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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




U.S. Plastic Recycling Rates Are Even Worse Than We Thought

It’s well established that the state of U.S. plastics recycling is dismal. But plastic waste experts, who have long cautioned that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) purported recycling rate was overestimated, now say that the country is poised for a reckoning.


School Shootings Are Raising Anxiety and Panic in U.S. Children

The May 24 mass shooting in a Uvalde, Texas elementary school, in which a gunman killed 19 young children and two teachers, was the third-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. But it was also just the latest of an increasingly common type of U.S. tragedy—one that experts say is saddling American schoolchildren, even the youngest, with rising levels of anxiety and other mental-health problems.


With Summer Travel Heating Up, Airlines Brace For Turbulence

Thinking about flying this summer? You’re not alone—and you might face some delays. With COVID-19 restrictions loosening up, more Americans are expected to travel in the next six months than at any time since the start of the pandemic. An estimated 60% of the nation is planning to take a vacation over the summer, according to the U.S. Travel Association, and Google searches related to travel have skyrocketed, reaching levels higher than in 2019.


Review: Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Is an Exhilarating, Maddening Spectacle—But One Made With Love

Baz Luhrmann’s movies—even the great ones, like his 1996 Shakespeare-via-Tiger Beat romance Romeo + Juliet, or The Great Gatsby, from 2013, a fringed shimmy of decadence and loneliness—are loathed by many for what they see as the director’s garishness, his adoration of spectacle, his penchant for headache-inducing, mincemeat-and-glitter editing.


Column: Why We Can't Let Turkey's Authoritarian Leader Bully NATO

As Russia bullies and blisters Ukraine, two small but pivotal Nordic nations are getting belligerent treatment from Turkey as they attempt to join the security alliance NATO in the quest for a safer world. It should come as no surprise that Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is putting his own interests ahead of both human lives and the interests of the people of Turkey by thuggishly opposing Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership.


What You Need to Know about Trump, Alfa Bank and the Durham Case against Michael Sussmann

Russia’s efforts to help Donald Trump win the 2016 election are well established. Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded that Russia tried to damage Hillary Clinton and help Trump win, as did the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee panel that investigated the election. Russian operatives used social media accounts to sow discord and disinformation among the U.S. population and set in motion real-life rallies that helped Trump’s campaign.


‘We Never Thought This Would Happen Here.’ Uvalde Residents Reckon With Gun Violence in Their Quiet Town

In the Town Square in Uvalde, Texas, 21 crosses stand in rows, each bearing the name of someone killed by the gunman who stormed Robb Elementary School on May 24. They're about two feet high, with baby blue, heart-shaped plaques glued to the top. Sharpie pens are attached to each of them on a string, so members of the community can write messages of condolence and love.


Gov. Greg Abbott, After Yet Another Texas Mass Shooting, Praises Police

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made a point to hail the “quick response” of “valiant local officials” in the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, this week. But as new details about the police response emerged Thursday, and questions about why it took officers 14 minutes to enter the building, that praise became more complicated—underscoring a dynamic that was in plain view at the governor's press conference the day before.


Mask Mandates Are Returning to Schools as COVID-19 Cases Surge

On April 11, public schools in Providence, R.I, made face masks optional instead of mandatory for students and teachers—celebrating the move as a “positive milestone” brought about by declining COVID-19 cases among students and community support for a more lenient policy.


China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi Is Visiting the South Pacific This Week. Here’s What’s at Stake

BEIJING — China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting the South Pacific with a 20-person delegation this week in a display of Beijing's growing military and diplomatic presence in the region. The U.S. has traditionally been the area's major power, but China has been pursuing inroads, particularly with the Solomon Islands, a nation less than 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) from Australia.


