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

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




Simone Biles Has the Twisties. What Are They, and Why Are They So Dangerous?

After completing her first vault in the women's gymnastics' team competition in Tokyo, the reigning Olympic all-around champion looked worried. Simone Biles didn’t seem in pain, and wasn’t limping or grimacing. But she was seriously concerned. Biles was supposed to do two and a half twists in the air after launching off the vault but once airborne, she lost her bearings and only completed one and a half. She immediately knew something was wrong. And every gymnast can relate.


Column: Young Gymnasts Are Taught That Their Bodies Are Not Their Own. Simone Biles Refused to Accept That

Simone Biles shocked the world when she pulled out of the gymnastics team finals at the Olympics on Tuesday. But if you have been listening to Simone—or following the sport of gymnastics—her decision wasn’t all that shocking. Just the other day she posted that she feels like she has the weight of the world on her shoulders. And she does. She’s been in the public eye since she was 14, and she hasn’t lost a competition since 2013.


After Its Deployment in Upstate New York, Residents Raise Concerns Over Gun Violence Task Force

In the midst of nationwide calls to move away from age-old police tactics towards incorporating more community-led responses to gun violence, one U.S. Attorney's decision to form a task force—with the goal of taking "proactive" measures to address gun violence in two cities in New York—has drawn criticism from local residents. James P. Kennedy Jr., U.S.


How the Lethargic U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Can Save Its Olympic Dreams

After the U.S. women's soccer team lost to Sweden in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Rio Olympics—the earliest Olympic exit the team had ever suffered—goalkeeper Hope Solo infamously called her opponents a "bunch of cowards," knocking their staid style of play. The comment set off a bit of an international controversy; Solo was later suspended and never appeared in a national team game again. That wasn't the team's finest moment.


Airfare Prices Are Rising Again. Here’s How to Save on Upcoming Travel

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


Simone Biles’ Olympics Withdrawal Could Help Athletes Put Their Mental Health First

When Simone Biles strode into Ariake Gymnastics Center for the women’s gymnastics team competition on July 27, the expression on her face said it all. Normally all smiles and easy-going, Biles appeared sternly serious and maybe even troubled. That expression only deepened after she landed her vault in the first round. Intending to do a two and a half twisting vault, Biles lost her bearings in midair and only managed one and a half twists.


The Start of the Jan. 6 Insurrection Inquiry Shows Its Stakes—And Its Shortcoming

When police officers put their lives on the line to protect the U.S. Capitol from a violent mob on Jan. 6, most congressional Republicans scrambled to hide from the invaders.


The CDC’s Masking Reversal Marks a Difficult New Phase of Joe Biden’s Pandemic Fight

Two months ago, COVID-19 cases were down in 49 of 50 states. The number of Americans hospitalized by the virus was a quarter of the levels seen at the beginning of the year. Vaccinations were climbing steadily, and President Joe Biden announced on May 13 that vaccinated Americans didn’t need to wear masks. “Today is a great day for America in our long battle with coronavirus,” Biden said with a smile. That battle is dragging out longer than Biden expected.


What Jeff Bezos' Philanthropy Tells Us About His New Priorities

Money is power, so when the world's richest man begins to spend his fortune, it's worth paying attention to what he's doing. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and newly minted pseudo-astronaut, has a lot of money to spend. On July 19, the day before he took a 10 minute joyride 66 miles (106 km) above the earth, his wealth increased by $13 billion, thanks to a bump in the Amazon's share price. That flight cost $5.


Review: The Green Knight Is an Extravagant Unicorn Tapestry of a Movie

In a guttural growl, as if possessed by a demon, a medieval queen reads aloud a threatening letter that has just been delivered by a gargantuan bark-covered warrior on an equally imposing steed. She faints as she reaches the letter’s final line; the paper drops to the floor and bursts into flames. Cinema! There’s nothing more ridiculous, or more awesome. There is no lettre flambée, specifically, in the late 14th century poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.


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.