Skimm for March 7th
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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"$45,000" — The opening bid for the chair JK Rowling sat in while writing the first two "Harry Potter" books. Wand sold separately.

DEBATE OVER TROUBLED WATER

THE STORY

Last night, the seventh episode of the "Hillz & Bernie Show" was live from Flint, MI. CNN hosted.

WHY FLINT?

The city has been going through a water crisis, with kids there suffering from lead poisoning. Last night, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) agreed that MI Gov. Rick Snyder has been too slow to react and should resign. And Michigan heads to the polls tomorrow.

WHAT ELSE DID THEY TALK ABOUT?

Trade policies, and whether Hillz's voting record has hurt US jobs. Gun control, and whether manufacturers should be held responsible for mass shootings. Mental health, and why the GOP debates show a need for more investment in it. Berrnnnnn. Racism, and each of their blind spots. Religion, and whether Bern is owning the fact that he's Jewish. He said he's very proud of it, thank you very Mazel.

ANYTHING ELSE?

'Tis the season for primaries and caucuses. Over the weekend, Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) managed to cruz his way to victory in Kansas and Maine, while Donald Trump took Louisiana and Kentucky. And Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) said 'hola' to a big win in Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, Bernie won Nebraska, Kansas, and Maine, while Hillz took Louisiana. This weekend put more pressure on Hillz and Trump to keep their frontrunner status -- especially ahead of important primaries in Florida and Ohio next week. Plot, thickened.

theSKIMM

If you didn't notice, the Dems were feeling feistier than usual last night. That might be because after this weekend, the heat's been turned up high in the candidate kitchen.

REPEAT AFTER ME...

WHAT TO SAY AT A FAMILY DINNER…

Let's talk about Nancy Reagan. Yesterday, the former first lady died at age 94 of congestive heart failure. Her relationship with former President Ronald Reagan was like the White House version of Allie Hamilton and Noah Calhoun...#DCrelationship goals. When she and Ronald met, they were both actors and made the transition from Hollywood to Washington together. After Ronald was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Nancy backed stem cell research as a way to possibly find a cure for the disease, breaking with the views of the Republican base. She also started a "Just Say No" program to fight against youth drug abuse and was an honorary president of the Girl Scouts. Yesterday, President Obama said Nancy Reagan "redefined the role" of first lady.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT...

Egypt. Yesterday, the country accused members of the Muslim Brotherhood of conspiring with militant group Hamas to assassinate a top prosecutor last year. Reminder: Egypt is kind of a hot mess. Back in 2013, the military ousted then-President Morsi after mass protests, suspended the constitution, and took over. Current President el-Sisi (whose government has been known for human rights violations) started sentencing hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death.That didn't go over well. Last year, Egypt's senior prosecutor (who oversaw a lot of cases against Muslim Brotherhood supporters) was killed by a car bomb. The gov. pointed fingers at the Brotherhood and Hamas, and detained dozens of people yesterday. Both groups are saying 'wasn't me.'

WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR CO-WORKER WHO SPENT HIS WEEKEND READING ABOUT NFL PROSPECTS...

Peyton, out. Yesterday, the Denver Broncos said that their star QB Peyton Manning is retiring at the old age of 39. A lot of people expected him to retire right after the Broncos won the Super Bowl earlier this year, but he decided not to steal the confetti spotlight. Manning — who played with both the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos during his 18-year-career — is a five-time MVP and the only QB to win Super Bowls with two teams. He holds justtttt a few major records (think: most career touchdown passes, most passing yards, and more). But the end of Manning's career hasn't been all touchdown dances. Last year, he was accused of using human growth hormone (which Manning denied, and his accuser recanted). Plus, there's been a renewed focus on a sexual harassment case from his college days. On top of all that, Manning's had multiple neck surgeries and a profile on the athlete last year said his body is so beat up that he can barely take off his own cleats. He's holding a news conference today to supposedly say 'bye, bye, bye.'

WHAT SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHO GOES ON DATES FOR FREE FANCY DINNERS…

Money can't buy you love. Especially in the courthouse. Yesterday, Babak Zanjani — one of the wealthiest businessmen in Iran — was sentenced to death for corruption. Zanjani's a former oil boss charged with pocketing billions of dollars illegally. He's also known as the guy who helped Iran get around tough international sanctions. And now an Iranian court's calling him a 'corrupter on Earth.' Slippery oil slope for his reputation. International sanctions on Iran were lifted earlier this year as part of the nuclear deal with the country, but Zanjani's sentencing shows that the gov. is still serious about cracking down on corruption.

WHAT TO SAY IF YOU'RE COUNTING DOWN THE HOURS UNTIL THE NEXT OJ EPISODE...

New developments IRL. On Friday, Los Angeles police said that a knife found on OJ Simpson's former property had recently been turned over to authorities. The knife was reportedly found by a construction worker while razing the property in '98, and handed over to a police officer, who then took his sweeeeeet time before submitting the knife as evidence. No word on why the now-retired officer took so long, but the knife's being examined for DNA. Plot twist: even if the knife's proven to be linked to OJ, he can't be tried again for the murders because of double jeopardy laws (think back to that Ashley Judd movie).

THING TO KNOW

Ray Tomlinson: The guy you can thank for your overflowing inbox. He was an early Internet genius who's credited with inventing modern email and the idea of using the @ symbol. He died yesterday at age 74 of suspected heart failure.


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