The Boeing 737 MAX grounding is still affecting air travel

Multiple airlines have removed Boeing’s 737 Max jets from their flight schedules into December, with some extending to January 2020. | MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images Airlines have changed flight schedules into December and the aircraft’s return is still uncertain. Multiple airlines have publicly removed Boeing 737 Max jets from flight schedules stretching into December, with some carriers expecting its return in early 2020. The aircraft has been internationally grounded since March, following two fatal crashes within…

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Hurricane Dorian is a Category 3 “major hurricane” just off the coast of the Carolinas

A woman makes a photo of a boarded-up hotel on September 4, 2019, in Charleston, South Carolina. | Sean Rayford/Getty Images A worst-case scenario played out in the Bahamas. Landfall in the US is still possible. On Monday, Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas as an incredibly powerful Category 5 hurricane, with howling winds in excess of 185 mph and gusts up to 220 mph. The storm brought with it a…

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The problem of medical debt, and the wonky fight behind Bernie Sanders’s plan to eliminate it, explained

Ethan Miller/Getty Images Bernie Sanders has a big new health care promise: eliminating $81 billion in medical debt. Americans go bankrupt every year because of unpaid medical bills. Now Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), one of the leading progressives in the 2020 presidential race, says he wants to eliminate all Americans’ medical debt. Sanders teased this plan in a speech over the weekend, but the details have not yet been formally released. “I am sick and…

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The constitutional change at the heart of the UK Parliament’s endless deadlock

Henry Nicholls-WPA Pool/Getty Images A 2011 law undid the core logic of parliamentary government. Fans of parliamentary government have long touted the notion that the British political system could — at least in theory — never get deadlocked in quite the same way as the American system, in which executive and legislative deadlock has become something of a signature feature. But this week, the story looks different, as the United Kingdom is currently bogged down…

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’90s erotic thrillers and the satisfaction of watching women burn the world

Sharon Stone in 1992’s Basic Instinct. | TriStar Pictures These femmes fatales loved sex, put their desires first, and embodied men’s worst fears. Like a moth to a flame, detective Nick Curran, played by Michael Douglas, weaves through a San Francisco nightclub in the 1992 film Basic Instinct; he’s in pursuit of his most recent murder suspect, crime novelist and blonde knockout Catherine Tramell, played by Sharon Stone. He discovers her in a glittering bronze minidress,…

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6 winners and 3 losers from CNN’s climate town hall

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), photographed in August at the Democratic Presidential Committee summer meeting, was sharp and focused in the CNN climate town hall. | Getty Images Winner: Jay Inslee. CNN’s Climate Crisis Town Hall on Wednesday night was an unprecedented seven hours of primetime discussion on climate change with 10 of the Democratic 2020 presidential contenders. It was also the most substantive discussion of climate change policies ever broadcast on television. Each candidate was…

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