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The Week Magazine

The Week Magazine

December 20, 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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48 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

2 min.
editor’s letter

Around the middle of the next decade, we will reach an ugly economic milestone: the $100,000-per-year college price tag. That, you’ll be relieved to know, is all-inclusive, with tuition, room and board, and maybe a sweatshirt thrown in for first-year orientation. If you have, say, two kids, and $800,000 lying around, you’re all set. For the rest of us, there is a complex system of need-based and merit aid—which might drive down the cost, if you can navigate it. Many colleges have tried to claim that this combination of sky-high prices and complex aid calculations is beneficial to students of modest means (see Making Money). If it was somehow supposed to work for ordinary people, it has spectacularly backfired. Real-life students and parents don’t want to be experts at working…

5 min.
trump facing two articles of impeachment

What happened House Democrats this week put forward two articles of impeachment against President Trump, charging him with abusing the power of his office by soliciting Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 presidential election and with obstructing Congress by stonewalling its subsequent investigation. The nine-page draft resolution narrowly focuses on Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. The first article accuses him of corruptly withholding $391 million in military aid and a White House meeting for Ukraine’s president to gain “an improper personal political benefit.” That benefit was to pressure Ukraine to announce investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and a conspiracy theory that Ukraine colluded with Democrats to interfere in the 2016 election. The second article accuses Trump of obstructing Congress’s Ukraine investigation by ordering executive branch agencies and current and former…

3 min.
inspector general finds errors, but no bias

What happened The Justice Department’s internal watchdog said this week that the FBI committed “many basic and fundamental errors” in the investigation of links between President Trump’s election campaign and Russia, but concluded that the probe was justified by a possible “threat to national security” and absolved the agency of partisan intentions. Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s long-awaited, 434-page report found no “documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced” FBI supervisors to open investigations into four Trump aides. Horowitz also noted that the FBI never infiltrated his campaign, as some Republicans have alleged; the agency launched its investigation after a tip from an Australian diplomat, who was told by a Trump adviser that Russia had stolen emails from the Democratic Party. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said the report…

1 min.
it wasn’t all bad

A winter storm caused the small but bighearted town of Fairplay, Colo., to nearly double its population last week. After high winds and heavy snow closed nearby highways, the town’s 762 residents took in 746 stranded motorists. Locals rescued drivers from their vehicles and put them up in churches, schools, and a hotel—setting up makeshift beds wherever they could find space and serving them hot chocolate. “I’m just so proud of my little community,” said resident Dave Kintz. “To be able to help all those people is amazing to me.” When Michael Clark Jr. appeared at a Michigan courthouse for his adoption hearing last week, he had a whole lot of friends cheering him on. Knowing how excited the 5-year-old was to be adopted by his foster parents, Michael’s kindergarten teacher,…

3 min.
‘the afghanistan papers’: the lies behind america’s longest war

In contrast to the bloody debacle in Iraq, the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan is still viewed by many Americans as “the necessary war,” said Sarah Jones in NYMag.com. But this is the week that illusion dies. The Washington Post just published “The Afghanistan Papers,” a trove of 2,000 documents obtained after a three-year legal battle with the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The papers reveal in shameful, sickening detail that from its outset, the longest war in U.S. history—18 years and counting—has been an unwinnable “black hole, sucking in money and lives.” The administrations of George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump have all falsely insisted the U.S. was making “some progress.” The Afghanistan War has claimed at least 115,000 lives, including 2,400 U.S. military…

1 min.
good week/bad week

Good week for: Strange bedfellows, after the Justice Department’s Inspector General report revealed that Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored a dossier portraying Donald Trump as vulnerable to Russian blackmail, had been “personal” friends since 2007 with Ivanka Trump and once met with her at Trump Tower. Old plumbing, with a claim by President Trump that because of new eco-friendly, water-saving commodes, “people are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once.” Finally being heard, with new research finding that plants emit high-pitched sounds, too high for humans to hear, when they lack water or have their stems cut. “These findings can alter the way we think about the plant kingdom, which has been considered to be almost silent until now,” wrote the study’s authors. Bad week for: Stowaways, after a…