Read Vice President Joe Biden’s Statement on the Charleston Shooting

"Hate has once again been let loose in an American community"

Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden said Thursday that their “hearts ache with sorrow” in the wake of Wednesday’s church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, that left nine people dead. Their statement was released after President Obama’s remarks from the White House and after authorities confirmed the suspected shooter, Dylann Roof, 21, was apprehended in North Carolina.

Here’s the full statement from the Bidens:

Hate has once again been let loose in an American community. And the senseless actions of a coward have once again cut short so many lives with so much promise. Our hearts ache with sorrow with the entire Emanuel AME Church family as they seek solace and comfort in the shadow of a gunman’s act of pure evil and hatred. Our love and prayers are with them.

We last saw Reverend Clementa Pinckney less than a year ago at a prayer breakfast in Columbia. He was a good man, a man of faith, a man of service who carried forward Mother Emanuel’s legacy as a sacred place promoting freedom, equality, and justice for all. We pray for him and his sister as we do for the seven other innocent souls who entered that storied church for their weekly Bible study seeking nothing more than humble guidance for the full lives ahead of them.

We have no doubt the coward who committed this heinous act will be brought to justice. But as a nation we must confront the ravages of gun violence and the stain of hatred that continues to be visited on our streets, in our schools, in our houses of worship, and in our communities.

As Mayor Riley made clear, all of Charleston’s heart bleeds today—but the overwhelming display of unity will bring forth the city’s healing. We will never forget those innocent souls who lost their lives. We will be there with all the strength and support and prayers we can offer to the families who now grieve. And as a nation we will come together.

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Brian Williams Loses NBC Nightly News Anchor Chair

Moves to MSNBC as Lester Holt takes his place full-time

Brian Williams will no longer serve as the anchor of the NBC Nightly News, NBC executives announced Thursday, and instead will soon be joining the cable network MSNBC.

The move represents a significant demotion for Williams who had become a star behind and away from the anchors’ desk. But it also marks a historic moment for 56-year-old Lester Holt, who will now serve as the permanent anchor of the Nightly News.

The changing of the guard at the Nightly News came after an investigation into Williams’ conduct, launched in February after the anchor was suspended for embellishing stories about his reporting — notably, his erroneous claim that a helicopter he was riding in during the Iraq War had come under fire.

NBC said Thursday that an extensive internal review found that although Williams had made a number of false statements about his work and career, “the statements in question did not for the most part occur on NBC News platforms or in the immediate aftermath of the news events, but rather on late-night programs and during public appearances, usually years after the news events in question.”

“Brian now has the chance to earn back everyone’s trust. His excellent work over twenty-two years at NBC News has earned him that opportunity,” said Andrew Lack, chairman of NBC News and MSNBC. He also praised Holt as an “exceptional anchor who goes straight to the heart of every story and is always able to find its most direct connection to the everyday lives of our audience.”

“In many ways, television news stands at a crossroads,” Lack said, “and Lester is the perfect person to meet the moment.”

TIME White House

President Obama Calls for Reflection on Gun Control After Charleston Shooting

President Obama spoke after the shooting at a South Carolina church

President Obama called for Americans to think hard about gun control in the country as he addressed Wednesday night’s massacre at a historically black South Carolina church, which left nine people dead.

Too many times, Obama said Thursday, he has had to speak in the aftermath of the murder of innocent people at the hands of a gunman.

“At some point we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of violence doesn’t happen in other advanced countries,” Obama said, speaking for several minutes from the White House press briefing room. “It doesn’t happen with this sort of frequency.”

“There’s something particularly heartbreaking about [this] happening in a place in which we seek solace, in which we seek peace,” Obama added of the shooting at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. “This is a sacred place in the history of Charleston, in the history of America.”

Shortly before the president spoke, news broke that authorities had captured the suspect the shooting, 21-year-old Dylann Roof.

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the case as a hate crime, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a press conference earlier Thursday.

“Acts like this one have no place in our country and no place in a civilized society,” Lynch said.

In his remarks, Obama also offered condolences to the victims’ families and said he and the First Lady personally knew several members of the Emanuel AME Church community.

The fact that the church is historically black and located in the South “raises questions about a dark part of our history,” Obama said.

