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The four freshmen Congresswomen who President Trump attacked on Twitter issued a scathing joint rebuke on July 15, calling his racist remarks “hateful" and “a distraction.” repocasiocortez, repilhan, reprashida and repayannapressley—all of whom are women of color, and all of whom are U.S. citizens—delivered their response Monday evening on Capitol Hill, right before they headed to the floor for votes. “This is a president who has openly violated the very values our country aspires to uphold. This is the agenda of white nationalists,” Omar said. “When he said 'go back' to where you came from, there was an uproar through all of our communities because every single person who’s brown or black at some point in their life in this country heard that,” she added. “When he made the comment I know that every single Muslim who has lived in this country and across the world has heard that comment.” Read more about the response to Trump's tweets at the link in bio. Video sources: AP, CNN


After Israel’s economy, the Islamic Republic of Iran may be Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s favorite topic. There are many reasons Tehran is the major preoccupation of the Middle East, including its destabilizing role in postwar Iraq, the sectarian tensions that flowed from the Arab Spring uprisings and the mullahs’ appetite for nuclear arms. Asked by Senior White House Correspondent bybrianbennett about what kind of action he would be willing to take if Iran starts stockpiling nuclear material beyond the JCPOA and other agreements, Netanyahu replied: "We’ll take whatever action is necessary to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons." Watch more of the June 25 interview at the link in bio. Video by francescatrianni and Adi Mozes ( barzagosta) for TIME


A massive power outage hit NewYorkCity on July 13, on the anniversary of the 1977 blackout that affected much of the city. Con Edison attributed the failure to a substation around 6:45 p.m., apnews reports, but the exact cause wasn't yet known until an investigation is finished. Electricity was restored by about midnight. The blackout affected the whole subway system, with four major Manhattan stations closed, including Columbus Circle and Rockefeller Center. In these photographs: RadioCityMusicHall is seen with lights out, and much of Manhattan's Midtown West and Upper West Side neighborhoods are seen from above without power. Read more at the link in bio. Photographs by David Dee Delgado ( dee_bx) and scottheinsgettyimages


Within the interior of the fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, remote-controlled earth-moving vehicles have ventured into the center of the nave, where the spire fell during the April blaze, to pick out pieces one by one from a large pile of charred debris. But it will take weeks more before the pile is removed. Each piece—including burned bits of the spire and roof, as well as busts and stonework—is being tagged and catalogued under a tent in the front yard of NotreDame, Vivienne Walt reports. The rows of rescued pieces are separated by stonework and charred wood, including the spire, one of the most iconic landmarks of Paris. “We know the spire is there but we will not try to find it,” chief architect Philippe Villeneuve says. “It is completely shattered.” Read more, and see more pictures, at the link in bio. Photograph by Patrick Zachmann ( pzachmann)— magnumphotos for TIME


The man responsible for overseeing the reconstruction of Notre-Dame, chief architect Philippe Villeneuve, tells TIME’s Vivienne Walt the risks of a catastrophic collapse are small, but that the true extent of the damage at the cathedral in Paris will not be known until at least the end of the year. Until then, it will remain a triage site. Those assessing Notre-Dame’s damage are working to a tight deadline: President emmanuelmacron has declared that the building should be rebuilt within five years. But Villeneuve says there remain some deeply worrying unknowns about what state NotreDame is in. Read more, and see more pictures, at the link in bio. Photograph by Patrick Zachmann ( pzachmann)— magnumphotos for TIME


Nearly three months after a fire gutted Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, the building’s chief architect warns there is still a risk that its ceiling arches might yet collapse, causing severe structural damage. “The risk is that all the vaults up there fall,” Philippe Villeneuve tells correspondent Vivienne Walt. "It is that simple." Villeneuve recently took TIME to the rooftop where the fire began in April 15, the first journalists to visit the spot. Some sections of NotreDame have since been exposed to rainfall and high temperatures that France has experienced. Read more, and see more pictures, at the link in bio. Photograph by Patrick Zachmann ( pzachmann)— magnumphotos for TIME


President Trump listens to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who announced his resignation, at the White House on July 12. Acosta is leaving the administration amid criticism of a secret plea deal he negotiated a decade ago with Jeffrey Epstein, the financier recently indicted on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. Two days earlier, a woman not included in the indictments said Epstein raped her when she was 15. Acosta, whose actions on the case was detailed in a miamiherald investigation last year and who defended those actions this week, said Friday that he called the president this morning and "told him that I thought the right thing was to step aside." Trump has now had more turnover in his Cabinet in the first two and a half years of his presidency than any of his five immediate predecessors did in their entire first terms. Read the latest on the Epstein case at the link in bio. Photograph by bsmialowskiafpphoto/ gettyimages


