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




How Will Delta and COVID-19 Change This Back-to-School Season? Here’s What to Know

Getting the kids ready to go back to school each fall is stressful enough in a normal year, never mind in the midst of a pandemic. Between the more transmissible Delta coronavirus variant, rising cases across the country and new masking guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there's a lot for parents to navigate as they plan for schools to reopen this August and September. On the whole, experts seem to agree it's time to get kids back into their classrooms.


President Biden Calls on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to Resign After Sexual Harassment Report

(NEW YORK) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced mounting pressure Tuesday to resign, including from President Joe Biden and other onetime Democratic allies, after an investigation found he sexually harassed nearly a dozen women and worked to retaliate against one of his accusers. “I think he should resign,” Biden told reporters Tuesday, echoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and New York's U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, all Democrats.


CDC Issues New Eviction Moratorium Amid Standoff Between White House and Progressive Democrats

Raven Sullivan is awake responding to emails at 2:05 a.m. She recently received notice that her landlord wants to evict her and her two toddlers from their Georgia rental home over roughly $2,600 in unpaid rent, and she doesn't want to fall asleep if police officers show up to force her family out in the middle of the night. “I want to be alert,” she says, “if they come and they're banging on the door to evict us.


Simone Biles Returns to the Tokyo Olympics—With a Big Statement

It was a dramatic way to begin and end the gymnastics competition at the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games. In the very first event, the team competition, Simone Biles abruptly withdrew after completing only one vault, citing the toll on her mental health that the stress and pressures of competing at her second Olympics have taken.


Can Your Employer Require That You Get Vaccinated? It Depends Where You Live

The COVID-19 pandemic not over for the U.S., but the Delta variant means the “war has changed,” as leaked CDC slides made clear. The development and production of COVID-19 vaccines are an achievement on the scale of the Manhattan Project, but unless and until more of the U.S. public is vaccinated infections, hospitalizations, and deaths are likely to increase in scale across much of the country. After an impressive roll out, our vaccination rates have stalled.


Summer Tutoring Is Not the Solution to a Lost Year of Schooling. It Might Hurt Kids More Than It Helps Them

Summer tutoring has become the rallying cry by politicians and pundits as a way to address the learning loss from months of remote and hybrid learning. A frightening number of students did not show up to class last school year, including up to 15% of kindergarteners in some school districts. But tutoring is the not the easy solution many think it is. Before parents sign up their children, they need to do their own homework and, except under specific conditions, they should not pursue...


COVID-19 Delta Variant Reaches Wuhan as China Battles Widest Outbreak Since Disease Emerged in 2019

China is confronting its broadest Covid-19 outbreak since coronavirus first emerged there in late 2019, with the delta variant spreading to places that had been virus-free for months, including the original epicenter of Wuhan. Delta has broken through the country’s virus defenses, which are some of the strictest in the world, and reached nearly half of China’s 32 provinces in just two weeks.


Other NBA Superstars Ditched the Olympics. Kevin Durant Showed Up, and He’s Keeping Team USA on Track for the Gold

Kevin Durant takes his fair share of flack. There’s his insecurity on social media. His decision to join the 72-win Golden State Warriors, as a free agent, back in 2016, in order to chase championships. (He won two.) Many hoops fans will never let him live that one down. Sure, he’s a beautiful scorer. But he’ll never be as all-around great as LeBron James. Enough. After the Tokyo Summer Olympics, we might just have to give Durant proper credit for serving his country so well.


Simone Biles Just Competed for the First Time at the Tokyo Olympics. Here’s How She Did

It was probably the biggest question of the Tokyo Olympics — will she or won’t she? Will we see Simone Biles, the greatest gymnast of all time, actually compete on the biggest stage of all? On Tuesday the world got its answer. Biles’ much-anticipated return to the Ariake Gymnastics Center proved worth the wait. Following a solid, though scaled down version of her balance beam routine, she earned 14.


