TIME's Top Stories-logo

TIME's Top Stories

US News

All of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME

All of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME


United States


All of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME




India’s COVID-19 Disaster May Be Turning Into an Even Bigger Global Crisis

High in the thin air of the Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal, Sherpas and climbers used to walk freely from one group of tents to another, holding gatherings, singing and dancing. Now the Sherpas who escort climbers to the summit have a new job: enforcing unofficial social-distancing rules. “Climbing Everest is always a matter of life and death,” says Phunuru Sherpa. “But this year the risk has been doubled due to COVID.


Are Childcare ‘Infrastructure’? Nearly $2 Trillion for Families May Hinge on Congress’ Answer

Three weeks after Bethany Fauteux gave birth to her second child in 2013, she was spending her days surrounded by young children—except they weren’t her own. A single mother whose cash reserves were quickly depleting, she felt she had to return to her job as a preschool teacher in Massachusetts while her Caesarean-section scar was still throbbing. She recalls lying to her obstetrician about her pain level in order to be cleared to return to work.


Pipeline Hack Sets Off Scramble For Gasoline

After more than a decade of warnings about the vulnerability of U.S. energy infrastructure to hackers, a cyberattack on a major pipeline has left over a dozen states scrambling for gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, and other petroleum products. Drivers in states like Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Florida converged at gas stations. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency.


The World Isn’t Getting Vaccinated Fast Enough. Here Are 4 Ways to Fix That

When this pandemic first began, it quickly became clear that we didn’t just need vaccines, we’d also needed vaccinations, and lots of them. Until people in all corners of the world—not just those that could afford it—were protected, the virus would continue to rage. In an unprecedented show of global solidarity, the world came together to back COVAX, a unique global solution aimed at making equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines possible.


Why So Many House Members Are Heading for the Exits

This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. Credit for honesty where it’s due: four months into this current Congress’ two-year term, a dozen members of the House are already dropping all pretense and saying they won’t be seeking another term in late 2022.


A New Study Points to MDMA as a Powerful Treatment for PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), will affect some 26 million Americans at some point in their lives, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The condition, characterized by depression, hopelessness, memory problems, difficulty maintaining relationships, and recurrent visions of the trauma-causing event is notoriously hard to treat.


Suspect Indicted on Murder Charges in Atlanta Shootings as Prosecutor Plans to Seek Death Penalty

ATLANTA — A man accused of killing eight people, six of them women of Asian descent, in shootings at three Atlanta-area massage businesses was indicted Tuesday on murder charges, and a prosecutor filed notice that she’ll also seek hate crime charges and the death penalty. A Fulton County grand jury indicted Robert Aaron Long, 22, in the March 16 slayings of Suncha Kim, 69; Soon Chung Park, 74; Hyun Jung Grant, 51; and Yong Ae Yue, 63.


The U.S. Is Entering a New COVID-19 Vaccination Crisis

In the past three weeks, every adult in the U.S. has become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, which are now widely available in most parts of the country. Yet there has been an alarming decline in the number of Americans showing up to get vaccinated, even though less than half of the population has received even a single dose.


Teens Aged 12 to 15 Can Now Get Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in the U.S.

On May 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to 12- to 15-year-olds. It’s the first COVID-19 shot authorized for this younger population. "I cannot tell you how many people have been anxiously awaiting this day to get their kids vaccinated," says Dr.


Free COVID-19 Vaccines Are Luring Visitors to Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania

Residents of Romania who find themselves in central Transylvania this May now have the option of getting vaccinated at a legendary location from horror history: Bran Castle.


The Empire State Building’s Green Retrofit Was a Success. Will Other Buildings Follow Suit?

Underneath the Empire State building, a maze of pipes, gauges and steel valve wheels that comprise the building's chiller plant look as if they might have remained unchanged since President Herbert Hoover turned on the tower's iconic lights at its opening in 1931. Despite their appearance, those enormous heat exchange machines have been thoroughly upgraded on the inside.


Scotland’s Nationalists Won a Big Election Victory. Could Scottish Independence Now Be on the Cards?

Scotland could be one step closer to becoming an independent country. The British government has been forced to play defense on calls for a second Scottish independence referendum, after the country's main nationalist party secured an emphatic victory in elections for its devolved parliament on Friday.


The Joy of Seeing Art Live With Other Humans for the First Time in 2 Years

A version of this article also appeared in the It’s Not Just You newsletter. Sign up here to receive a new edition every Sunday. As always, you can send comments to me at: Susanna@Time.com. My sister Ingalisa is a museum person. Travel with her means you’re in for some art. And while I knew I’d missed Ingalisa over this long year, I didn’t think I missed museums. There was just too much else to pine for.


The ‘America First’ Revival Tour Throws a Trump Rally Without Trump

For an hour and a half on Friday evening, it was as if the 2020 election had never ended. "Tell me, who’s your president?" asked Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. “Donald Trump!” the crowd shouted. Did anyone believe that Joe Biden had won the election? “No!” they roared back. In a ballroom in central Florida, two embattled Republicans, Reps. Matt Gaetz and Greene, were on a mission to recreate the magic of the Trump era.


The Facebook Oversight Board’s Decision Didn’t Change Much for Trump. But It Could Have Implications Far Beyond Him

Facebook’s new Oversight Board, a new, quasi-independent organization that acts as a kind of supreme court for Facebook’s moderation decisions, issued its most important decision yet. In a lengthy ruling, it determined that Facebook was “justified” when it suspended Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts on January 6th, 2021, but that it shouldn’t have imposed an “indefinite” suspension on Trump.


The Story Behind the Declaration of Independence’s Most Memorable Line

The most remarkable features of the state constitutions that sprang to life in 1776 like so many daffodils up and down the continent were certain overarching elements that are now so commonplace that we forget how truly revolutionary they were back then: writtenness, concision, replicability, rights declaration, democratic pedigree, republican structure, and amendability. Never before in history had this particular combination of features come together.


The Real Biggest Myths About World War II, According to a Military Historian

More than 75 years after V-E Day—the German surrender on May 8, 1945, that ended the physical fighting on the Western Front in World War II—myths and misconceptions about the war remain. TIME asked the Senior Historian at the National World War II Museum, Rob Citino, which myths he has spent the most time debunking in his career as a professor of military history and author of 10 books.


Column: History Is Full of Mothers Who Changed the World While Taking Care of Their Children

The notion that mothers can simultaneously nurture their children and their careers is often seen as a modern phenomenon, an indication of how far women have come in the march toward gender equity. But in fact, history is full of mothers who reached beyond the domestic sphere—courageous women who overcame societal barriers and changed the world for people far beyond their own children.


The Invisible Labor Inside America’s Lactation Rooms

The Longworth House lactation suite is stately. Furnished with wood paneling and a patrician window curtain, it fits a refrigerator, a sink, a TV, and pumping stations equipped with hospital-grade breast pumps, armchairs, shelves, hangers, tissues, and wipes. The suite—one of several created at the U.S. House of Representatives starting in 2007 under the impetus of Nancy Pelosi, the first female House speaker—is a space of privilege.


Texas Was Already One of the Hardest States to Vote in. It May Get Even Harder

The Texas House of Representatives approved a spate of new voting restrictions Friday in a state that has long been considered one of the hardest to vote in in the nation. The final 78-64 vote occurred on Friday afternoon—just one day after Florida approved its own law adding restrictions to voting by mail and drop boxes, and weeks after Georgia enacted a sweeping overhaul of its election system.