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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




Parents of Trans Kids in Texas Fear Family Protective Services Will Target Them

Parents of transgender youth in Texas are stuck in limbo after a new statement issued by the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) on Thursday suggested the Department will continue investigating parents who may have provided gender-affirming care to their children.


What the Buffalo Tragedy Has to Do With the Effort to Overturn Roe

In the week since a gunman killed 10 people in a grocery store in Buffalo, N.Y., countless articles and television spots have unpacked the racist conspiracy he shared in a hate-filled manifesto before his shooting spree. The conspiracy—the so-called great replacement theory—is the idea that Democratic lawmakers and other elites are working to force white people into a minority in the United States, usually by increasing immigration.


The Small, Local Election With Potentially Major Climate Change Significance

Next week’s primary election in Georgia has made national news as a potential bellwether of how voters view former President Donald Trump and his false claims that the 2020 presidential election in the state, which he lost, was stolen. Far from the national news, lower down the ballot, that same election on May 24 will also help shape where and how the state gets its electricity—and by extension whether the U.S. meets its goals of cutting the emissions that cause climate change.


Column: The Three Factors That Drive Violent Extremists

By some counts, the horrific attack at a Buffalo supermarket was the second terrorist attack, and the 202nd mass shooting, that happened in the United States this year. Given Americans’ easy access to weapons, growing political divisions, racism, and rates of mental illness, there will almost certainly be more. So understanding why this is happening is critical. In the aftermath of a bloodbath, it is hard to have a nuanced discussion.


How Celebrity Cases Like the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Trial Have Shaped the National Conversation About Abuse

As a defamation trial between actor Johnny Depp and his ex-wife actor Amber Heard continues in Fairfax, Va., the headline-making case is raising awareness of domestic violence, as the two accuse one another of abuse.


Biden’s Moves on NATO Come Amid Fear Russian War Will Expand Past Ukraine

Vladimir Putin’s name barely came up as Joe Biden stood with the leaders of Finland and Sweden on Thursday under a bright May sun and praised their newfound interest in joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. But the question of how the Russian President would react to the development loomed large over the proceedings in the White House Rose Garden.


Racism Against Chinese Australians Is Being Made Worse by Anti-China Election Rhetoric

Politics can be cutthroat, but Australian businessman Jason Yat-sen Li wasn't expecting to have his loyalty to his country questioned when he ran for a seat in the New South Wales legislative assembly in a mid-February by-election. His sister-in-law and several others told him that they had been approached at polling stations by voters bandying rumors. “They’d say, ‘Jason is associated with the Chinese Communist Party,’ and things like that,” he tells TIME.


‘I’m Sorry. I’ve Got Your Sister.’ A Family Grieves After the Buffalo Shooting

Katherine Massey had a list. She needed to get meat, fruit, paper towels. The 72-year-old Buffalo native usually went to the grocery store every two weeks, and when she did, she stocked up. On Saturday, May 14, she asked her brother, Warren, to drive her. The three Massey siblings—Kat, Warren, and Barbara—all lived on the same street in Buffalo's Fruit Belt neighborhood, a tight-knit, predominantly Black and working-class community on the city's East Side.


Column: How I Lost Myself to Motherhood

It’s impossible to gauge the depth of a hole you’re in until you begin to climb out. I’ve felt this way in the most challenging times of my life, usually when suffering loss: death, divorce. I remember the worst moments in discordant flashes—sobbing in a closet, inhaling a scarf; dive-bar gin and curvy roads; lying beside my bulldog, whispering “I’m sorry” in his ear.


Alcohol-Related Deaths Have Soared During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The pandemic and its attendant anxiety, boredom, and loneliness have not been good for people who struggle with alcohol use. According to a new study published in JAMA Network Open, alcohol-related deaths among U.S adults ages 25 and up increased 25% in 2020, and 22% in 2021, compared to average annual deaths from 2012 to 2019. Led by Dr. Yee Hui Yeo, an internal medicine physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, the study relied on a massive database maintained by the U.S.


