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German Lopez
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I was skeptical of unions. Then I joined one.

I was skeptical of unions. Then I joined one.

On November 17, 2017, right after the Vox Media editorial staff started a push to unionize, I sent out my worst tweets of all time. “I am against #VoxUnion,” I wrote in one of the tweets. I wrote in another, “Vox Media is a generous company (unusually so for digital media), and some people want to take advantage of that.” “I am generally fine with and even supportive of unions,” I concluded. “Just not this one.” I wasn’t convinced, based on my experience, that we needed a union to ensure the company treated us well. And I was worried that “lazy” or bad workers could take advantage of...

August 29, 2019
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Wash your damn hands

Wash your damn hands

It’s one of the best ways to prevent Covid-19 — and you’re probably doing it wrong. Germany’s Ministry of Health launched a campaign on February 6 to teach children and adults how to wash their hands correctly and thoroughly in order to prevent transmission of Covid-19 and other diseases. Peter Gercke/picture alliance via Getty Images With Covid-19 cases in nearly 50 countries, and the World Health Organization’s risk assessment now at the highest level, there’s never been a better time to brush up on one of the easiest ways to avoid the spread of infectious disease: proper, consistent...

March 4, 2020
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5 winners and 3 losers from Election Day 2019

5 winners and 3 losers from Election Day 2019

It’s not Election Day 2020 yet, but on Tuesday we got the next best thing. Voters all over the country headed to the polls to decide local and state elections. The headline-grabbing contest was Democrat Andy Beshear beating Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin in the Kentucky governor’s race — a state President Donald Trump won by a whopping 30 percent in 2016. Some caveats: Bevin was among the most unpopular governors in the country, and other Republican leaders in the state outperformed him on Tuesday. But Beshear’s win was still a big loss for Trump, who campaigned in Kentucky just a...

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November 7, 2019
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America is now on track to vaccinate all adults by July 4

America is now on track to vaccinate all adults by July 4

July 4 this year could also be America’s Independence Day from Covid-19. At current rates, America is administering nearly 2.8 million Covid-19 vaccine doses a day — roughly enough to vaccinate every adult (18 and older) in the country by July 4. That would mean 80 percent of the population would be able to get a vaccine. We don’t know for certain if that’s enough for herd immunity, when enough of the population is immune to the disease, through vaccines or natural infection, that the virus can no longer sustain its spread. But it’s in the range that experts typically mention. Since a...

Mar 30
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How Biden’s stimulus bill could actually build back better

How Biden’s stimulus bill could actually build back better

The economic relief bill should address the current crisis — but it can try to mitigate the next crisis, too.As President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress gear up to pass an economic relief package, their most pressing task is addressing the recession. But some economists and activists are hoping Biden and other lawmakers will also take a longer view.The recession has revealed many structural problems in the economy. Vast socioeconomic and racial inequality. Insufficient support for parents, who have been asked to do much more as schools and child care close down. Low-wage workers deemed...

Jan 29
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Why America can’t rely solely on individuals to stop Covid-19

Why America can’t rely solely on individuals to stop Covid-19

The countries that defeated the coronavirus have done so collectively. The US’s individualistic approach isn’t working.Finding the best ways to do good.Americans have spent much of the pandemic blaming one another for the coronavirus’s spread.Don’t go to that beach or park. Don’t go to that bar or restaurant. Don’t do anything for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Wear a mask! You don’t want to kill Grandma, do you?Public officials have joined in. Increasingly, they are blaming private gatherings, not the restaurants and bars they insist on keeping open, for the spread of the disease. In some...

Dec 21
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New Jersey just legalized marijuana

New Jersey just legalized marijuana

Voters okayed marijuana legalization in November, and now the governor and legislature have made it reality.New Jersey effectively on Monday, following of marijuana legalization in the November general election.Gov. Phil Murphy (D) on Monday multiple marijuana-related bills to legalize use for adults 21 and older, remove penalties for small amounts of the drug, and create a regulated market.Murphy came into office in 2018 after . But the idea faced a rocky path to fruition as the state’s lawmakers debated whether and how to implement legalization. Ultimately, lawmakers put the issue in...

Feb 22
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4 winners and 5 losers from the last Biden-Trump debate

4 winners and 5 losers from the last Biden-Trump debate

The final debate between President and former Vice President , held on Thursday evening, was the first one of the that actually felt like a debate.The was a chaotic disaster due to Trump’s constant interruptions; the second one didn’t happen because Trump refused to agree to debate virtually while he had (the candidates held instead). This time around, and the handy use of a mute button allowed both candidates to express their thoughts — leading to a mix of actual substantive policy exchanges and less-than-coherent mudslinging about families and personal finance.The format seems to have...

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Oct 23
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Oregon’s ballot measure to decriminalize all drugs, explained

Oregon’s ballot measure to decriminalize all drugs, explained

The ballot measure is trying to move the state from a criminal justice to a public health approach on drugs.Oregon may take a big first step toward ending the war on drugs this November, with voters set to decide whether the state will decriminalize all drugs through the ballot initiative Measure 110.The initiative would decriminalize all drugs, including cocaine and heroin, and redirect the savings — along with sales tax revenue from marijuana, which is currently legal in the state — to setting up a drug addiction treatment and recovery program. It’s an attempt to replace the criminal...

Oct 21
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Election Day was a major rejection of the war on drugs

Election Day was a major rejection of the war on drugs

In every state where marijuana legalization or another drug policy reform was on the ballot, it won. We still don’t know with certainty who will be the next president of the United States. But this year’s election results have given us a lot more clarity on one thing: American voters, even conservative ones, are ready to reel back the US’s war on drugs. In every state where a ballot measure asked Americans to reconsider the drug war, voters sided with reformers. In Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota, voters legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. In Mississippi and South...

Nov 4
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