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This week: A guide to impeachment / How do you attach to people? / What happens to Meghan Markle’s royal wardrobe? / Mysteries of Kim Kardashian’s fridge / The search for Malaysia’s missing plane goes on

This week: A guide to impeachment / How do you attach to people? / What happens to Meghan Markle’s royal wardrobe? / Mysteries of Kim Kardashian’s fridge / The search for Malaysia’s missing plane goes on

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1. What Is the Impeachment Process? A Step-by-Step Guide
By Weiyi Cai | The New York Times | January 2020
“In America’s 243-year history, only three previous presidents have faced impeachment proceedings. The Constitution does not prescribe a specific process and neither does federal law, leaving Congress to set its own rules. Here’s how the fourth impeachment has unfolded, and what to expect in the coming weeks.”
Also see: What Democrats Can Learn From the Forgotten Impeachment of James Buchanan
Also see: John Roberts likely to play modest role in impeachment trial

2. How you attach to people may explain a lot about your inner life
By Elisa Dermendzhiyska | The Guardian | January 2020
“Early interactions with caregivers can dramatically affect your beliefs about yourself, your expectations of others, and how you cope with stress and regulate your emotions as an adult.”

3. June Bacon-Bercey, pathbreaking TV meteorologist, dies at 90
By Emily Langer | The Washington Post | January 2020
“There were weathermen and weathergirls, but for generations, female meteorologists were practically unheard of. So, too, were black atmospheric scientists..”

4. Alaska man survives three weeks with little food and shelter
BBC World News | January 2020
“He lived on canned foods that survived the blaze and made a basic tent out of debris in the sub-zero temperatures.”

5. What will happen to Meghan Markle’s royal wardrobe after family exit?
By Elana Fishman | The New York Post | January 2020
“[T]he duchess has noticeably scaled back on her fashion spending lately, opting to recycle items already in her closet and lean on more affordable style staples rather than regularly debuting new finds from beloved brands like Givenchy, Stella McCartney and Roland Mouret, as she did when she first became a member of the monarchy.”
Also see: The Hypocrisy of Harry and Meghan’s Decision
Also see: Where did it all go wrong for Harry and Meghan?

6. Remembering Elizabeth Wurtzel, a Proudly Difficult Person
By Benjamin Wallace | The Cut :: New York Magazine | January 2020
“She cycled, proudly, through jobs and agents and editors and publishers. She could treat people badly. She’d blow deadlines and be rude and endlessly dramatic. More compassionate friends chalked it up, most of the time, to mental illness and drug addiction or understood it to be the collateral damage of her life force.”

7. What Really Happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane
By William Langewiesche | The Atlantic | June 2019
“Five years ago, the flight vanished into the Indian Ocean. Officials on land know more about why than they dare to say.”

8. The Cold Truth About Kim Kardashian’s Fridge — and Yours
By Alaina Demopoulos | The Daily Beast | January 2020
“Kim Kardashian’s minimalist fridge made a lot of people angry — or at least confused. Here’s why we get so emotional about other people’s refrigerators, and ashamed of our own.”

9. How Democrats Can Win Back Obama-Trump Defectors
By Sean McElwee and Brian F. Schaffner | The New York Times | January 2020
“They don’t have to lose their souls to do it. Just the opposite.”

10. A History of the U.S. Marine Corps
By Augusta Dell’Omo | Not Even Past :: UT Austin Department of History | September 2018
“The U.S. Marine Corps may now proudly boast to be the home of the few and the proud, but this wasn’t always the case. In the early part of the 20th century, it was the poorest funded and least respected branch of the military, and at the end of World War Two there was actually a movement to shut them down.”
Also see: Who Signs Up to Fight? Makeup of U.S. Recruits Shows Glaring Disparity

Author: Fernando Ortiz Jr.

Handsome gentleman scholar, Civil War historian, unpretentious intellectual, world traveler, successful writer.

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