On the day TIME spent with Benjamin Netanyahu, one of the Israeli Prime Minster’s stops was to cut the ribbon on a history exhibit about the Israeli military. The exhibit dwelled on the country’s David vs. Goliath past, including a 1976 commando raid to rescue more than 100 hostages from a hijacked plane at Entebbe Airport in Uganda, partly led by Netanyahu’s older brother “Yoni,” the only Israeli commando killed in the operation. “It changed my life completely, and it directed it to its current course because Yoni died in the battle against terrorism,” Netanyahu says. But it is history. Forty-three years later, Israel is the regional Goliath. The U.S. gives Israel more military aid than any other country, with a promise, mandated by U.S. legislation, that it will be assured a “qualitative military edge” over any other country in the Middle East. Netanyahu celebrates that advantage at every turn in his busy day, writes bybrianbennett, our Senior White House Correspondent. Read this week’s full cover story at the link in bio. Photograph by yuri.kozyrevnoorimages for TIME


Benjamin Netanyahu in his Jerusalem office, with portraits of Israel’s early Prime Ministers, starting with David Ben-Gurion, top left. Ben-Gurion’s Israel had a utopian quality, writes bybrianbennett, our Senior White House Correspondent. It built communes (the kibbutz), a socialist economy and a “new Jew”—strapping, self-reliant, nobody’s victim. Ben-Gurion was an atheist. His party, eventually known as Labor, dominated the first three decades of Israel as Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud has largely dominated the next four. Read this week’s full cover story at the link in bio. Photograph by yuri.kozyrevnoorimages for TIME


In mid-July, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu will surpass David Ben-Gurion, the closest thing Israel has to a founding father, to become the longest-serving Prime Minister in the country’s history. Bibi, as he is universally known here, has won five elections and cultivated a U.S. President who appears intent on fulfilling b.netanyahu’s every desire. So why isn’t he in a better mood? The unpleasant reality, writes bybrianbennett, our Senior White House Correspondent, is that Netanyahu approaches the career summit with his personal power arguably at its greatest risk. Prosecutors have threatened indictments on corruption charges. And he has failed to form a government following his most recent election victory, in April. Instead of spending the summer handing out ministries to allies, Bibi is preparing for yet another campaign, a September do-over election that will test yet again whether the Israel that has grown to resemble its Prime Minister—prosperous, powerful and resilient, yet insecure—still wants him. Read this week’s full cover story at the link in bio. Photograph by alexmajoliphotomagnumphotos for TIME


Megan Rapinoe ( mrapinoe) won both the Golden Ball award as the WorldCup’s best player and the Golden Boot as its leading scorer. During the uswnt's whirlwind tour of media appearances and a parade in NYC following the ⚽️ victory in France, she chatted with TIME's sgregory31 about patriotism, staring down pressure and coping with presidential criticism. Asked about her reaction to Trump's tweeting, during the tournament, that she disrespected the country, Rapinoe replied: "Look, I don’t follow the president on Twitter so I had to search to find it. I know it’s serious, I know it’s a big deal. But it seemed insane to me that this was happening. You skipped over 4,000 things on your to-do list to do this instead. Whatever. We have games to play." Read more at the link in bio. Photographs by Seth Wenig and rutlmanapnews, Carl Glassman— polarisimages


Relatives and friends attend the funeral of Kateleen Myca Ulpina in Rodriguez, Philippines, on July 9. The three-year-old was fatally shot by police officers during a drug raid that targeted her father, who authorities said was armed and may have used her as a human shield. The girl is one of the latest victims of President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs," which humanrights groups and and activists estimate have left more than 6,000—and perhaps as many as 27,000—people dead since 2016. This week, amnesty described Duterte’s drug war as a "large-scale murdering enterprise" and urged the unitednations to investigate for crimes against humanity. Photographs by ezra_acayangettyimages


