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The Week Magazine February 14, 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

Voters across the West have sent the same message again and again in recent years: We want the outside world to go away. In Poland and Hungary, nationalist parties have scored repeated election wins by pledging to keep out both dark-skinned migrants and the liberal mores of their European neighbors. In Britain, a majority of the public opted to pull up the drawbridge and give the finger to Johnny Foreigner with Brexit, which finally took effect last week. (See Best Columns: Europe.) And then there’s the U.S., where President Trump triumphed in 2016—and could again this November—with promises to lock down the border and pull back from a “rigged” global trade system. But shutting out an increasingly hyperconnected world is easier said than done, as the new coronavirus outbreak has…

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senate republicans acquit trump

What happened The Senate brought the third impeachment trial in U.S. history to a swift conclusion this week, acquitting President Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress after voting earlier to preclude witness testimony and new evidence. The dramatic votes saw all 47 Democrats vote to convict on both charges, but one Republican, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, broke ranks with his party to convict Trump on abuse of power. “The president,” Romney said in a speech delivered from the Senate floor, “is guilty of an appalling abuse of the public trust.” Romney called Trump’s attempt to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democrats before the 2020 election “a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security interests, and our fundamental values.” Trump’s acquittal was all but assured by an earlier…

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buttigieg’s big surprise amid iowa’s disaster

What happened The race for the Democratic presidential nomination was left in turmoil this week, after a vote-counting debacle in the Iowa caucuses, with Pete Buttigieg surging to an apparent victory and Sen. Bernie Sanders notching a strong second-place finish. A breakdown in the reporting of results left newscasters struggling to fill airtime and candidates giving speeches without knowing how they’d fared. Results took two days to drip out. With 86 percent of precincts in, they showed the former South Bend, Ind., mayor with 26.7 percent of state delegates to Sanders’ 25.4 percent. Joe Biden trailed badly with 15.9 percent, behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who took 18.3 percent; Sen. Amy Klobuchar was fifth at 12.1 percent. The poor start for Biden added fuel to worries about a candidate who has struggled…

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it wasn’t all bad

After the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV this week, defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi celebrated in his own unique way. As well as making snow angels in the confetti on the field, he paid the adoption fees for every dog—more than 100—at a no-kill shelter in Kansas City. It was the culmination of a season-long team-up with the KC Pet Project, in which Nnadi marked each Chiefs win by paying a pooch’s $150 adoption bill. His gift, Nnadi tweeted, is “the perfect way to cap off this great season.” An 83-year-old Scottish woman with dementia has become an unlikely pop star after recording a spot-on rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” Margaret Mackie struggles to remember names, but during a Christmas party at her Edinburgh care home, she stunned staff…

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state of the union: did trump make the case for re-election?

It was “the first reality-show State of the Union in American history,” said Ben Jacobs in NYMag.com. President Trump this week pulled out all the tricks he learned on The Apprentice to turn the usually tedious SOTU into “a spectacle.” Greeted by a chant of “Four more years!” from Republicans, Trump used his address, titled “The Great American Comeback,” to mix “factually tenuous claims” about his own accomplishments with partisan attacks on Democrats. For added drama, a soldier on leave from deployment in Afghanistan came down the aisle to hug his weeping wife and children, a fourth-grade girl was awarded a scholarship, and first lady Melania Trump draped the Presidential Medal of Freedom over the neck of right-wing talk-radio pioneer Rush Limbaugh, who announced earlier in the week he has…

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good week/bad week

Good week for: Skipping the small talk, after a Japanese pub introduced a robot bartender that can rapidly mix drinks and pour beers. “I like it because dealing with people can be a hassle,” said patron Satoshi Harada. “With this you can just come and get drunk.” Proving the obvious, after a new study in the International Journal of Psychology found that drivers of luxury German sports cars are more likely to be “self-centered men who are argumentative, stubborn, disagreeable, and unempathetic.” Bill and Melinda Gates, who announced they were donating $100 million to help in the detection and treatment of the Wuhan coronavirus and accelerate the development of a vaccine. Bad week for: Cover-ups, after President Trump congratulated “the Great State of Kansas” when the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl. He quickly…