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Asylum seekers hold hands as they cross the border between the U.S. and Mexico on their way to enter El Paso, #Texas, on May 20. The location is in an area where asylum seekers frequently turn themselves in. Days later, in a setback to President Trump's #immigration agenda that @apnews reports may prove temporary, a federal judge blocked him from building sections of his planned border wall with funds that were secured from #Trump's declaration of a national emergency. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @mario_tama@gettyimages

Chinese firm #Huawei, the world’s biggest telecommunications-equipment company, may be the most controversial company on the planet. Huawei has long been accused of rampant theft of intellectual property, selling U.S. tech to enemy states and being a Trojan horse for the Chinese Communist Party. On May 15, the Trump Administration placed Huawei on a list that meant American companies require a special license to do business with it. Huawei got a temporary reprieve five days later, when the Commerce Department announced a 90-day exemption. This tech cold war matters, writes Charlie Campbell, because it could slow down or dramatically alter the rollout of a technology that is likely to define the future of the Internet for the next decade—the 5G networks in which Huawei has all but cornered the market. The race to roll out 5G is the most consequential fight for global technological supremacy since the U.S. battled the Soviet Union to put a man on the moon. In this photograph, an employee watches a program on his smartphone as he rests at his cubicle during a lunch break in Shenzhen in April. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @kevinfrayer@gettyimages

For nearly a century, the St. Pierre Manufacturing Corporation has made products such as horseshoes, tire chains and anchors in a facility near Worcester, Mass. But in recent months, St. Pierre has been struggling. Why? Increased tariffs on goods from China imposed by the #Trump administration. That may seem counterintuitive. Tariffs on foreign goods are supposed to help companies that make things in the U.S. by increasing the costs of products sold by foreign competitors. Indeed, President Donald Trump has encouraged consumers and businesses to buy goods from countries other than #China, or, in what he called the “best idea,” to buy American-made goods. That advice is almost impossible to follow, writes our senior economics correspondent Alana Semuels, as products made in #America can contain parts sourced from all over the world. Even the most quintessentially American of goods has parts from somewhere else, whether that be a Ford F-150 pickup, a can of Budweiser, or tire chains from Worcester. Read more at the link in bio. Photographs by @_tonyluong for TIME

The explosion of a home in Jeffersonville, Ind., on May 19 was caused by a natural gas ignition, local media reports, citing police as an investigation into the early morning blast continues. One man was killed; several others, including his wife, were hospitalized. The explosion prompted the evacuation of at least a dozen nearby houses, according to the Louisville (Ky.) Courier Journal, and was felt up to five miles away. Photograph by @michael_clevenger_cj@courierjournal/@apnews

On May 24, Theresa May announced she would resign as leader of the U.K.’s ruling Conservative Party on June 7, after a last-ditch attempt to secure support for her #Brexit deal had collapsed. (Swipe to hear her remarks.) May will stay on as Prime Minister until a new party leader is elected, and there is a packed field of candidates vying to replace her. The contest will be an internal process in the Conservative Party, as opposed to a national ballot, meaning a new leader could take over without a general election. The party’s rank-and-file membership is staunchly pro-Brexit, and analysts agree that a hardline candidate would win against a moderate in the final vote. Read more about the leading contenders to replace May at the link in bio. Photograph by @alberto.pezzali—Xinhua/Sipa USA; video by U.K. Pool

French artist @jr is famous for telling the stories of places through the people who inhabit them. Over the course of two months, JR and his team photographed, filmed and interviewed some 1,200 people from neighborhoods around San Francisco. They then spent more than a year assembling those portraits into a “moving mural,” a digital collage in which characters break out of frozen poses with slow, looping movements. His latest work debuted at @sfmoma on May 23. JR, who collaborated with TIME for the 2018 project “Guns in America,” chose #SanFrancisco because it is a city struggling with contradictions—a home of staggering wealth and poverty, a hub of counter­culture and mainstream innovation, a tech-industry town where screens are supposed to connect people but instead cause isolation. “The concept of the mural is very simple,” he says. “No one is more important than another.” Among the individuals in his microcosm are millionaires and homeless people, protesters and police officers, drag queens and tech workers. He did audio interviews with subjects as well, asking people how they’d like to be remembered. Those stories will be presented alongside the kinetic version of the work, which is displayed on a canvas of interconnected screens measuring 107 ft. long (almost four cable cars) and 16 ft. tall. (The project is supported by Lynne and Marc Benioff, TIME’s owners and co-chairs.) Read more about the project at the link in bio.

Cameras roll on the set of @henrydanger, @nickelodeon’s longest running live-action sitcom, in which @michaeldcohen plays a quirky genius named Schwoz. “Your life begins where your comfort zone ends!” he barks in his character’s silly accent. This line expresses an idea that the actor himself is ready to embrace. Spurred in part by the political climate, Cohen wants to publicly disclose a private fact he has been quietly sharing with colleagues: Nearly twenty years ago, he transitioned from female to male. “I was misgendered at birth,” Cohen says. “I identify as male, and I am proud that I have had a transgender experience—a transgender journey.” Cohen does not use the word transgender to describe himself, but he does view himself as part of a community that typically embraces that label, and he has grown restless while watching the Trump Administration roll back protections for #transgender people in schools and the military. He has felt compelled to speak out but didn’t feel he could until he made his history known. “I can’t stay silent,” Cohen says of making this disclosure. “The level of—let’s be polite—misunderstanding around trans issues is so profound and so destructive. When you disempower one population, you disempower everybody.” Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @ryanpfluger for TIME

