Skimm for November 20th
Skimm'd with a side of Netflix
"Without gravity, bodily fluids move toward your head. It's a great face-lift" -- Former NASA astronaut Marsha Ivins, telling us all about that no-gravity life.
Tonight, President Obama is going to tell us about executive actions he's taking to overhaul the US immigration system.
Obama is expected to take steps to keep about five million undocumented immigrants from being deported. This includes parents of children who are US citizens, and people who have been in the US for a long time and don't have a criminal record.
Ha. You political novice, you. Obama has been waiting for years for Congress to pass a sweeping immigration reform law. But since Godot never showed up, the president pulled out his presidential handbook and realized he could do a couple of EAs.
Executive actions, otherwise known as 'I do what I want.' Immigration reform is one of the most polarizing issues in politics, and Congress has struggled for years to find a solution that works for both sides of the aisle...and lost a few along the way because of it. More than a few people are pointing out that the president is breaking his own rules by using executive actions.
Obama once said taking executive action on immigration reform would be "violating our laws," "not an option," and "very difficult to defend legally." Now, the White House says its plan is totally legit. The irony is not lost on Republicans, who say this is SO not allowed. They're also wondering if Obama forgot voters gave them control of Congress, and are working on a strategy to stop him.
Obama says he'd be open to canceling these executive actions in the future if Congress passes a bipartisan immigration bill. But that is very, very unlikely. If you thought Obama and the new GOP-controlled Congress would start singing Kumbaya together anytime soon, you were mistaken.
Florida State University. After midnight ET this morning, a gunman opened fire at one of FSU's campus libraries. He was then shot and killed by police, after firing shots on them when they ordered him to drop his weapon. Three people were wounded, with at least one in critical condition. The library was packed at the time. Students described fleeing, barricading themselves in parts of the building, or taking cover. FSU gave the "all clear" around 4am. The campus will be open today, but classes are canceled.
Mrs. Huxtable would have soooo many thoughts right now. Yesterday, both NBC and Netflix said they're tabling plans for Bill Cosby projects, after sexual assault allegations against the comedian have gotten attention in recent weeks. NBC's canceled its family sitcom with Cosby and Netflix postponed plans for a comedy special. Even TV Land is reportedly pulling "The Cosby Show" re-runs from its lineup. 15 women have now accused Cosby of sexual assault, with old allegations resurfacing in recent weeks. Most recently, former model Janice Dickinson came forward, saying Cosby drugged and assaulted her in the 80s. Cosby's lawyer denied Dickinson's allegations, and earlier this week, he said Cosby wouldn't dignify old accusations with a comment.
Does Uber know I'm still in bed? Uber's come under some fire this week for its "God View" tracking tool. Yup, it's a thing. The tool lets Uber employees track the locations of customers who've requested a car. This data's supposed to be used only for "legitimate business purposes." But earlier this month, a BuzzFeed News reporter claims the company tracked her ride for not-so-legitimate purposes. She reportedly arrived at Uber's offices in Long Island to find Uber's NY general manager waiting for her outside, where he apparently told her, "I was tracking you." Always a good first line. The reporter says she did not give him permission to creep like that. Uber says it's looking into the incident. This comes days after an Uber exec stepped in it by suggesting the company should dig up dirt on reporters who've been critical of the company. Happy Thanksgiving, Uber PR team.
Santa! I know him! Nope, you're not in the North Pole. You're in Buffalo. The Great Lakes area is experiencing a serious amount of snow. Buffalo, NY has been hit with more than five feet this week…and it's not over. Another two to three feet could drop by today. Seven people there have died in storm-related accidents. Buffalo's not the only city getting hit with the big chill. Parts of Wisconsin and Michigan are still listening to 'let it snow, let it snow, let it snow' on repeat. Yesterday, there was brief pause in the storm but it's supposed to ramp up again tomorrow. This week, all 50 states hit below freezing temps at some point. Your calendar's not a liar -- it's still November.
Another one bites the dust. JetBlue, the only airline that lets you stretch out and eat free Terra chips in coach, is scaling back on its perks. They're now adding checked baggage fees on some flights and reducing leg room. Other airlines have been doing this for years, but JetBlue held out to keep the flyers happy. JetBlue shareholders are flying high though, since this means more money in the bank — $450 million more by 2017. You were my boy, Blue.
"How Google Works" by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
An inside look at how Google became Google, told by famous boss-man Eric Schmidt. Names are dropped. Steve Jobs shows up. This will help you be better at your job.
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