🛠️ Happy Labor Day! Thanks to all who labor while some of us get a few last hours of summer. And so sorry for all those in Dorian's track — Godspeed for the hours ahead.
America has half as many union members today as 35 years ago, Axios' Stef Kight writes:
The main reasons for the decline, according to Brookings:
What to watch: Public sector unions have maintained their strength over the past several decades, according to Brookings.
Our thought bubble, from Axios' Dan Primack: Sens. Sanders and Warren have been unabashedly pro-union. So one of them becoming president could help fuel a union comeback.
This stunning photo, capturing the calm in Dorian's eye, was posted to Twitter by meteorologist Garrett Black, an Air Force Hurricane Hunter, who credited Jordan Sun and Hunter McAlister for the camerawork.
🌬️ Bulletin: Hurricane Dorian pounded at the northern Bahamas today, as one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded left wrecked homes, shredded roofs, tumbled cars and toppled power poles. (AP)
What you need to know: Axios has the latest news and pics.
Here's what Nassau looked like from the air yesterday.
The less intrepid had left their resort, the Baha Mar, so the Wallaces had no trouble getting a spot at the pool or seat at the bar. It looked like "The Shining."
This sign — in Spanish, with travel times to U.S. destinations — is posted at a migrant shelter affiliated with the San Diego Rapid Response Network.
Tesla announced last week that it would begin offering auto insurance to its electric-car customers — "a rare move by a carmaker to break into the insurance market," per the Financial Times (subscription).
Here's a sneak peek at a book coming this fall from Richard Stengel, former editor of TIME and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs ... "Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It" (Grove Atlantic, Oct. 8).
The Russians were equal-opportunity offenders. They supported liberal causes and conservative ones. There was no particular through-line or ideology in their messaging other than to stir up dissatisfaction and grievance in the audience. In the same day, they created social media that said immigration was polluting America and that racism was keeping down African Americans.
They highlighted the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, around the shooting of an unarmed black teenager. The guidance said to refer to Ferguson at every opportunity in discussing racism in the U.S.
My intelligence briefers put this in the context of the Soviet Union’s long history of spotlighting racism in America, going back to propaganda posters about the Scottsboro Boys in the 1930s. It was a particular focus of Russian propaganda during the Cold War when the Russian press focused on protests against school integration in the South.
The idea was to discredit the American system and accuse the U.S. of hypocrisy when it was preaching democracy abroad. The classic Russian Cold War retort was "But you lynch Negroes." And now, they were focused on stirring up, confusing and suppressing black voters in 2016.
In the new issue of The New Yorker: "Prince was my co-writer" ... "The music idol imagined an autobiography that would help everyone, especially young black artists, realize their power and agency."
We spoke about diction. “Certain words don’t describe me,” he said. White critics bandied about terms that demonstrated a lack of awareness of who he was. “Alchemy” was one. When writers ascribed alchemical qualities to his music, they were ignoring the literal meaning of the word, the dark art of turning base metal into gold. He would never do something like that. He reserved a special disdain for the word “magical.” I’d used some version of it in my statement. “Funk is the opposite of magic,” he said. “Funk is about rules.”
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