Skimm for August 24th

Skimm'd after the Bruce Springsteen concert

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I looked horrible" – Courteney Cox reflecting on Courteney Cox after one too many fillers. And apparently a truth serum.

PAY TO PLAY?

THE STORY

Hillary Clinton is still answering questions about emails.

WAIT, BACK UP. 

During an investigation into the 2012 Benghazi attacks, everyone found out that Hillz used only a private email account and server while she was sec. of state. Cue a freak out over whether she'd mishandled classified info – and why a bunch of emails were mysteriously deleted. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of emails were made public. Last month, after a long investigation, the FBI director decided that even though Clinton was "extremely careless," she didn't do anything legally wrong.

SO WHY ARE WE STILL TALKING ABOUT THIS?

Two reasons. One, it turns out the FBI recovered the deleted emails. Dun, dun, dun. This week, a judge ordered that they be released asap. Two, hundreds of other emails were released this week as part of a lawsuit being brought by a conservative group. They show that Clinton Foundation donors had access to Clinton and her aides during her time in office. And they often wanted things…like, help getting a visa or dealing with a foreign government. Raised eyebrows all around.

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Hillz says she's done nothing wrong, and that she never did anyone any favors just because they donated to the Foundation. Still, not the best look for a candidate who's had a lot of trouble with voters in the credibility department.

REPEAT AFTER ME...

WHAT PEOPLE ARE WATCHING...

Italy. Last night, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit a series of mountain towns in central Italy. So far, 20 people have been killed, but many more are still unaccounted for and possibly trapped under rubble. The town of Amatrice got hit the worst. The mayor there said most of the town is completely destroyed. But tremors were felt all the way in Rome, where people said buildings swayed and car alarms were set off by the quake. The rescue effort is ongoing, and officials are warning residents that there could be aftershocks, and possibly landslides, for the next several days. 

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU GET CAUGHT SNOOPING ON YOUR NEIGHBOR'S MAIL...

Not a good look. Earlier this month, Paralympic officials banned Russia from competing at the Paralympic Games in Rio. That's because an investigation uncovered a state-sponsored doping scandal involving a lot of tampering with pee samples from Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The drama caused Russia's track and field team to be banned from competing at this year's Olympic Games. But when all Paralympic athletes were banned as well, Russia appealed. And yesterday, a court denied the appeal. Meaning more than 260 athletes won't be allowed to compete in Rio. Instead, they'll be watching the games from Russia, wishing their country had just left their pee samples alone.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU REALIZE YOUR NEW READING GLASSES ARE VERY EXPENSIVE, AND VERY NECESSARY...

Same issue with EpiPens. Earlier this week, Congress asked the Feds to look under the hood of Mylan, the pharmaceutical company that owns EpiPen. That's because Mylan been slowly raising the price of those lifesaving injections that cause your friends to ask you things like 'would you be comfortable stabbing me?' Back in 2008, a pack of two EpiPens cost about $100. As of earlier this year, two pens cost more than $600. Not normal. So far, Mylan has been sending out 'no comment' texts about the issue. But yesterday, news broke that Mylan execs have been giving themselves some serious raises over the past few years. Think: A 671% pay increase for the CEO. TBD on whether there will be an investigation in the price hikes. Until then, tell your nut-free friends to be on alert.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT…

Afghanistan. Yesterday, an American solider was killed there after a roadside bomb exploded. It happened near the city of Lashkar Gah. This is the second US combat death in Afghanistan this year, and it comes just a few days after the Pentagon announced that 100 American soldiers would be deployed to Lashkar Gah to help Afghan forces strategize against the Taliban. The terror group has been gaining more territory and power over the last few months, which has caused the US to ramp up their efforts in Afghanistan, while simultaneously trying to fight ISIS in other parts of the Mideast. The US gov. has consistently said that US forces are mostly in Afghanistan to advise Afghan forces. But yesterday's news is a reminder that even advising can be dangerous.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU FORGET YOUR WALLET AND THEN THE ELEVATOR GETS STUCK..

Just when it can't get any worse. Yesterday, a new study revealed that the effects of the Zika virus are worse than everyone thought. Great. The study looked at the brains of 45 Brazilian babies whose moms were infected with Zika while pregnant. Zika is the mosquito-borne virus that can cause babies to be born with abnormally small heads. There's no vaccine, and tens of thousands of people have been infected already, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean. Yesterday's study reveals that Zika also damages a baby's brain in a lot of ways we never knew about before. Think: damage to parts of the brain that control movement, speech, and emotion. Pressure's on to find out how to stop this spread stat.

THING TO KNOW

Shawling: Not something your grandma does. It's apparently the new word you use when someone is wearing an off-the-shoulder top. Which, ICYMI, everyone is. 


SKIMM LIFE

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