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

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




Pressure Mounts for Biden to Nominate a Black Woman to the Supreme Court

Joe Biden’s summer is starting to look brighter. With widespread media reports that Justice Stephen Breyer will retire from the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of the current term, the President may have an opportunity to take a major step in his goal to build a more diverse federal judiciary.


Moderna Booster May Wane After 6 Months, Company Says

Moderna reported today the first data on how well its currently authorized vaccine and booster hold up against the Omicron variant, which quickly dominated new infections around the world after health experts first described the variant last November. The company also announced that it is starting to study its Omicron-specific vaccine.


Hulu’s Abysmal Pam & Tommy Is at Its Worst When Paying Lip Service to Feminism

When the news broke, in 2020, that Disney-owned Hulu was making a miniseries about Pamela Anderson, Tommy Lee and the purloined sex tape that shook the world, it came as a bit of a surprise. The platform had always been the streaming home for the company’s R-rated fare, but it seemed doubtful that Disney would be bold enough to do justice to a triple-X premise.


Basically Everybody Under 40 Hates Washington

This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. The kids aren’t OK and they’re ready to vote. That should leave everyone in Washington worried. Millennial and Gen Z Americans—those in their early 40s and younger—already outnumber Baby Boomers.


Amy Schneider’s Jeopardy! Streak Ends at 40 Consecutive Wins and $1.4 Million

(LOS ANGELES) — “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider’s dazzling streak is over, snapped Wednesday by a Chicago librarian after 40 consecutive wins and nearly $1.4 million in prize money. Schneider’s success put her in the ranks of Ken Jennings, who's serving as guest host, and the quiz show’s other all-time greats. It also made Schneider, a trans woman, a visible symbol of achievement for often-marginalized people.


Small Businesses Need Help Again. But More Stimulus Could Be Risky

An unexpected jump in new jobless claims the week of Jan.


Pfizer and BioNTech Start Studies of an Omicron-Specific Vaccine

Pfizer and BioNTech announced today that they have started testing an Omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccine in healthy adults. While data show that the current vaccine made by the companies and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to protect against severe disease, the vaccine is less effective at preventing infection with the virus. Studies also show that the level of immune cells generated by the vaccine wanes over time, which led the FDA to authorize a booster dose.


Column: Existing Federal Laws Could Protect Abortion Rights if Roe Is Overturned

On this year’s anniversary of Roe v. Wade, many wondered if it would be the last. Ever since the Supreme Court heard arguments in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in December, legal scholars have been predicting the end of Roe. The Supreme Court’s most recent decision to not intervene in Texas’ so-called “heartbeat” law (S.B. 8), which bans almost all abortions after around six weeks, did nothing to alleviate that fear.


5 Edith Wharton Books to Read After Watching The Gilded Age

Fabulous displays of wealth, high society scandals and power struggles at all levels fuel the opulent drama of HBO’s The Gilded Age, which premiered on Monday. The show, which comes by way of Julian Fellowes, the creator behind the 2001 film Gosford Park and the critically acclaimed historical series Downton Abbey, is a lavish period drama set in the 1880s—an era of rapid growth and change known as the Gilded Age.


U.S. Puts 8,500 Troops on Alert for Possible Deployment to Europe Amid Ukraine Crisis

Thousands of U.S. troops were put on standby to deploy to eastern Europe as fears of a Russian ground invasion into neighboring Ukraine looms over the European continent. President Joe Biden’s decision to alert the military units on Monday represents an abrupt change in approach to the crisis as tensions worsen along the Ukrainian border. For weeks, the Biden Administration has restrained from mobilizing military forces as it sought to resolve the situation with Moscow diplomatically.


Column: The Life-Changing Practice That Will Help You Feel More Gratitude

I spent the first long months of the pandemic in suburban Maryland alone and away from my family. The world beyond my door became a stream of timelines, a social media cascade of triumphs and accomplishments. Everyone else, it seemed, was leaping to new feats in baking, in writing, in everything. Meanwhile, the blank page waited for me, cursor blinking. I struggled to kindle a steady writing practice, to find my way through the suffocating pressure to Be Productive.


