Skimm'd over a migraine and lots of Excedrin
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"$4,954" -- The phone bill racked up by a Japanese gymnast in Rio thanks to Pokemon Go. Catch 'em all or go broke tryin'.
ORANGE IS THE NEW BREAK
Yesterday, President Obama cut the prison sentences of 214 federal inmates.
WHY'D HE DO THAT?
Because many of them committed nonviolent drug offenses and were convicted under outdated laws. Back in 2014, Obama announced an initiative to get them out from behind bars. So far in office, Obama's cut the sentences short for more prisoners than the past nine presidents combined. But critics have said he still has a long way to go to fulfill his goals.
Yup. Yesterday wasn't all good press for the Obama administration. Earlier this year, Obama secured the release of five American prisoners being held by Iran. But yesterday, the WSJ published an article that said $400 million in cash was sent to Iran around the same time the prisoners were released. Coincidence? Some are saying 'I think not. This sounds a lot like a ransom payment.' Which the US has a policy against. But the Obama administration says the delivery was just the settlement of a longstanding cash money dispute between the two countries, resolved during Iran nuclear deal negotiations.
Yesterday was the biggest single-day presidential prison break in more than a century. Just in time for Obama's last six months to work on his legacy. TBD on whether he can avoid more Iran drama in the process.
REPEAT AFTER ME...
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR UBER DRIVER SAYS IT'S HIS FIRST DAY ON THE JOB...
Not comforting. Yesterday, a DC Metro cop became the first US police officer charged with aiding a terror group. Great. This all started back in 2010, when the FBI got a tip that 36-year-old Nicholas Young was being shady. The Feds started investigating him, and found a few not-so-comforting things. Examples: He met with a guy who was arrested in 2012 for plotting to blow up the US Capitol Building. He dressed up as Jihadi John — the ISIS member known for beheading people — for Halloween in 2014. He apparently attempted to send money to ISIS through a gift-card system that he thought was set up by the terror group. Turns out, it was actually an undercover FBI agent. Oops. So yesterday, Young was arrested and charged with providing material support to ISIS. If he's convicted, Young faces up to 20 years in prison.
WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR CO-WORKER WHO ALWAYS SAYS 'LOW-HANGING FRUIT'...
Been hearing this a lot. Just like all things related to the Zika virus. Yesterday, it came out that at least 33 US service members have contracted the big Z. Including one who's pregnant. Not good, because the virus — which you can get from mosquitoes or from having sex with an infected person — is linked to severe birth defects. If you're not pregnant, symptoms include things like a fever and a rash. Zika's been sweeping Latin America and the Caribbean, and all the US service members who contracted the virus got it overseas. But Zika's becoming a bigger threat in the US too. Earlier this week, it came out that 14 people contracted Zika from local mosquitoes in the Miami area. Which caused the agency — for the first time ever — to warn pregnant women against traveling to a place inside the US because of an infectious disease. And all this comes just as Brazil, which has been hit hard with the virus, is about to host the Olympics. Lovely timing.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR CO-WORKER SITS WAYYYY TOO CLOSE AT AN OFFICE HAPPY HOUR...
Gettin' cozy. So are Time Warner Inc. and Hulu. Yesterday, Time Warner said it's paying $583 million for a 10% stake in the streaming service. That means Hulu will now have four parents — Time Warner, Disney, 21st Century Fox, and Comcast. Modern family. As part of the deal, Hulu's new live streaming TV service, which should launch next year, will get a lot of channels owned by Time Warner. Think: CNN, TBS, TNT. Meanwhile, Time Warner gets a piece of the streaming pie at a time when lots of viewers are cutting the cord and only watching things online. Speaking of companies warming up to each other, Walmart is reportedly in talks to buy Jet.com — that online discount retailer that comes up when you Google 'where can I buy laundry detergent?' If the sale does happen, it would be a big disappointment for Jet, which hoped to compete with Amazon and more traditional stores (like Walmart). TBD on whether Jet and Walmart will say 'let's make a deal.'
*21st Century Fox is a minority investor in theSkimm
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU'RE IN A BORING MEETING ALL AFTERNOON….
Fly me to the moon. A startup called, what else, Moon Express feels you. Yesterday, it became the first private company to get US approval to land a spacecraft on the moon. One small leap for Moon Express. One giant leap for your dream of finding out if the moon is really made of cheese.
THING TO KNOW
Refugee Olympic Team: Yes, this is a first. It's a group of 10 athletes from war-torn countries who are competing at the Olympics in Rio. Good for these athletes, who might not have had a chance to compete otherwise. And also good for bringing attention to that little thing called the migrant and refugee crisis.
PS: Opening Ceremony is tomorrow. We made you an Olympics calendar so you don't miss anything. Download Skimm Ahead to get it here.
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