Skimm for April 1st
"A private interview" -- Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) requesting a sit down with Hillz about her email habits while she was secretary of state. And by 'private,' he means it will be transcribed for all.
Last night marked the deadline for Iran and the international community to reach a framework for a nuclear deal. Turns out, diplomats are procrastinators.
The deadline was extended through today. The deal's supposed to limit Iran's nuclear program, in exchange for lifting sanctions on the country. The hold up? Iran wants sanctions lifted quickly. Everyone else wants to take it slow. Iran wants to lose nuclear restrictions after a 10-year freeze. Everyone else wants to keep some of those in place. Iran says potato. Everyone else says 'we don't ever want you to build a nuclear weapon.'
This isn't even the real, real deadline. The deadline to have this all signed, sealed, delivered is in June. So missing this one doesn't exactly inspire confidence.
THE *: Deal or no deal, we made you a guide with more info.
Yesterday, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan did not live up to his name and lost re-election.
Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria's one-time military ruler, is now the prez. Voters might have thought his previous work experience would be helpful against militant group Boko Haram (the one that kidnapped all those schoolgirls a year ago). Jonathan got a lot of flak for failing to contain the group. But now, people are tipping their fedoras at him for accepting defeat, since digging in could provoke violent reactions.
This is the first time an incumbent's been defeated in Nigeria. And even though the country also just elected a former military ruler, many – including the US – believe that he's turned a new democratic leaf.
The Germanwings crash, in particular how a co-pilot could have killed 149 people by crashing into the French Alps. During the investigation, there have been lots of questions over why no one knew that he had a history of mental health issues. Then yesterday, Germanwings's parent company Lufthansa said it has an email showing he admitted to having an "episode of severe depression." This happened six years ago while he was in flight school. Lufthansa says it has set aside $300 million to settle any legal issues over the crash. Good idea.
Can somebody clarify please? Indiana Gov. Mike Pence hears you. Last week, Pence signed a "religious freedom law." Yesterday, he said he wants to sign a law clarifying it. The point of the law is to make sure that government can't stop people and businesses from following their religious beliefs. (Religious beliefs also apparently include smoking weed -- Indiana now has a First Church of Cannabis.) But critics say the religious freedom law opens a big door to discrimination against people in the LGBT community. And after a week of things like this, this, and this, Pence says he's working to make sure everyone knows Indiana's a big fan of gay people. Meanwhile, Arkansas decided that now was as good a time as any to pass its own "religious freedom" bill. So there's that.
Finally. That's what Egypt is saying after the US lifted an arms freeze against the country yesterday. Why? Because the Mideast is a hot mess. Yemen's on the brink of a civil war, and Egypt is gearing up to send in ground troops there. This is the US's way of saying 'We got your back.' And yes, this is the same Egypt that just two years ago kicked out its democratically elected president, leading the US to initially impose the arms ban. The White House made it clear it's still not happy with Egypt's human rights abuses but will let it slide for now...
Did you hear about Net-a-Porter? Yesterday, the e-commerce site that makes you rationalize digitally dropping your paycheck on a designer dress announced it's merging into the Yoox Group. Yoox is a company that makes you rationalize digitally dropping your paycheck on a slightly off-season designer dress. Both companies basically invented the luxury e-commerce market in the 2000s, and last year brought in a combined revenue of $1.4 billion. The new company will be creatively titled the Yoox Net-a-Porter Group.
Saving a place on my nightstand for the fourth "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" book. Even though author Stieg Larsson died 10 years ago, the story isn't over. Former crime journalist David Lagercrantz took over and wrote "The Girl in the Spider's Web," which comes out on September 1. It brings back Lisbeth Salander, Mikael Blomkvist, and probably a murder plot that will give you nightmares.
Will she model the selfie shoe next? Meow.
The South African Jon Stewart. Earlier this week, Comedy Central announced that the on-air contributor will be the new host of "The Daily Show." UPDATE: Noah also tweets. And is meeting a lot of new PR friends.
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