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World and Press December 2022

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World and Press December

December 2022 • No 23/24 • 74th Year of Publication • Original Pressetexte aus britischen und US-amerikanischen Medien € 6,00 [d] Sprachtraining • Landeskunde • Vokabelhilfen • Übungsmaterial IN FOCUS B2–C2 • Opinion: Arts and humanities are under threat on campus • Etiquette: Punctuality is having a moment Pages 2/3 USA • Immigration: Shut out of DACA, young immigrants start businesses to get ahead • Climate: A rancher’s truce with pesky beavers paid off Pages 5/18 BRITAIN • Tourism: A British island where the reckless try to outrace the tide • Collecting: Souvenir sales soar after queen’s death Pages 6/12 OTHER TOPICS • Assisted death: Is choosing death too easy in Canada? • Economy: Drivers downsize their cars as cost of living crisis bites • India: Modi to reintroduce cheetahs Die Nr.1 unter den Vokabeltrainern. • Space: The James Webb Space Telescope • Quiz: How to win pub trivia Pages 9/10/14/16/22 Get the vocabulary trainer! | Photo: Pixabay California’s wine country, including Napa Valley, faces a climate crisis so dire that it’s posing an existential threat to the future of the state’s industry. Read more on pag e 11 Web comics have exploded in popularity in recent years, in part by tapping into an audience the industry had long overlooked: young, female readers Read more on pag e 17 Trump was a looming figure in the midterms. The GOP suffered for it ELECTIONS The former president is unpopular, but he continues to exercise outsized sway over the Republican base. By Noah Bierman and Melanie Mason 1 THE PROTRACTEDuncertainty over control of Congress reverberated through both major political parties on Wednesday, as Democrats basked in the relief of the red wave that wasn’t, and Republicans became increasingly clear-eyed that the lingering influence of former President Donald Trump had hamstrung their party. 2 President Joe Biden’s emphasis during the campaign season on the extremism of “MAGA Republicans” had been greeted skeptically by many. In the Democratic Party’s better-than-expected showing, though, he saw vindication of his appeals for civility and normalcy. “This election season, American people made it clear: They don’t want every day going forward to be a constant political battle,” Biden said at a White House news conference. “The future of America is too promising to be trapped in endless political warfare.” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is considered Trump’s biggest threat for the GOP presidential nomination. | Photo: Picture Alliance/AP 3 Amid high inflation and Biden’s lackluster approval numbers, Democrats’ hopes had hinged on voters being more put off by Trump’s imprint on the Republican Party – be it the divisive candidates he endorsed, the political violence that festered from his lies about election fraud, or the reversal of federal abortion protections made possible by justices he appointed to the Supreme Court. 4 “We knew going into the cycle that there was going to be an opportunity to rally a moral majority that is an anti-MAGA coalition,” said Tory Gavito, president of Way to Win, a progressive donor network. “When I say that, I include everyone from (GOP Rep.) Liz Cheney to (democratic | Photo: New York Times socialist Sen.) Bernie Sanders. Think about that spectrum of the middle to the left coming together to say Republicans are just too damn extreme.” 5 If recent history is any guide, Trump’s not going anywhere. The once and likely future presidential candidate is unpopular, but he continues to exercise outsized sway over the Republican base and could hobble the party for the next two years and beyond. “While in certain ways yesterday’s election was somewhat disappointing, from my personal standpoint it was a very big victory,” Trump said on his conservative social media network, Truth Social, pointing to the record of candidates he endorsed. “219 WINS and 16 Losses in the General – Who has ever done better than that?” 6 The specter of the former president hampered the GOP’s ability to frame the midterm as a referendum on Biden, said Ken Spain, a GOP strategist and former spokesman for the party’s House campaign arm. “Trump was always a looming shadow over this election, more than Republicans probably wanted to admit,” he said. “This essentially became a choice election between an unpopular president and an even more unpopular Trump.” 7 There were signs that patience was running thin among Republican power brokers. Notably, Trump’s much-beloved ‘New York Post,’ the tabloid owned by Continued on page 12 Die Nr.1 unter den Vokabeltrainern. €7,00 [a] CHF10,80 [ch] 0 – 1 LOOMING h.: bedeutend — midterms Kongresswahlen zur Mitte der Präsidentenamtszeit — to exercise sway Einfluss ausüben — outsized enorm — protracted “pr´"trœktId‘ s. hinziehend — uncertainty “øn"s‰…t´nti‘ Ungewissheit — to reverberate “rI"v‰…b´reIt‘ nachhallen — to bask s. sonnen — to become clear-eyed erkennen — lingering fortbestehend — to hamstring lähmen 2 – 3 vindication Rechtfertigung — civility “sI"vIl´ti‘ Anstand; Höflichkeit — warfare Kriegführung — amid angesichts — lackluster glanzlos; wenig beeindruckend — to hinge on von etw. abhängen — imprint Prägung; (fig) Einfluss — divisive “dI"vaIsIv‘ polarisierend; kontrovers — to endorse unterstützen — to fester gären — reversal “rI"v‰…s´l‘ Aufhebung — abortion Abtreibung — justice Richter(in) 4 – 6 to rally sammeln; gewinnen — progressive h.: links-liberal — donor Spender(in) — to hobble; s.w.u. to hamper behindern — specter Schreckgespenst; (fig) Schatten — to frame formulieren; gestalten — spokesman Sprecher — essentially “I"senS´li‘ im Grunde genommen 7 – 8 power broker polit. Strippenzieher(in) — notably insbesondere — tabloid “"tœblOId‘ Boulevardzeitung —

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