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TIME Magazine August 31, 2020

TIME publishes 52 issues per year, including 14 double issues. TIME magazine’s signature voice and trusted content make it one of the most recognized news brands in the world. Offering incisive reporting, lively writing and world-renowned photography, TIME has been credited with bringing journalism at its best into the fabric of American life. Every issue delivers a deeper understanding of the world we live in.

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WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT … THE PLAGUE ELECTION Tim O’Brien’s cover art for the Aug. 17/Aug. 24 issue, which accompanied Molly Ball’s story about the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the 2020 election, was a hit on Twitter. User @tracychapmanfa1 tweeted that O’Brien is “a master,” while @RobinMcMee said it was one of TIME’s “best covers ever.” ‘There have been so many great TIME covers during the Trump regime.’@COLLEENKENNEALY, on Twitter Other Twitter users, including @pattypan and @robertstark79, thought the cover came at the President from too far left. But Kathleen K. Carfagno of Glen Mills, Pa., quipped that when she got to the last paragraph of the article, which ponders a future in which Americans “look back on this plague,” it took her “a nanosecond to realize [Ball] was referring to the pandemic…

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for the record

1.116 Million Number of barrels of Venezuela-bound petroleum confiscated by U.S. authorities in the largest ever seizure of fuel from Iran, according to a Justice Department announcement Aug. 14‘I will never give up.’ABDULLAHI MOHAMED NOR, Somali parliament member and owner of the Elite Hotel in Mogadishu, pledging to continue investing in the country, in an Aug. 16 tweet; Nor was rescued from the hotel following a terrorist attack by al-Shabab militants‘He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is.’MICHELLE OBAMA, former U.S. First Lady, speaking about President Donald Trump—and echoing his earlier statement about U.S. COVID-19 deaths—in a keynote address on the first night of the virtual Democratic National Convention on Aug. 17‘THE CURRENT DATA PRESENTS AN UNTENABLE SITUATION.’UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT…

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a deal for israel and the uae—and voters

DONALD TRUMP’S BROKERING OF A LANDMARK deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates could not have come at a better time for the President. With less than three months to go before Nov. 3, the agreement to normalize relations delivers Trump’s flagging re-election campaign a much needed foreign policy win—and a chance to woo back disgruntled Christian and Jewish voters in the final weeks of the race. Under the “Abraham Accord,” in exchange for Israel’s suspending controversial plans to annex West Bank territory, the UAE has pledged to move toward diplomatic recognition of the Jewish state. That would make it only the third Arab nation after Egypt and Jordan to do so since Israel’s founding in 1948. Though the deal isn’t yet done and has already been broadly condemned by…

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thai protesters take on a once untouchable monarchy

WHEN THAILAND’S ABSENTEE SOVEREIGN, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, visited Bangkok in April, the hashtag #WhyDoWeNeedAKing exploded on Twitter. The sentiment has since leaped from social media and private conversations into an unprecedented realm for the country: pro-democracy protests, with an estimated 10,000 demonstrators joining a rally on Aug. 16. “This [has] never happened before,” says Pavin Chachavalpongpun, a Thai academic self-exiled in Japan. BREAKING TABOOS Since taking the throne in 2016, King Vajiralongkorn has consolidated military and financial power and endorsed the military-backed government. In Thailand, insulting the royal family risks prison terms of up to 15 years. Authorities have tried, unsuccessfully, to pressure rally organizers to steer clear of the hallowed institution. At the Aug. 16 rally, human-rights lawyer Arnon Nampa—one of two activists facing so-called lèse-majesté complaints—said “the biggest dream”…

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news ticker

Police Arrest Ship Captain Over Oil Spill The captain of a fuel carrier that ran aground on a coral reef off the coast of Mauritius in July, spilling about 1,000 metric tons of oil, was arrested on Aug. 17. Police in the island nation said Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar, 58, was charged with “endangering safe navigation.” Georgia Gov Drops Atlanta Lawsuit Georgia Governor Brian Kemp withdrew a lawsuit Aug. 13 that had sought to block Atlanta’s COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandate. Kemp later issued an executive order limiting local mask requirements to government property to “protect Georgia businesses from government overreach.” Ground Zero for COVID-19 Holds Festival Wuhan, the Chinese city where COVID-19 first emerged in December, hosted an outdoor music festival in a water park on Aug. 15. Images showed thousands of maskless revelers packed…

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why are covid-19 test results still taking so long?

A GRAD STUDENT IN FLORIDA WAITED 11 days. Positive. A 14-year-old in California waited 24 days. Negative. When a New York writer took to social media, it had been four days with no word. As the U.S. struggles with COVID-19, people across the country are using Twitter to point out the absurdity of receiving results so stale they seem pointless. Testing is crucial to containment, but one July study found it’s only really useful when results are available in a day or two. Meanwhile, Department of Health and Human Services data show that in July, only 45% of lab tests were completed in three days or less. When TIME set out to map average test-result wait times across the country, we found that wait times are a product not just of…