There’s a new version of the ‘world’s most comfortable shoe,’ and it’s made from trees — here’s our verdict

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Allbirds recently released shoes in both a new style and new fabric.
They’re made from tree pulp fiber and look closer to boat shoes than traditional running shoes.
I took the new shoes on vacation to put them to the test.
I found the light, stretchy knit fabric to be perfect for hurrying through the airport and walking all day through theme parks.
Still, I’m not sold on the look.

When I heard that Allbirds was releasing a new shoe made from tree fiber, I was naturally skeptical.

How could that be comfortable? Would that be durable? What would that even look like?

I’ve finally tested the shoes — a version of the Tree Skipper in the “stone” color — and what I found, I liked. While they aren’t great for every situation, neither are the original wool Allbirds, dubbed “the world’s most comfortable shoes” (ever wear them in the rain?).

The new Tree Skipper is certainly a summer shoe, designed for wearing in warm, sunny weather. So I took advantage of a trip to warm, sunny Orlando, Florida, to really put the shoe through its paces.

What I found was that it’s the perfect shoe for breezing through the airport and walking all day through theme parks.

First, a little bit about the shoe’s attributes

The shoe is extremely light. There’s almost nothing to it, really. The fabric has a great stretch to it, and it’s soft to the touch. It’s also a loose knit, which keeps your feet cool even if you’re wearing socks.

The stretchability basically makes it so that you never have to tie the shoe, and you can slip it on and off. This makes it especially useful for going through airport security lines, helping you to breeze through in a flash — well, as fast as possible, anyway.

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A new poll found that a majority of Americans support a radical change to the US healthcare system

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A new poll found 59% of Americans support a “national Medicare-for-all plan.”
The plan is similar to a proposal made by Sen. Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Support for the idea is split along party lines, with only 36% of Republicans in favor.

The healthcare system supported by Bernie Sanders and many liberal-leaning Democrats has begun gaining steam with more Americans, according to a new poll.

The poll, from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health policy think tank, found that:

59% of respondents supported a Medicare-for-all healthcare system in which all Americans would get coverage through a government program like Medicare or Medicaid.
Moving to a public-option model, under which people could sign up for the Medicare-like program, would be even more popular.
About 75% of the public would favor a program framed as a public option for anyone who wants it.

There is, as expected, a partisan split in the polling on Medicare-for-all:

75% of Democrats support the idea along with 58% of independents.
But just 36% of Republicans are in favor of the idea.
But, when asked about the optional expanded Medicare program, or “Medicare-for-some,” support among GOP voters jumped to 64%.

While the Medicare-for-all option is still a difficult sell for lawmakers, 16 Democrats signed on to Sanders’ bill to implement such a program in the US back in September. Additionally, many business leaders and politicians have been floating the idea for a single-payer system, which would see the government fund a vast majority of medical coverage.

Despite the findings, Kaiser said it is not conclusive whether the same percentage of people would support a concrete piece of legislation.

“It is unclear how support levels would fare once each of these proposals became part of the larger public debate on health care in this country,” the organization’s researchers wrote. “Prior Kaiser Family Foundation surveys have found …read more

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The 10 most important things in the world right now

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Hello! Here’s what’s happening on Monday.

1. Russia elected Vladimir Putin for a fourth presidential term. The country, which has been accused of interfering with elections overseas, claimed its presidential contest was attacked by foreign hackers.

2. Wang Qishan, a key ally of President Xi Jinping, was chosen as China’s vice president. Along with Xi, Wang may rule indefinitely now that term limits have been abolished.

3. UK ministers repeatedly warned that Brexit would put Britain at risk from Russia. Russia has been accused of meddling in Brexit and poisoning a former spy in the UK.

4. Special counsel Robert Mueller sent a list of questions to US President Donald Trump. Shortly after, Trump called for the Russia investigation to be shut down.

5. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte slammed the International Criminal Court (ICC). Duterte said the ICC is backed by “white idiots in the EU” after withdrawing last week.

6. Facebook was criticized for its handling of a massive data “breach”. A data firm that worked on the 2016 Trump campaign improperly harvested private information from 50 million Facebook users.

7. Turkish forces seized the Syrian-Kurdish town of Afrin. Syria had accused Turkey of ethnic cleansing in the area, and activists say 280 civilians died during the two month operation.

8. Apple is developing its own screens. According to Bloomberg, Apple has a secret manufacturing facility in California where it is producing its own displays.

9. China threatened “military pressure” after Trump signed a law regarding Taiwan. The law allows US and Taiwanese officials to visit one another, a move that angered China.

10. Stephen Hawking’s final research paper could lead to the discovery of a parallel universe. The paper, submitted 10 days before his death, sets …read more

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UN Says North Korea May Have Helped Syria Make Chemical Weapons

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North Korea has been sending Syria materials that could be used to make chemical weapons, according to an unreleased report from United Nations experts.

The New York Times reports investigators were looking at North Korea’s adherence to U.N. sanctions. They found the Hermit Kingdom has shipped supplies like acid-resistant tiles, valves and thermometers to the Syrian government.

The materials were part of some 40 previously unreported shipments between 2012 and 2017. It’s unclear whether North Korea is currently sending supplies.

The New York Times says the report also points out the danger of a relationship between the two countries because any trade could help Syria with chemical weapons and help North Korea keep its own weapons programs up and running.

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