Fight for $15 protestors picket in Chicago (Daniel X. O'Neil)

AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka will lay out a strategy for the labor movement in the Trump era during a 12:30 Tuesday speech at the National Press Club, which will emphasize communication with the public and its members regarding the difference between the president's rhetoric and action on issues dear to working Americans. But he will also call for a profound change in tactics, arguing that labor and its allies should emphasize extending collective bargaining rights to workers who do not belong to a recognized union.

Why it matters: Labor has spent more than a decade pouring money and organizing efforts into the Employee Free Choice Act, which would have allowed unions to gain recognition after 50% of workers publicly indicated support on a petition, without having to be subsequently approved by secret ballot. The bill never passed in part because elimination of the secret ballot seemed antidemocratic to many voters.

What's next: The movement's most high-profile successes during the Obama years came from so-called "alt-labor" groups, or looser worker confederations that began as ways to promote awareness of the rights non-organized workers, and later launched activist campaigns like the "fight-for-15" movement in the fast food industry. Reforms that would give more rights to workers outside of recognized unions could give these groups more influence.

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Tim Scott says Trump "misspoke" when he told Proud Boys to "stand by"

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told reporters on Wednesday that he believes President Trump "misspoke" when he told the far-right "Proud Boys" group to "stand back and stand by" in response to a question about condemning white supremacy at the first presidential debate.

Catch up quick: Moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump on Tuesday, "Are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down?" Trump asked who specifically he should condemn, and then responded, "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I'll tell you what, somebody's got to do something about antifa and the left."

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Commission on Presidential Debates wants changes

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The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday that it plans to implement changes to rules for the remaining debates, after Tuesday night's head-to-head between Joe Biden and Donald Trump was practically incoherent for most of the night.

What they are saying: "Last night's debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues," the CPD said in a statement.

Trump says he doesn't know who Proud Boys are after telling them to "stand by"

President Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he doesn't know who the Proud Boys are, after saying at the presidential debate last night that the far-right group should "stand back and stand by" in response to a question asking him to condemn white supremacists.

Why it matters: The comments set off outrage and calls for clarification from a number of Republican senators. After being asked several times on Wednesday whether he will condemn white supremacy, Trump responded, "I have always denounced any form — any form of any of that, you have to denounce. But I also — Joe Biden has to say something about antifa."