PUBLISHED JUL 22, 2019

Skimm This: Tensions with Iran, Puerto Rico Protests and India's Moon Mission

It’s July 22nd. Today, we Skimm’d This: 


  • Officials in Iran today say they’ve arrested 17 people and broken up a CIA spy ring. Iran’s claimed this kind of thing before. We’ll explain the history here. 

  • Puerto Rico’s governor is facing more calls to resign over political mismanagement and a leaked group chat. But he says he'll stick around for awhile. We’ll break down what’s at stake.

  • India launched an unmanned spacecraft today. The goal: become the first country to land on the south pole of the moon – and try to find water ice and helium while they’re there. 

  • And finally: if you’re someone who goes to great lengths to find the perfect setting for your Instagram pic, we may have sad news for you.



theSkimm: Today, Iranian officials announced that they’ve broken up a CIA spy ring and that they’ve arrested 17 suspected spies. Iran’s claimed this kind of thing before -- and President Trump says reports of arrests aren’t true. But there’s a history here that’ll help you decode today’s headlines. Meanwhile, anywhere from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in Puerto Rico today, calling for Puerto Rico’s governor to resign. He says he’s staying put. But lawmakers are already talking impeachment. We’ll explain. Also on today’s episode: India makes its way to the south side of the moon, and there’s one less place to document on your Instagram.

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