Bernie Sanders’s ambitious plan to double union membership, explained

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a rally in front of the Capitol April 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Activists and low-wage workers gathered on Capitol Hill to rally for a $15 minimum and rights to form unions. | Alex Wong/Getty Images Bernie Sanders wants to end “at-will” employment, and bring industry-wide wage boards. Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign has put out a new plan for workers that reflects a growing progressive labor movement…

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Trump echoes NRA talking points, showing that “background checks” talk was all a charade

Trump speaks outside the White House on Wednesday. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images It took Trump two weeks to go from saying he wanted to do something to trying to justify doing nothing. On August 7 — days after gunmen using semiautomatic weapons killed 31 people in separate shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio — President Donald Trump told reporters he intended to respond to the latest outburst of deadly gun violence with new…

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Why Taylor Swift is rerecording all her old songs

Taylor Swift attends Fox’s Teen Choice Awards on August 11, 2019, in Hermosa Beach, California. | Rich Fury/Getty Images After losing her masters to Scooter Braun, Taylor Swift says she’ll make new ones. Taylor Swift just announced that she’s about to hit the recording studio again to make music. But she won’t be working on new material. Instead, the Hollywood Reporter writes, she is rerecording all her albums. Swift’s announcement comes a month after the…

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A US airport is the latest place to ban plastic water bottles

Matthew Horwood/Getty Images It’s just the beginning of fixing the airline waste problem. Since the advent of air travel, airlines and airports have provided passengers plastic-wrapped items to be used once and tossed away. Rather than make the switch to sustainable goods and packaging, which tend to be heavier than plastic, the aviation industry has kept at this — and annually generates millions of tons of plastic waste. In recent years, however, sustainability has grown…

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Trump says his mileage rules make cars safer. His EPA was worried they will kill more people.

Ford was one of four carmakers that signed a deal with California to enact tougher fuel economy rules, in spite of the Trump administration’s efforts to relax mileage standards. | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images Car companies are working with California to enact stronger mileage standards as the White House is trying to weaken them. President Trump on Wednesday tweeted a defense of his administration’s weakening of fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks, citing safety…

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