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January 25, 2018

Women’s March Sizzles, Shutdown Fizzles: Our Visual Roundup of the Week

Photo: Melissa Bender. Women's March, New York City, January 20, 2018.

In a fractured America this week, we had two major stories competing for attention, the Women’s March and the government shutdown. The marches were good size, more focused than last year, but not widely covered. The shutdown, for all the extraordinary political drams and the hope for an immigration breakthrough, was ultimately anti-climatic. Looking back, Trump, having led-on the moderates, tacked hard right and won the day. (At what long term cost, however, remains to be seen.) While on the subject, we highlight why “chain migration” is such an ugly phrase. And, we consider what new citizens might be thinking about the torn up welcome mat.

Rounding out the visual news, we note the remarkable sexual abuse trial of the former women’s Olympic team doctor. Then we dwell on another mass shooting, this one at a Kentucky high school. Yes, that’s the one that was hardly noticed. We have a shot from Mike Pence’s tone deaf Middle East excursion. Finally, we offer you two photos from the White House News Photographers Association best of 2017 contest. You can check out the rest of the fine work here.

Photo: Melissa Bender via Instagram. Caption: Women’s March, New York City, January 20, 2018.

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