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Hello from Washington, where things have gone quiet, with the US Congress in recess and the president on holiday at his New Jersey golf course. Then I headed to Des Moines, where the Democratic presidential candidates have been wooing voters over corn dogs at the Iowa State Fair and a rowdy annual fundraising dinner called the Wing Ding. Meanwhile, my colleagues this week have been covering the clashes between protesters and police at Hong Kong airport, WeWork’s plans for a blockbuster initial public offering and climate activist Greta Thunberg’s transatlantic ambitions.