Vaping appears to be making hundreds of people sick. Doctors have no idea why.

Even before the appearance of the mystery illness, researchers have been finding that vapor can irritate the lungs. | Getty Images The mysterious spike in respiratory illnesses has sickened more than 400 people and killed three. It was the stream of young, otherwise healthy patients landing in the intensive care unit with trouble breathing that made Utah pulmonologist Dr. Dixie Harris suspect something was up. The first patient presented at the Salt Lake City hospital,…

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Workers need to be part of the conversation about UBI, says “Beaten Down, Worked Up” author Steve Greenhouse

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang, seen here at the Iowa State Fair on August 9, 2019, has proposed a $1,000/month “freedom dividend” for all adults in the US. The problem is that “a lot of them just aren’t entrepreneurs,” journalist Steve Greenhouse says. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Proposals for a universal basic income, such as Andrew Yang’s “Freedom Dividend,” may have dire consequences for blue-collar workers who just want a job, Greenhouse says. Faced with the…

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The incredibly absurd Trump/CNN SharpieGate feud, explained

At least SharpieGate delivered some memes. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images SharpieGate is the worst. Vice President Mike Pence engaged in some questionable patronage of a Trump property while traveling abroad, the administration shuffled millions away from key government projects (including Puerto Rico recovery) to pay for President Trump’s border wall, and things got real weird with Brexit, but all US media could do this week was talk about a Sharpie-altered map of Hurricane Dorian to…

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Iran is to blame for its recent aggressive actions. But so is Trump.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani speaks at parliament in Tehran on September 3, 2019. | Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images Trump should’ve known what withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal would bring. This week alone, Iran vowed to restart research and development on its nuclear program and signaled that it may start to enrich uranium faster. All this came just days after Tehran failed to launch a space rocket in direct defiance of the US and others worried…

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Laboratories of Democracy

Christina Animashaun / Vox Exploring the nation’s most intriguing experiments in local policy. Welcome to Laboratories of Democracy, a series for Vox’s The Highlight, where we examine local policies and their impacts. Powered by WPeMatico

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Nuclear power’s controversial role in the fight against climate change, explained

Three Mile Island, in Middletown, Pennsylvania. | ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images Guess what? You don’t have to be “pro-nuclear” or “anti-nuclear.” One of the more vexing and heated debates in climate policy has to do with the role of nuclear power in decarbonization. Is it helpful or not? Necessary or not? Almost every Democratic candidate was asked the question during the CNN climate forum on Wednesday. There was seemingly little consensus, with answers ranging from the…

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