Yet in noting the adversity the church has faced in its past—from racial injustice to natural disaster—Obama he is confident that the church will “rise again now as a place of peace.”

TIME Money

U.S. to Put a Woman on the Redesigned $10 Bill in 2020

The Treasury Department will announce whose face will grace the currency at a later date

The U.S. plans to put a woman on the $10 bill, announcing Wednesday that the next $10 bill will feature the likeness of a woman who has played a major role in American history and has been a champion for democracy.

The new note, anticipated to be released in 2020, would be unveiled just in time for the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which secured women’s suffrage. “America’s currency makes a statement about who we are and what we stand for as a nation,” Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on a call Wednesday.

Just who the woman will be, however, has not been determined yet. The Department of Treasury launched a campaign to garner public input on what the next bill should look like. Over the summer, the Treasury Department will host town-hall meetings and engage with the public digitally about the bill’s design.

“The public outreach is going to give us a chance to hear from the American people about their ideas for what kind of symbols, ideas, and representation should be on the $10 bill,” Lew said.

While the outreach to the public is novel and in line with the bill’s theme of “democracy,” the final selection of look will be traditional. After public comments close, the Department will make the ultimate decision of what the bill looks like and Lew later announce whose face will be featured. The new bill will also include enhanced security components and a new feature that will make it easier for the blind and visually impaired to handle.

For months, there’s been a large movement to get a woman on the bill, including a charge led by a 9-year-old girl, who wrote a letter to President Obama asking why American currency was so male-dominated. The advocacy group Women on 20s, however, has been calling for a woman’s face to appear on the $20, in part due to Andrew Jackson’s role in the slave trade and the killing of many Native Americans.

Lew said while there is a “happy coincidence” in the timing of their announcement and the calls for action, the $10 bill had been set to undergo a redesign for some time. “The Women on 20 campaign reflects the best tradition of American democracy,” he said. “The planning of this has gone back several years.”

And the change has been a long time coming.

Alexander Hamilton has been the face of the $10 bill since 1929 and, according to the Federal Reserve, there were 1.9 billion bills in circulation at the end of 2014. The last woman to appear on a bill, however, dates all the way back to the 19th century, when Martha Washington appeared on the $1 silver certificate from 1891 to 1896. Before that, Pocahontas appeared in a group photo on the $20 national bank note.

“Our Democracy is a work in progress. We’ve always been committed to becoming a more perfect union,” Lew said. “This decision of putting a woman on the $10 bill reflects our aspirations for the future as much as a reflection of the past.”

U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios, however, says for many in the U.S. it will mean a bit more.

“For many of us who have daughters, who have sisters, aunts and mothers, I think for all of all us — we go with what we know. Having something on the note that touches the American public every day is very symbolic not just for today, but for our future,” she said.

The public is being invited to engage in the discussion on who is on the next bill online through the website thenew10.treasury.gov and using the hashtag #TheNew10. The main criteria for the next portrait is the subject must be deceased.

TIME Health Care

Poll: Americans Largely Oblivious to Supreme Court Case on Obamacare’s Future

Supreme Court
Andrew Harrer—Bloomberg/Getty Images The American flag flies next to the U.S. Supreme Court.

7 in 10 Americans have heard little or nothing about the case

A great deal of Americans will be taken by surprise should the Supreme Court rule against the Affordable Care Act in the coming weeks — a new poll finds seven in ten Americans say they’ve only heard a little or nothing at all about the pending case.

According to a new poll by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 44% of Americans haven’t heard anything while 28% have heard only a little about King v. Burwell, a case due to be heard within weeks that could cause millions to lose federal subsidies for health insurance.

Though more people report knowing about the case than did when the Court announced it would take it up, the lack of knowledge isn’t a good sign given the impact the case could have on health insurance for low and middle-income Americans.

An estimated 6.4 million Americans could lose the federal government’s help in paying for their insurance if the Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The majority of surveyed adults say Congress or the states should act if the Court rules to gut the law, but a larger number of Republicans say neither should act on the issue.

The Kaiser poll was conducted between June 2 and 9 and 1,200 adults were contacted for the survey. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

TIME Late Night Highlight

Watch Aziz Ansari and Jimmy Fallon Read Awkward Texts from Guys

"It was a horror to meet you"

Aziz Ansari and Jimmy Fallon want guys who send awkward texts to know they’re not alone.

