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




The Circus Was Once America’s Top Entertainment. Here’s Why Its Golden Age Began to Fade

For the better part of a century—a period that encompassed the Civil War, America’s Gilded Age, WW I, and through the Great Depression—the circus reigned as far and away America’s premier form of popular entertainment.


Column: Why Iran’s Elections Are a Critical Turning Point for Khamenei’s Regime

Iran’s elections will not only produce a new president, they will also mark the beginning of a new political system. But it's not the kind the majority of the Iranian people have been hoping for. Friday’s vote is set to trigger a transformation of the country’s political system, marking a new stage of the Islamic Revolution. This is not because the ballot itself actually matters. Elections in the clerical system are neither free nor fair.


China Launches Its First Crewed Space Mission in Five Years

JIUQUAN, China — Under bright-blue morning skies, China launched its first crewed space mission in five years Thursday, sending three science-minded military pilots rocketing to a new orbiting station they're expected to reach around midafternoon. The astronauts, already wearing their spacesuits, were seen off by space officials, other uniformed military personnel and a crowd of children waving flowers and flags and singing patriotic songs.


Why Biden’s Justice Department Is Backing Trump-Era Positions

What’s going on with the Department of Justice? Over the past few weeks, the Department has raised eyebrows on the left by backing several Trump-era legal positions, including defending former President Donald Trump in a defamation lawsuit from columnist E. Jean Carroll, who accused Trump of sexual assault, and fighting the full release of a 2019 internal memo on the department's decision to not charge Trump with obstruction of justice.


Why the U.S. Is Being Urged to Do More to Protect Digital Freedoms

The future of the Internet is under greater threat than ever before from authoritarian governments, according to literary and human rights group PEN America, which called on the world’s democracies to unite to defend freedom of expression online. Repressive governments are imposing new regulations that invoke “digital sovereignty,” but in reality can be used for censorship, surveillance and crackdowns on dissent, PEN America warns in a new report published Tuesday.


Column: Iran's Election Won't Deliver the Future the Country's Young People Crave

No child should lose a mother because the hospital suddenly runs out of blood; no father should feel ashamed for not being able to put food on the table in a country as rich as Iran; and no college graduate should live with the constant anxiety of finding work, let alone surviving in their own homeland. Yet this describes the reality of living in Iran in 2021.


The U.N. Voices Alarm Over the Growing Abuse of Civilians in Myanmar’s Conflict

BANGKOK — The United Nations’ office in Myanmar expressed concern Thursday about escalating human rights abuses after reports that a group opposed to the junta may have executed 25 civilians it captured and allegations that troops had burned down a village. The struggle between the military regime that took power in February after ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi and those opposing it has sharpened in recent months.


The Sparks Brothers, a Sundance Delight, Tells the Grand Story of This Enduringly Enigmatic Art-Pop Duo

In 1983, when I heard a crazy little song called “Cool Places,” a collaboration between Jane Wiedlin, of the Go-Go’s, and an outfit I’d sort-of heard of called Sparks, I asked myself rhetorically, 'Sparks, where have you been all my life?' Then I sort of forgot about them, until roughly 2015, when a diabolically ingenious album called FFS—a collaboration between the Scottish band Franz Ferdinand and, once again, Sparks—caught my attention.


The Federal Eviction Ban Ends June 30, and Millions Could Owe Back Rent. These Assistance Programs Can Help

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‘This Is Not a Kumbaya Moment.’ After Biden-Putin Summit, Tensions Remain

Joe Biden arrived at the highest-stakes meeting of his young presidency with gifts. The American President gave Vladimir Putin a crystal figure of an American bison and—should Putin want to copy Biden’s signature look—a pair of aviator sunglasses. But the niceties largely stopped there. The two leaders didn’t share a meal. There were no walks in the woods around the stately, lakeside Geneva mansion where they met. After it was all over, they held separate press conferences.


Russian State Media Threw Shade at Biden’s ‘Childish’ Tie

As U.S. President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin met for their first, much anticipated summit in Geneva, Switzerland Wednesday, Russian state media put aside the many issues between the two leaders to talk about the real power dynamics on display: the leaders' choice of ties.


Column: We Must Help the Afghan Interpreters Who Helped Us

The Army Ranger Creed reads: I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy. I lived by these words. That includes the day a suicide bomber hit and killed four men in my patrol in Asadabad, Afghanistan: Sergeant Major Kevin J. Griffin, Major Thomas E. Kennedy, Major Walter D. Gray, and USAID Foreign Service Officer Mr. Ragaei Abdelfattah. I think about them every day. The blast knocked me out.


Column: Juneteenth Honors Black Americans Who Created Their Freedom

If you ask Black people born and raised on the island, Juneteenth marks the day Black soldiers in blue uniforms came with their guns to Galveston. That is the story they have told for generations, about the moment some of their ancestors knew freedom had finally arrived in Texas, the westernmost Confederate breakaway state.


Review: No One Should Take a Bullet for The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

Like mirrored sunglasses and beer koozies, the brainless summer entertainment is a warm-weather staple. But the act of not thinking is its own act of consciousness. We all have only a finite amount of time to waste, not just through a summer but throughout our lifetimes. Do you really want to fritter away your hard-earned time-wasting currency on The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard? The Hitman’s Bodyguard, directed by Patrick Hughes and starring Samuel L.


How Biden Wrangled Europe’s Backing Ahead of His Meeting With Putin

The facade of unity President Joe Biden built with European allies ahead of his Wednesday summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin required some hard-headed diplomatic wrangling. In closed-door meetings during the NATO summit and E.U.


The Delta Variant Could Soon Become the Dominant COVID-19 Strain. Here’s What You Need to Know

The COVID-19 pandemic is increasingly becoming an arms race among the emerging variants of the virus, and at the moment, there’s no question which one is winning: the Delta variant—formally known as B.1.617.2—one of four strains to have emerged originally in India. It was just last month that the World Health Organization labeled Delta a “variant of concern”—joining with the Alpha strain, which emerged in the U.K.


I Went to the Westminster Dog Show and All I Got Was This Lousy Positive View of Humanity

There is only one thing I know for sure about the Westminster Dog Show: there’s almost zero chance that I would have ever attended the event if not for the virus that upended the world. I’ve certainly never been anti-dog, but I’ve also never really been a dog person. I didn’t grow up around them, and only ever took a minor interest in those I happened upon.


Miguel Patricio, CEO of Kraft Heinz, Says the End of the Ketchup Shortage Is in Sight

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Even Vaccinated People Are Nervous About Going Back to ‘Normal.’ Here’s How to Cope

Claudia Campos, 34, wanted there to be no doubt about why she continues to wear a face mask at the Florida car rental company where she works. She decided to screen-print a mask that telegraphs her thoughts.


Gas Build Up in Nuclear Reactor Near Hong Kong Sparks Concern

The French utility that partly owns a nuclear power plant near Hong Kong is seeking more information on a gas buildup in a reactor, even as its Chinese partner insists the facility is operating safely. Electricite de France SA, which has a 30% stake in the Taishan nuclear plant in South China, has called for an extraordinary board meeting with majority owner China General Nuclear Power Corp., or CGN, to discuss the increased concentration of inert gases at the Unit 1 reactor in Guangdong.