Skimm for December 13th

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

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TAKING SIDES

THE STORY

GOP leaders in Congress are on board with more investigations into how Russia meddled with the US presidential election.

WAIT…BACK UP.

During the campaign, the US intelligence community agreed that Russia was trying to interfere with the election, even though it wasn't totally clear why. Then last week, it came out that the CIA's concluded reports that Russia interfered with the election with the goal of helping President-elect Donald Trump win. Not good, since that means Russia is trying to threaten US democracy and the idea of free elections. Trump said "I don't believe it," and called the report "ridiculous." Congress is saying 'disagree.' Senators from both sides of the aisle think that everyone should be alarmed by the CIA's report. They've also called for a Congressional investigation into the findings.

WHAT'S THE LATEST?

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) – the two most powerful lawmakers in Congress – said the CIA's findings are "disturbing" and "unacceptable." They both agree that more investigations are needed.

ANYTHING ELSE?

Remember the Electoral College? The electors have to officially cast their votes to make Trump president, and that happens next week. But now a handful of them want the Director of National Intelligence to give them more info on the hacking before they vote. Also, it looks like Trump's expected to nominate ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for sec. of state today. BTW, Tillerson's really close with Russian President Putin.

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It's very rare for a President or President-elect to challenge the intelligence community. And now not only is Trump openly disagreeing with the CIA, he's also disagreeing with his own party's biggest leaders. If Russia's mission here was to create confusion and chaos in the US electoral process...mission accomplished.

REPEAT AFTER ME...

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR AWKWARD BUMBLE DATE WANTS TO TAKE YOU OUT AGAIN…

Not happening. Same for the CBS-Viacom merger. Yesterday, the Redstone family — which controls both CBS and Viacom — said that a potential marriage between the two media companies is off. Reminder: CBS and Viacom used to be one company before billionaire media mogul Sumner Redstone decided to split them up more than a decade ago. Back then, he thought Viacom was the stronger brand thanks to popular channels like MTV and Comedy Central. Turns out, CBS was the one that did really well post break-up. Viacom, not so much. So earlier this year, the Redstones - Sumner and his daughter Shari - asked CBS and Viacom to look into getting back together. But now, they're saying 'scratch that' and calling it off. This might have something to do with Viacom's new CEO Bob Bakish, who has been with the company for almost two decades and has been striking many deals for Viacom around the world. The Redstones say he has the "forward-looking" plans that will now help Viacom survive as a singleton.

WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR CO-WORKER WHO JUST CLOSED THE LAST DEAL OF THE YEAR…

Signed, sealed, delivered. Boeing feels you. Early this week, the aircraft maker finalized an almost $17 billion deal to sell Iran Air 80 airplanes. Reminder: the US and Iran have not done business for decades partly thanks to sanctions related to Iran's nuclear program. Then last year, the US and Iran signed a major historic deal that was years in the making to lift some of those sanctions in exchange for Iran limiting its nuclear capabilities. And now, with this Boeing deal -- the biggest business agreement between US and Iran in decades -- it looks like the icy business relations between the two countries are starting to warm a little. So seems like when it comes to international business, the skies are the limit. Literally.

WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHO'S FAVORITE MOVIE IS "CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE"...

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are baaaack. Yesterday, Golden Globe noms were announced. And  "La La Land" -- the musical they're both starring in -- picked up a casual seven nominations. Stone and Gosling are also up for best actor and actress awards. That's got everyone wondering whether the Hollywood stars will sing and dance their way to Oscar nominations too. "Moonlight" – the one about a gay black man growing up in Miami – was also a favorite, scoring six noms. The red carpet rolls out early next year. Get the popcorn popping.

WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR CO-WORKER WHO HAS BACK-TO-BACK MEETINGS ALL DAY…

Busy busy. So is the Supreme Court. Yesterday, the Supremes rejected a challenge to an estimated $1 billion settlement for thousands of former NFL players. In recent years, retired football players have sued the NFL for allegedly covering up the link between football-related head injuries and the development of brain diseases like CTE. The NFL settled, and agreed to pay the former players for injuries they suffered on the field. But after a lot of legal back and forth, the case ended up with the Supremes. Now -- with the Supreme Court's' latest decision --  the NFL will finally start paying up. Also on the Supremes' to do list: the death penalty. An inmate -- sentenced to death after raping and killing a girl in 1984 -- was supposed to be executed by lethal injection in 2009. But authorities botched the execution. They were supposed to try again, but the inmate appealed saying that a second attempt would be cruel and unusual punishment...aka unconstitutional. Yesterday, the Supremes said they won't hear the inmate's case, meaning he could be executed at some point in the future. A few years ago, the Supreme Court said it was ok with using lethal injections for the death penalty, even though the botched execution of Clayton Lockett raised a lot of questions about just how ethical and constitutional the method actually is. This recent ruling seems to fall in line with that earlier decision but unclear how it would impact similar cases in the future.

THING TO KNOW

Coriander vs. Cilantro: They're actually the same plant. Coriander's the seed, cilantro's the leaf. Potato potahto


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