PUBLISHED JUN 12, 2019

Skimm This: Hong Kong Protests, Executive Privilege, and Pulse

It’s June 12th. Today, we Skimm’d This:


  • This week, thousands in Hong Kong are protesting a bill that would allow fugitives to be extradited to China. Which Hong Kong is technically a part of … well, sort of. We’ll break it down.

  • Today, President Trump said he was using his powers of secrecy (think: executive privilege) on documents related to the 2020 census. We’ll explain what exactly is going on here.

  • Three years ago today, a gunman killed 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Now, a few members of Congress from Florida are trying to designate the nightclub as a National Memorial site. We’ll tell you more.

  • And finally: moms-to-be in Brazil are spending up to several thousand dollars for C-section parties. You read that right.


theSkimm: There were massive protests in Hong Kong today over a bill that would allow fugitives to be extradited to mainland China. Hong Kong is technically a semi-autonomous part of China. And protesters say this bill is really about China exerting more control over them. We’ll explain. Meanwhile, President Trump dusted off his executive privilege card over documents related to a new question on the 2020 census. The Trump admin wants to ask people if they’re citizens. And Dems in Congress want to see the docs. We’ll break this down for you. Also on today’s episode: the third anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, and C-section parties in Brazil.

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