Month-by-Month

This section is a series of snapshots that will grow into a contextual narrative of each year, covering the project’s three categories: The Big Picture (politics, home and abroad); Storytelling (developments in media) and Baseball.

Partly inspired by Amy Siskind’s book The List, or Matt Kiser’s WTF Just Happened Today, the idea is to provide a quick memory-jogger at a time when – even though the previous administration has gone – events continue to unfold with alarming speed.

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August 2022

The FBI executes a search warrant at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, leading to allegations of misuse of highly classified documents; Primaries across the country throw up some interesting outcomes, while President Biden and the Democrats get ready to kick into midterm campaign mode by trying to separate “MAGA” loyalists from what remains of the GOP; An armed Trump supporter dies after attacking the FBI office in Cincinnati; Ukraine marks its independence day on the six-month anniversary of the Russian invasion; Mikhail Gorbachev dies at 91; There’s a new record price for a baseball card, while another slugger holds back time and the game loses one of its most distinctive voices; CNN cancels ‘Reliable Sources’; President Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act into law; Author Salman Rushdie stabbed on-stage in upstate New York; A CIA drone strike in Kabul kills Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

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July 2022

Pressure grows on Trump as Jan 6th Committee digs deep; The Secret Service “loses” texts around the events of the insurrection; Many people are killed in storms and flooding in Kentucky; Extreme heat across the US and Europe; Sen Joe Manchin’s reversal facilitates a deal on a Climate and Tax Bill; Steve Bannon found guilty of Contempt of Congress; Biden visits Saudi Arabia; Shooting at Highland Park 4th of July celebration is the 309th mass shooting in the US this year.

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June 2022

The Supreme Court strikes down Roe v Wade, throwing the issue of abortion rights back to individual states; With the nation mourning a series of mass shootings, Congress passes the Safer Communities Act, the first significant gun legislation in a quarter-century; The House Committee to Investigate Events of January 6th held its first prime-time televised hearing; Ukraine marked 100 days since the start of the Russian invasion; It is Pride Month.

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May 2022

The nation is shocked by two mass shooting incidents: days after an avowed white supremacist killed ten Black shoppers at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY, a gunman massacres 19 students and two teachers at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX; In key primaries across the country, Donald Trump’s grip on the GOP continues to be tested; There are protests after it’s leaked that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v Wade; Amid ominous warnings on the economy, President Biden struggles with low approval ratings; Legendary New Yorker writer Roger Angell dies aged 101.

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April 2022

Fifty days of Russia’s war on Ukraine has changed the world, as both sides dig in for what looks like being a long haul; Judge Katanji Brown Jackson is confirmed to the US Supreme Court, becoming the first African-American woman Justice; The RNC signals that it will withdraw from Presidential Debates; Elon Musk may or may not buy Twitter; CNN says it will shut down CNN+;

and in what is perhaps a perfect kick-start for this project, Prof Jonathan Haidt writes in The Atlantic on “Why the past ten years of American life have been uniquely stupid”.

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