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Brian S. McGrath

Brian McGrath is Senior Editor of TIME Edge. He joined the staff in 2015. During his 20 years of classroom experience, he has been a middle school ELA teacher in the New York City public schools, a writing instructor at the Univeristy of Arizona and Rutgers University, and a literature professor at Claremont McKenna College. Brian holds a PhD in literature from Rutgers University, in New Jersey. He spends his free time reading, writing essays, and visiting art museums.

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Vaccine Update

December 3, 2020

The drug company Moderna has asked the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency approval of its COVID-19 vaccine. It made the request on November 30. If the FDA agrees, enough vaccine for millions of Americans could be…

Election 2020

Who’s Winning the Electoral College?

November 5, 2020

In the United States, a candidate needs to win at least 270 out of 538 electoral college votes to become president. As of November 5, the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, had 264 electoral votes. The states Biden won are blue…

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Election 2020

Who Declares the Winner?

November 5, 2020

On Election Day, presidential candidates often express confidence that they’ll win the race. They sometimes do this while votes are still being counted. But it’s not up to a candidate to declare a winner. Nor is it up to his…

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Election 2020

The Final Debate

October 23, 2020

On Thursday night, President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden met for this election’s second and final presidential debate. The debate took place at Belmont University, in Nashville, Tennessee. The moderator was Kristen Welker of NBC News. For…

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Game Changers

October 21, 2020

Anti-racism protests spread across the country in 2020. These protests haven’t just happened in the streets. Calls for change have come from many industries, such as entertainment, technology, and professional sports. Pro athletes have often spoken out against social injustice,…

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A Different Halloween

October 16, 2020

Halloween is probably going to look different this year. That’s because of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has safety tips for the holiday. Traditional Halloween activities can put people at risk, according to…

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Trump COVID Update

October 9, 2020

President Donald Trump was released from Walter Reed medical center, in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 5. He’d been admitted on October 2. That day, Trump announced that he’d tested positive for COVID-19. At press time, 14 people close to the…

Election 2020

The Vice-Presidential Debate

October 8, 2020

The first and only vice-presidential debate of the 2020 election took place on October 7. Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris squared off in Salt Lake City, Utah. Susan Page of USA Today was the moderator. For 90…

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Trump’s COVID-19 Treatment Continues

October 5, 2020

President Donald Trump spent the weekend being treated for COVID-19 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland. He was admitted to the hospital on Friday. Earlier that day, he announced that he’d tested positive for the virus.…

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President Trump Has COVID-19

October 2, 2020

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter early today that he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. On Friday, a White House official said the president was experiencing “mild symptoms.” The president and First Lady…