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At least six Democratic candidates will attend the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) presidential forum in October. Members of the labor group will get to directly ask candidates questions about their plans for the economy, wages and “how they would make it easier for all working people to join together in unions,” according to SEIU.

Why it matters: Democrats are taking labor unions more seriously, and they’re an important voting bloc up for grabs in the 2020 election.

  • Joe Biden, Julián Castro, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren will attend the SEIU presidential forum Oct. 4 and 5 in Los Angeles.
  • The group has held similar forums in the 2008 and 2016 cycles.

What they’re saying: “We want to hear who has the strongest plan to rebalance power in America so working people can get a seat at the table at work and in our democracy," said SEIU president Mary Kay Henry.

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20 mins ago - Health

Where seniors remain vulnerable to the coronavirus

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Data: CDC and Simon Willison; Note: The last reliable figure reported for New Hampshire was 83.9% on April 6, 2021; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

More than 80% of Americans 65 and older have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, per the CDC, but millions across the country remain unvaccinated — particularly in the South.

Why it matters: Seniors who have yet to receive their shot remain highly vulnerable to the virus even as the country overall becomes safer.

Axios-Ipsos poll: Americans say J&J pause was the right call

Data: Axios/Ipsos Poll; Note: 3.3% margin of error; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Most Americans support the pause in distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, and so far there's no evidence that it's leading to broader vaccine hesitancy, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

Driving the news: In our weekly national survey, 91% of respondents were aware of the temporary pause recommended by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease for Control and Prevention. Of those, 88% said the pause was a responsible decision.

2 hours ago - World

China's Xi swipes at U.S.: "Countries shouldn't impose rules on others"

China's President Xi Jinping during a video summit in Beijing on Friday. Photo: Li Xueren/Xinhua via Getty Images

China's President Xi Jinping on Tuesday warned against "bossing others around or meddling in others' internal affairs" and called for "more fair and equitable" global governance.

Why it matters: Xi's thinly veiled swipes at the U.S. during an online speech at an economic forum come at a time of heightened tensions between Beijing and Washington over trade, human rights and China's strategic and economic ambitions.