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Summary: “Skimm This” is a weekly news program that breaks down important stories from the past week and adds context and clarity to answer the questions on your mind. Every Thursday evening. 

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 Why Dems Are So Obsessed with President Trump’s Tax Returns | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 784

President Trump has gotten a lot of heat for keeping his tax returns under lock and key. Now, Dems are cutting out the middle man and asking the IRS to show them the receipts. But why are the president’s tax returns such a big deal? In other money news, the Dept of Education has been cutting down on who’s eligible for a public student loan forgiveness program. Also on today’s episode: science wants you to take a walk and chill, and Airbnb’s inviting you to a sleepover at Mona Lisa’s house. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Sharia Law in Brunei and NATO’s 70th | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 746

Human rights groups all over the world are calling out Brunei for harsh new laws. People caught participating in gay sex could now be stoned to death. So we’re breaking down Sharia law and how it’s interpreted across the Muslim world. Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is visiting Capitol Hill. Just in time for NATO’s bday. But don’t expect a big party. Also on today’s episode: people are seeing red over taxes, and a spy in Mar-a-Lago’s saying ‘sorry about that, Chief.’  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Facebook vs. Fake News | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 777

 India is headed to the polls soon. Social media there has turned into a mess of fake news. Sounds familiar. Facebook is trying to avoid a repeat of the 2016 U.S. elections. But that’s harder than it sounds. Meanwhile, the US Senate can’t agree on a budget for Puerto Rico relief funding. Also on today’s episode: it’s Equal Pay Day (but not for everyone), and Chicago gets ready to make history.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Cutting Aid and Clearing Officials | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 794

The Trump Administration is thinking about cutting aid to a few Central American countries. It’s pointing to the border crisis. But how are the two related, again? In other DC news, today we found out that the White House gave security clearances to dozens of officials - even after their applications were denied. Also on today’s episode: Democrats are talking about the robot tax, and Japan says, ‘new era, new us.’  PS: Equal Pay Day is coming up. Leave us a voicemail at 646.461.6370 to tell us how you’ve fought for equal pay at the office. And you just might hear your two cents on the show next week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 No Deal Brexit. But We Have Lyft-off. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 743

Third time’s the charm. Except when it comes to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to get a Brexit deal approved. Bollocks. Parliament voted down her plan for the third time today. Making a no-deal Brexit look like a definite possibility. We’ll tell you what that could look like. Also on today’s episode: Lyft requests a ride to Wall St, and Skimm’r Melissa tells us about her Woman of the Week.  PS: Equal Pay Day is coming up. Leave us a voicemail at 646.461.6370 to tell us how you’ve fought for equal pay at the office. And you just might hear your two cents on the show next week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Hustling for Healthcare and Decoding 5G: Medicaid Work Requirements and Huawei | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 696

A DC judge struck down laws in Arkansas and Kentucky that would require Medicaid recipients to work in exchange for getting free or low-cost government healthcare coverage. Opening up the floor for debate. Meanwhile, the UK is the latest country to call out Chinese tech giant Huawei for being insecure. Also on today’s episode: Sarah Kate Ellis gets ready to present the Carters with some gold, and we get bad news from the produce aisle.    PS: Want to tell us about your Woman of the Week? Leave us a voicemail at 646.461.6370 and you might hear your voice on the show on Friday.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 The Border Wall Budget and Theresa May’s (Br)exit Strategy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 805

The Pentagon is checking its account - and making bank transfers - to figure out how it’s going to pay for President Trump’s border wall. Not everyone is happy with their fix. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she’s got a brand new Brexit strategy: stepping down. Also on today’s episode: “Hidden Figures” are found on Capitol Hill, and the EU is putting on the brakes. In cars.  PS: Want to tell us about your Woman of the Week? Leave us a voicemail at 646-461-6370, and you might hear your voice on the show this Friday.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Nevermind: Trump Admin to the ACA, Chicago Prosecutors to Jussie Smollett, NASA to its All-Female Spacewalk | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 731

