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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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History

A Juneteenth Celebration

June 14, 2022

On June 19, people across the United States celebrate Juneteenth. The holiday commemorates the ending of slavery in the U.S., in 1865. Juneteenth is short for June 19th. It was on that day, in June 1865, that 250,000 people in…

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The Comeback Kid

June 6, 2022

Harini Logan, 14, is the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion. On June 2, Harini bested Vikram Raju, 12, during the 90-second lightning round. She spelled 22 words correctly. The winning word was moorhen. That’s a kind of bird. The…

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World

Going Electric

May 16, 2022

New Zealand’s government has a new plan. It was announced on May 16. The goal is to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The government will pay New Zealanders to switch from gas-powered cars to hybrid or electric cars. This is part of…

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New Spending Rule

April 22, 2022

The White House issued a measure on April 18. It has to do with infrastructure, things like roads, bridges, water pipes, and high-speed Internet. Society needs these things in order to function smoothly. The measure requires new infrastructure projects to…

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Jackson Confirmed

April 15, 2022

On April 7, the United States Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court. The vote was 53–47. All 50 Democrats backed Jackson, along with three Republicans. She will replace Justice Stephen Breyer, who plans to retire this…

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Environment

U.N. Climate Report

April 8, 2022

Stopping climate change is possible. But time is running out, according to a new report released by the United Nations (U.N.) on April 4. In it, the world’s top climate scientists say that countries must sharply reduce their fossil-fuel emissions…

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Pain at the Pump

March 18, 2022

Gas prices continue to rise. On March 13, the average cost of a gallon of regular gas in the United States was $4.43. That’s $1.54 higher than it was a year ago. “It’s very expensive, high for people who are…

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History

Honoring a Legend

March 17, 2022

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first Black athlete to play modern Major League Baseball (MLB). Until then, most Black players were restricted to separate leagues. When Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, in New York…

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Media Literacy

News, Interrupted

March 11, 2022

On March 4, Russia’s government made it illegal for journalists to report the facts about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. With that law in place, several major news organizations have suspended broadcasting in Russia. These include ABC and CNN. Journalists face…

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State of the Union

March 3, 2022

President Joe Biden gave his first State of the Union address on March 1. He spoke before Congress at the United States Capitol. Biden said that Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, would “pay a price” for invading Ukraine. Biden highlighted the…

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