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Newsweek 10/25/2019

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1 min.
the archives

1969 “Of all the devices that man has created to propel himself from one place to another on Earth, the Boeing 747 jetliner must rank as the most spectacular,” Newsweek wrote of the larger-than-life airplane. “The aviation industry sees in the 747 the coming of a second jet age, a new millennium.” The wide-body carries “nearly 500 passengers on two luxurious levels,” stretches “three-fourths of a football field” long and “has a tail as tall as a six-story building.” After soaring for nearly five decades, the 747 may be in its final descent as demand shifts to smaller, more fuel-efficient commercial aircraft. 1985 “The talk is of trouble in paradise,” Newsweek wrote of the “fairytale marriage” turned “soap opera” of the Prince and Princess of Wales. While the magazine concluded the worst of…

6 min.
does jim mattis have a duty to criticize donald trump?

AS FOUR-STAR GENERAL AND FORMER SECRETARY of Defense Jim Mattis embarks on a book tour, his vow to refrain from criticizing President Donald Trump raises important ethical questions. Should a retired general or admiral ever criticize a sitting president? If so, under what circumstances? Is there a duty to warn the American people if their president is a clear and present danger to national security? In addressing these questions, it is instructive to consider the standard set by George Marshall, the only other former flag officer who also served as secretary of defense. Before and after Marshall stepped down as President Harry Truman’s defense secretary in 1951, he consistently and flatly refused several lucrative offers from publishers to write his memoirs or to otherwise speak out about the presidents, politicians and…

11 min.
playing with fire

@JonathanBroder1 ON A BALMY SEPTEMBER 28, Sen. Lindsey Graham went golfing with President Donald Trump at the president’s private golf club in Sterling, Virginia, about 30 miles outside Washington D.C. As they played the tree-studded course on the banks of the Potomac River, Graham assured Trump that Senate Republicans had his back on the formal impeachment inquiry underway in the House. But Graham’s principal message that day focused on Iran—namely the need to punish the Islamic Republic militarily for what Trump and many others believe was its drone-and-cruise-missile attack on two major Saudi Arabian oil facilities two weeks earlier. “Make Iran pay a price,” Graham, appearing the next day on CBS’s Face the Nation, recalled urging Trump. The South Carolina Republican said he also told the president that last-minute orders in June to…

1 min.
talking points

“The president has no spine and that’s the bottom line.”—NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL OFFICIAL GRANTED ANONYMITY“I'LL TELL YOU A SECRET: YES, WE'LL DEFINITELY DO IT… JUST DON'T TELL ANYONE.”—RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN ON 2020 INTERFERENCE“We are right to be outraged. But we’re also right to be optimistic. Americans are no longer willing to accept the glacial pace of change—and I feel lucky to be alive at a time when we no longer have to.”—MELINDA GATES“I am here, I exist. Transgender people have existed since the beginning of time and if we are here and we exist, we should have civil rights.”—ACTRESS AND ACTIVIST LAVERNE COX“THE OSCARS ARE NOT AN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. THEY’RE VERY LOCAL.”—Director Bong Joon-ho“We’re better than this; human rights shouldn’t be for sale & the NBA shouldn’t be…

16 min.
next up

AS HOUSE DEMOCRATS PONDER THE politics of impeaching Donald J. Trump, they are weighing the possible outcomes. An impeachment inquiry could weaken the president before next year’s election and give the White House back to the Democrats, or it could backfire, the way the GOP’s effort to oust Bill Clinton did in 1998. But there’s a third option: impeachment could succeed. As a senior staffer on the House Judiciary Committee framed the dilemma, “What if we’re left with President Pence?” That scenario has seemed far-fetched—until now. At the moment there doesn’t seem to be enough GOP senators who would vote to convict Trump if the Democratic-controlled House passes articles of impeachment against him. But the president hasn’t been able to quash “Ukraine-gate,” the scandal that erupted after a U.S. intelligence whistleblower…

3 min.
are you recession ready?

JUST FOUR MONTHS AFTER THE CURRENT economic expansion officially became the longest in U.S. history, signs of its impending demise seem to be everywhere. October started off with a report that manufacturing activity contracted for the second month in a row, hitting its lowest level since the Great Recession—a result that sent stocks tumbling. That followed a late September Conference Board survey showing confidence among consumers, who fuel two-thirds of the U.S. economy, had posted its biggest drop in nine months. Meanwhile, confidence among the nation’s top CEOs saw its biggest quarter-over-quarter drop in seven years, the Business Roundtable said. If that wasn’t enough, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development cut its forecasts for most of the world’s major economies, citing trade tensions and a possible no-deal Brexit among the…