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The Week Magazine January 31, 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

Hardly anybody is better at seeing how the economic transformations wrought by Amazon play out in real people’s lives than a journalist named Josh Dzieza at TheVerge.com. His story about the town of Roundup, Mont., (see Last Word) goes something like this: People from around the world buy things they find at low prices, put them in boxes, and ship them to Montana. There, all that stuff is taken out of the boxes and sent to Amazon. Later it’s put back in boxes and sent out. Except sometimes people buy things from Amazon and ship them to Montana, where they are taken out of their boxes and sent back to Amazon. You have to read the article to understand why, and you may still scratch your head a little; as…

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the impeachment battle over witnesses

What happened As only the third impeachment trial in American history got off to a tense start this week, Senate Republicans labored to preclude potentially damaging witness testimony and new evidence as Democrats accused them of a cover-up. Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) 11 times proposed amendments to subpoena documents from the administration and summon witnesses such as former national security adviser John Bolton and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. He was voted down along party lines, with Republicans voting to shelve the witness issue until lawyers for the House and for Trump had presented their cases. Schumer called the Republicans’ blocking of new evidence “a national disgrace.” Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) countered that it will create a “level playing field.” Shortly before Supreme Court Justice John…

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pro–gun rights activists rally in virginia

What happened Virginia’s Democratic-controlled legislature pushed ahead with a package of gun-control laws this week, after 22,000 gun-rights activists from across the nation—many dressed in camouflage and carrying military-style rifles—gathered outside the Capitol to protest the planned restrictions. Fears of violence ran high in the days before the demonstration. The FBI last week arrested three members of a white supremacist group called The Base who allegedly hoped to spark a race war by shooting civilians and police officers at the rally. The potential presence of extremist groups led Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, to temporarily ban firearms from Capitol grounds. But the hours-long demonstration in Richmond unfolded peacefully, with protesters chanting “We will not comply” and “USA! USA!” After taking control of the state government last fall for the first time in…

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supreme court may allow public aid to religious schools

What happened The Supreme Court appeared ready this week to knock down state rules that block government aid to religious schools, a potential watershed victory for the Christian right. The court’s five conservatives seemed to side with the Trump administration during oral arguments for Espinoza v. Montana, in which three low-income parents claim their rights were violated when the state excluded religious schools from a 2015 state tax credit program. The Montana Supreme Court ultimately struck down the entire program, saying it violated the state constitution’s ban on taxpayer dollars supporting religious education, even indirectly. Thirty-six state constitutions have “no-aid” provisions similar to Montana’s. Chief Justice John Roberts compared the parents’ plight to racial bias. “How is that different from religion, which is also protected under the First Amendment?” he asked. The…

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houston astros: do cheaters sometimes prosper?

Until last week, baseball’s Houston Astros were considered the “defining team” of the 2010s, said Jeremy Venook in TheAtlantic.com. That may still be true, but in the worst way possible. Major League Baseball revealed last week that the Astros ran an elaborate sign-stealing scheme during their 2017 championship season, using a video camera in their home stadium to read the opposing team’s signs from catcher to pitcher, decoding the signs on a monitor near the dugout, and then alerting their hitter—by banging on a garbage can—what pitch to expect. There is also unconfirmed speculation that some players wore electronic buzzers under their uniforms. The scheme was evidently highly effective: In the 2017 playoffs, Astros star José Altuve batted .472 at home and only .173 on the road, while for catcher…

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good week/bad week

Good week for: Vladimir Putin, after radio station KCXL in Kansas City announced it would broadcast six hours of daily content from Radio Sputnik, a Russian state-media outlet. KCXL’s website boasts of broadcasting “the things that the liberal media wont [sic] tell you.” Decluttering, after a Brazilian family cleaned out their late father’s cluttered storage room and discovered Manuela, the family tortoise, who went missing in 1982 but sustained herself by eating termites. “I went white,” said owner Leandro Almeida. Destiny, after a brawny visitor to Disneyland managed to pull a model of Excalibur, King Arthur’s legendary sword, out of a model stone, thus arguably revealing himself as the future king of England. A friend of the future king, whom he identified only as “Sam,” says he’s “a pretty buff dude.” Bad week for: The…