Canada Ends U.S. Women's Soccer Team's Quest for Olympic Gold to Cap World Cup Glory

The dream of the double is over. Canada defeated the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT), 1-0, in an Olympic semifinal on Monday in Kashima, Japan, ending the squad's quest to become the first women’s soccer team to win a World Cup and an Olympic gold medal back-to-back. The defeat also marked what could be a changing-of-the-guard for one America’s most popular, and at times polarizing, teams. The U.S.


‘The Ripple Effect Is a Major Concern.’ Chicagoans Worry Lollapalooza May Become a COVID-19 Hotspot

When music fan Noah Zelinsky bought tickets to the Chicago music festival Lollapalooza in May, he thought it might signal something of a return to normalcy after more than a year of isolation. “There’s so much pent up excitement, being the first major thing back,” he says. But a lot can change in two months. “Now, there’s a lot of fear countering that.


Can Biden Finish What Obama Started And Close Down Guantanamo?

Nineteen years after he was captured in Afghanistan, and five years after a review board ruled he posed no threat to the United States, Abdul Latif Nasser was finally released this month from the U.S. military prison complex at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and repatriated to his native Morocco. He became the first prisoner transferred from the notorious detention facility in more than three years. The move became the first real sign that there's an effort underway to close Guantanamo.


The ‘Overview Effect’ Forever Changes Some Astronauts’ Attitudes Towards Earth—But You Don’t Need to Go to Space to Experience It

The best way to appreciate the planet fully is to leave the planet entirely. To inhabit a world is to get awfully used to it. The sky is up there—big as ever. The ground is down there—solid as ever. The ocean is over that way. Canada is up the other way. There are happy places—Paris, Bora Bora. There are parts of the world—North Korea, Afghanistan—where people suffer tremendously. Our own place in all of that determines who we become.


Summer Camps Across the U.S. Are Dealing With COVID-19 Outbreaks. So What Happens When School Starts?

Clear Creek Community Church took COVID-19 seriously from the beginning. The interdenominational church, which has five locations in and around Texas' Galveston County, suspended in-person services through most of spring 2020, and required attendees to wear masks until this past May.


88% of Homebuyers Used a Real Estate Agent Last Year. Here Are 5 Tips to Choosing One In Today’s Hot Market

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Column: Why Republicans Are So Determined to Distort the Truth About the Capitol Attack

On Monday a small band of U.S. Capitol Police officers delivered vivid, emotional testimony about a previously unthinkable event—the day a partisan mob stormed the Capitol to try to overturn an American election. Many Americans had already seen the sounds and images of that shocking day, but there was something about their description that brought the event more vividly to life. Yet it’s unlikely to change hearts and minds, at least not Republican hearts and minds.


Nearly 14 Million Homeowners Could Save Money By Refinancing. Here’s How to Tell If You’re One of Them

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Simone Biles Pulls Out of Olympic Vault and Uneven Bars Finals

Simone Biles has withdrawn from the event finals for vault and uneven bars at the Tokyo Olympics. USA Gymnastics announced the news in a statement on July 31, adding that Biles will continue to be evaluated to determine if she will compete in the women's floor exercise and balance beam finals. The floor exercise will take place on Aug. 2 and the balance beam final will be held on Aug. 3 https://twitter.


Katie Ledecky’s Incredible Olympic Legacy

On her most challenging day of competition in a career filled with them, Katie Ledecky thought about her grandparents. The 24-year-old American with a record haul of world championship medals had just finished a disappointing fifth in the 200 meter freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics. In about an hour, she was due to dive back into the pool for the final of the 1,500m freestyle—a grueling test of stamina and resolve. Somehow she had to wash off the loss and reset for the mile-long swim to come.


How a Coalition of Business and Labor Groups Helped Save the Infrastructure Bill

As Democrats and Republicans in Congress squabbled over blowing past the deadline on an infrastructure agreement, the business and labor communities were getting tired of the partisan fighting.