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The Week Magazine June 14, 2019

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editor’s letter

Imagine having your life defined by the worst five seconds you ever experienced. Such was the fate of baseball player Bill Buckner, who died last week. (See Obituaries.) Over 22 seasons, Buckner was a superb hitter, banging out 2,715 hits and winning a batting title. But in the sixth game of the 1986 World Series, when the 36-year-old Buckner—hobbled by bum ankles and knees—was playing first base for the Boston Red Sox, a weak ground ball off the bat of the New York Mets’ Mookie Wilson dribbled through Buckner’s legs, completing a stunning Mets comeback victory. The deflated Sox went on to lose Game 7. Frustrated Sox fans—who hadn’t won a Series in 68 years—made Buckner the scapegoat for years afterward. So relentless were the taunting reminders of that muffed…

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trump’s mexican tariff threat

What happened Defiant Senate Republicans warned President Trump not to follow through with his announced plan to slap escalating tariffs on all Mexican imports this week until Mexico stops Central American migrants from traveling to the U.S. border. After a closed-door Capitol Hill meeting, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said there wasn’t a “single yes” vote for Trump’s plan to impose the tariffs by declaring a national emergency at the border, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said most Republicans hope “these tariffs will not take effect.” Trump replied it’d be “foolish” for GOP senators to take legislative action to block his planned 5 percent tariff, effective June 10. The tariff would rise 5 percent each month until reaching 25 percent by Oct. 1. Trump didn’t specify the steps Mexico had to…

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it wasn’t all bad

A baby girl believed to be the world’s smallest surviving preemie is finally home with her parents. The baby weighed 8.6 ounces when she was born at 23 weeks in San Diego in December, 7 grams lighter than the previous tiniest preemie. Hospital staff initially thought she’d only live an hour, but the infant they nicknamed Saybie—her parents want to remain anonymous—kept astounding doctors. After five months in intensive neonatal care, the now healthy 5-pound Saybie has gone home. “She’s a miracle,” said nurse Kim Norby. In the most remarkable finale in the Scripps National Spelling Bee’s 94-year history, a record eight spellers were crowned co-champions last week. The competition began with 562 spellers and ended with Rishik Gandhasri, Erin Howard, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Christopher Serrao…

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a dramatic exit speech from a reticent mueller

What happened Special counsel Robert Mueller broke a two-year public silence last week by clearly contradicting Attorney General William Barr and stating that his investigation had not cleared President Trump of possible criminal acts. He suggested that only Congress, through impeachment hearings, could resolve whether the 10 possible acts of obstruction of justice identified in his report amounted to crimes. In a 10-minute statement marking his official resignation, Mueller explained why charging Trump was “not an option” under Justice Department guidelines, noting that if his investigators believed President Trump did not commit a crime, “we would have said so.” Though Mueller implicitly acknowledged that only an impeachment inquiry would resolve the issues, he made it clear he did not want to testify before Congress, saying he has nothing to add to…

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trump greeted with pomp and protests in u.k.

What happened President Trump promised to reward the U.K. with a generous post-Brexit trade deal during a pageantry-filled trip to Britain this week, as thousands of demonstrators marched in London to protest his state visit. His trip began with controversy: Days before flying out, the president called the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, “nasty” after discovering the American-born wife of Prince Harry had threatened to leave the U.S. in 2016 if Trump was elected. And shortly before landing in London, Trump took aim at the capital’s Mayor Sadiq Khan—who said it was “un-British” to roll out the red carpet for the “divisive” president—tweeting that Khan was a “stone cold loser.” But Trump received a warm welcome from Queen Elizabeth II, who greeted him with an honor guard at Buckingham Palace and…

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impeachment: will democrats act on mueller’s findings?

Until last week, Democratic House leaders were reluctant to even discuss the prospect of impeaching President Donald Trump, saidKyle Cheney in, but “the tide may be shifting.” The game changer was the surprise public statement by special counsel Robert Mueller, who emphasized two key findings of his report: that if he could have cleared Trump of criminal behavior, he would have done so, and that, in Mueller’s words, “it requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing.” To Democrats, those pointed remarks sure sounded like “a direct referral to Congress” to take up Mueller’s findings in impeachment hearings. Within days, “a wave of House Democrats” came out in favor of impeachment, with 59 publicly on board and many more leaning…