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The Week Magazine November 29, 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

If Fox News had a DNA test, it would trace its origins to the Nixon administration. In 1970, political consultant Roger Ailes and other Nixon aides came up with a plan to create a new TV network that would circumvent existing media and provide “pro-administration” coverage to millions. “People are lazy,” the aides explained in a memo. “With television you just sit—watch—listen. The thinking is done for you.” Nixon embraced the idea, saying he and his supporters needed “our own news” from a network that would lead “a brutal, vicious attack on the opposition.” Alas, his fantasy network did not come into being at that time, and the 37th president was soon engulfed in the Watergate scandal. At first, Republicans dismissed the scandal as a Washington Post “witch hunt.” But…

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sondland confirms trump sought ‘quid pro quo’

What happened In bombshell testimony in the House impeachment inquiry this week, Ambassador Gordon Sondland directly implicated President Trump in a campaign to pressure Ukraine for investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party. Bluntly describing the scheme as a “quid pro quo,” Sondland told lawmakers that he and other U.S. diplomats worked with Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to pressure Ukraine “at the express direction of the president of the United States.” Sondland, a hotel executive who was named ambassador to the EU after donating $1 million to Trump’s inauguration, depicted himself as an unwilling participant in the plot. “We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani” on Ukraine, Sondland said. But “we followed the president’s orders.” Sondland went far beyond his initial closed-door testimony, connecting multiple…

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surging buttigieg shakes up the democratic race

What happened The Democratic presidential primary appeared in flux this week after Pete Buttigieg rocketed to the top of Iowa and New Hampshire polls, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick crashed the race, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Michael Bloomberg moved to counter political vulnerabilities. In Iowa and New Hampshire, which hold the first and second slots on the primary calendar, polls showed that 25 percent of likely Democratic primary voters supported Buttigieg. The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind., has a roughly 10 percentage point lead over Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden in both states. Warren was leading in Iowa and New Hampshire in September but slipped after introducing a Medicare for All plan that would scrap private health insurance. Warren offered an updated health plan last week that…

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it wasn’t all bad

At age 103, Ruth Kundsin thinks she’s cracked the secret to a long life. “You’ve got to have something to look forward to,” said the former microbiologist. One of those things is her weekly workout with a trainer at the YMCA in Quincy, Mass. Kundsin—who is currently writing her sixth book, about her life in science—warms up with a half-mile walk on a treadmill and 2 miles on an elliptical bike. She then moves on to strength training, which includes pressing 150 pounds with one leg. “She’s stronger than she looks,” said trainer Dick Raymond. Two months after the De Angelis family’s beloved dog, Dopey, went missing, they decided they were finally ready to welcome a new pet into their lives. The family went to a Humane Society event at PetSmart…

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republicans: searching for a trump defense

Republicans’ impeachment defenses of President Trump keep changing—and “keep crumbling,” said Philip Rotner in TheBulkwark.com. Every time they seem to settle on one explanation of why the president couldn’t possibly have bribed or extorted Ukraine into investigating a political rival, new testimony from the House Intelligence Committee blows it up, so they simply “shift to a new one.” Remember when Republicans insisted all the evidence of a quid pro quo was “hearsay”? That’s “dead.” How about the claim that Trump was sincerely interested in an investigation of Ukrainian corruption? Dead, too, after a parade of distinguished U.S. diplomats testified that Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, specifically targeted Joe Biden and his son Hunter and cared about nothing else. The GOP then fell back on the “no harm, no foul”…

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good week/bad week

Good week for: Speeding, after a vehicle dubbed the “world’s fastest car” hit 628 mph in a test run in a South African desert. The British makers of the jet engine–powered car, named Bloodhound LSR, hope it will break the land speed record of 763 mph and reach 1,000 mph. Staying married, after Bill Gates regained his crown as the world’s richest man. The Microsoft founder, 64, has a net worth of $110 billion—a billion more than Jeff Bezos, 55, who recently paid $35 billion to ex-wife MacKenzie Bezos in a divorce settlement. High-tech chastity belts, with the news that evangelical Christians are licensing software programs to detect pornography being loaded onto their digital devices. The programs then alert “accountability partners” such as pastors or friends to intervene. Bad week for: Life imitating art, after…