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QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Can somebody sue me already #I'llwait" — Kanye West, on the new video for his song "Famous," which appears to show naked celeb lookalikes (T-Swift, Rihanna, George W. Bush). The tweet was later deleted. Possibly by his lawyer.
BISCUITS AND BREXIT
The UK, the EU, and pretty much the rest of the world spent the weekend trying to pick up their jaws from the floor. Blame it on the Brexit.
Late last week, after a really close vote, the UK said 'it's not me, it's you' to the EU. No one took the news well. British Prime Minister David Cameron — who called the vote for the Brexit as a campaign promise but wanted to stay in the EU — said he's putting in his three months notice and will leave office in October. And global markets dropped like it was bloody hot. The pound hit its lowest level since 1985 and $2 trillion disappeared from world markets. Breakups are messy.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Now that the UK's voted, the EU is not interested in sitting at home with ice cream and Netflix. Over the weekend, EU leaders said they want to immediately start negotiating the split. Everything from trade deals to immigration rules will change.
WHEN WILL ALL THIS CHANGE HAPPEN?
No one knows yet. Last week's vote isn't legally binding, until the prime minister triggers something called Article 50. Aka a section in the EU rulebook that would officially start the Brexit negotiations. But Cameron said he'll let his successor deal with Article 50. Meaning it might not be triggered for months. Meanwhile, more than 3 million people have signed a petition to have another Brexit vote. So there's a slim chance Article 50 might never get triggered at all.
Scotland, which is part of the UK but has always had an independent streak, is none too pleased. It voted to stay in the EU, so leaders there are looking for ways to either block the Brexit or keep Scotland inside the EU.
The UK is the first member country to the leave the EU, and it's doing more than just throwing British politics and world markets into turmoil. The vote is making the international community question power structures that have been in place for decades. Happy Monday.
REPEAT AFTER ME...
WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIENDS WHO CELEBRATED PRIDE YESTERDAY…
The Supremes are about to make more moves. It's the last day of their 2016 tour, and they've still got a few things left on the set list. The big one? Abortion. The Court has to decide whether a Texas law makes it too hard for women to end a pregnancy. The law requires all doctors who perform abortions to have "admitting privileges" to a nearby hospital, and clinics to have hospital-like conditions (meaning expensive upgrades). Supporters say this is what's needed to protect women's health. Critics say this law was specifically written to limit abortion access in the state. The law has already led to the closing of most Texas clinics. If the Justices let it stand, that could also give the green light to other conservative states to write similar laws. And there's a twist: because the Senate hasn't confirmed President Obama's nominee to replace the late Justice Scalia, the Supremes could be split on this case 4-4. This would leave in place a lower court ruling that says the law is A-OK. Stakes, high.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU'RE REALLY FEELING YOUR OUTFIT TODAY…
Wish Bill Cunningham were here. Over the weekend, the legendary New York Times fashion photographer died at age 87. It's unclear what caused his death, but he had been recently hospitalized after a stroke. Cunningham spent almost 40 years photographing people on the streets of NYC, seeing and documenting trends before 'street-style' was a thing the fashion industry cared about. He was easy to spot – he always wore a blue jacket and traveled on his bike with his camera. Cunningham was such a fixture on New York streets that the city actually designated him a living landmark in 2009. In a 2010 documentary about him, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour said, "I've said many times, 'We all get dressed for Bill.'"
WHAT PEOPLE ARE WATCHING…
West Virginia. Over the weekend, President Obama signed off on federal aid for the state after heavy rains caused massive flooding. At least 25 people have been killed. Hundreds of houses have been badly damaged and thousands are without power. The state's National Guard was called in to help out with search and rescue efforts for missing people. Meanwhile, California could use a little of that water. Firefighters there are dealing with six wildfires across the state spanning 60,000 acres. One of them killed at least two people, and burned down hundreds of homes – and they're still going.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN THE GROUP CHAT IS DISTRACTING YOU FROM WORK…
I'm leaving. That's what George Will said yesterday. The conservative commentator recently decided he's over the Republican Party, and announced that he's registered "unaffiliated." Psst…Will has been a big name in the GOP for literally decades. His long-running Washington Post column is published in hundreds of newspapers around the US, he's a Fox News contributor, and he's got a Pulitzer. So this was a surprise. Will says he opted out after two things. First, presumptive nominee Donald Trump suggested that a federal judge in a case against him was biased because of his Mexican heritage. Second, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) continued to endorse Trump. Yesterday, Trump responded by calling Will "one of the most overrated political pundits (who lost his way long ago)." Bigly comeback.
SKIMM'R OF THE WEEK
Skimm'r Gunnar Lovelace (Los Angeles, CA): Tens of millions of Americans are relying on food stamps, but they can't use them to buy food online. That means healthy shopping is a lot harder for those that don't have good options down the block. Lovelace co-founded Thrive Market – a socially conscious online food store. And he wants to change how things are done.
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