PUBLISHED AUG 6, 2019

Skimm This: Mass Shootings, China Currency, and Toni Morrison

It’s August 6th. Today, we Skimm’d This: 


  • Investigators are still gathering facts about the motives behind the El Paso and Dayton shootings this weekend. But a couple of narratives have already emerged about what needs to be done to stop future tragedies. And they’re not about gun control. We’ll explain the arguments you’re hearing. 

  • The US Treasury Department has accused China of being a ‘currency manipulator’. We look at what that means, and why it could mean more headaches for US-China relations. 

  • Revered novelist Toni Morrison, the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize, has passed away at age 88



theSkimm: We’re still learning more about the two mass shootings that took place in Texas and Ohio over the weekend. Lawmakers are placing blame for these acts of violence on a bunch of things: from violent video games, to mental illness, to anti-immigrant hate speech. We’ll explain the arguments being made. Meanwhile: the US is calling China a ‘currency manipulator’. We’ll explain why China weakening its currency is getting people riled up and how it’s connected to the ongoing trade war. Finally, we wrap up with a few words from Toni Morrison – the groundbreaking African American author who passed away on Monday at the age of 88. Her books and essays transformed her into an icon of American literature. We will miss her.

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