With the release of his book Modern Romance, Ansari has become a bit of a love guru. And during an appearance on the Tonight Show, Ansari and Fallon read some “texty” messages from guys attempting to express their interest in women they’d met—all of which went horribly wrong.

From too-long messages to terrifying typos, their foray into some men’s first “textual experience” was basically a crash course in texts not to send. Here’s the full clip:


Rachel Dolezal Breaks Silence: ‘I Identify as Black’

"This is not some freak, Birth of a Nation blackface performance"

Rachel Dolezal has spoken out about the “complexity” of her identity for the first time since news broke that she had been masquerading as a black woman despite her white roots.

In an interview on NBC’s Today Show, the former leader of Spokane’s NAACP said she identifies as black and has for a long time. “This is not some freak, Birth of a Nation blackface performance,” she said. “This is on a real connected level how I’ve had to go there with the experience.”

Dolezal says she has few regrets in regard to interviews she’s done over the years where she hasn’t been particularly clear about her race or “racial identity,” but ultimately she wouldn’t do anything differently.

“My life has been one of survival,” Dolezal said on Tuesday. ” The decisions I’ve made along the way, including my identification, have been to survive.”

Dolezal’s appearance and story have spurred controversy in the days since her parents told news reporters that she is Caucasian, not African-American, as she’s been telling people over the past several years.

But the activist said she had identified as black since she was about five years old. “I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon,” she said.

Amid the backlash, Dolezal also lost her post as a part-time professor of Africana studies at Eastern Washington University. The Smoking Gun reported she had once sued Howard University, a historically black institution, for discriminating against her because she was white.

And on Monday, Dolezal resigned as the president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP. In a Facebook post, the 37-year-old said despite stepping down she would “never stop fighting for human rights.”

“This is not about me,” she wrote. “It’s about justice. This is not me quitting; this is a continuum.”

TIME White House

White House Grilled Over Private Party With Prince, Stevie Wonder

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to singer songwriter Stevie Wonder (R) during an East Room ceremony at the White House November 24, 2014 in Washington, DC.
Alex Wong—Getty Images U.S. President Barack Obama (L) presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to singer songwriter Stevie Wonder (R) during an East Room ceremony at the White House November 24, 2014 in Washington, DC.

White House skimps on details about 'best house party ever'

Stevie Wonder and Prince had a jam session at the White House over the weekend, but the public and the press weren’t invited.

The event was not included on the President’s public schedule, though a White House spokesman confirmed it after the fact. Most information about the event came from social media posts of guests, many of whom were celebrities.

During a regularly scheduled press briefing Monday, White House reporters grilled spokesman Josh Earnest, who said that the Obamas will personally foot the bill for the party.

“The point is that the President and First Lady—and I think most people across the country would acknowledge, that is an appropriate thing for the president and first lady to do,” Earnest said. “Which is to open their house up to guests for a private party on a Saturday night.”

Earnest repeatedly stressed that the event was not an official function.

“President and First Lady did hold a private party at the White House over the weekend, but given the private nature of that event I don’t have a lot of details to discuss from here,” he said.

The party’s guests, however, weren’t so tight-lipped.

Rev. Al Sharpton tweeted from Washington that it was “awesome to see Prince and Stevie Wonder on the keyboards together,” at the White House party.

Football star Russell Wilson posted an Instagram of himself and his date Ciara after “dancing at the White House” to Prince and Stevie Wonder.

Director Ava DuVernay called it “one of the best house parties I’ve ever been to.”

TIME global trade

President Obama Glad-Hands Congress, Comes Away Empty-Handed

President Barack Obama President Obama departs from a meeting with House Democrats on Capitol Hill June 12, 2015 in Washington, DC.
Mark Wilson—Getty Images President Barack Obama President Obama departs from a meeting with House Democrats on Capitol Hill June 12, 2015 in Washington, DC.

President Obama was in rare form this week schmoozing members of Congress.

In an effort to get the House to pass a bill giving him greater authority to negotiate trade deals, a president who has famously kept Congress at arm’s length was suddenly on a charm offensive worthy of Lyndon Johnson.