Pandemic Anxiety Is Fueling OCD Symptoms—Even for People Without the Disorder

Rosalyn (not her real name) had no idea what she intended to do with the three boxes of spaghetti she had just dumped into her shopping cart. She didn’t want them—she certainly didn’t need them—but never mind, she had to buy them. And the spaghetti boxes weren’t the only unwanted items she picked up in the grocery store that day during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Giving Cash to Low-Income Mothers Linked to Increased Brain Activity in Their Babies, Study Suggests

New research suggests giving extra cash to low-income mothers can change their infants’ brain development. Brain measurements at age 1 showed faster activity in key brain regions in infants whose low-income families received $300-plus monthly for a year, compared with those who got $20 each month, U.S. researchers reported Monday.


President Biden Calls Fox Reporter a ‘Stupid Son of a Bitch’ After Question About Inflation

(WASHINGTON) — President Joe Biden responded to a question about inflation on Monday by calling a Fox News reporter a vulgarity. The president was in the East Room of the White House for a meeting of his Competition Council, which is focused on changing regulations and enforcing laws to help consumers deal with high prices. Reporters in the room shouted a number of questions after Biden's remarks.


‘Abducted by Luxurious Pirates.’ Cruise Diverts Passengers to Bahamas After U.S. Orders Seizure of Ship

(MIAMI) — A cruise ship that was supposed to dock in Miami has instead sailed to the Bahamas, after a U.S. judge granted an order to seize the vessel as part of a lawsuit over millions of dollars in unpaid fuel. Cruise trackers show Crystal Symphony currently docked in the Bahamian island of Bimini. “We all feel we were abducted by luxurious pirates!” passenger Stephen Heard Fales posted on Facebook.


UAE Says It Intercepted 2 Ballistic Missiles Targeting Abu Dhabi

(DUBAI, United Arab Emirates) — The United Arab Emirates intercepted two ballistic missiles targeting Abu Dhabi early Monday, its state-run news agency reported, the latest attack to target the Emirati capital. The attack on Abu Dhabi, after another last week killed three people and wounded six, further escalates tensions across the Persian Gulf as Yemen's yearslong civil war grinds on.


Column: Journalists Are Under Threat in El Salvador. I Know Because I Was Targeted

Becoming a target of one of the most notorious spyware programs in the world has been an unnerving experience. While it has briefly brought the world’s attention to El Salvador, it is just the latest step in an escalating crackdown on press freedoms in the country. Between 2020 and 2021, my cell phone was infected with the Pegasus program—the invasive spying software—for a total of 269 days.


The Story Behind TIME’s ‘Year One’ Joe Biden Cover

As President Joseph Biden closes in on his first year in office, the Jan. 31, 2022, TIME cover returns to a familiar setting—a gloomy Oval Office. Artist Tim O’Brien christened Biden’s administration with “Day One,” a Feb. 1, 2021, cover depicting the cluttered mess he was facing upon entering office.


Cultivated Meat Passes the Taste Test

Renowned Israeli gastronome Michal Ansky knows her food. She’s a professional taster and a Master Chef judge. So when she was invited to the world’s first public blind taste test pitting lab-grown, or cultivated, chicken up against a conventionally raised product, she jumped at the chance. It was a historic opportunity, but she was also confident that she would be able to tell the difference.


Column: Democrats Lost Virginia By Ignoring Parents. Snow Days Show They Still Are

Schools may be a local issue, but how they are run—especially during the pandemic—can stoke the outrage politics that define many state and national races. Democrats, to their grief, learned as much in November when Republican Glenn Youngkin thumped a former Democratic governor by harping on the disastrous performance of the state’s schools when COVID-19 hit. And I got a refresher on a snow day.