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The Great Pot Shortage

Welcome to #theBrief, the four stories to know about right now—from the editors of TIME

Here are the stories TIME is watching this Monday, July 7.

Tensions rise in the West Bank after six Israelis were arrested in the abduction and killing of a Palestinian teenager.

More than 60 Nigerian girls and women escaped the clutches of Boko Haram while militants were out conducting a raid.

Washington gets set to open recreational marijuana dispensaries but strict state regulations on licenses mean some pot shops may not have the supply to meet the demand.

And finally, duck! An F-16 at an English air show almost lands on top of spectators.

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TIME The Brief

Hurricane Arthur Threatens Fourth of July

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Wednesday, July 2.

Meteorologists expect Tropical Storm Arthur to become the first hurricane of the season. Right in time to ruin the Fourth of July.

Federal investigators found that T-Mobile has been illegally billing customers for bogus texting service charges.

The USA lost to Belgium in the World Cup, but American Goal Keeper Tim Howard won big on social media after saving a record 16 shots.

And finally, which President would you like to share a hot dog with? A new survey says most Americans want to invite Bill Clinton to their July 4 BBQ.

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TIME The Brief

Showtime Over as NYPD Cracks Down on Subway Acrobats

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Tuesday, July 1.

After blaming the death of three missing teens on Hamas, Israel launches a series of airstrikes over the Gaza Strip.

Iraq’s newly formed parliament fails to appoint a new Prime Minister before a July 1 deadline passed, after Kurdish and Sunni lawmakers walked out.

The NYPD is cracking down on subway acrobats. Train car performer arrests are up 600% from this time last year.

And finally, one old wrinkly white guy rips some other old wrinkly white guys. In promotion of Monty Python’s new shows, Mick Jagger wonders why anyone would care about elderly entertainers.

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TIME The Brief

Facebook Study Author Sorry for Toying with Users’ Emotions

Welcome to #theBrief, the four stories to know about right now—from the editors of TIME

Here are the stories TIME is watching this Monday, June 30.

SCOTUS rules in a 5-4 decision that “closely held” companies don’t have to cover contraception in employee healthcare plans mandated by Obamacare, if they have religious objections.

ISIS declares a new Caliphate, or Islamic state, naming the group’s shadowy leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Caliph. The move gives Jihadists worldwide a rallying point in the Middle East.

General Motors announces that there will be no cap on its compensation to the families of those whose deaths are linked to faulty ignition switches in its vehicles.

And finally, a Facebook data scientist apologizes for making people sad on the social networking company. Adam Kramer used the social networking site as a laboratory to test the effects of positive and negative Facebook statuses had on others.

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TIME The Brief

Survive and Advance: World Cup Round of 16

Welcome to #theBrief, the four stories to know about right now—from the editors of TIME

Here are the stories TIME is watching this Friday, June 27.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a historic economic and trade agreement with the European Uunion, siding with the West and distancing his country from Russia.

Group play wrapped up in the World Cup with the U.S. advancing despite a loss to Germany. Team USA plays Belgium in the knockout round of 16.

Andrew Wiggins went No. 1 to the Cavaliers in the NBA draft, but it was a pick by the NBA that made headlines. The league symbolically “picked” Isaiah Austin, a promising prospect whose career was cut short last week by a Marfan Syndrome diagnosis.

And finally, Shia LaBeouf insists he’s not famous anymore, but keeps popping up in the news. The troubled actor was arrested at a performance of Cabaret last night.

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North Korea Blasts Rogen Film as ‘Act of War,’ Fires Projectiles

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Thursday, June 26.

As Iran and Syria get into the Iraq fight, the Iraqi parliament gets ready to meet next week to form a new government.

North Korea called Seth Rogen and James Franco’s new film about assassinating Kim Jong Un an “act of war” before launching three projectiles into the waters off its east coast.

Google proved they want to own every aspect of your life at their developer conference, unveiling gadgets for your TV, car, and even wearable tech for your body.

And finally, watch Nancy Grace tell this flabbergasted father they found his missing 12-year-old son alive—and in his own basement.

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Facebook Fights ISIS, Blocks Merchandise Sellers

Welcome to #theBrief, the four stories to know about right now—from the editors of TIME

Here are the stories TIME is watching this Wednesday, June 25.

The Supreme Court delivered two major decisions, ruling that Aereo is violating copyright law and must pay broadcasters for the television programs it takes from the airwaves. The court also ruled police cannot search cell phones without a warrant, except in extraordinary circumstances.

Establishment Republicans let out a sigh of relief after incumbent Thad Cochran beat Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel in the hotly contested Mississippi runoff election.

Facebook joined the fight against terrorism by removing ISIS merchandise sellers from their website while American troops hit the ground in Iraq.

And finally, Luis Suarez chomped down on an opposing player’s shoulder during a World Cup match Tuesday.

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TIME The Brief

CDC’s New Anti-Smoking Ads Aim to Shock

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Here are the stories TIME is watching this Tuesday, June 24.

New ads from the Center of Disease Control look to scare smokers straight with “Tips From Former Smokers” that showcase terrible side effects.

More primaries in Colorado, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma and Utah, including a tense runoff in Mississippi between Senate stalwart Thad Cochran and Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights have started a social media campaign using the tag #BornPerfect to fight against gay conversion therapy.

And finally, selfies in spaaaaaaaace. Mars rover Curiosity takes a quick pic to celebrate its Martian 1 year anniversary (that’s 687 days to you and me)

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Former Baylor Star Isaiah Austin Reveals Career-Ending Diagnosis

Welcome to #theBrief, the four stories to know about right now—from the editors of TIME

Here are the stories TIME is watching this Monday, June 23.

Secretary of State John Kerry met with top political leaders in Iraq after fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria captured key crossings at the Syria-Iraq border over the weekend.

More auto recalls, but this time they’re not from GM, as Honda, Mazda and Nissan are calling back vehicles due to defective airbags.

Sunday’s dramatic World Cup tie game between the U.S. and Portugal means that all Group G teams have a chance to advance after Thursday’s matches.

And finally, a career-ending diagnosis for former Baylor player Isaiah Austin, who will no longer pursue a career in the NBA.

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TIME The Brief

Pope vs. Pot: The Holy Father Says ‘No’ to Marijuana Legalization

Welcome to #theBrief, the four stories to know about right now—from the editors of TIME

Here are the stories TIME is watching this Friday, June 20.

President Barack Obama announced the U.S. will be deploying special troops to Iraq to advise Iraqis on fighting against militants.

The House of Representatives approved an amendment that would curb NSA ‘backdoor’ spying on Americans, primarily regarding Internet search histories, emails and chats.

Supporters of marijuana legalization now have a powerful opponent: the Pope.

And finally, what happens when you put a man covered in Mentos and drop him in a tub of Coke? Thanks to these guys, now we know.

The Brief is published daily on weekdays.

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