When Antoni Gaudí died at the age of 73, struck down by a tram on a busy Barcelona street in 1926, the architect had been working on the Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia for 43 years. Only the crypt, the apse’s facade and a single tower were complete. Everything else, including the remaining 17 towers and the central nave, remained undone. By the time Jordi Faulí joined the team as a junior architect in 1990, only three of the interior’s 56 columns (each one tied, in typical Gaudí fashion, to the liturgical calendar) and a handful of the windows had been completed. But that was before the miracle of modern tourism, writes lisaabend. Although many in Barcelona would eventually see them as a curse, the travelers who began flooding the city at the start of the new century meant salvation for the SagradaFamilia. As the number of visitors rose—the church currently gets roughly 4 million per year, and each one pays an entry fee that ranges from $16 to $43—the foundation overseeing the basilica found itself in the unfamiliar position of having enough money to finish the main nave. A soaring expanse with tree-like pillars and multicolored stained-glass windows that make it feel like a kaleidoscopic forest, the nave was consecrated by Pope Benedict in 2010. Go inside the race to complete one of the world's longest-running construction projects at the link in bio. Photograph by lucalocatelliphoto for TIME


“It was always rumored that Sagrada Familia had never registered for the proper building permits,” Janet Sanz, Barcelona’s deputy mayor for the environment, urban planning and transportation, told lisaabend. “When I took office, I asked my team to look into it, and we saw that for more than 130 years, they had been building without a license.” That finally changed on June 7. Sanz made a point of requiring the basilica's foundation not only to acquire the proper permits, but also to compensate the city for the effects of a century’s construction. More than two dozen architects are working on the project, and 200 workers in total are involved in construction. Go inside the race to complete one of the world's longest-running construction projects at the link in bio. Photograph by lucalocatelliphoto for TIME


The team working to finally finish the Sagrada Familia has adopted a model that would be familiar to anyone who grew up in Detroit. The key components of stone (which come from different quarries around the world in an effort to match the polychrome stone that, in Gaudí’s time, came from Barcelona’s own Montjuïc hill) and steel are prepared elsewhere. In northwestern Spain, for example, blocks of stone are precision-cut by computer, before a guy with a massive hammer slams the surface to create the textured exterior. “There’s a symbiosis of high tech and traditional artisanship in every component,” says Fernando Villa, the SagradaFamilia’s director of operations. “The process of bringing them together is modeled on an automobile assembly line. Everything is done just in time.” So far, lisaabend reports, about 400 of the panels have been completed, loaded onto a truck bound for Barcelona and hoisted into place on the basilica’s ever evolving roof. Go inside the race to complete one of the world's longest-running construction projects at the link in bio. Photograph by lucalocatelliphoto for TIME


The first stone of the SagradaFamilia was laid more than 130 years ago. Thanks to an influx of funding, some striking innovations and old-fashioned craftsmanship, the Barcelona basilica is now on schedule to be finished in 2026, the 100th anniversary of the death of its architect, Antoni Gaudí. The project has triggered impassioned debates along the way, writes lisaabend, but perhaps the greatest test will be determining its visionary creator’s intentions. “Gaudí left us the path,” says Jordi Faulí, the head architect now charged with the formidable task of completing a church that will have taken more than seven times as long to build as the great pyramid at Giza. “Sometimes, though, we’ve had to work hard to find it.” Go inside the race to complete one of the world's longest-running construction projects at the link in bio. Photograph by lucalocatelliphoto for TIME


Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was recently arrested on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges over allegations that he paid girls for sex and used them to recruit other girls between 2002 and 2005. Epstein is said to have abused girls in his homes in both New York and Palm Beach, Fla. He recruited them to give him “massages” that quickly turned sexual, prosecutors said. He paid his victims hundreds of dollars in cash, according to a criminal indictment unsealed on July 8 in Manhattan federal court. Epstein—whose friends included President Trump and former President Clinton—has pleaded not guilty to the charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. The 66-year-old faces a maximum prison sentence of 45 years if convicted. In these photographs: the damaged doors to his Upper East Side mansion that agents reportedly opened by force, and his picture is held up by protesters outside the courthouse. Read what to know about the case at the link in bio. Photographs by kevinarvid and steffikeithgettyimages


