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The Week Magazine January 17, 2020

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

The 2020s have started with a brutal display of how climate change is making the world a more hostile place to live. Fueled by soaring temperatures and years of drought, bushfires across Australia have consumed at least 15 million acres since September—an area about the size of West Virginia (see Best columns: International). The blazes have killed at least 15 people and forced thousands more to flee their homes. Some 1 billion animals, many of them members of species found nowhere else on Earth, are thought to have been incinerated. Colossal plumes of smoke are choking Sydney and have turned the sky above New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland—some 1,300 miles away—an apocalyptic orange. This disaster comes after a year in which the warning signs of climate change flashed everywhere: In…

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iran stands down after soleimani killing

What happened America and Iran appeared to back away from the brink of war this week after the U.S. killed the nation’s top military leader in a drone strike and Iran responded by harmlessly firing 22 missiles at two Iraqi bases housing American troops. Following the exchange of military actions, in which no Americans were killed or wounded, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his nation had “concluded proportionate measures” in response to the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 3. President Trump said in a televised White House speech that “the United States is ready to embrace peace,” but announced new sanctions on Iran and warned its leaders against further hostilities or attempting to build a nuclear bomb. Despite the apparent de-escalation, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme…

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gop seeks to limit evidence in fast senate trial

What happened Democrats and Republicans deadlocked over President Trump’s impeachment this week, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announcing he has the votes he needs to begin a trial without witnesses, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stood firm in refusing to forward the articles of impeachment until she sees the Senate’s proposed rules. “Sadly, Leader McConnell has made clear that his loyalty is to the President and not the Constitution,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to fellow Democrats after McConnell’s press conference. Democrats had held out hope that a handful of Republican senators—Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska—would resist McConnell’s efforts to speed on to a trial without an agreement to call witnesses. Those hopes were lifted Monday when former national security adviser John…

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it wasn’t all bad

Eva Gordon never got the chance to go to college, which was simply too expensive for her family. But thanks to Gordon’s generosity, a lot of students will get the education she had to forgo. Gordon, who died at age 105, left nearly $10 million to 17 community colleges across Washington state. A former trading assistant for a Seattle investment firm, she built her fortune by being both thrifty and a shrewd investor. “Eva had a tremendous heart,” said her godson John Jacobs, “and liked to throw a rope to help people climb.” Kane Tanaka is living her dream. The Japanese great-grandmother celebrated her 117th birthday last week, stretching out her record as the world’s oldest person. Tanaka said that she set herself the goal of becoming the planet’s most senior…

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democrats: heading into iowa, who has the momentum?

Election year has dawned, the Iowa caucuses are less than a month away, and somehow the “unsinkable Joe Biden” still leads the race for the Democratic nomination, said Alex Seitz-Wald in NBCNews.com. Much like Donald Trump in 2016, the gaffe-prone, 78-year-old Biden was expected to “flame out early.” Yet Biden, despite a predictable slew of “unforced errors” and out-of-touch comments on race and gender—not to mention President Trump’s efforts to drag his son Hunter into the Ukraine scandal—enters the primary season with the support of 28 percent of Democrats nationally. That’s down only a single point from when he announced his candidacy. Biden’s “myriad liabilities” still worry Democrats, said Eric Levitz in NYMag.com. He would be the oldest person, by eight years, ever to win the White House, and the…

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good week/bad week

Good week for: Painful sacrifices, after designer Stella McCartney tweeted a photo of actor Joaquin Phoenix at the Golden Globes and praised him for “having chosen to wear this same Tux for the entire award season to reduce waste” and help save “the future of the planet.” Nick Sandmann, the MAGA hat–wearing Covington Catholic High School student whose staredown with a Native American elder at the Lincoln Memorial became a national obsession last January. Sandmann received an unspecified settlement from CNN, which he’d sued for $275 million for “vilifying and bullying him.” Long attention spans, after author Robert Caro told The New York Times he’s 604 pages into the fifth and final volume of his biography of Lyndon Johnson, but is only up to 1965 in a saga that ends in 1968. “It’s…