Skimm for May 22nd
Skimm'd next to a sleepy puppy.
"$15 billion" -- How much one of China's richest men lost in one hour, when stock in his company went way down. In a day that will live in infamy, he went from being one of the country's richest men to just a really, really rich man.
Yesterday, the trade bill you keep hearing about passed a key Senate vote. Yawn. When you wake up, Congress will probably still be arguing about it.
President Obama really wants to complete a deal that would open up trade between the US and 11 Asia-Pacific nations. Supporters think it could give a huge boost to the US economy. But first, Obama needs the thumbs-up from Congress to move forward. And since everything that happens in Congress is so straightforward, this bill has gone through multiple plot twists.
The bill gets to move forward in the Senate for a final vote. That's supposed to happen later today. Then it goes to the House. And around we go.
Obama would REALLY like this trade deal to get filed under 'legacy.' You will hear about this one again.
The South China Sea is like The Bachelorette of Asia: everyone thinks they have a claim to it. But recently, China's been ignoring everyone else and making moves.
The South China Sea is home to major shipping routes, and believed to be rich in oil and gas. Read: valuable real estate. For years, countries like China, Vietnam, and the Philippines have been arguing over which owns the territory. But in the last year, China got sick of talking and just said 'mine.'
China went SimCity and built artificial islands, complete with helipads, airstrips, and military facilities. The US thinks China's being a bully and causing trouble in the region, so it's been monitoring the islands via surveillance planes. Yesterday, things got more heated when China told one of those planes to go away.
This dispute is a big deal because A, it threatens to disrupt one of the world's busiest trade hubs. And B, many worry this could become a larger conflict between China, its neighbors, and even the US.
And then there's real life. Last night, police arrested the suspect in a quadruple murder in DC. He's been at large since last week, when firefighters found a family of three and their housekeeper dead inside a DC mansion that had been set on fire. Officials later ID'd the suspect -- from DNA that they found on pizza crust that had been delivered to the house. The suspect used to work for one of the victims, and has a rap sheet that includes domestic violence and assault. Police had been on the lookout for the suspect for days, and extended their search to New York.
Sad about the oil spill. Yesterday, CA officials said that about 8,000 gallons of oil has been cleaned up from a spill earlier this week. On Tuesday, a pipeline underneath a highway burst, sending more than 100,000 gallons of oil along the Santa Barbara coast. Marine rescue crews have been searching the area for animals, some which have been showing up on the shore both dead and alive. Cue the Dawn Soap commercial.
So…Josh Duggar. Yesterday, the oldest Duggar son from the TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting" (formerly "17 Kids and Counting" and then "18 Kids and Counting") figured out a way to stand out from his large family. He quit his job as the face of a lobbying group called the Family Research Council. That was after a tabloid report alleged that he molested underage girls while he was a teenager. Insert TLC execs reaching for the Advil. The magazine published what it says is a police report detailing the accusations. Charges were apparently never filed. Yesterday, lots of Duggars posted their feelings on Facebook. Josh wrote that he "acted inexcusably," but didn't specifically mention the allegations. He also said his parents arranged for him and the alleged victims to get counseling.
Did you hear about Ray Rice? Yesterday, a judge dismissed domestic violence charges against the former star NFL running back. Reminder: last year, surveillance video came out showing Rice dragging his then-fiancee (now-wife) from an elevator, apparently unconscious. He was charged with assault, but entered an intervention program that gave him the chance to get the charges dropped. At first, the NFL suspended Rice for two games. Then, the sequel to the first video came out, showing the knockout punch inside the elevator. The NFL indefinitely suspended Rice. He appealed, and got reinstated. Then yesterday, a judge dismissed the assault charges after Rice completed the intervention program -- which included anger management counseling and $125 in fines. Some think this is a liiiiittle lenient, especially since very few people with similar charges get considered for the program. Who's happy to talk about something else? The NFL.
Just like the Boy Scouts. Yesterday, Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates -- who ran the Pentagon in a previous life -- said it's way past time for the organization to reconsider its ban on gay Scout leaders. Gates suggested that local chapters should be able to decide for themselves whether to let gay leaders in. A couple of years ago, after lots of back and forth and checking what year it was, the organization decided they would allow gay Scouts. But not leaders. Yesterday, Gates told the group's national meeting that the Scouts have to "deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be." Which is pretty much like picking someone second to last for dodgeball.
Skimm'ologist says drink this prosecco while reading. Light and bubbly, just like the book.
It's "Silicon Valley" meets "The Devil Wears Prada," and a great read for the beach. Imagine if a young Vogue employee wanted to overthrow Anna Wintour, and turn the magazine into just an app. Warning: you will laugh out loud, so read in public at your own risk.
'Rosé all day' gets literal. We want to send you and a plus one to Tahiti for five nights. With daily rosé breakfasts. Enter here.
Three day weekend means we'll be taking some time to think about you while on the beach. There will be no newsletter on Monday. We'll be back in your inboxes bright and early on Tuesday AM.
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