Sunday's World Cup title win was a record-breaking victory for the elite athletes of uwsnt, who made headlines both for their commanding play and their push for equal pay. Team USA's July 7 win against the Netherlands, at 2-0, marked the first time a women’s team has won four World Cup titles. Neither team scored in the first half—largely due to Dutch goalkeeper sarivveenendaal, as the Netherlands vied for its first World Cup title—but the U.S. gained momentum in the second half. Co-captain mrapinoe made the first goal in the 62-minute mark. Midfielder lavellerose then brought the U.S. to its 2-0 victory. Rapinoe’s goal won her the Golden Boot (top goal-scorer) and Golden Ball (most valuable player) honors. Van Veenedaal’s hard work earned her the Golden Glove award, as the tournament's top goalkeeper. Read more about these champions at the link in bio. Photographs by Gwendoline Le Goff— reuters, elsagarrisongettyimages, lucynicreuters


sarivveenendaal of the Netherlands dives for the ball during the Women's World Cup final match against the U.S. in Lyon, France, on July 7. Just after halftime, it was still 0-0. That was new territory for Team USA, which had scored a goal before the 13th minute in every game of this year's tournament. The Americans previously defeated Holland in six straight games, by a score of 22-2, but those blowouts are ancient history, writes sgregory31. The teams haven't faced each other since 2016. Read more about this ⚽️ match-up at the link in bio. Photograph by rheathcotegettyimages


A wooden statue of First Lady Melania Trump ( flotus) has been erected and unveiled near her hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia, and its creators are calling it the first-ever public monument in her honor. The idea came to conceptual artist Brad Downey, who commissioned Sevnica local and “amateur chainsaw sculptor” Ales “Maxi” Zupevc to carve it from a tree, AFP reports. Critics of the statue, which depicts Trump on Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C., in 2017, immediately began comparing it to a scarecrow. “I can understand why people might think that this falls short as a description of her physical appearance,” Downey said. Still, he called it "absolutely beautiful." Read more about the statue at the link in bio. Photograph by juremakovecafpphoto/ gettyimages


Cori Gauff ( cocogauff) celebrates beating Slovenia's hercogpolona during their women's singles third round match at Wimbledon in southwest London on July 5. Gauff, 15, defeated Hercog 3-6, 7-6, 7-5. “It was a long match and she was playing unbelievable. It was my first match on Centre Court,” Gauff said, according to WTA Tennis. “People were saying No. 1 Court was my court, but maybe it’s Centre.” Gauff will face simonahalep of Romania in the Round of 16 on July 8. Read more about Wimbledon's breakout star at the link in bio. Photograph by lealolivasafpphoto/ gettyimages


The World Health Organization ( who) recently labeled vaccine hesitancy one of 2019’s leading threats to global health, and in the U.S. that threat is escalating. Every state except Alaska and West Virginia has at least one anti-vaccine organization, according to the Vaccine Liberation website, which tracks them. The most aggressive of the groups are not just demonstrating, but also actively challenging pro-vax legislators, running candidates against them in primaries. Their ubiquity, of course, does not change the misinformation they spread: that vaccines are dangerous, even deadly; that they are linked not only to autism but also to ADHD, asthma, depression and other conditions. The near unanimous global consensus on the safety and lifesaving power of vaccines, they say, is a conspiracy driven by profits, on the part of governments, the pharmaceutical industry and even individual pediatricians. It’s not true—any of it—and the nonsense comes at a very bad time, writes Jeffrey Kluger. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by jesserieser for TIME


An early morning airstrike on July 3 killed at least 53 people at a migrant detention center near Tripoli, only two months after the U.N.’s refugee agency had warned that detainees there were at risk. Libya currently detains thousands of migrants and refugees in government-run facilities under conditions that humanrights groups say contravene international law. Italian photographer Emanuele Satolli arrived at the Tajoura Detention Center on the outskirts of Libya’s capital hours after the attack destroyed the shelter that housed hundreds of people, mostly from Sub-Saharan Africa. At a hospital ward where some of the wounded had been taken for recovery, families of Libyans with ailments unrelated to the attack thronged the corridors. But in the room that housed the injured migrants, there was nobody in attendance. “That was what struck me the most,” he tells TIME. “They were completely alone.” Read more, and see more pictures, at the link in bio. Photographs by emanuelesatolli


In 1777, the first Fourth of July commemoration was celebrated in Philadelphia with bonfires, bells, and fireworks. In 2019, it seems President Trump would like to celebrate with a grandiose military parade. And a lot of people are upset about it, writes Elliot Ackerman. They are upset because of the cost. Because of the spectacle. Because these critics anticipate—as is likely—that Trump will politicize the event in an inappropriate, even tawdry way. He’s already expressed his intention to stand on that hallowed ground in front of the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have A Dream” speech, and deliver a speech of his own. Then flanked by all four of the service chiefs (who would surely rather be with their families at a backyard barbecue), he’s planned a massive military review, replete with supersonic fighter jets screeching past overhead and each service’s anthem blaring from the loudspeakers. Ackerman would bet about half the country loves the idea and about half the country hates it. Such a celebration is, like him, a polarizing prospect. And it is the perfect manifestation of our time. Read more at the link in bio. Photographs by andyharnik and jacquelynmartinapnews


