July 28, 2016

HILLARY CLINTON

Among the readers who responded to our Aug. 1 cover story on the Democratic Party’s nominee for President was Barbara Garber of North Manchester, Ind., who praised TIME for letting her “get to know” Clinton, who “appears to be a warm wonderful woman who is sometimes her own worst enemy, but then aren’t we all.”

Some, however, saw a double standard in the description of Clinton as hard to know. “If she were a man, she would be revered for her accomplishments, brilliance, hard work and life commitment to social justice,” wrote Rhonda Rudner of Boston. “She is not an enigma to tens of millions of women both of her generation and beyond,” echoed Lysa Rohan. The Rev. Mary Donelle Ramsay of Davie, Fla., said she considered the black-and-white cover “disrespectful,” compared with the July 25 cover, which depicted GOP nominee Donald Trump in the President’s chair.

JOE KLEIN ON GUN VIOLENCE

Readers responded almost unanimously with gratitude for Klein’s July 25 column, in which he explored signs of healing and progress in the aftermath of shootings in Baton Rouge, La., Dallas and Minneapolis. His ideas, said Larry Lasseter of Brea, Calif., “should be required reading for all those trying to make some sense of the current state of racial relations in America: clear-eyed, evenhanded, nonpartisan, powerful in their simple eloquence.”

NEXT GENERATION LEADER

As this week’s issue looks ahead to the Olympics, TIME asked members of the gold-winning 1996 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team to weigh in on cover subject Simone Biles, a gold-medal favorite in Rio, whom TIME recently selected as a Next Generation Leader. Watch the video, presented by Rolex, at time.com/nextgenleaders

FOLLOWING UP

In 2009, Jeff Kepner (left) became the first person in the U.S. to receive a double hand transplant. Now, in an exclusive interview with TIME, Kepner reveals that his hands have never been functional–and discusses why he would remove them if he could. Read more about his remarkable ordeal at time.com/hand-surgery

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This appears in the August 08, 2016 issue of TIME.

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