Skimm for February 7th
Quote of the Day: "Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic." -- CBS's warning to Grammy talent
* Still in: Boy ScoutsTHE STORY: The Boy Scouts of America were on track to getting with the times but they took a detour somewhere over the rainbow. The organization has delayed a vote on whether to end a controversial ban on gay members until May. Last month, they said they were considering removing their national restriction on gays and leaving the decision up to local chapters.
THE WHY (DO I NEED TO SKIMM?): Board members for the youth organization were expected to vote on the issue this week but decided to closet the issue, which they've upheld amid criticism. Those for and against a change got fired up again. It's hard being one with nature, if you can't be your natural self.
* Out in public: the DronesTHE STORY: The White House has done a 180 and told the Justice Department to release to members of Congress classified documents that detail the legal justification for killing, by drone strikes (and other means of terrifying genius), US citizens abroad.
THE WHY (DO I NEED TO SKIMM?): In 2011, a US-born cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, who joined the dark side otherwise known as al Qaeda, was killed in a CIA drone strike. The White House announcement goes back to a memo that justified the killing of this guy. Members of Congress have wanted to get their hands on it forever. Until this week, the Obama administration has pretty much said "What memo? We don't know of any docs." Then NBC News got its hands on a memo that detailed some of the analysis for legally killing an American citizen. That got people wanting more, especially lawmakers who put pressure on President Obama to release the docs or else face a hold up in confirming his new CIA director. And the debate drones on.
* Questionable: Alex CollinsTHE STORY: It was national signing day, the first day high school recruits can sign letters of intent to football teams. Otherwise known as the day a bunch of old men get excited about committing to 17-year-olds. However one of those recruits didn't get to pick a team -- Alex Collins, whose mom stole his letter of intent. Arkansas is just too far from home.
THE WHY (DO I NEED TO SKIMM?): Signing day was a good day for the Southeastern Conference, which remains the conference of choice for top recruits. It was not a happy day for pigskin fans all around though. Veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw and defensive tackle Chris Canty were let go by the New York Giants to make space on the payroll. As if they needed another reminder that they weren't in the Super Bowl.
REPEAT AFTER ME...What you want to hear when you call customer service... You're right, we'll go back to the drawing board to give you an entirely different experience, just please stop yelling. Angry Tunisian protesters essentially got this reply when they forced the government into spin mode. Tunisia's ruling Islamists dissolved the government and promised some speedy elections after the country saw its largest protests since the revolution two years ago (good morning, Arab Spring). Why all the noise? Protesters are upset by the assassination of a prominent secular opposition leader who was known to be critical of Tunisia's leadership. Tunisia has been trying to maintain stability and revive its economy after the revolution. Change isn't easy. (h/t Lindsay Roberts, New York, NY)
What to say when you forget your keys... Sh*t, it's only the beginning. A new government-funded report just confirmed what many of us fear -- Alzheimer's is on the rise, by a lot. The number of people in the US with the disease is expected to triple to nearly 14 million by 2050. The 'epidemic' includes updated Census info and isn't helped by the number of aging Baby Boomers. Now would be a good time to think about the strain put on the healthcare industry as well as families. And if you need a good cry, go watch "The Notebook."
What to say when your flight is delayed... I'm losing my leverage to switch to another airline. This is a potential consequence now that American Airlines and US Airways are about to officially join forces into one monstrous customer service nightmare (just me?). If the deal comes through, the giant patriotic-named airline could have a market capitalization of more than $10 billion and become the world's largest airline. It would also take American out of bankruptcy. Hmm, on second thought, hey US Airways, want to help me too?
What to say while dreaming of Brazil... Don't start to samba just yet. The US lost its opening match in the final qualifying round for the World Cup. The Cup will take place in Brazil next summer. The US's loss to Honduras was a bitter blow, considering it was the first time the US has lost its opener in the history of the complex qualifying rounds. New German coach Jurgen Klinsmann was supposed to "mix things up" and take the team to the next level, but losing this game is not what fans had in mind. Not to fear, Brazilian bikinis and caipirinhas could still be in the US's future, as long as they finish within the top three out of six teams. Nothing like aiming for third best.
What to say on a first date... My mind is telling me no, but my body and my dress are telling me yessss. A Netherlands-based fashion designer has officially taken all of the mystery out of playing hard to get and created a dress line called Intimacy. Intimacy turns clear when you get, um, excited. The dresses are made out of these "smart e-foils" so when your heart starts racing and your body starts telling you oh yeah, there's really no denying it. And you either get lucky or turn red. While the concept isn't new, it's apparently been getting a lot of attention ahead of V-Day. PS Boys, don't make too many jokes, as your clear suit is on its way. And you better hope we don't have anything to laugh about.
SKIMM FAVOR: The Postal Service took our idea. We don't deliver mail on Saturdays either. Thank us for sleeping in by passing on theSkimm.
BIRTHDAYS: Karen Kasner (Scarsdale, NY); Marielle Kress (Washington, DC); Amanda Slavin (Los Angeles, CA); Sophie Elgort (New York, NY) Got a birthday? Send it in.
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