Got his back … Trump's iron grip on the GOP – inside the 19 February Guardian Weekly

Will Dean
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Donald Trump left office in disgrace a month ago as the first US president to be impeached twice. The carnage unleashed by his supporters at the US Capitol on 6 January seemed like the final nail in his reputational and political coffin but last week after a rapid impeachment process and trial only seven Republicans voted to convict Trump for inciting the protests. Those who did vote against him rapidly faced the ire of the GOP base. It suggests that however much senior Republicans want him to go away, Trump remains in command of the party. Perhaps they shouldn’t have cleared the way for him to run again in 2024 … ?

In India, protests against new farming laws have been rumbling on since last September. This week, our south Asia correspondent Hannah Ellis-Petersen heads to the protest camps that have been pitched on the outskirts of Delhi since late November. There, she finds a defiant mood despite the increasingly draconian response from the Modi government.

Last Sunday, on a freezing cold weekend with most of the population stuck indoors, there was some much needed good news in Britain. The NHS vaccination campaign announced it had offered Covid vaccines to all 15 million people in the four most vulnerable groups and was now moving to do the same for all over-50s by the end of April. Dan Sabbagh reports on the success of the vaccine programme in the UK and how local doctors’ surgeries have been at the heart of its success. Then deputy political editor Jessica Elgot looks at how prime minister Boris Johnson may choose to unlock.

Also in this week’s issue: an interview with Bill Gates who is turning his problem-solving expertise (and many billions of dollars) to tackling the climate crisis; Sophie Elmhirst tells the story of the boom in popularity in the world’s most dangerous cosmetic surgery – the Brazilian butt lift – and Sean O’Hagan meets the writer Fran Lebowitz who is enjoying a new level of recognition thanks to her new Netflix documentary series alongside Martin Scorsese.

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