PUBLISHED AUG 21, 2019

Skimm This: Brexit, Migrant Detention, and Robots

It’s August 21st. Today, we Skimm’d This: 


  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson traveled to Berlin today to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Brexit negotiations are top of the agenda, with the UK and EU at odds over what to do with the border of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

  • The Trump administration has announced a new rule to replace the Flores agreement, a 1997 settlement that set standards for detaining migrant children. The administration argues the new rule upholds high standards, but critics say it could mean indefinite detention for children.

  • Democratic party officials are meeting up in San Francisco tomorrow. And 2020 hopefuls are flying in to woo delegates. 

  • Videos showing robots battling were temporarily removed from YouTube on the grounds of ‘animal suffering.’


theSkimm: The UK’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson flew to Berlin this afternoon for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In a quick press conference, they listed a bunch of topics they wanted to cover, but the one everyone is obsessing over: is Brexit. Then: the Trump administration has announced a replacement rule for the Flores Settlement Agreement – which sets standards for how migrant children should be treated in detention. We’ll cover the reasons for the change, as well as critics’ concerns. Also on today’s show: why a bunch of 2020 hopefuls are heading to San Francisco, and why YouTube’s got issues with robot fighting.

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