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QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I am 5'5" and if you are 5'8" & like to wear heels it may not work" — Part of a full-page dating ad that a dad took out for his adult son. It was $900. He's reportedly still single.
Yesterday, the UK voted to get a divorce from the EU.
The UK has been a hugely important member of the 28-country European Union. But many Brits have been unhappy in the marriage for years. After to recent bumps in the road (hint: bailouts, a 'meh' EU economy, and the migrant and refugee crisis), they got serious about moving out and scheduled this vote. Many in the UK and around the world thought they'd ultimately decide to stay. So this is a big surprise. Huge.
WHAT DID EACH SIDE SAY?
Team 'Stay' said that being in the EU means having the upper hand in things like trade talks and better job opportunities. But Team 'Leave' said it's bollocks that the UK sends the EU billions of pounds a year that could be spent on things like British infrastructure and schools.
WTF HAPPENS NOW?
Global market freakout. After the results were announced, stocks around the world took a dive. The pound crashed. British PM David Cameron said he's resigning in the next few months. He's the one who set up this vote in the first place to fulfill an election promise – but he pushed hard to stay in the EU, so this is a L for him. Scotland might try to break up with the UK. Again. Next up, Britain will start working out the terms of its exit with the other 27 members of the EU. Unclear what that'll look like, but it could take a while.
The UK is the first country ever to say 'cheerio' to the EU. It's also one of the most politically and economically important countries in the bloc. So yup, this is the biggest blow to European unity since the idea for the EU was dreamed up after World War II. NBD.
REPEAT AFTER ME...
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR DAD THANKS YOU FOR THE TIE YOU GOT HIM LAST WEEKEND…
Speaking of…Yesterday, the Supreme Court said 'our hands are tied.' They voted 4-4 on a challenge to President Obama's immigration plan. The plan: let millions of undocumented immigrants temporarily stay in the US without the fear of deportation. After Obama announced it in 2014, a group of GOP-leaning states said 'you're overstepping your powers, sir' and sued. It went to the Supremes. But because they're down a ninth band member, the Justices tied. Reminder: Justice Scalia died earlier this year, splitting the court between left and right leaning justices. Obama nominated a replacement, but the GOP-led Senate's said 'nope, not happening' until after the November election. Bottom line: this tie leaves in place a lower court ruling that blocks Obama's immigration plan. So now, those undocumented immigrants (many who are parents of US citizens) are in limbo. Again. And Obama will have to take 'immigration reform' off his legacy checklist and leave it to whoever gets the job next. PS: Abigail Fisher still isn't going to the University of Texas at Austin.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT...
Baltimore, MD. Yesterday, a police officer there was found not guilty in connection with the death of Freddie Gray. Reminder: Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died last year from a spinal cord injury that he got while inside a police van without being strapped in. Cue protests and rioting in the city that led to a state of emergency. Gray's death was also one of many high profile cases last year that gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement. Six police officers were later charged. The driver of the van — who was in court yesterday — had the most serious charges against him, which included second-degree murder. The prosecution said his intentionally "rough ride" led to Gray's death. The defense said Gray caused his own injuries. Yesterday, a judge sided with the defense, and found the officer not guilty on all charges. Three officers are still awaiting trial, one is awaiting retrial after a hung jury, and one was already found not guilty. No one's been held responsible for Gray's death so far, and many think that yesterday's news means there's little chance anyone will be.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU FORGET TO LOOK AT THE PRICES BEFORE EATING AT A NICE RESTAURANT...
Tough blow to the wallet. Volkswagen feels you. Earlier this year, VW said it reached a settlement with US regulators and customers who sued because the company was cheating on emissions tests. And by cheating, we mean they actually installed software that made it seem like its cars were more green than they were. Sneaky. Yesterday, VW said the settlement is going to cost them more than $10 billion. With a b. The settlement includes offers to either fix or buy back about 500,000 cars that were part of the scandal. And on top of that, VW has to set aside cash money to put towards green projects. Because punishment. VW is also facing lawsuits from US states and investors because of the scandal. Oh, and the company's being criminally investigated by the Justice Dept. Meaning VW's 2016 could be even more expensive than they thought.
WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR LITTLE BROTHER WHO HAD A POSTER OF JIMMY PAGE IN HIS DORM ROOM...
Good news. Yesterday, a jury said Led Zeppelin did not steal the beginning of "Stairway to Heaven." The estate of a late musician who was in a 60s band that you've never heard of called Spirit sued Zeppelin. The estate said the famous guitar riff in "Stairway" -- which came out 45 years ago -- sounded a whole lot like one of Spirit's songs "Taurus." Led Zeppelin's lead singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page said 'false false false,' and that they didn't even know of the song when they wrote "Stairway." Yesterday, a jury agreed, saying there wasn't enough evidence to show that Zeppelin stole anything. Buying Spirit a stairway to embarrassment.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU'RE FEELING GOOD ABOUT THAT PROMOTION...
So is 19-year-old Ben Simmons. He was the no. 1 pick at last night's NBA draft. He'll play for the Philadelphia 76ers, making much, much...much more than you.
This one's "Gossip Girl" with a grown up twist. About two NYC women who've been this-close all their lives, but are moving in different directions. You'll get all the feels. And then text your BFF.
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