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March 1, 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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editor’s letter

Before he was muzzled for excessive candor a few weeks ago, Rudy Giuliani made a startling concession. “I never said there was no collusion between the campaign” and Russia, President Trump’s lawyer said. He was only saying that Trump himself hadn’t colluded with Russia. The reasons for this tactical retreat have become obvious. Last week, a federal judge ruled that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had repeatedly lied to prosecutors about his contacts with a Russian agent, Konstantin Kilimnik. As campaign chairman, Manafort gave Kilimnik “very detailed” polling data and discussed a “peace plan” for Ukraine favorable to Vladimir Putin. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team also revealed last week that it had proof that Trump adviser Roger Stone had direct contact with Russian hackers who stole Democratic emails and…

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the legal fight over trump’s ‘national emergency’

A portion of an existing border fence in Texas (Getty)What happenedA coalition of 16 states this week sued to block President Trump from building a wall on the southern border after he followed through on threats to use emergency powers to obtain construction funding in defiance of Congress. Trump declared a national emergency on the Mexican border after grudgingly signing a bipartisan budget deal without most of the border wall funding he’d demanded, in order to prevent another government shutdown. Invoking the National Emergencies Act of 1976, Trump plans to divert about $6.7 billion in spending approved by Congress for other uses toward building at least part of the border wall that was the centerpiece of his presidential campaign. National emergencies have been “signed by other presidents,” Trump said in…

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liberal foes chase amazon out of new york

Boxing out AmazonWhat happenedAmazon chief Jeff Bezos scuttled plans for a second headquarters in New York City last week following a torrent of opposition from community groups, politicians, and labor leaders. Resistance to the 4 million–square-foot HQ2 campus in Queens was fierce: State and federal lawmakers said one of the richest companies in the world didn’t need the $3 billion raft of tax breaks assembled by New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo. Community groups howled over the potential for spiraling housing costs in the surrounding neighborhood. Labor leaders objected to Amazon’s aggressive opposition to unions. Still, the e-commerce giant’s decision left some HQ2 supporters stunned. “There wasn’t a shred of dialogue,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Out of nowhere they just took their ball and went home.”Amazon’s exit…

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it wasn’t all bad

Neither snow nor rain nor heat could stop Jack Lund, 91, from making his deliveries. Lund, who joined the U.S. Postal Service in 1949, finally retired this week with a perfect 69-year record, having clocked some 3.5 million miles in his mail truck. His colleagues called Lund an inspiration: He made his rounds even when his vehicle broke down or there was 4 feet of snow on the roads. “I haven’t made a lot of money,” Lund said, “but I have made a good living.”Whiskey and MeyerA former bait dog has finally found a loving home. Whiskey the pit bull began her life as prey in dog fights and was dumped by her owner at a Texas shelter after being shot in the leg. Vets amputated the limb, and after…

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mccabe: patriot, or leader of a coup?

McCabe: Feared Trump was a Russian asset (Getty)Andrew McCabe is “back with a vengeance,” said Alex Ward in Vox.com. The former FBI acting director, whom President Trump made a central player in his imagined “Deep State” conspiracy against him, returned to the spotlight this week with a tell-all memoir and accompanying media blitz. The book is full of bombshells that have sparked “a firestorm in Washington.” McCabe explains why he initiated an FBI investigation of Trump for obstruction of justice after the president fired FBI Director James Comey: The newly elected president’s attempts to shut down the fledgling Russia investigation were so blatant, McCabe said, that top officials feared Trump might be compromised by Russia and pose “a national security threat” to the U.S. So deep was that concern, McCabe…

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good week/bad week

Good week for:The dark arts, after a convicted car thief who was repairing Florida highway medians with other prisoners used a bent coat hanger to free an infant trapped in a locked SUV. “They know they made bad mistakes,” said Sheriff Chris Nocco of the inmates, “but they want to do the right thing in life.”Beating the odds, after Las Vegas and the surrounding Mojave Desert had their second snowfall in a month. Las Vegas has not seen multiple February snowfalls since 1987.Camouflage, with sightings of at least two bright orange alligators in South Carolina. A state wildlife official speculated that the reptiles may have taken on their Trump-like color by “hibernating somewhere near rust, like by an old drainage pipe.”Bad week for:Roger Stone, who was summoned to court by…