Skimm for December 5th

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Difficult to control the reindeer" – Domino's on why it's ditching plans in Japan to have real, live reindeer deliver pizzas for the holidays. Apparently Rudolph's not as reliable as he used to be.

THINGS GETTING SHUT DOWN

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THE STORY

The Dakota Access Pipeline is officially a no-go near Standing Rock in North Dakota.

WAIT...BACK UP.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is the multi-billion-dollar project that would carry crude oil across four states. Construction's almost done, except for the part that's supposed to run near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in ND. For months, Native Americans and their supporters have been protesting the pipeline, saying that it would destroy sacred sites and contaminate the water supply. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe also says it wasn't properly consulted on the project. Earlier this year, they sued, putting construction near the reservation on hold. Meanwhile, protests have gotten so heated (think: police using rubber bullets and water cannons on protesters, some protesters setting fires) that the camp site was due to be shut down today.

WHAT'S THE LATEST?

Yesterday, the US Army Corps of Engineers said the pipeline can't be built near the reservation. It's looking into "alternative routes." This all comes a little more than a month before President-elect Donald Trump moves into the White House. And he's a big supporter of the pipeline. So it may not be the last you hear of this.

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The US has a dark past when it comes to Native American relations. So this is a huge win for the Standing Rock tribe, and for Native American sovereign rights. Now, it's back to the drawing board for the pipeline.


ITALY'S PM

THE STORY

Yesterday, Italian PM Matteo Renzi said 'ciao' to his job.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Over the weekend, Italians hit the polls to vote on a set of constitutional changes that Renzi said would make gov operations more efficient. He even said he'd step down if they didn't pass. Guess what? Italy gave him a big, Gladiator-style thumbs down.

WHAT NOW?

Italy needs a new PM. The country will probably bump up parliamentary elections to early next year. And it's looking like power could go to a populist party called the Five-Star Movement. They want to fix Italy's slow economy by telling the EU that the country needs some space. As in, not using the euro anymore and changing some of the EU budget rules. Turns out, a lot of Italians may be down with that.

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Italy is one of the EU's largest economies. So this vote is leaving not just Italians, but the whole continent in limbo. And the EU might have to get used to the feeling. France and Germany are also heading to the polls next year. And they may have the same populist bug that led to Brexit and Donald Trump's win.

REPEAT AFTER ME...

WHAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT…

Oakland, CA. On Friday night, more than 30 people were killed in a fire at a warehouse party. Rescue crews say that number could go up because they've only searched a small part of the building so far. At some point, the warehouse was converted into a space for artists. It had a maze-like layout, just two exits, and didn't have any sprinklers. Recently, authorities opened investigations into the building because of complaints about trash outside and people illegally living there. It's unclear exactly what caused the fire, but officials have opened a criminal investigation.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR ENTIRE TEAM SCHEDULES A MEETING WITHOUT YOU…

What's going on here? On Friday, President-elect Donald Trump picked up the phone. It was Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen. This is a BF diplomatic D. That's because no US president has taken a phone call from Taiwan's prez in almost 40 years. Taiwan has technically been at war with China for decades. And when the US and China became friends back in the late 70s, the US agreed not to have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. So this phone call is raising a lot of eyebrows. China's saying 'you must be kidding' and officially complained to the US gov. Everyone else is saying this is either an intentional change of policy from the Trump administration, or one big 'oops' moment. And Team Trump is saying 'chill out,' the call was just the Taiwanese prez congratulating Trump for winning the election. Hotline, meet political bling.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU HEAR ABOUT TOM BRADY'S MILESTONE

Big news for the small balls too. Yesterday, four teams were picked to head to the College Football Playoff. They are...drum roll...Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Washington. Your friends who went to these schools are busy on New Year's Eve.

THING TO KNOW

The Plum Book: Not a "Mean Girls" plot line. An actual book full of new government job openings published after every Presidential election. That sound you hear is everyone in DC polishing their resumes.


SKIMM'NESS

Can you feel the Skimm'ness spirit? The elves over at Skimm HQ have been busy putting together something special for your fav people on your holiday list. Without further ado…

Meet Skimm the Season Gift Box. It's packed with Skimm HQ's favorite things: our best Skimm Read, one (or two) bottles of vino to pour it up, our Skimm Ahead app, a product we can't put down, and more. And we have it all at a wayyy better price than you'd normally find. PS: there aren't that many left. So get in on this now.


SKIMM BIRTHDAYS

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