On Thursday, he made a surprise appearance at the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park, hanging out with lawmakers and waving at fans in the crowd in the sticky summer heat. The next morning, he stopped by Capitol Hill to rally Democrats at a meeting ahead of the vote. And behind the scenes, Obama and his team were meeting with lawmakers and making personal phone calls.

But Obama’s glad-handing left him empty handed.

The House voted 302-126 Friday to reject trade adjustment authority, which is meant to counter any harm that increased imports have on American workers. Trade adjustment authority usually boasts the support of Democrats—it’s a bit of a government handout—but progressives urged their fellow Dems to reject the measure in an effort to slow down the related Obama’s “fast-track” measure, or trade promotion authority.

“Its defeat,” said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, “is the only way we will be able to slow down fast track.”

At the closed-door meeting on the Hill, Obama urged Democrats to “play it straight” on the day’s votes. Don’t vote against trade adjustment authority just because you don’t want the fast track deal to pass, he pleaded. It didn’t work.

It’s a well-known fact that President Obama isn’t a schmoozer, a criticism that he has dismissed, both seriously and jokingly. “‘Why don’t get a drink with Mitch McConnell?’ they ask,” Obama cracked at the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “Really? Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?”

Members have long argued that if the President were to reach out more, he could gain more traction during hard-wrought fights on Capitol Hill. Friday’s votes gave some weight to that argument. Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar said after Friday’s meeting there was a feeling among some members that Obama had waited until the last minute to try to sway votes. “I wish there would have been much better outreach by them,” he said.

Still, the vote on trade isn’t dead. By this time next week, the bill may have passed and the wounds from Friday’s beating may be healed.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday the President would continue reaching out to members to ensure the bill gets passed, while Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy signaled that the battle wasn’t yet finished. In a statement released Friday, Obama urged Representatives to vote for TAA on behalf of “about 100,000 workers and their communities” who would be hurt by Congressional inaction.

That means Obama is likely to keep schmoozing Congress. But if he wants his trade effort to succeed, he’ll need to get better at it, and soon.

TIME global trade

White House Argues Trade Deal Just Hit ‘Snafu’

President Barack Obama President Obama departs from a meeting with House Democrats on Capitol Hill June 12, 2015 in Washington, DC.
Mark Wilson—Getty Images President Barack Obama President Obama departs from a meeting with House Democrats on Capitol Hill June 12, 2015 in Washington, DC.

The White House cast an embarrassing setback on a trade deal as little more than a “procedural snafu” Friday afternoon.

After a last-minute revolt by House Democrats, a carefully planned set of votes to give President Obama the authority to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership and help any American workers harmed by it failed to play out as the White House had hoped.

That left the trade deal in an uncomfortable limbo. The measure to give Obama trade authority narrowly passed with the support of Republicans, but it cannot go to the White House since Democrats withheld their support on the separate measure.

“Another procedural snafu has emerged,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters after the votes Friday afternoon.

He argued that the votes showed a “bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives” that backs Obama on the trade effort, noting that 28 Democrats voted for the trade powers.

And he said that Obama would not stop aggressively courting Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to support the deal. The House will meet again on Monday and could make another attempt to approve both parts of the trade deal early next week.

“The President is determined, as was evident in visit to to Capitol Hill this morning, to build a bipartisan majority to make sure that we’re living up to our commitment as Democrats to fight for the middle class,” Earnest said.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., agreed with the White House’s assessment, telling reporters on Friday afternoon that the House could vote again and salvage the deal.

“We’re not done with this yet,” he said.

In a statement Friday afternoon, President Obama framed the day’s votes in a positive way, thanking a “bipartisan group of Representatives” for coming together “on behalf of America’s workers, our businesses, and our economy.”

Obama also urged the Republican-led House to pass the measure that would provide aid to American workers that Democrats scuttled in an effort to derail the entire deal. Inaction on trade adjustment authority, Obama said, would be felt by “about 100,000 workers and their communities annually if those Members of Congress don’t reconsider.”

“I urge the House of Representatives to pass TAA as soon as possible, so I can sign them both, and give our workers and businesses even more wind at their backs to do what they do best: imagine, invent, build, and sell goods Made in America to the rest of the world,” Obama said.

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