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




‘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.


A New Study Explores Why the Gym Can Be a COVID-19 Spreading Hotspot

COVID-19 has been frustrating for gym rats. Even before scientists knew much about this particular virus, it was pretty clear that breathing heavily in a confined space with lots of other people around doing the same was an easy way to catch a respiratory illness, and gyms were among the first businesses to close early in the pandemic.


A Runoff Between Texas Democrats Becomes a Battle Over Abortion Rights

Once she was his intern; now she's his opponent. But that's not the only thing that makes the battle between Jessica Cisneros and Rep. Henry Cuellar in south Texas among the most intriguing of May 24's Democratic primaries. When Cisneros first challenged Cueller in 2020, she was a 26-year old immigration lawyer, and the race was heralded as a contest between progressive and moderate, young and old. The progressive movement positioned Cisneros in the vein of Rep.


Anthony Albanese Is Australia’s New Prime Minister. Here’s What to Know About Him

More than 17 million voters will head to the polls on May 21 to decide who Australia's next prime minister will be: incumbent Scott Morrison of the center-right Liberal Party or Anthony Albanese, leader of the center-left Labor Party. The campaign is largely being fought over the economy and the cost of living, but healthcare, climate change, and relations with China will also be on voters' minds. It has been a closely fought contest, with plenty of backbiting.


‘Short Term Band-Aid.’ Afghans in the U.S. Can Now Apply for Temporary Protection

The Biden Administration will now allow Afghans in the U.S. to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a designation that would protect them from deportation for 18 months, grant them a work permit, and give them authorization to travel. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimates that 72,500 Afghans already in the U.S. will qualify for TPS. This won't affect Afghans trying to access the U.S. who remain abroad, and doesn't guarantee permanent stay in the U.S. for those who are...


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.