The History of Native American Boarding Schools Is Even More Complicated than a New Report Reveals

Last week, the U.S. Department of the Interior released a more than 100-page report on the federal Indigenous boarding schools designed to assimilate Native Americans in the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. Between 1819 and 1969, the U.S. ran or supported 408 boarding schools, the department found.


Column: Treat Your Kids Like the Little Philosophers They Are

The world is a dark place right now, and kids have big questions about it. During the 2020 protests over police violence, our younger son, Hank (then seven), wanted help understanding why “good guys” sometimes do bad things. Lately, we’ve been talking about war. And that’s led to conversations about religion, as we’ve wondered whether the awfulness in the world provides grounds for doubt that God exists. I’m a philosopher. My kids are still in grade school.


Signs Are Pointing to a Slowdown in the Housing Market—At Last

Just about everyone agrees that the reason home prices have shot up 34% in the last two years is that there is a lot of demand for housing, but not enough supply. But the U.S. may be at a crucial juncture, at which a lot of properties are coming onto the market just as demand slows, analysts say. That means prices could level off—and, depending on demographics, even start to decline. To be sure, prices are still rising.


Here’s What to Know About Joe Biden’s First Trip to Asia as U.S. President

Joe Biden makes his first trip to Asia as U.S. President against a tumultuous backdrop. Among other issues, his administration has been dealing with China’s refusal to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and tensions with Beijing over Taiwan. Then there's the ramping up of missile tests by North Korea even as it locks down major cities in response to its first COVID-19 outbreak—or at least the first one that Pyongyang has admitted to.


Column: White Supremacy Is Deadly. Guns Make It Deadlier

Here we are again. A white man radicalized by racist rhetoric carrying an assault rifle just massacred Black people going about their daily lives, causing lifelong trauma and suffering.


What Is Monkeypox and Should You Be Worried?

A case of the rare and potentially dangerous monkeypox has been confirmed in the U.S., with two news cases appearing in the U.K., bringing the total number there to nine. The infected Massachusetts man had recently traveled to Canada and is now receiving treatment in hospital, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Department of Health said the case poses no risk to the public. It’s the first reported infection in the U.S.


As the Virus Evolves, COVID-19 Reinfections Are Going to Keep Happening

After the Omicron variant caused massive numbers of infections this past winter, lots of people looked on the bright side, hoping it would be “a free shot for the country,” says Eli Rosenberg, deputy director for science at the New York State Department of Health’s Office of Public Health. Even though lots of people got infected with the highly contagious variant, at least they would then have immunity against the virus, protecting them from getting sick in the future. In theory.


Column: What We Get Wrong About Life Before Modern Baby Formula

As families around the United States grapple with the infant formula shortage, some social media commentators have been asking: why don’t people just breastfeed? Isn’t that what everyone did before infant formula? As a historian who studies the feeding of infants and children, I can tell you that breastfeeding has never been possible for everyone and people have always needed substitutes for breast milk.


The Supreme Court Has Been Engaged in a Rollback of Rights. Abortion Would Just Be the Latest

The leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion overruling Roe v. Wade was a shock, but the content of the draft should not have been a surprise. Overruling Roe has been a stated goal of the Republican party, repeated in its presidential platforms in every election since the decision was handed down in 1973. With a 6-3 Republican majority in firm control of the Court, the end of Roe should have been expected. Yet people were surprised.


The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Has Signed a Historic Equal Pay Agreement. Here’s How It Happened

The chants followed the U.S. women's national soccer team everywhere they went that summer three years ago, from the World Cup stadium in Lyon, France, where the team won its second straight title, to the streets of New York City, where the players were feted with a ticker-tape parade. "Equal pay! Equal pay!" Earlier in 2019, the U.S. women had filed a gender equity suit against their own employer. Millions rallied around their cause.