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Some Patients Are Reporting Long COVID Recoveries—But Experts Still Don’t Fully Understand Why

6/14/2021
A few months ago, Lana Lynch had resigned herself to never getting better. Months after testing positive for COVID-19, she still felt fatigued, still got daily headaches, still had to carefully regulate how much she exerted herself each day. She was coming to terms with her new normal—until she didn’t have to. After receiving her second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in May, Lynch, a 32-year-old from Texas, noticed that she wasn’t quite so tired anymore.

Duration:00:09:52

Israel’s Parliament Approves New Coalition, Ending Netanyahu’s Rule

6/14/2021
(JERUSALEM) — Israel's parliament approved a new coalition government on Sunday that sent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into the opposition after a record 12 years in office and a political crisis that sparked four elections in two years. Naftali Bennett, the head of a small ultranationalist party, was sworn in as prime minister after a narrow 60-59 vote in parliament.

Duration:00:08:20

Can We Rein in the Power of the Presidency After Trump?

6/14/2021
There are at least 81 million or so Americans who would like to forget all about Donald Trump and his presidency. Late-night television host Stephen Colbert has stopped saying his name altogether, referring to him simply as "the former president." But the ongoing stream of criminal charges arising from the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol have made it all but impossible to forget Trump and the violence he inspired that day with his lies about winning the election.

Duration:00:09:54

The Letter in Which Lincoln Debated the Morality of Slavery With Himself

6/14/2021
Abraham Lincoln wrote countless private notes for his eyes only—scribbled words to capture ideas and insights about the myriad problems and issues he faced. Never expecting anyone else to read them, he left them undated, untitled, unsigned. Engaging with these notes is like entering a world most history buffs do not know exists.

Duration:00:04:30

In Europe, Joe Biden Tries to Reset Relationships After Trump

6/13/2021
Former President Donald Trump often used his appearances at international summits to unload insults, badger world leaders and exert his dominance over America’s traditional allies. Now, Joe Biden is using his first major foreign trip as President to prove things will be a little different under his leadership.

Duration:00:06:00

Netanyahu’s Greatest Achievement Was Convincing Israel He Alone Transformed the State

6/13/2021
There was a time when Benjamin Netanyahu knew how to exit the stage. On election night in 1999, after losing to Ehud Barak, Netanyahu congratulated the winner and called on his Likud supporters for calm and unity. He then resigned as the leader of Likud, and shortly afterwards, told the Israeli Knesset he was resigning as a lawmaker too. A T.V.

Duration:00:08:26

Why We Turn to the Word ‘Surreal’ Whenever Something Terrible Happens

6/13/2021
Following the terror attacks that took place Sept. 11, 2001, people across the country began searching Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary for the same word. The word was not “rubble,” or “triage,” or even “terrorism,” but “surreal.” And they did the same thing again after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. And again, after the Boston Marathon bombing.

Duration:00:09:30

Column: How Whales Can Teach Us to Be Better Humans

6/13/2021
For the last 23 years, I've traveled around the world as a wildlife photographer and photojournalist. The pandemic ground all that to a halt. Like most of us, I was home for more than a year. In that time, I reflected on what I've learned during those two-plus decades of non-stop travel. My last trip, which ended in March 2020, was part of a three-year project photographing whales that focused on their culture and behaviors. I came away with a striking observation.

Duration:00:05:56

If TV Is the New Film, We Need More Shows Like Lupin

6/13/2021
Like an action hero swooping in to save the day, Lupin arrived at a dire moment. When the latest twist on Marcel Leblanc’s classic gentleman-thief character Arsène Lupin hit Netflix, on Jan. 8, the U.S. was reeling from an insurrection amid the deadliest stage of the pandemic. It was not yet clear when the vaccine rollout would accelerate or whether we’d see further disruptions to the peaceful transfer of the presidency.

Duration:00:00:23

In Netflix’s Tender and Exhilarating Skater Girl, a Shy Indian Teenager Takes Flight on a Board with Wheels

6/13/2021
The assumption we should all live by, even if it’s sustainable only in a perfect world, is that women everywhere want the best for women everywhere. We want to be free to love or marry whomever we choose, to be educated and to pursue any career we wish, to be able to move about as freely as men do. But there are women in the world who, for reasons of culture, religion or tradition, don’t have those freedoms available to them—or don’t want them.

Duration:00:07:34

The G7 Want to Save the World from Climate Change. But Are They Willing to Pay for It?