The day is cloudy and so is Jeff Daniels. The actor has walked to #CentralPark directly from watching the news conference in which Attorney General William Barr defended President #Trump in the moments before the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. “I’m waiting for the hero,” Daniels growls, after sitting gamely for a portrait with the two Australian shepherds he has come to walk. The older one, Magglio, is named for a Detroit @Tigers outfielder his daughter had a crush on in high school. Scout joined the family last summer after Daniels signed on to play Atticus Finch in @mockingbirdbway. Aaron Sorkin adapted Harper Lee’s 1960 novel for the age of Trump, and the show’s roaring success is fueled by the steady combustion of liberal sensibilities and the kind of news Daniels is stewing over. “It’s exactly what Mockingbird is about,” he says of Barr’s news conference. “You know, it’s about, where’s goodness and decency? It’s respect and honesty and truthfulness and ‘do unto others.’ Where is that? I didn’t see it this morning. I haven’t seen it for two years.” He pauses to pick up after one of the dogs. “But the country is divided between people who want to believe it and people who don’t believe it. Dangerous times.” Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @amylombard for TIME

When we buy something new, we get rid of what’s old. That cycle of consumption has made electronics waste the world’s fastest-growing solid-waste stream. (Americans spent $71 billion on telephone and communication equipment in 2017, nearly five times what they spent in 2010 even when adjusted for inflation, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.) That stream is expected to turn into a torrent as the world upgrades to 5G, the next big step in wireless #technology. 5G promises faster speeds and other benefits. But experts say it will also result in a dramatic increase in e-waste, as millions of smartphones, modems and other #gadgets incompatible with 5G networks are made obsolete, TIME's senior economics correspondent Alana Semuels reports. “I don’t think people understand the magnitude of the transition,” says John Shegerian, co-founder and executive chairman of recycling giant ERI. “This is bigger than the change of black-and-white to color, bigger than analog to digital, by many multitudes.” Read more at the link in bio. Photographs by @christiehemmklok for TIME

The reigning U.S. women’s soccer player of the year, @alexmorgan13 is the sport’s most marketable American star since Mia Hamm and the linchpin of Team USA’s bid to clinch a second consecutive #WorldCup title this summer. She leads the @uswnt into the tournament, which begins on June 7 in France, facing outsize expectations both on the field and off. The top-ranked women’s team outperforms the men’s team on the field—the men failed to qualify for last year’s World Cup—but its success highlights glaring inequities. Despite the popularity of the women’s team, the men are positioned to make substantially more money. And so on March 8, #InternationalWomensDay, the U.S. players took the unprecedented step of filing a federal gender-discrimination lawsuit against the the national governing body for the sport. Morgan’s name was listed first in the suit, which accuses U.S. Soccer of paying “only lip service" to gender equality. “Eventually, you just have to take a stand,” Morgan told TIME's @sgregory31. “How come we’ve had to fight this whole time, year after year?” Her stand has inspired other women’s teams around the world to push for equal treatment and has transformed the U.S. women into a cause larger than soccer. Read this week's full cover story at the link in bio. Photograph by @erikmadiganheck for TIME; animation by @brobeldesign

Growing tension between Hollywood and right-wing policymakers threatens to undermine the vast recent changes in a film and television industry that was just beginning to spread beyond the coasts and into the heart of #America. After Georgia Gov. @briankempga signed a "heartbeat" bill that effectively bans abortion after six weeks—before some women become aware they are pregnant—a growing number of prominent entertainment figures are advocating for a boycott to try to force the hand of a state that is home to a thriving film industry. (That industry employs 92,000 people and generated $9.5 billion in total economic impact in 2018.) “I think this is one of the ways where we know we can hit a state where it hurts,” says director @reedmorano, who this week was supposed to fly to #Georgia to scout locations for a new drama series for Amazon Studios. After Kemp's decision, Morano decided to cancel the trip and shut down any possibility of filming a story arc there. “We had no problem stopping the entire process instantly,” Morano, who won an Emmy for directing three episodes of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, told TIME's Andrew R. Chow. “There is no way we would ever bring our money to that state by shooting there.” Several film insiders in the state say the effects of the boycott are already being felt, with producers shifting gears and searching elsewhere for filming locations. In these photographs last year, TIME went behind the scenes of a number of film and television productions in Georgia. Read more at the link in bio. Photographs by @ramellross for TIME

Standing in front of thousands of supporters at a May 20 rally in north-central #Pennsylvania, President Trump leveled multiple attacks on Joe Biden, who leads him in an early poll there. Pennsylvanians shouldn’t feel a kinship with the former vice president because #Biden left the state when he was a child, #Trump said at an airport hangar in Montoursville. Biden was born in Scranton, Pa., and moved to Delaware with his family when he was about 10 years old. He represented Delaware for 36 years in the U.S. Senate. Biden is working to convince Democratic #voters he has the best chance of beating Trump out of the 20-plus contenders in the Democratic field because of his ties to the state and his belief that he can block Trump from winning it again. Trump’s campaign sees Pennsylvania as crucial to his reelection strategy; the state voted for a #Democrat in the previous six presidential elections before 2016. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @pvanagtmael@magnumphotos for TIME

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