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over heard 'The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December.' – Sen.-elect Mitt Romney (R) of Utah in an opinion piece for The Washington Post in which he criticized President Trump's 'leadership in qualities of character.' Mr. Romney praised some of Mr. Trump's policy achievements, such as appointments of conservative judges, tax cuts for corporations, and removal of some regulations. But he argued that a president should prioritize uniting the nation through 'respect' and 'honesty' and took issue with other policies, including pulling troops from Syria. Trump tweeted: 'Be a TEAM player & WIN.' 'Our flag will only be red if blood is needed to keep it green and yellow.' – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during his Jan. 1 inauguration speech, referencing the red of social- ism in what was seen as a jab at his leftist political opponents. Mr. Bolsonaro has drawn global attention for comments widely seen as misogynistic, homophobic, and racist, as well as for his far-right political stance. His promise to rid Brazil of corruption and crime resonated deeply with voters, who propelled him to an unlikely victory against the Workers' Party in the 2018 elections. 'This maneuver to change the calculus of benefits sets a dangerous and far-reaching precedent....' – Kathleen Rest, executive director of the Union of Concerned Scientists, in a blog post on the Environmental Protection Agency's Dec. 28 proposal to roll back regulations on mercury emissions from coal-burning energy plants. The EPA argues that the cost of regulations is too heavy for plants to bear (about $8 billion, industrywide, per year) and that the health-care savings (about $5 million per year) do not justify the cost. By contrast, the EPA during the Obama administration, under which the rule was established, estimated health-care savings of around $60 billion annually. 'If the detention is not appropriate, we will demand his immediate return.' – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responding in a Jan. 2 press conference to questions about the Dec. 28 arrest of US citizen Paul Whelan (pictured) in Russia for alleged espionage. If convict- ed, Mr. Whelan faces 10 to 20 years in prison, according to Russian authorities. Whelan, a former Marine, is now director of global security for an automotive company. His family says he was at- tending a wedding in Russia and maintains his innocence. Some observers link his detention to the conviction of Maria Butina, a Russian national, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges. Prosecutors say she acted as an unregistered foreign agent. 'This is a momentous occasion in our social life.' – Pinarayi Vijayan, chief minister of India's Kerala state, in a tweet celebrating the success of the women's rights demonstration organized by his government: On Jan. 1, about 5 million women assembled in a 'human wall' that stretched 385 miles. The next day, two women entered Sabarimala temple in spite of large crowds of protesters – the first two to do so legally since India's Supreme Court struck down a rule banning their presence there. AP/FILE AP REUTERS – Anna Tarnow / Staff AP Participants in the 'women's wall' pledge to fight gender discrimination in India. 4 THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR WEEKLY | JANUARY 14, 2019

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