Newsweek 8/13/2021

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37 期号


the archives

1984 “In gymnastics, a piston-driven pixie named Mary Lou Retton tumbled to a perfect golden 10,” Newsweek recapped after the 1984 Olympic Games, where Retton earned perfect scores and was the first American woman to take home the gold in the all-around competition. At the U.S. Classic in May, five-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles, who Retton refers to as the “greatest gymnast ever,” was the first woman in competition to attempt—and land—the dangerous Yurchenko double pike. A repeat was eagerly anticipated at the Tokyo Olympics, but Biles withdrew just before competing citing her mental health. 1967 “Simple arithmetic confronted the Johnson Administration last week with some harsh realities,” Newsweek reported as the Vietnam war plunged America into a $29 billion deficit, the highest since 1945. Due to federal spending on COVID-19 relief for…

whitmer weighs in

MICHIGAN GOVERNOR GRETCHEN WHITMER says she’s been in a pensive mood lately, having spent time recently writing a victim-impact statement ahead of the sentencing of an anti-government extremist who took part in a plot to kidnap and kill her last year. Her statement, which will be revealed in federal court on sentencing day this month, has forced her, she says, to take stock of what she’s been through over the past year and what it portends for the country going forward. “We’ve come to a dangerous moment in our nation where it’s not just about disagreement, it’s about threats of violence,” she tells Newsweek. A one-time short-lister for vice president on the 2020 Democratic ticket, she’s especially sensitive to the intense, angry and personal attacks visited every day upon the actual…

the site pushing the big lie about arizona’s election audit

AS PURVEYORS OF MIS-AND DIS-information related to the 2020 elections have turned their attention to a partisan audit of ballots in Maricopa County, Arizona, one website played an outsized role promoting the story and spreading related false claims, The Gateway Pundit. According to NewsGuard’s analysis of data from NewsWhip, a social media intelligence company, The Gateway Pundit, a Red-rated (meaning generally unreliable) conservative news and commentary website with a history of false claims, published 263 articles about the audit of Maricopa County election results between when U.S. President Joe Biden took office on January 20, 2021, and June 20, 2021, making it the most prolific online publisher on the topic. The audit, which was authorized by the Republican-controlled state Senate, reviewed the county’s approximately 2.1 million ballots and found 182 cases of…

what russia, china and iran want in afghanistan after u.s. troops leave

RUSSIA, CHINA AND IRAN ARE preparing for the U.S. military to leave Afghanistan at a time of aggravated tensions and soaring violence in the war-torn nation with which they have unique and historical ties. As these plans take form, Newsweek has contacted officials from the three countries with respect to their plans to balance the risks and opportunities associated with the volatile developments in Afghanistan. All three seek to ensure stability in Afghanistan and its periphery while securing their own interests as friendly ties with Kabul are tested by a desire to engage with the powerful Taliban movement that has retaken much of the country. Russia FOR RUSSIA, THIS MEANS STEPPING UP to a longstanding engagement in a country where it has a modern history of intervention and withdrawal. The 1980s Soviet attempt to defend…

talking points

“In my experience, there’s no more spiritual moment than an audience laughing. It’s almost as meaningful as prayer.”—TV PRODUCER NORMAN LEAR“I LOVE MY TEAMMATES. I LOVE THE CITY, LOVE MY COACHES. IT IS A LOT OF FUN TO BE BACK HERE.”—QUARTERBACK AARON RODGERS ON THE GREEN BAY PACKERS“Anybody who done ever been effected by AIDS/HIV y’all got the right to be upset, what I said was insensitive even though I have no intentions on offending anybody. So my apologies”—DABABY“It is not a welcome piece of news that masking is going to be a part of people’s lives who have already been vaccinated. This new guidance weighs heavily on me.”—CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL DIRECTOR ROCHELLE WALENSKY“AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE’RE HUMAN TOO, SO WE HAVE TO PROTECT OUR MIND…

the doomsday variant

SCIENTISTS KEEP UNDERESTIMATING the coronavirus. In the beginning of the pandemic, they said mutated versions of the virus wouldn’t be much of a problem—until the more-infectious Alpha caused a spike in cases last fall. Then Beta made young people sicker and Gamma reinfected those who’d already recovered from COVID-19. Still, by March, as the winter surge in the U.S. receded, some epidemiologists were cautiously optimistic that the rapid vaccine rollout would soon tame the variants and cause the pandemic to wind down. Delta has now shattered that optimism. This variant, first identified in India in December, spreads faster than any previous strain of SARS-CoV-2, as the COVID-19 virus is officially named. It is driving up infection rates in every state of the U.S., prompting the CDC to once again recommend universal…