinson are buried on Dec. 7 in his hometown of Raymondville, Texas, 78 years will have passed since he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Tumlinson, just 19, and 428 others perished aboard the battleship U.S.S. Oklahoma when it was sunk in the surprise attack, which killed 2,403 American personnel, sank or damaged 21 ships, and resulted in the U.S. entry into World War II. And of the people killed at Pearl Harbor, the remains of more than 1,300 are still classified as unidentified. Now, the Department of Defense, armed with new technology and a record of success identifying those killed in more recent conflicts, is making a concerted effort to sift through some of the remains—starting with those…