Texas’ Gun Laws Have Become Looser in Recent Years. The Uvalde School Shooting Likely Won’t Change That

Texas' gun laws—among the most permissive in the country—have come under heightened security after an 18-year-old gunman shot and killed at least 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday. Six mass shootings have occurred in Texas since 2016, and the gun control advocacy group Giffords: Courage To Fight Gun Violence rates Texas as having some of the weakest gun laws in the country, giving the laws an F grade on its Annual Gun Law Scorecard for 2021.


What Trump’s Bad Night in Georgia Really Means

A raft of candidates backed by former President Donald Trump were shellacked at the polls on Tuesday, suggesting his grip on the party may not be as strong as some had thought. But that doesn’t mean that Republican voters are souring on the former president — just that Trump doesn’t control them. "A very big and successful evening of political Endorsements," Trump claimed in a post to his Truth Social account on Wednesday. It was demonstrably not.


The NRA’s Power is Waning. Opposition to New Gun Laws Isn’t.

For years, proponents of tougher gun restrictions have placed much of the blame for America's crisis of gun death on the National Rifle Association. So it was no surprise that in the aftermath of the mass murder at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, President Biden and former President Obama both pointed to the "gun lobby" as one of the culprits blocking change.


At Least 20% of People Who Get COVID-19 Develop Lingering Conditions, CDC Study Says

By now, it’s abundantly clear that COVID-19 is not always an illness that clears quickly and leaves no trace. Millions of people in the U.S., and even more around the world, have Long COVID, the name for symptoms that last months or even years after an infection. Now, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) helps quantify just how often COVID-19 is linked to subsequent health issues. Among U.S.


‘When in God’s Name Are We Going to Stand Up to the Gun Lobby?’ Biden, Anguished, Reacts to Texas School Massacre

Joe Biden's walk was notably slow and deliberate as he stepped off the presidential helicopter and made his way into the White House Tuesday evening. During the 17-hour flight back from Japan aboard Air Force One, news had reached him of the devastating shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. "I had hoped when I became President I would not have to do this—again. Another massacre,” Biden said in remarks to the nation from the Roosevelt Room in the West Wing.


Trump Rebuked with Stinging Losses in Georgia’s Republican Contests

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia easily dispatched Donald Trump's hand-picked challenger on Tuesday in a Republican primary that demonstrated the limits of the former president and his conspiracy-fueled politics in a critical swing state. Kemp will face Democrat Stacey Abrams this fall in what will be one of the nation’s most consequential governor’s races.


Column: How the CIA's Hunt for a Russian Mole Blinded It To Putin's Rise

War, by nature, tends to have winners and losers. The war in Ukraine, a universal disaster, seems to have more losers than winners, though. But before this conflict, few might have expected one of its few winners to be a much tarnished organization thousands of miles away. The CIA, along with other American intelligence agencies, has dazzled the world over the past several months. First, in the months leading up to the invasion, the U.S.


As Starbucks Exits Russia, Another Symbol of American Capitalism Fades

Starbucks joined McDonald’s in announcing a permanent end to its operations in Russia this week, having previously suspended trading in Russia in March. The news comes amid an exodus of Western businesses from Russia, including tech giant Apple and furniture retailer IKEA.


N.Y. Will Soon Require Businesses to Post Salaries in Job Listings. Here’s What Happened When Colorado Did It

Job hunting can be exhausting and full of unknowns. Over the past year, Alaina, a 31-year-old biotech sales associate in Denver, Colo., started looking at job listings online, but she was able to scratch out at least one unknown: salary. In Jan. 2021, Colorado took the unusual move of instituting a law, the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (sponsored by four female Democrats in the General Assembly), that requires online job listings to include compensation information, right there on the post.


Mike Pence Is Road-Testing His 2024 Pitch in Georgia

This article is part of The D.C. Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox. KENNESAW, Ga.—It’s sometimes easy to forget how effective Mike Pence can be when he zeroes in on a political foe. The former Vice President on Monday joined Gov. Brian Kemp for a rally in the northern Atlanta suburbs, where Kemp’s bid for re-nomination against David Perdue has emerged as a marquee race in Tuesday’s Georgia primaries.