Immigrants, including many , wait to be interviewed by U.S. Border Patrol agents after they were taken into custody in Los Ebanos, Texas, on July 2. Hundreds of immigrants, mostly from Central America, turned themselves in to border agents after rafting across the Rio Grande from Mexico to seek political asylum in the United States. They were to be sent to a processing center in McAllen. Photographs by jbmoorephotogettyimages


Alex Morgan ( alexmorgan13) celebrates scoring Team USA's second ⚽️ goal against England during a semifinal match on July 2. The top-ranked uswnt emerged victorious, 2-1, sending the Americans to the WorldCup final for the squad's third straight appearance in the title match, apnews reports. The U.S. will face the winner of the semifinal game between the Netherlands and Sweden on Wednesday. Morgan’s goal marked her sixth of the tournament and occurred on her 30th birthday. Photograph by Richard Sellers—Press Association/AP


As the new president and CEO of USA Gymnastics, Li Li Leung oversees an organization struggling to justify its existence. After major sponsors walked away following usagym’s involvement in one of the worst sex-abuse scandals in sports history, the group declared bankruptcy last December, and is now in danger of losing its status as the national governing body for the sport in the U.S. Leung, the fourth new USAG head in two years, inherits an organization that many gymnasts feel is working against them. Both gymnasts and USAG officials have revealed that under its previous leadership, it not only failed to immediately report sexual-abuse claims to law enforcement but also tried to keep those reports from becoming public. (In court, more than 150 women and girls, from local athletes to Olympic and world team members, said former national team doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused them over the past two decades; in 2018, Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison.) Some of them believe the only way forward is to raze the organization and create an entirely new body to represent gymnastics. Leung, a former gymnast, is betting her career that she can rebuild USAG from the inside. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by andyspear for TIME


At 15, Cori Gauff ( cocogauff) just defeated one of her tennis idols, venuswilliams, in 6-4, 6-4 sets during the first round at Wimbledon on July 1. Gauff, who goes by “Coco,” is the youngest player to qualify for the tournament and, espn notes, the youngest woman to win a match there since 1991. Her 🎾 career began at age eight. At 13, Gauff was the youngest to reach the U.S. Open girl’s final. Two years later, she became the youngest female to win in a qualifying match at the French Open. Gauff follows in the footsteps of Venus and serenawilliams, who her family and coaches credit for paving the path for a black teenage girl. Read more about Gauff at the link in bio. Photograph by mike.egerton—PA Images/ gettyimages


Street clashes bookended the 22nd anniversary of HongKong’s retrocession to China on July 1. In the morning, protesters occupied two major thoroughfares and armed themselves with bricks and metal poles from a construction site. Police responded with pepper spray and batons. Demonstrators began besieging the legislature by midday. In the afternoon, some used the poles as battering rams and broke through the glass doors at the building’s entrance. At around 9:00 p.m., local time, a heavy police presence cleared out and protesters shattered the public entrances. As they surged inside, they covered surveillance cameras and sprayed the facility with graffiti. Offices were ransacked. Large oil portraits of Hong Kong’s deeply unpopular leaders were destroyed. In the debating chamber, protesters unfurled the colonial Hong Kong flag over the president’s desk and defaced the emblem. With police again outside, the occupiers held a deliberation over whether to stay. One removed his face mask and stood up on the chamber desks, shouting, “We really cannot afford to lose anymore.” Read more, and see more pictures, at the link in bio. Photographs by Philip Fong, antwallace and daledelareyafpphoto/ gettyimages, billyhckwok—Getty Images, eduardoleal80 and justinchinphotobloomberg/Getty Images, and Philip Fong—AFP/Getty Images


“I feel lucky to live in NYC, where most places are safe and welcoming to me as a gay man. That freedom is the fruit of what in many ways began at Stonewall," says Matthew Pillsbury, who recently photographed the bar's interior. "However, when I travel with my boyfriend, gay bars are often the only places where we feel totally at ease being openly gay and affectionate with each other.” Fifty years after the Stonewall riots, TIME commissioned photographers across America to document LGBTQ bars throughout June. See more pictures at the link in bio. Photograph by screenlives for TIME