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Time Magazine International Edition November 23, 2020

Time Magazine International Edition is the go-to news magazine for what is happening around the globe. You can rely on TIME's award winning journalists for analysis and insight into the latest developments in politics, business, health, science, society and entertainment.

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3 min.
covering 2020

Our dueling American realities remain. Biden and Harris, and all of us, have much work ahead EARLY LAST YEAR, I WENT TO A SMALL DINNER in New York for one of my predecessors in this job, former TIME editor turned best-selling biographer, professor and PBS host Walter Isaacson. We wound up talking about—what else?—the upcoming election. TIME had a particularly important role to play this season, Walter suggested, with the stakes so high and a record number of contenders in the mix. Why not do in-depth profiles, interviewing the major candidates so that we get to know not just their positions and platforms but who they are as human beings? And so we did. TIME contributor Anand Giridharadas traveled some 6,000 miles with Bernie Sanders in search of the candidate’s inner self. TIME’s…

3 min.

BUILDING OUR FUTURE RE “BLUEPRINT FOR THE Planet” [Nov. 2–9]: It is refreshing to have an “amateur”—an architect, Bjarke Ingels—develop a scenario for our future risks and chances, and how to tackle them. I tend to agree with most of his ideas, but like most other “politically correct” experts, he wants to minimize the most dangerous risk to our future: overpopulation. Any blueprint for a sustainable future should center on this dilemma. V. Schmitgen,WEILHEIM, GERMANY ON THE GLOBAL LEVEL, the Paris Climate Agreement provides a blueprint to save the planet. Nearly every country in the world has signed the accord. We have much to do to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, and architects and entrepreneurs like Ingels are welcome to join the international community committed to this end. However, I believe…

2 min.
for the record

‘He wasn’t just a broadcaster. He was part of the family.’KEN JENNINGS, Jeopardy! contestant, paying tribute to the quiz show’s long-running host Alex Trebek, who died on Nov. 8‘I KNEW THAT I WAS MORE READY THAN I EVER HAD BEEN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.’EMILY HARRINGTON, in an interview with the New York Times, after becoming the first woman to free-climb the Golden Gate route of Yosemite’s El Capitan in under 24 hours, on Nov. 4 138 million Estimated number of hours of sleep lost across the U.S. on election night, according to data from health and wellness tracker Oura Ring ‘The President can sue a ham sandwich, he can send a thousand lawyers to Pennsylvania, but it’s not going to change the basic fact of the matter.’JOHN FETTERMAN, Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, responding to…

17 min.
not going gently

UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES, FEW AMERIcans would know Emily Murphy’s name. The head of the General Services Administration (GSA) is the ultimate Washington bureaucrat, responsible for signing the leases and procuring the supplies that keep the Executive Branch running. “I am not here to garner headlines or make a name for myself,” she testified in 2017. “My goal is to do my part in making the federal government more efficient, effective and responsive to the American people.” The Senate unanimously confirmed her to her post, which she has held ever since. But in the days after Joe Biden was determined to have won the presidential election, Murphy found herself at the center of the most tumultuous transfer of power in decades. Media outlets from the Associated Press to Fox News called Biden…

12 min.
how biden won

THE ONLY THING MORE POWERFUL THAN A DRAGON IS A DRAGON SLAYER. For four years, Donald Trump’s penchant for division and chaos was the dominant force in American life. In the end, after a long and excruciating battle, it was vanquished by Joe Biden’s promise of decency, unity and national healing. Biden’s win was at once widely anticipated and stubbornly doubted, and came after days of agonizing vote counts that began with deficits in key swing states. Biden stayed calm through early defeats on election night, urged patience during delays in crucial states and projected confidence despite torrents of disinformation spread by the President. By Nov. 7, it was clear Biden had rebuilt the so-called blue wall that crumbled in 2016; first Wisconsin, then Michigan, then finally Pennsylvania tipped in Biden’s favor,…

6 min.
how trump lost

IT ALL FINALLY CAUGHT UP TO HIM. THE LIES, THE boasts, the disorder and disastrous management, the rants and the race-baiting, the predatory instincts and compulsion to dominate—all the things that made Donald Trump the ringmaster of the American political circus at last compelled a majority of voters to drive him out of the tent. Modern American history had not seen his like: a showman President who held rapt the country he inflamed, and asked little of citizens except praise. In the end, Trump’s pride did not just precede his fall; it precipitated it. Until the final months, his campaign was managed by a novice. Trump thought he could wish away a deadly virus. He governed only to his base and, facing re-election without ever having cracked 50% approval in Gallup…