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




Why the New Sanctions Against Russia Are Really About 2016

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 Kremlin chief liked what he saw. Here was a candidate he could work with: a man campaigning as an American who pledged to withdraw U.S. forces from Europe, pursue a path of cooperation with Moscow and drop the Cold War rivalries.


Review: Benedict Cumberbatch Is a Spy With Soul in The Courier—But He's Not the Only Reason to Watch

The trappings of spycraft we see in the movies—the tiny cameras, the furtive code words uttered into pay phones, the trench-coated figures darting about in the shadows—are now so familiar that they come across as anything but secretive. But in real life, a spy has to merge into his or her surroundings like a whisper. You couldn’t cast a more convincing spy than Benedict Cumberbatch, a star whose chief attribute is an aura of charming anonymity.


Millions of Adult Dependents Qualify for Stimulus. Here’s How to Get Your Money

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Column: Reconsidering Abraham Lincoln’s Legacy Is All Well and Good—But You Can't Argue with Results

Abraham Lincoln is one of those individuals whose stature is so large that he has become engulfed in myth—myth that often replaces reality. In poll after poll, the man who died on April 15, 1865, has consistently been ranked by historians and the American people as our greatest president. Both political parties claim to represent his values and never hesitate to invoke his name to bolster their image. Over 145 statues of Lincoln stand, more than two dozen of them in foreign countries.


The WNBA Has Pulled a Controversial Jersey Days After Unveiling It. Here’s Why Many Found the Design Problematic

In the wake of the WNBA unveiling new team uniforms for its upcoming 2021 season, one version of the Dallas Wings' jerseys has come under fire for the history behind its design. On April 8, the WNBA, in partnership with Nike, released three different uniform editions for each of the league's 12 teams: the Heroine Edition, Explorer Edition and Rebel Edition.


Afghan Interpreters Risked Their Lives to Help the U.S. We Must Not Abandon Them

When America sent its sons and daughters off to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq, it enlisted a second Army in the fight against global terrorism—local allies, to help build bases, support our forces, and perhaps most vitally, interpret. These interpreters served as our cultural and linguistic bridge to the society around us. We could not have performed our jobs without them, and many of us are only alive today because these friends and allies helped us when called upon. As the U.S.


How the Budgetnista Got Scammed Out of $20,000, Lost Her Job and Rebounded

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How I Am Using My American Express Platinum Card to Save Over $180 While Online Shopping This Year

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Kate Winslet’s Mare of Easttown Is the Rare Crime Drama That Cares About Its Characters

Mare of Easttown sounds like it’s going to be a YA equestrian novel or a Masterpiece miniseries set on a Victorian farm. In fact, deceptively stodgy title notwithstanding, it is a poignant, richly observed, if occasionally over-the-top HBO crime drama starring Kate Winslet, in her first big TV role since winning an Emmy in 2011 for Todd Haynes' Mildred Pierce miniseries. Winslet’s Mare Sheehan is a human police detective (sorry, horse girls) in rural Pennsylvania.


Pause on J&J Vaccination in U.S. Continues as CDC Committee Asks for More Data

After federal health agencies in the U.S. recommended a temporary halt on using the Johnson & Johnson-Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on April 14 convened a 13-member Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to review the six reports of unusual blood clots occurring in people vaccinated with the shot.


Minnesota Activists Reckon With Daunte Wright's Killing and the Derek Chauvin Trial

Oluchi Omeoga, a co-founder of the Minneapolis-based organization Black Visions Collective, was at home on April 11—just a few blocks away from the deli where George Floyd was killed last year—when they first heard about the police shooting of Daunte Wright. Omeoga, who has been engaged in activism and community work for eight years in the city, remembers feeling a mix of rage, sadness and apathy as they digested the news. "Minnesota cannot get its shit in order," Omeoga tells TIME.


Will You Need a Booster Shot of the COVID-19 Vaccine?

When the first COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna were authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December 2020, most people breathed a sigh of relief since both shots were shown to be between 94% and 95% effective in protecting from COVID-19 symptoms. But public health experts warned that nobody really knew how long the protection would last, since the longest clinical trials in people only went to a few months. Dr.


Column: Why the U.S. and China Should Collaborate in Space

While much has been made of the tense March 18 exchange between American and Chinese diplomats in Anchorage, Alaska, one area became an unlikely candidate for cooperation: outer space. During a press conference after the meeting, Jake Sullivan, the U.S. National Security Advisor, pointed out that the Perseverance rover that recently landed on Mars “wasn’t just an American project. It had technology from multiple countries from Europe and other parts of the world.


Review: Big Shot Is a Surprisingly Lovable Sports Drama From Franchise-Crazy Disney+

The universes are expanding. The cinematic universes, I mean. Disney+ got off to a slow start with its original content rollout, relying largely, in its first year of existence, on the streaming sphere’s most voluminous archive of children’s entertainment, a few no-brainer expansions of popular brands (the Muppets, High School Musical), several mildly interesting unscripted series and, for the grown-ups as well as the kids, two seasons of Baby Yoda.


Where Prince Philip’s Funeral Fits Into Royal History

The funeral for Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband of 73 years who died April 9 at the age of 99, will be a private family service, kept small to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions—but, even so, the world will be watching.


‘When the Rain Stops:’ a New Short Story by Bryan Washington

We heard about the storm a week before the rains. Manny figured they wouldn’t be a problem. Jae disagreed. The news called it a minor inconvenience—a flash flood at most—but we’d learned not to lean too deep into forecasts. In the morning, Houston felt sticky. Our heels slapped across the floorboards. We plodded around the house, yawning and stretching and tugging at our boxers.


As J&J’s COVID-19 Vaccine Remains Shelved, Who Will Be Most Affected?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended on April 14 that states shelve doses of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine for at least a week while regulators investigate the cases of six recipients who developed blood clots within two weeks of their inoculations. Even though the pause will be longer than some expected, the pace of the U.S. rollout is unlikely to slow significantly—so long as a wide percentage of the population remains willing to participate.


Eight People Reported Dead in a Shooting at a FedEx Facility in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — Eight people were shot and killed in a late-night shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, and the shooter killed himself, police said. Multiple other people were injured Thursday night when gunfire erupted at the facility near the Indianapolis International Airport, police spokesperson Genae Cook said. At least four were hospitalized, including one person with critical injuries. Another two people were treated and released at the scene, Cook said.


Biden Will Meet Japan's Yoshihide Suga in His First In-Person Meeting With a Foreign Leader

President Joe Biden will forgo the usual video call for his first in-person meeting with a foreign leader on Friday, when Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is fully vaccinated, meets Biden at the White House. A new president's first meeting slot with a foreign leader is normally reserved for top allies.


Column: What the Protests in Northern Ireland Could Mean for the Future of Its Peace

In recent weeks, Molotov cocktails, bricks and bottles have met barricades and water cannons as towns and cities in Northern Ireland faced some of their worst rioting in years. Mobs made up mainly of teenagers from both loyalist and republican neighborhoods have clashed with police, who struggled to keep both sides apart at a "peace line" in Belfast. The anger in Northern Ireland has many sources. Loyalists, who want to remain part of the U.K.