Stories by Orion Rummler

LGBTQ presidential forum: What you need to know

This image is a four-way split screen between Biden, Kamala, Pete, and Warren. They are all speaking into microphones.
Biden, Harris, Buttigieg and Warren. Photos: Scott Olson/Getty Images

At Friday's LGBTQ Presidential Forum, Former Vice President Joe Biden got defensive over his history on LGBTQ rights, Sen. Elizabeth Warren recited scripture to emphasize fighting for equal rights, Sen. Kamala Harris dug into policy specifics, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg got personal.

The big picture: 4 of the 5 top-polling candidates — Biden, Warren, Harris and Buttigieg — were among the 2020 hopefuls at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa event organized by LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD. It was their chance to refine their approach to LGBTQ issues and current affairs ahead of CNN's more exclusive LGBTQ 2020 town hall.

Climate scientists launch biggest polar expedition of all time

In this image, the research vessel Polarstern is docked and faces the camera nearly head on
The German icebreaker and research vessel Polarstern in Tromso, Norway, on Sept. 18. Photo: Rune Stoltz Bertinussen/AFP/Getty Images

Scientists from 19 countries, including the U.S., embarked on a 1-year, $155-million expedition on Friday to study how warming effects from climate change impact the Arctic region "now and into the future," the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: "We won’t succeed in accurately forecasting climate developments if we don’t have reliable prognoses for the Arctic," scientist and expedition head Markus Rex said in an interview on the polar expedition's website.

Bernie Sanders aims to wipe out medical debt collection

In this image, the camera looks sharply up at Bernie as he holds a microphone and stands under a clear blue sky.
Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigns at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill campus on Sept. 19. Photo: Preston Ehrler/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders released new details on Saturday for his plan to cancel $81 billion in U.S. medical debt, which is separate from his "Medicare for All" plan.

The big picture: Medical debt burdens Americans without health insurance and, increasingly, those who have insurance with "high deductibles or limited networks of doctors whose care is paid for," the New York Times reports. Surprise medical bills have also grown more common and more expensive.