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




Will Foxconn Billionaire Terry Gou’s COVID-19 Vaccine Deal Bring Taiwan Closer to China?

For 18 months, Taiwan was a model of COVID-19 prevention and President Tsai Ing-wen reaped the political benefits. Her approval rating surged to a record 73% in May 2020. Then, a year later, the island's first major outbreak hit and it became clear that its COVID-19 defense was lacking one major component: vaccines. As infections surged this May, Taiwan had just over 300,000 COVID-19 vaccines for its 23.5 million people.


John Kerry on Border Carbon Tax: The U.S. Doesn’t Want to Push Others Away

When the European Union laid out the details of a measure to tax carbon at its borders earlier this month, all eyes turned across the Atlantic to see how the U.S. would respond. Would the Biden Administration, as it forges ahead with its own ambitious plans to reduce emissions in the U.S.


Naomi Osaka Knocked Out of Olympics in Straight Sets by No. 42-Ranked Player

Naomi Osaka was knocked out of the women's singles tennis at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday when she suffered a surprise defeat in the third round of competition to Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic. Vondrousova, the 2019 French Open runner-up, is ranked no. 42 in the world. She beat Osaka, who is ranked no. 2, in just 1 hour and 8 minutes of play. That makes Vondrousova the first player to move through to the quarter-finals.


The U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team Is Still the Favorite. But There’s Little Room for Error

Coming into the Tokyo Olympics, most of the gymnastics community agreed about one thing—Team USA's women were the ones to beat. As the reigning Olympic champions, the U.S. is returning to defend its title with one of the greatest gymnasts in the sport, Simone Biles. The team also builds off a legacy of Olympic titles that dates back to 1996.


How Tokyo Olympics COVID-19 Countermeasures May Be Falling Short

Holding an Olympics during a pandemic was never going to be easy, and the Tokyo Organizing Committee consulted with numerous public health experts and invested in tracking app systems to help curb the spread of the virus within the Olympic community.


‘I Try Not to Overthink It.’ After Mental Health Break, Naomi Osaka Just Keeps Winning

Naomi Osaka circled her neck while hopping up and down on Monday morning in Tokyo, moments before the start her second round Olympic match against Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic. She was loosening up, and sure seemed plenty loose while unleashing those 105 miles per-hours serves soon after.


How Katie Ledecky Swims So Fast

At first blush, there’s no reason to think Katie Ledecky would be as dominant in freestyle swimming events as she is. “She doesn’t have especially large feet or hands which you really need to push a huge mass of water. She’s 5’11”, which is tall but she’s certainly shorter than other great swimmers," says Rowdy Gaines, three-time Olympic gold medalist and now a swimming analyst for NBC. "And she definitely has a subpar kick.


Column: Working for J. Edgar Hoover, I Saw His Worst Excesses and Best Intentions

Some people have tough bosses. Back in 1966, mine was one of the most feared men in America. J. Edgar Hoover had been running the FBI for an unfathomable forty-one years on the morning I was scheduled to report for duty as his assistant. Then only twenty-three years old, I was a bit nervous about the assignment and made sure to arrive at the Bureau building early so I could do a pre-check of the great man’s office.


In Val, an Actor Turns the Camera on Himself for a Profound Reflection on His Life and Work

Now that we’re used to recording our whole lives on cell phones, it’s hard to imagine an era when we didn’t walk around with mini movie cameras in our pockets. In the early 1980s, Val Kilmer—who would go on to give vibrant performances in movies like The Doors (1991) and Tombstone (1993)—became an early adopter of video recorders.


Column: Emmett Till Would Have Been 80 Today. His Story Still Defines the Ongoing Fight for Justice

In 2020, stories about young Black people like Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor—as well as those of adults like George Floyd—spotlit the persistent, terrifying specter of unjust violence and the precarity of Black life in the United States. Their stories roused many in our country to outrage over their murders, and to a collective consciousness about the prevalence of race-based brutality in our day-to-day lives.


“We’ve Found the Enemy, and It’s Not Each Other.” Heather McGhee’s Quest to End America’s Zero-sum Thinking on Race

Heather McGhee was cooking dinner in her Brooklyn apartment in January as she opened a YouTube link to watch Joe Biden deliver his first speech on race as the President. As she bustled around the kitchen, Biden recited a line that seemed so familiar that she nearly dropped her wineglass. "We've bought the view that America is a zero-sum game in many cases: 'If you succeed, I fail,'" Biden said. But, he continued, "When any one of us is held down, we're all held back.


