Sep 4, 2017

09/04/17: The latest fight for worker’s rights

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North Korea has ratcheted up tensions again by testing what it called a hydrogen bomb on Sunday. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he's working on plans to further sanction the country and, potentially, one of the United States' biggest trade…

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No big movie opening this holiday weekend? It was an "unfortunate series of events"

Sep 4, 2017
Pamela McClintock, senior film writer at The Hollywood Reporter, discusses the lackluster ticket sales at movie theaters this summer.
Moviegoers purchase tickets at an AMC theater in Arcadia, California, in August.
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The latest fight for employee rights: work schedule predictability

Sep 4, 2017
Worker rights advocates say unpredictable schedules, and dreaded "clopenings," take a toll on employees.
Nadine Vassallo, manager of independent bookseller Book Soup, in West Hollywood, California, schedules a 20-person staff with an Excel spreadsheet. 
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After closing for Harvey, the nation's second-largest refinery is set to reopen

Sep 4, 2017
Hurricane Harvey knocked out almost a quarter of the U.S. refining capacity. The average gas price in the U.S. is now about $2.64 for a gallon of regular, according to AAA, up about a quarter from last week. Now, Exxon…

Why blocking trade with China isn't the answer to North Korea

Sep 4, 2017
Joseph DeThomas, a former US ambassador and now professor at Penn State, explains.
The United Nations Security Council holds a meeting on North Korea on September 4, 2017 in New York City. The security council was holding its second emergency meeting in a week after North Korea announced the detonation of what it called an underground hydrogen bomb September 3.
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CEOs are coming out in favor of DACA, but can their support influence Congress?

Sep 5, 2017
Past pressure from business leaders hasn't changed Trump's mind, a Wharton School professor notes.
Activists rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in front of the White House on Aug. 30.
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Working as a nurse but wishing to be a mom

Sep 6, 2017
Joy O'Brien is a nurse practitioner who wants children, but with $2,100 a month in student debt, she can't afford to adopt.
A patient has her blood pressure checked by a registered nurse practitioner during a checkup in Wellington, Florida.
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North Korea has ratcheted up tensions again by testing what it called a hydrogen bomb on Sunday. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he’s working on plans to further sanction the country and, potentially, one of the United States’ biggest trade partners: China. We’ll talk with former U.S. ambassador Joe DeThomas about how that might play out. Then: Efforts to boost the minimum wage have gotten a lot of attention lately and proponents have scored some major victories. But workers rights advocates are now asking: What good is a wage boost if workers don’t know how many hours they’re working every week? Oregon is the first state to legislate predicable work schedules, and the movement is gaining traction. Plus: this Labor Day weekend, the summer movie season limped to a close with no new wide releases. So what happened?