QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The Orient" -- Something VP Joe Biden mentioned in a speech yesterday. Hours after apologizing for saying "Shylocks," which many see as an anti-Semitic slur. Biden's foot, meet mouth. Again.

THINGS MAKING MOVES

SCOTLAND

THE STORY

Scotland might decide to get a divorce from the UK today.

THE WHAT

Scotland's been married to the UK for centuries. But some Scots have been pushing for independence for years, saying the country is economically tough enough to go it alone. Now, the idea's gone mainstream and today Scotland could actually vote 'yes.'  Thanks to the help of 16 and 17-year-olds, too.

WHAT ARE BOTH SIDES SAYING?

Team "Yes Scotland"…This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to take back the nation. Cheers!

Team "No Thanks"…Yes, that's really its name. Basically every British politician you know has been campaigning for this side, saying 'bad idea, bad idea.'

WHAT WOULD THIS MEAN?

Unclear. The rumor mill is buzzing about what this could do to markets. Hint: bad things. And British PM David Cameron's so worked up, he said yesterday "assassination would be a welcome release." So there's that. The worst of it? The Royals might not be able to have their annual ball at their Scottish estate. Bugger.

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Is this a case of two countries, one kilt? TBD.


CONGRESS

THE STORY

Yesterday, the House voted to back President Obama's plan to help Syrian rebels fighting against ISIS.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Obama's one step closer to getting a permission slip from Congress to train and arm some rebels in Syria that have been fighting both Syria's president and ISIS.

ANYTHING ELSE?

Remember that time Obama said 'no ground troops' would go to Iraq while the US fights ISIS? And that time he repeated it? Well, earlier this week, his top military adviser told Congress he wouldn't rule out recommending that Obama send ground troops. So yesterday, Mr. President had to add 'damage control' to his itinerary.

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The words 'ground troops' and 'Iraq' in the same sentence hit a nerve for Americans. Having a key military adviser say them just before Congress started voting? Not what Obama was hoping for. The Senate could vote as soon as today on his plan.

REPEAT AFTER ME...

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU CAN'T STOP HEARING THE SAME SONG…

If I hear "Fancy" one more time I'm gonna lose it. That's how everyone feels about the NFL. Last night, Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested for domestic violence and deactivated from all team activities. This comes after a week of multiple headlines featuring NFL players and abuse. And PR issues aren't just a pro problem. Yesterday, Florida State benched Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston for half a game for standing on a table and yelling  "f**k her right in the p**sy." Nice to see that chivalry's not dead. The saying is an Internet meme that Winston decided to make his own. This is the same Winston who was accused of rape by a student two years ago. He also forgot to pay for some crab legs from a supermarket this year…because YOLO? Winston said he knows he has to "tone it down." Sounds about right.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN THE NEWS SEEMS TOO DEPRESSING…

Maybe don't read this one. A measles vaccine that went bad has killed at least 15 and as many as 50 kids in northwestern Syria. The area where the vaccine was administered is controlled by rebel forces fighting against President Bashar al-Assad. They hoped to serve as a temporary government in the area and help provide basic health care to citizens. So this is a setback. Some of the victims were just infants. It's unclear whether the vaccine went bad at a storage facility or was tampered with.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU REALIZE THE SHADOW IS JUST A COAT RACK…

Seeing things. Earlier this month, a lot of people in the Rockies saw a "fireball" exploding in the sky. People thought, 'It's a meteor…it's a UFO…' but spoiler: it's a Russian. Turns out the great balls of fire were really part of a Russian spy satellite that broke away from the mothership. Is that just a draft or are we living a la Cold War? Apparently these spy satellites still like to keep tabs on the US military's equipment and toys. The US military's always known this but for a lot of people this is news. The Russian Defense Ministry said they question the "condition" the "so-called" US experts were in when they decided it was a Russian satellite that went down. Zing.

THING TO KNOW

Just the (Fantasy) tip: Falcons QB Matt Ryan had a rough time against the Bengals last week. But expect "Matty Ice" to bounce back tonight against the Buccaneers, who've had a harghhh-de-hard (sorry, pirate joke) run so far this season.


SKIMM GIFT

You know what's supposed to be relaxing? Putting cucumbers on your eyes. You know what's actually relaxing? A real spa. Stop chopping vegetables and enter here to chill out in San Diego.

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