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"Every picture shows a different side of her," writes @snezhana_von_buedingen about Sofie, a young German woman living with Down syndrome. "Sometimes, she is a child. Sometimes, she is a woman, longing for love. Sometimes she breaks from everything and is in her own world. She is a shy person, but at other times, she is very confident." When Sofie's relationship with Andy, her first experience of #love for someone she hadn‘t grown up with, ended, the breakup was not easily overcome. In many situations, the photographer adds, "Sofie is just like any other young woman—experiencing first loves and sorrows at or before age 19." Read more, and see more pictures, at the link in bio. Photographs by @snezhana_von_buedingen at Germany

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Every time photographer @snezhana_von_buedingen meets with Sofie, a young woman living with Down syndrome in #Germany, she says she learns something more. "She feels the same things as we do, but, I find, sometimes more intensely," writes Büdingen, who has met with Sofie about eight times since late 2017. "I’ve seen her happy as well as terribly sad. The feelings of the people she is close to and loves are important to her, as is how they relate to her. But she also finds joy in simple things and is free from social pressure,” she adds about Sofie, photographed with her white horse last #summer. “She doesn’t seem to think at all about what others think of her. She is able to separate herself from the day-to-day. In that way, I believe she’s freer than we are." Read more, and see more pictures, at the link in bio. Photograph by @snezhana_von_buedingen at Germany

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When @snezhana_von_buedingen first visited Sofie for three days in October 2017, she planned to make just one #portrait together with her mother, Barbara. But after the visit to the family’s farm in Ellenstedt, Germany, it became clear she wanted to make a series about Sofie, her family and living with Down syndrome. Barbara recounted to the photographer the day she found out: While at a routine appointment a few days after Sofie (now 20) was born, the doctor explained: ”Your child has Down syndrome, but reflect on the fact that it is the same child you've lovingly held in your arms these first days. Nothing has changed, it’s still this amazing child." Read more, and see more pictures, at the link in bio. Photograph by @snezhana_von_buedingen at Germany

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The old adage in Washington is that there are two types of members of Congress: workhorses who revel in the details of legislating and constituent work, and show horses who crave the cameras. In interviews, a half dozen House Democratic aides described @repocasiocortez as the latter. (Her office says she attends more hearings than any of her colleagues.) There’s little question her first months in Congress have included some freshman blunders. So evaluating Ocasio-Cortez’s success depends on the time frame in which she is judged. Will she help deliver Medicare for All and a Green New Deal in the next two years? No. But having the debate is already making a difference in how D.C. does business. “I used to be much more cynical about how much was up against us,” she tells @charlottealter. “I think I’ve changed my mind. Because I think that change is a lot closer than we think.” In this photograph, #AOC heads to a community board meeting in #Astoria, Queens. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @krisannejohnson for TIME at Queens, New York

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threatens the status quo, writes @charlottealter, bringing a youthful impatience to a set of policies popularized by @berniesanders’ 2016 campaign, like Medicare for All and tuition-free public college. Like Sanders, @repocasiocortez seems more concerned with movements than elections; she doesn’t talk about flipping seats and votes, but rather of winning hearts and minds. Hers is the #politics of the possible, not the practical. “By the time legislation actually gets through, it is five years from now,” #AOC says. “So everything we introduce needs to have 2025 or our kids in mind.” She’s not thinking about how to keep the Democratic majority for another two years; she’s thinking about how to define the agenda for the next two decades. In this photograph, she meets with staff in their Queens district office. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @krisannejohnson for TIME at Queens, New York

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The woman everyone calls #AOC is as much a villain to the right as she is a hero to the left. She’s replaced Hillary Clinton as the preferred punching bag of @foxnews pundits and Republican lawmakers, and the hits are taking their toll. Public opinion of @repocasiocortez has soured as she becomes better known; according to a Gallup poll conducted in February, 31% of Americans overall have a favorable impression of her, against 41% unfavorable—a 15-point swing since September. The same poll found that her popularity had increased with Democrats and nonwhites. Her #GreenNewDeal proposal has driven policy debates on the left, but it has virtually no chance of becoming law anytime soon. Many House Democrats resent her celebrity and worry it overshadows efforts to reach the moderate voters who propelled the party to the majority. Privately, @charlottealter writes in this week's cover story, some admit they’re also a little afraid of her. In this photograph, Ocasio-Cortez walks with her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti, far right, and other aides in #Queens. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @krisannejohnson for TIME at Queens, New York

