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Clear It With Sidney

The best of the week’s news by Lindsay Beyerstein

Clear It with Sidney

Sidney's Picks: JD Vance's Venmo Buddies

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The Best of the Week’s News

  • Trump claims the Republicans are pro-worker, but Project 2025 would devastate labor. (NV Current) 
  • Trump’s “populist” VP pick J.D. Vance left his Venmo public, revealing his ties to the elite. (Wired)
  • Russian court convicts WSJ reporter Evan Gershkovich on bogus charges of espionage. (WaPo)
  • The rise of the “union curious”: New report finds young workers most receptive to unionization. (EPI)
  • Elon Musk spreads election fraud lies, pledges $180 million to reelect Trump. (MoJo)

Sidney's Picks: Project 2025 is Trump's Real Campaign Platform

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The Best of the Week’s News

Sidney's Picks: Biden Announces New Heat Protection Rules for Workers

  • Biden announces new heat protections for workers, takes climate change deniers to task. (NYT)
  • How the Supreme Court’s presidential immunity ruling sets the stage for dictatorship. (Vox)
  • Reporter finds passion for journalism behind bars, exposes neglectful prison health system. (NYT)
  • “Some folks need killing!”: NC GOP gubernatorial candidate calls for political violence as “a matter of necessity.” (TNR)
  • Iran condemns labor leader to death. (VOA)

Sidney's Picks: iHeartMedia Workers Ratify First Union Contract

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The Best of the Week’s News

  • Audio storytellers at the iHeartMedia network vote 99% to ratify their first union contract. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Why Starbucks and Workers United are on track to reach a contract. (NYT)
  • House “Slow Fashion Caucus” hopes to break our national addiction to disposable clothing. (WaPo)
  • California senate advances major tax on data mining to fund journalism jobs. (Matt Pearce)
  • New York City is bleeding information industry jobs. (The City)

Sidney's Picks: Sherrod Brown's Senate Opponent Allegedly Stole Wages

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The Best of the Week’s News

  • Sherrod Brown’s opponent shredded overtime pay records at his car dealership and settled more than a dozen wage theft cases. (MoJo)
  • Southern teachers unionize. (Prospect)
  • Amazon Labor Union (ALU) members vote to join the Teamsters. (Verge)
  • Why is the Supreme Court taking so long to decide Trump’s immunity case? (NYT)
  • The labor beat goes on. (Progressive)
  • Honoring Linda Tirado, a fighter for the working class. (Prospect)


Sidney's Picks: Supreme Court Rules Against Labor Board

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The Best of the Week’s News


  • Supreme Court makes it harder for NLRB to reinstate workers fired for organizing. (NYT)

  • Dollar Trees are as common as Starbucks, and the retailer is under pressureto improve its terrible safety record. (VA Center for Investigative Journalism)


  • CVS is making generic drugs for children with contaminated water, incorrect doses of medication, and other serious defects. (Bloomberg)


  • Dark money news sites are outpacing local newspapers in swing states. (Axios)

  • Hundreds of police officers sexually abused kids and many dodged prison time. (WaPo)

  • A co-owner of the Calgary Flames paid to subject indigenous children to pseudoscientific brain wave experiments that were supposed to help them see angels. (CBC)

Sidney's Picks: New WaPo CEO Tried to Squelch Coverage of His Phone-Hacking Scandal

The Best of the Week’s News

  • The Washington Post’s new CEO tried to squelch coverage of his links to a phone-hacking scandal. (SF Gate, NYT, NPR)


  • Nine witnesses in Trump’s criminal cases have received major benefits from his campaign and businesses, raising fears of witness tampering. (ProPublica)


  • Decaying, cash-strapped MTA has no lifeline after Gov. Kathy Hochul unexpectedly kills congestion pricing. (Curbed)

  • 400 incarcerated New Yorkers speak out about the reality of prison labor as Legal Aid Society advances legislation to ban forced labor behind bars. (NY Mag)

  • Can state Supreme Courts safeguard the rights we have, or even recognize new ones? (New Yorker)

Sidney's Picks: Labor Department Sues Hyundai Over Child Labor

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The Best of the Week’s News


Sidney's Picks: Ride Share Tax-Dodging & Disappearing Police Discipline Records

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The Best of the Week’s News

  • How Uber and Lyft dodge millions in taxes. (Slate)
  • NYPD discipline records keep disappearing from a public database. (ProPublica)
  • Trump helped his employees evade security cameras as they moved classified documents he’d hoarded at Mar-a-Lago, newly unsealed motion alleges. (WaPo)
  • Aurora Almendral talks about how she reported her Hillman Prize-winning story on the exploitation of nurses during the pandemic. (Type Investigations)
  • Psychedelics are proving their worth as medicine, but access remains elusive for many. (Nation)
  • African AI workers send open letter to Biden asking him to free them from “modern day slavery.” (Wired)

Sidney's Picks: Billionaires Sue to Nix California's Farm Worker Protections

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The Best of the Week’s News


  • These pomegranate barons are suing to roll back California’s protections for agricultural workers. (LAT)

  • Lawsuit alleges that KFC, McDonald’s and other major brands violated the Ku Klux Klan Act with forced prison labor. (Bloomberg)

  • Was British nurse’s conviction for the alleged murder of seven babies based on scapegoating and junk statistics? (New Yorker)

  • She ran for school board to fight Critical Race Theory in the classroom, she found there was none. (ProPublica)

  • How extremist settlers hijacked Israel’s democracy. (NYT)