Skimm for January 4th

Skimm'd while getting ready for "Nashville"

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I repeat, selling mega-sandwiches in Borgo Pio is a disgrace" – One Cardinal's opinion of the McDonald's that recently opened near the Vatican. Apparently quarter-pounders with cheese are sinful in more ways than one.

THINGS GETTING TRUMPED

HOUSE GOP

THE STORY

Yesterday, the House GOP said 'nevermind' to one of its first actions as part of the new Congress.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Earlier this week, the House GOP got back from holiday vacay and held a surprise vote to bring the Office of Congressional Ethics under congressional control. That's the independent watchdog that investigates lawmakers for potential wrongdoing (ex. bribery, corruption). Meaning they voted to put themselves in charge of keeping an eye on themselves. The proposed changes also would have blocked investigators from taking anonymous tips, and kept certain info from being released to the public. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) told his caucus it was a bad idea. They voted for it anyway.

WHAT HAPPENED THEN?

A LOT of people picked up the phone. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Republicans had made ethics the "first casualty" of the new Congress. Then, President-elect Donald Trump stepped in and scolded his own party, saying they should be focused on issues of "far greater importance." So yesterday, the House GOP cried 'uncle.' They're backtracking on the plan.

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Republicans are about to control both Congress and the White House for the first time in a decade. And one of the first things they did was make an unforced error -- one that not even the two biggest voices in the party (Trump and Ryan) were on board with.


FORD

THE STORY

Yesterday, Ford said 'reverse! reverse!' It won't be spending $1.6 billion on a new plant in Mexico after all.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Last year, Ford said it was planning on building a new production plant in Mexico in order to cut costs. This didn't sit well with then-candidate Donald Trump, who started hammering Ford on the campaign trail for moving jobs out of the US. Now, Ford's backing off the plan, partly because it has "confidence" in Trump's pro-business policies. Instead, it will invest $700 million at an existing plant in Michigan.

ANYTHING ELSE?

Yesterday, Trump called out GM for selling one of its Mexican-made cars in the US, an import he said should be slapped with a higher tax. GM said 'leave us alone,' and that it only makes one version of that car in Mexico. The rest are made in Ohio.

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Ford and GM are just the latest in a string of companies to get specifically called out by Trump, and pressured to make business decisions that he favors. This is not how things normally work.

REPEAT AFTER ME...

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU ACTUALLY CONSIDER GOING TO COACHELLA AFTER SEEING THE LINEUP...

Speaking of headliners...yesterday, it came out that Fox News star Megyn Kelly is ditching the network for NBC News. There, she'll host a daytime show, a Sunday night news show, and jump in on breaking news coverage. Kelly has been at Fox for more than a decade. She became a much bigger name after the first GOP presidential debate, when she asked then-candidate Donald Trump about his past comments on women ("fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals"). Trump did not appreciate. Her exit might be a problem for Fox, since she hosts one of the network's most-watched shows. This also comes just months after Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes was forced out on accusations of sexual harassment by multiple women – including Kelly. After that, Fox News's parent company reportedly spent months trying to negotiate a new contract to keep her on board. No dice.

PS: 21st Century Fox is a minority investor in theSkimm

WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR CO-WORKER WHO STILL WEARS HER FEEL THE BERN T-SHIRT…

Meet your new best friend. Yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) said he wants to make New York's public colleges totally free. Under Cuomo's plan, students or students from families that make $125,000 or less a year would pay nothing to attend any two or four-year public college in NY state. Supporters, like Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), are jumping for academic joy and say this is a big step towards leveling the playing field. Opponents are saying 'bad idea,' and that taxpayers are going to have to pay for all of this. If it's passed, NY could be the first state to approve a plan like this. And speaking of controversial state politics...yesterday, a Texas abortion provider testified in court against a proposed law that would require them to bury or cremate aborted fetal tissue. No surprise, abortion providers think it's "offensive," and rules like these raise costs and make it harder for abortion clinics to stay open. In recent years, right-leaning state govs have started passing harsher abortion regulations. This Texas law would be one of the strictest. Get ready to hear a lot more about it.

WHAT TO SAY TO WHEN YOU SEE THE FORBES 30 UNDER 30 LIST...

These people came to play. Park Geun-hye did not. Yesterday, South Korean President Park Geun-hye decided not to show up to testify at her own impeachment trial. Last month, South Korean lawmakers voted to impeach her after allegations that she helped a close friend cheat businesses out of money and gave the friend access to confidential gov docs. That friend was later arrested, but Park has always said 'wasn't me.' And yesterday at the impeachment trial, Park's lawyer said she doesn't plan on showing face anytime soon. The country's court apparently can't force her to appear at the trial, but she's been invited back to testify again on Thursday. TBD on whether or not that invite conveniently gets lost in the mail.

WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHO'S A TWIN…

Are you as strong as this toddler?

THING TO KNOW

Antioxidant: the reason you can say 'dark chocolate is good for me' with confidence. It's a substance found inside certain foods that can help your body do things like fight diseases. New breakfast smoothie: cranberry pecan artichoke. Yum...


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