January 4, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes

Weekend reads: ICYMI

The president changed the subject with intimations of war.

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The Times, the Post and others reported this week a cache of emails between the White House and the Pentagon showing the president understood withholding aid to Ukraine was illegal but ordered it withheld anyway. As that news emerged, Donald Trump was telling guests around his Mar-a-Lago Club something big was coming.

Turns out that something big was an airstrike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad. Qassem Soleimani’s assassination is the kind of thing that starts wars, and that’s just what everyone in the news business was talking about by week’s end.

The president had changed the subject using his power to do it.

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Below is what you might have missed over the holidays.

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MONDAY DEC. 23, 2019
There Is a War on Christmas
The Republicans oppose universal love, hope, and charity.

TUESDAY DEC. 24, 2019
Trump’s Evil Is Rational
Stop searching for mental illness.

THURSDAY DEC. 26, 2019
Is Donald Trump the Loneliest Man in America? Yes, and It Matters
Don’t pity him. The president lives in a box of his own making.

FRIDAY DEC. 27, 2019
The Fascists Among Us
A story about standing for what’s right even if it hurts.

MONDAY DEC. 30, 2019
In 2020, There Will Be Blood
5 reasons to believe the fascists’ own words.

TUESDAY DEC. 31, 2019
Democracy Is the Source of Trump’s Pain
A scared little man is exposed daily for being scared and little.

Parties Aren’t Static
Julian Castro is out, but his ideas will live on in the Democratic nominee.

FRIDAY JAN. 3, 2020
The Republican Party’s Loyalty to Lies
Perverting patriotism to once again justify war in the Middle East.

John Stoehr is the editor of the Editorial Board. He writes the daily edition. Find him @johnastoehr.

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