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Wonder Woman of the left, Wicked Witch of the right, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become the second most talked-about politician in America, after the President of the United States. Since beating 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary to represent New York’s 14th District last June, the 29-year-old former bartender has pressured 2020 presidential candidates into supporting her #GreenNewDeal, made campaign-finance reform go viral and helped activists banish Amazon from #Queens with a couple of tweets. No lawmaker in recent memory has translated so few votes into so much political and social capital so quickly, writes @charlottealter. #AOC represents one vision of the Democratic Party’s future. She’s a young Hispanic woman, three cornerstones of the party’s electoral coalition. She’s a democratic socialist at a time when confidence in capitalism is declining, especially among progressive millennials. The issues she ran on—Medicare for All, a federal jobs guarantee, abolishing ICE—are animating a new generation of Democrats. She’s a political phenomenon: part activist, part legislator, arguably the best storyteller in the party since @barackobama and perhaps the only Democrat right now with the star power to challenge @realdonaldtrump’s. Read this week's full cover story at the link in bio. Photograph by @collierschorrstudio for TIME

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An estimated 1.6 million students in over 120 countries left #school on March 15 in protest of adult inaction on #climatechange, like these ones photographed in New York City. The school climate strikes started with teen activist @gretathunberg standing vigil outside Sweden’s parliament last August. Her idea has grown into a global movement; the March 15 action was its biggest yet. Extensive coverage of the strikes by media outlets and individuals on social media have helped elevate the cause in the minds of people across the world. Meanwhile, reports @suyinsays, the lack of a centralized organizational hub makes it easy for #teenagers to arrange actions in their own towns and cities. Says Nosrat Fareha, an organizer for the Sydney strikes, where 30,000 young people turned out: “We’re tired of waiting for politicians to care." Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @theotherchrislee@viiphoto Mentor Program at New York, New York

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President Trump continued his streak of attacks on the late Sen. John McCain on March 20. During a visit to an Ohio tank factory, #Trump—photographed while leaving the White House on Wednesday—blasted McCain’s handling of veterans issues, his vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and his role in the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, reports @bybrianbennett. He even complained about McCain’s funeral. “I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president, I had to approve,” he said. “I don’t care about this. I didn’t get a thank you, but that’s OK.” After McCain’s death in August, Trump waited two days to issue a standard proclamation of praise for him and ordered the flag above the White House to be lowered to half-staff, long after it had been lowered elsewhere. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @davidbutow@reduxpictures for TIME at The White House

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Elephants are fed with milk by keepers at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust orphanage in #Nairobi on March 12. Each calf at the nursery was orphaned by poachers, drought or due to conflict with humans encroaching ever further into the few wild places left. #Elephants stay at the orphanage for about three years; they are fed every three hours and sleep in individual wooden pens, each with a keeper. In 42 years, the trust has rehabilitated more than 230 orphan elephants. Photograph by Yasuyoshi Chiba—@afpphoto/@gettyimages #🐘 #🍼 at Nairobi

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At 22, Gladys left #Nigeria for a job in a hair salon in the faraway city of Turin. Of the 16,000 women who arrived in #Italy from Libya from 2016 to 2017, 80% fell victim to sex trafficking, according to the International Organization for Migration. Her trafficker kept her locked in a Libyan brothel, she says, denying her food and drink until she agreed to service clients. Finally arriving in southern Italy on a smuggler’s boat, Gladys was told she owed $22,530 for the trip and would have to work it off walking the streets as a prostitute. Gladys had no money, no papers and no place to stay, @arynebaker reports. She says she had no choice but to do what was demanded. Across #Italy, Nigerian women are slowly displacing the Eastern Europeans who once dominated the illicit sex industry. Most, like Gladys, seen here in a temporary shelter near Asti, are from Nigeria’s impoverished rural southwest, where a generation of young people are seeking their fortunes abroad. Recruiters, often in the guise of concerned family friends, lure young women—and convince their parents—with promises of money to be made in Europe’s hair salons, hotels and boutiques. Read more, and see more pictures, at the link in bio. Photograph by @lynseyaddario for TIME at Italy

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Parts of the Midwest remain submerged in the wake of "historic and catastrophic flooding," after a bomb cyclone dumped unusual amounts of snow and rain there last week. Several rivers, including the Missouri and the Mississippi, have swelled to dangerous levels, flooding small towns and breaching more than a dozen levees. Emergencies have been declared in at least 74 cities and 65 counties, according to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, which described the flooding as one of “the most devastating disasters in recent history.” In this photograph on March 15, water covers a road near Valley, Neb. Read more, and see more pictures, at the link in bio. Photograph by @chrismachian@omahaworldherald at Nebraska

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