When Parents Said No to Their Kids Being Vaccinated, This Teenager Created VaxTeen

Like many 18-year-olds, Kelly Danielpour is preparing to start college in the fall, planning out her classes, buying dorm necessities and wondering what her roommate will be like. Unlike many 18-year-olds, she’s also spending her spare time helping teens across the country navigate vaccine-hesitant parents and get their COVID-19 vaccines.


Inside the Quest to Distribute Billions in Rental Assistance Before Eviction Moratoriums Expire

Katrina Dennis, 51, was so sure she would be evicted from her Phoenix, Arizona rental home that she had already started packing to move in with family. The pandemic cost Dennis her airline customer relations job in June 2020, and while she has since found temporary work in the travel industry, the gig hasn’t paid enough to make up for the months she was unemployed. She still owed $6,000 in rent.


Column: The Climate Crisis Is a Call to Action. These 5 Steps Helped Me Figure Out How to Be of Use

At the age of 16, perched on a ridge in western North Carolina, I scrawled these words into a handbound journal: Want to help the world. Be connected with the Earth. Change the way I live. My mother has always called the Appalachians “wise old mountains,” not as tall or dramatic as their younger brethren out west but sage and powerful. In the presence of these remnants of geologic uplift, now carved up by cold water and swathed with moss, one feels called to deeper truths.


I Tried to Live Off Women-Owned Businesses. Turns Out, Men Still Run Everything

There are not many pasta companies run by women. I discovered this while standing in the aisle of my grocery store on the third day of a weeklong effort to buy things only from companies owned by or run by women, as I frantically Googled "CEO" alongside "Barilla," "De Cecco" and then, desperately, "Banza." Nor are there many women-run companies that make canned beans, tomato sauce, milk (oh, the irony), beef—or a laundry list of other grocery products.


Review: FBoy Island and Sexy Beasts Represent the Best and Worst of 2021's Trashy Summer Dating Shows

You know the summer TV season is in full swing when the new reality dating shows start to sound like fake NBC series from 30 Rock. Too Hot to Handle, Are You the One?, I Wanna Marry ‘Harry’—these are the high-concept, low-I.Q. series that keep us mildly amused when it’s too humid out to think. But this July is a banner month even for hot trash summer.


Democrats Want to Reform This Program That Helps Poor Elderly and Disabled Americans

​​President Joe Biden has invoked Franklin Delano Roosevelt several times as he has implemented sweeping anti-poverty measures to tackle record unemployment and economic turmoil. Hoping to model his legacy on the President who helped the nation climb out of the Great Depression, Biden has spent $1.9 trillion so far on stimulus checks, the expanded child tax credit, and enhanced unemployment insurance, among other relief measures.


Column: Online Anonymity Isn't Driving Abuse of Black Sports Stars. Systemic Racism Is

On Sunday, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton was racially abused on social media after winning the British Grand Prix. It was just the latest in a series of noxious incidents where Black athletes in the U.K. have been targeted by racists online following high-profile sporting events. How the athletes themselves perform doesn't seem to matter.


Why Are the Olympics Shrinking Basketball? Here’s What To Know About 3×3

It's a game played by the likes of little kids and middle-aged, out-of-shape wannabe Kevin Durants, in backyards and driveways and weathered gym floors across the world. You've got six weekend warriors at the park, looking to get in some exercise? Play a little 3x3 basketball. If you've got seven ... some poor soul sits and has "next." In Tokyo, this shrunk-down, half-court version of basketball will make its Olympic debut.


Column: Our Brains Make Us Way Too Optimistic About Deadlines

Not long ago, I visited a peculiar farm in southwestern Oregon. Year after year, Hastings Inc. produces a single crop: the Easter lily. Every Easter weekend, hundreds of thousands of lilies from this farm appear in supermarkets, big-box stores, and garden centers throughout North America. Each one has to look the same—a single stem, a dark green nest of leaves, and five or more flared white trumpet blossoms—and each one has to bloom at exactly the same time.