The Trump Administration wants to take down the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare. Spoiler: this won’t be the last time you’ll hear about healthcare. Because 2020. Changes to the law could affect you. We’ll tell you about it. Meanwhile, in Chicago, it’s “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s lucky day. Prosecutors dropped all charges made against him for allegedly staging a hate crime against himself and cleared his record. Also on today’s episode: an all-female editorial staff at the Vatican says ‘we quit’, and NASA reminds everyone that size matters. When you’re suiting up for zero gravity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Robert Mueller’s Day Off (And What it Means for Everyone Else) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 782

Mueller…? Mueller…? After two years, Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally turned in his report to the DOJ. And probably had a great weekend … while Attorney General William Barr got down to speed-reading. Today, we’re breaking down the questions that are still swirling around about the report, including the big O(J). Obstruction of Justice. Also on today’s episode: we intro you to the unlikely Brexiter-in-chief, Theresa May, and a certain tech company has some (Apple) News.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Disputed Territories: The Golan Heights and Abortion Rights | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 789

President Trump tweeted earlier this week that the US should recognize that Israel’s the boss of a disputed area called the Golan Heights. Making the US the first country to do so. Spoiler: the international community is annoyed. We’ll explain what’s going on. Back at home, Mississippi now officially has one of the strictest abortion laws in the country. Cue: legal pushback. Abortion activists are hoping they can take it to the big leagues: SCOTUS. Also on today’s episode: Skimm’rs Emma and Erica thank their mommas for what they gave ‘em.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Free Speech on College Campuses, NZ Gun Reform, and Balls | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 766

President Trump just signed an executive order requiring colleges to support free speech. Which has a lot to do with conservative groups on campus. We’ll tell you what you need to know. Across the world in New Zealand, the gov has made moves to ban the semiautomatic weapons involved in last week’s shootings. Less than a week after they happened. Also on today’s episode: we’re talking Lupita Nyong’o … and balls.  PS: Want to tell us about your Woman of the Week? Leave us a voicemail at 646-461-6370, and you might hear your voice on the show this Friday.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Anti-Trusting Tech | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 821

The European Union wants big tech companies to play nice with the competition. They don’t think Google’s doing that. So the EU hit Google with a 1.5 billion-euro fine. And that’s not the only antitrust story you’re hearing about today. Meanwhile, back in the US, the FDA just approved a breakthrough drug that could help more than a hundred thousand moms. Also on today’s episode: we spotlight New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern, and it’s finally time to put your sweaters away.  PS: Want to tell us about your Woman of the Week? Leave us a voicemail at 646-461-6370, and you might hear your voice on the show this Friday.  PPS: GV (formerly Google Ventures) and 21 Century Fox are minority investors in theSkimm.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Friends in Brazil and Floods in the Midwest | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 735

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and US President Trump caught up in the Oval Office today. They’re big fans. Of each other. Which is kind of a big deal, because the US and Brazil haven’t exactly been BFFs in the past. We’ll break down what’s going on. Meanwhile, a lot of the Midwest is under water. We’ll tell you three big things to know about the situation. Also on today’s episode: there’s a new biography out about the first female Supreme, and Instagram wants you to open your wallet while you scroll.  PS: Want to support flood relief in the Midwest? Here’s how you can help.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Why Voting Districts Look Like Abstract Art, French Yellow Vests and Ballsy Women | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 805

Gerrymandering: drawing district lines so that some people have more power at the polls. And a big talker ahead of the 2020 election. Today, the Supremes are hearing a Virginia case. And they’ll be hearing from a couple more states this year. So we’re breaking down what you need to know. Also on today’s episode: French yellow vest protesters are back at it, and the NCAA tournament is about to take over your water-cooler conversations. PS: We'd love to know what you think. Head on over to theskimm.com/feedback to share and be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 White Nationalism and the Internet | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 778

Mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand are forcing a conversation about the spread of white nationalism … and the internet. Meanwhile, students took action to protest government inaction on climate change. Also on today’s episode: a Skimm’r shares her pick for Woman of the Week.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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