Skimm for June 13th

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology" -- Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla. He just became the Willy Wonka of electric cars by giving everyone a golden ticket to Tesla's patents. Now you just have to figure out what to do with them.

IRAQ'S BACK

THE STORY 

Just a little over two years after the US withdrew all of its troops, Iraq is a hot mess again.

WHAT'S HAPPENING?

Northern Iraq's having an identity crisis. Earlier this week, Sunni militants took everyone by surprise and started attacking multiple cities. And yesterday, Kurdish forces took over the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. The Sunnis say they're advancing towards Baghdad, the country's capital. This is making people scared that Iraq will basically dissolve into areas controlled by separate ethnic and religious groups who don't get along.

BAD DEJA VU. WHO ARE ALL THESE GROUPS AGAIN? 

Shiites and Sunnis: Two branches of Islam. Shiites are in power now, but Sunnis used to be in charge under Saddam Hussein. Sunnis miss the old times.

Kurds: A minority ethnic group. They're in northern Iraq with their own language. You know them from when Saddam Hussein attacked them with chemical weapons in the late '80s. Most Kurds are Sunnis.

ISIS: A terror group. The one causing all of this drama. Too violent for even al Qaeda to associate with. They're Sunnis and really want a Sunni state.

IS ANYONE HELPING OUT? 

The US officially said it would look into it. Unofficially, it's probably saying FML. Iraq said it wouldn't mind US airstrikes to help stave off the attacks. Neighboring Iran raised its hand, and yesterday sent troops to help defend its Shiite friends.

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New attacks raise fears that Iraq is going a thousand steps backwards. The other problem is that this could affect global oil markets, since Iraq's a key player. Read: your gas could eventually cost more. Not pumped.

WORLD CUP: PEOPLE WHO KICK BETTER THAN YOU

BRAZIL: Home team beat Croatia last night in the World Cup kickoff game. But not before scoring on themselves. Mistakes happen.

GIVE ME SOMETHING TO SAY: "Clean sheet:" aka a shutout. When one team has a giant "0" on the scoreboard at the end of the game. Not ideal.

REPEAT AFTER ME...

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SADDENED BY...

The death of actress Ruby Dee, who passed away yesterday at the age of 91. Her breakout role was over 50 years ago in "A Raisin in the Sun." But you know her as the feisty momma who slapped Denzel Washington across the face in "American Gangster." Dee and her husband Ossie Davis were known for performing together on stage and in movies -- but they were also civil rights activists and two of the few people who managed to be friends with both Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU COME TO DINNER LATE...

I feel like everyone's been talking about me. Welcome home, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The American POW freed late last month in exchange for five Taliban prisoners came back to the US today to be treated at a Texas military facility. Since his release, Bergdahl has been spending his time in a military hospital in Germany, reportedly without Internet or TV. So he probably missed a few things. Like the fact that Congress is still annoyed it wasn't consulted about the deal and some soldiers say he's a deserter.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN IT RAINS UNEXPECTEDLY...

Kim Jong-un is going to be so mad at you, Mr. Weatherman. If there's anything Lil' Kim doesn't have a tolerance for it's the US, South Korea, new hairstyles, and being caught without an umbrella. So the North Korean leader took a field trip to the country's meteorological center recently to vent about how he thinks they get it wrong too often. He reportedly said that they're all failing due to a lack of hustle, and suggested they get better equipment.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN SOMEONE SAYS 'YOLO'...

Happy belated, George H.W. Bush.

SKIMM READS

"The Opposite of Loneliness" by Marina Keegan

A collection of essays and stories on everything from Internet envy to exterminators. The author died in a car crash two years ago, shortly after her Yale graduation. Just read this.


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