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In case you didn't see the N.Y. Times' two-column lead, "For Third Year, The Earth In 2016 Set Heat Record: Threat to Society and Nature is Rising — Scale of Shift Startles Scientists," it's getting hot. "NASA's calculations suggested that the planet had warmed by well over a half-degree Fahrenheit from 2013 to 2016... the largest temperature increase over a three-year period in the NASA record, which begins in 1880 ... NOAA's records show only one other instance when global temperature records were set three years in a row: in 1939, 1940 and 1941. … 1941 now ranks as only the 37th-warmest year on record."

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Trump dons face mask during Walter Reed visit

Trump wearing a face mask in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on July 11. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump wore a face mask during his Saturday visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to AP.

Why it matters: This is the first occasion the president has appeared publicly with a facial covering as recommended by health officials since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Supreme Court expands religious freedoms in schools, employment

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The Supreme Court ended its term with a series of rulings on religion's role in schools, the workplace and access to health care.

Why it matters: The decisions elevated protections for people and employers of faith, while curtailing those of religion teachers, the nonreligious taxpayer and women who rely on their workplaces' health care plans for contraception.