6/12/2021
The weather forecast is sunny this weekend in Cornwall, the picturesque corner of southwest England that will host the G7 summit from Friday to Sunday. At first glance, the outlook for the climate at the summit seems unusually bright too, with the world’s seven largest advanced economies promising to create a “greener, more prosperous future” as they recover from COVID-19.

Duration:00:10:03

Column: What America's Plutocrats Today Should Learn From Past Generations

6/12/2021
There’s an emerging consensus in America today that the accumulation of vast wealth by a handful of individuals is untenable for our democracy. Balancing the other-worldly success of a few in contrast with the challenges many still face is one of the thornier dilemmas of a post-COVID-19 world where those gaps have grown ever wider.

Duration:00:12:37

Brands Continue to Back Naomi Osaka, Showing an Evolution in How Sponsors Treat Athletes

6/12/2021
Naomi Osaka is the world's highest highest-paid female athlete. She has earned some $60 million over the past 12 months, according to Forbes, and is sponsored by a host of well-heeled companies, including blue-chip names like Nike, Nissan, Mastercard and TAG Heuer. When Osaka announced on May 31 that she was withdrawing from the French Open, citing a desire to tend to her mental health, sponsors lined up to publicly back her. “Our thoughts are with Naomi.

Duration:00:06:29

As Germany Acknowledges Its Colonial-Era Genocide in Namibia, the Brutal Legacy of Diamond Mining Still Needs a Reckoning

6/12/2021
Between 1904 and 1908, Germany's military and leadership oversaw the killing of at least 80,000 Africans in what is now the independent country of Namibia. On May 28, Germany apologized. Declaring his country’s past violence in Namibia “genocidal,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also pledged $1.3 billion in aid to Namibians, whose capital, Windhoek, still has a prominent street named after Otto von Bismarck. The German apology is a commendable step and important precedent.

Duration:00:09:31

Review: In the Heights Is a Love Letter to a New York Neighborhood, Led by a Charismatic Star

6/12/2021
Like flowers, trees and other living things, movies have seasons, and as originally conceived, they weren’t meant to be beamed into our climate-controlled living rooms. Our engagement with them ideally incorporates some sort of leaving-the-house preamble—bundling up on a wintry day, or grabbing an umbrella in case of rain.

Duration:00:08:22

With the Help of a World Full of iPhones, Apple’s AirTags Have Already Outsmarted the Competition

6/12/2021
Recently, at a family member’s birthday party, my friend’s house keys went missing. We searched fruitlessly for an hour, killing the mood and ending the evening on a pretty low note. While his keys were indeed lost (though found the next day), I felt a tad guilty knowing that something like that would probably never happen to me, at least not anymore.

Duration:00:07:22

Manchin Again at the Center of the Democrats’ Agenda Troubles

6/11/2021
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. The matching color palette was a nice touch when members of the Senate Democrats’ Leadership team came out of a closed-door lunch meeting with all members yesterday: a pink tie on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a pink blouse on Democrats’ policy maven Sen. Patty Murray and a pink jacket on messaging chief Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

Duration:00:06:59

Column: To Fix America's Broken Health Care System, We Must Rethink Who Counts as an Expert

6/11/2021
Americans are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic like survivors of a wildfire surveying an unfamiliar landscape. As we take stock of what’s left, we are forced to rebuild, but we need not simply restore what was taken in a hollow echo of what we knew before. We can make health care and the infrastructure that supports it better, stronger, more resilient.

Duration:00:09:55

How a Diplomatic Spat Shook Up Biden’s First Day in the U.K.

6/11/2021
President Joe Biden’s first full day of his eight-day overseas tour got off to a wobbly start as a diplomatic row between the U.S. and U.K. over trade inspections in Northern Ireland erupted into public view—just as Biden was preparing to sit down with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The two leaders wanted the day to be focused on their renewal of the 80-year-old Atlantic Charter that codifies the countries' long-standing alliance. Instead, a British news report that the U.S.

Duration:00:05:44

Will Vaccine Prizes Improve Vaccination Rates in Hesitant Hong Kong?

6/11/2021
For months, Hong Kong's leaders have fretted about the city's low COVID-19 vaccination rates. Despite vaccines being plentiful, free and available to anyone who wants one at a slew community health centers, just 18% of the city's 7.5 million people chose to get a shot between February and the end of May. But, there are signs that some of that vaccine hesitancy may be subsiding.

Duration:00:08:11