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




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.


Apple TV’s New Calibration Feature Can Make Your 4K TV Look Its Best. Here’s How to Use It

Hiding indoors from the heat waves of summer is a perfect excuse to watch your favorite (or least favorite) binge-friendly show yet again. But you might not be getting the most out of your new 4K TV, at least where colors are concerned. To get your money’s worth out of your glowing content box you’ll need to calibrate your TV correctly. And if you have an Apple TV running the latest tvOS 14.5 update, it's easier than ever.


Review: The Last Letter From Your Lover Is Imperfect but Pleasurable

Even if we’re all doomed to decree, at some point about something or other, “They just don’t make ’em like they used to,” the comforting reality is that there’s always someone trying. How many times have we tolled the death knell for the romantic melodrama, only to have someone strive, even with only moderate success, to resurrect it? Ben Wheatley’s 2020 version of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca is one recent example.


How Tokyo Olympics Officials Are Working to Keep Athletes on the Field Even as Infections Pile Up

Tokyo Olympics officials are working to ensure athletes can continue to compete—even as COVID-19 cases threaten to disrupt the Games even before the Opening Ceremony. Olympic organizers put in place a strict set of rules for athletes, coaches and staff that they hoped would keep the Tokyo Games safe from COVID-19 outbreaks.


Why the Respiratory Disease RSV Is Having an Off-Season Surge

Dr. James Antoon, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, often goes an entire summer without diagnosing a single case of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The common illness, which typically results in mild, cold-like symptoms but can be severe in infants and elderly adults, usually goes along with the winter flu season. But this summer, RSV cases are spiking, particularly in southern states. Around 2,000 confirmed cases were recorded across the U.S.


Tsar Nicolas II Thought Vodka Was Hurting Russians—But Banning It Helped Destroy His Empire

Prohibition is among the most misunderstood chapters in world history, especially since we falsely assume it was a uniquely American history. In reality, more than a dozen countries banned the liquor trade around World War I. The first to do so was actually imperial Russia, five years before the United States—a policy decision that would hasten the empire’s demise. Russia’s prohibition came not through legislation or imperial decree, but rather via a telegram dated Sept.


LGBTQ People Across the U.S. Face Many Disparities In Health Care. A New Fellowship Aims to Bridge Those Gaps

The American Medical Association Foundation announced on Tuesday that the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Public Health and Medicine will be the first institution to participate in its new National LGBTQ+ Fellowship Program, which aims to combat shortcomings in the medical care provided to LGBTQ people in the United States.


Review: M. Night Shyamalan Squanders a Rich Premise in Old

If you can find only one good thing to say about M. Night Shyamalan’s movies—and his defenders can find many more—it’s that they’re usually wrapped around at least a germ of a poetic idea.


Tokyo Olympics Officials Fire Opening Ceremony Director Over Past Holocaust Joke

(TOKYO) — The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee fired the director of the opening ceremony on Thursday because of a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998. Organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto said a day ahead of the opening ceremony that director Kentaro Kobayashi has been dismissed. He was accused of using a joke about the Holocaust in his comedy act, including the phrase “Let’s play Holocaust." “We found out that Mr.


Madagascar's Famine is the First in Modern History to be Solely Caused by Global Warming

Heatwaves, wildfires, floods. If there's still any doubt that the summer of 2021 is a turning point for a global awakening over the looming climate crisis, you can add one more plague of biblical proportions to the list: famine. The southern part of the island nation of Madagascar, off the east coast of Africa, is experiencing its worst drought in four decades, with the World Food Program (WFP) warning recently that 1.14 million people are food-insecure and 400,000 people are headed for...


Column: How Far Has America Come Since the George Floyd Protests?

We’re more than a year out from the murder of George Floyd, which sparked a summer of national protests, rallies and dialogue for an end to police brutality and for racial justice writ large. To racial justice advocates and community organizers who have been fighting for decades to address embedded racism within our systems and institutions, the national discourse seemed like an amazing opportunity to finally have our voices heard and valued, and for real, systemic change to finally come.


Ted Lasso and TV’s Strange Quest to Build the Perfect Man

Ted Lasso was either TV’s most or least surprising breakout hit of 2020. On one hand, it was a sitcom adapted from a series of commercials and debuting on the relatively overlooked Apple TV+ platform. But it was also a sweet soccer comedy with a recognizable star, co-creator Jason Sudeikis, that arrived at a mid-lockdown moment when the demand for comfort viewing and sports content was surging. The combination proved irresistible.


Forget the Bezos and Branson Spaceflights. The Real Deal Happens This Fall

This has been a big month for billionaires in space. On July 11, Richard Branson flew aboard his Virgin Galactic VSS Unity spacecraft 80 km (50 mi) up to suborbital altitude, returned safely to Earth, and earned his astronaut wings in the process. Tuesday morning, Jeff Bezos followed, flying his Blue Origin New Shepard ship even higher—100 km (62 mi) up—and similarly joined the astronaut club.


Pegasus Spyware Reportedly Hacked Thousands of iPhones Worldwide. Here’s What to Know

On Sunday, an international collaboration between The Washington Post, The Guardian and other media organizations, published a massive report detailing the global usage of a spyware tool called “Pegasus" to infiltrate personal cell phones. The Pegasus tool, which was developed an Israeli cybersecurity organization named NSO Group, was sold to the governments of countries including Hungary, Rwanda and India.


Aging Athletes Are Enjoying A Moment. Team USA’s Oldest Olympian Plans To Keep It Going

We've entered a golden age for graying athletes. Tom Brady, for example, just won his seventh Super Bowl. He's 43. In May, Phil Mickelson, 50, became the oldest golfer to ever win a major championship. So does America's oldest Olympian at the Tokyo Games, 57-year-old equestrian rider Phillip Dutton, feel extra pressure to match the age-defying performances that have recently been sweeping sports? Dutton laughs at the question. "Um, yeah," says Dutton. "I'll be doing my best to deliver.


This Is What Happens When an Athlete Tests Positive for COVID-19 at the Tokyo Olympics

Japanese health authorities have an aggressive testing plan in place for the Tokyo Olympics, but positive COVID-19 tests are already cropping up. With the Olympics taking place during a pandemic, in a city under a state of emergency, the Tokyo Organizing Committee has created a stringent set of policies governing how athletes and their coaches, trainers and other staff must behave to minimize the risk of both importing infections and spreading disease in the Olympic community.


Governments Used Spyware to Surveil Journalists and Activists. Here’s Why Revelations About Pegasus Are Shaking Up the World

Activist groups are calling on governments to step in to regulate the sale of spyware after data was leaked to major news outlets showing hundreds of journalists, activists, dissidents and lawyers around the world likely had their phones targeted by invasive surveillance software.