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.
Some McDonald’s workers were on strike today … while the company held its annual shareholder meeting. Employees are asking for better pay, more say, union rights - oh and the higher ups addressing recent sexual harassment claims. We’ll tell you more about it. Meanwhile, the Department of Housing and Urban Development introduced a new proposal that would allow homeless shelters to turn away transgender people for religious reasons. And let shelters put transgender women in facilities with men instead of women. We’ll dive into it. Also on today’s episode: 2020 candidate Kirsten Gillibrand came out with a proposal for a “Family Bill of Rights” and a new study that will help defrost the office tension.
Europeans head to the polls starting tomorrow for the European Parliamentary elections. This is the second-biggest election in the world, and has been a bit of a snoozer in the past. But this year people are watching very closely because of a surge of far-right groups. We’ll explain. Meanwhile in DC, President Trump and Democratic leaders had a short meeting on infrastructure today that didn’t go exactly as planned. We’ll break down why both sides are throwing mud. Also on today’s episode: the Department of Education is breaking down student loan debt by college … and college major, and NASA wants to send your name to the Red Planet.
Three House committees want to dive into President Trump’s business financials. Specifically, they want the deets from his accounting firm, Capital One, and Deutsche Bank. Trump and his three oldest children have sued to stop that from happening. We’ll explain the backstory and how judges are weighing in. Meanwhile, a new study says CBD could be the next big thing to treat opioid addictions - specifically heroin. Without creating a new addiction. We’ve got the details. Also on today’s episode: the 100th anniversary of the House of Representatives passing the bill that gave women the right to vote ... and the protesting trend that is taking the UK by milk storm.
John Walker Lindh, a US citizen convicted of helping the Taliban, will be released from federal prison this week. And some lawmakers in Congress says they’re worried Lindh could return to his extremist beliefs. We’ll explain how the US and other countries are grappling with what to do with “foreign fighters” - and whether to bring them back home. Meanwhile, Google is breaking up with Chinese tech giant Huawei, complying with the Trump admin’s blacklist. We’ll tell you what this updated relationship status really means. Also on today’s episode: the Smithsonian has its eyes on a new Asian Pacific American Center in DC and “Game of Thrones” has people talking … hydration. PS: GV (formerly Google Ventures) is a minority investor in theSkimm
Yesterday, President Trump announced a new proposal to overhaul the US immigration system - specifically shifting the priorities in the green card system and the asylum program, and strengthening border security. It’s the latest in a series of immigration moves by the administration. We’ll give you an update on where things stand. Meanwhile, 900 million voters have been hitting the polls in India for the last month and a half. And this weekend the national elections come to an end. We’ll give you theSkimm on who’s running and some of the big issues people are paying attention to. Also on today’s episode: some people may be giving up vacation time to pay off student loans, and we say goodbye to Grumpy Cat.
Missouri’s the latest in a line of states taking on a hot-button issue: abortion. State lawmakers across the country are passing bills restricting it -- and hoping the Supreme Court will give the OK. We’ll explain what role trying to define when a fetus becomes a “person” plays the whole debate. Meanwhile, the College Board will assign an “adversity score” to students taking the SATs. It’s supposed to give colleges more context about a student’s background and what hardships they’ve faced. We’ll break it down for you. Also on today’s episode: a new study found that women who followed a low-fat diet had a lower risk of dying from breast cancer, and a chart-topping caffeine fix.
There’s a baby bust in the US: A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that last year’s birth rate was down 2 percent from 2017 - and was the lowest in 32 years. We’ll explain why fewer babies could be a problem for the economy. Meanwhile, the acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration was taking heat on Capitol Hill today. This hearing comes two months after the administration grounded the Boeing 737 Max airplanes following two deadly crashes. We’ll tell you why lawmakers are concerned about how the FAA gives planes the green light. Also on today’s episode: social media influencers are feeling the gender pay gap, and how your co-workers are keeping you from doing your job.
Facial recognition technology is creeping into all aspects of life, and San Francisco could be the first city in the US to block it. Other cities are thinking of following suit -- we’ll explain why. Attorney General William Barr wants to know how the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe got started. And he’s calling for back-up: from the US Attorney in Connecticut. Also on today’s episode: a security flaw on WhatsApp could have given hackers your private info, and some pride for your favorite animated aardvark’s teacher.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo crashed a meeting of EU foreign ministers today ... and he had Iran on the brain. Tensions between the US and Iran have been heating up for weeks, and now Pompeo is asking US allies: ‘are you with me?’ Meanwhile, Sweden and the US are about to start a game tug-of-war over Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Sweden just re-opened an investigation into a sexual assault allegation against him. And the US wants Assange on a conspiracy charge. Also on today’s episode: a new report says Asian American and Pacific Islanders are powerful influencers and a key financial force, and we remember the life of Hollywood actress and singer Doris Day.
Today, trade talks between the US and China left with them saying ‘no deal.’ Right after the US raised tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods from 10 to 25 percent. These two powers have spent months at the negotiating table to come up with a long-term trade deal. We’ll explain how we got here. Meanwhile, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled a moon lander called Blue Moon. Bezos says his company, Blue Origin, wants to send people to the moon by 2024. We’ll tell you why private companies have stars in their eyes. And finally: Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Yesterday, we asked you about the moms in your life. You made us cry.
Uber’s heading to Wall Street tomorrow to make its debut on the stock exchange. But the ride-sharing company has seen a lot of backlash lately. Meanwhile, Pope Francis issued a new law that requires officials in the Catholic Church to report sex abuse and any coverup in the church. It’s an issue the Vatican has been grappling with for a while now. Also in today’s episode: how the US and China’s trade war is going to impact your wallet, and a look at baby names trending on your feed. PS: Our phone number is 646-461-6370. Leave us a voicemail for our Mother’s Day segment, and you might hear your voice on the show.
There’s a mom crisis in the US. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that about 700 women die every year in the US during pregnancy or after childbirth. Those numbers are up about 75% from the year 2000, worse than other high-income countries, and black and Native American women are most affected. We'll explain. Then: President Trump is playing the “executive privilege” card against releasing the unredacted Mueller report...and all of the underlying material the team used to write it. Also on today’s episode: how some states are trying to help high schoolers understand money, money, money, money ... and why “zero waste” is flying high.
The Trump admin has announced they’re sending a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Persian Gulf - saying Iran has threatened US troops in the Middle East. It’s been nearly a year since the US pulled out of the Iran Nuclear Treaty -- and the beef keeps getting bigger. So where does it go from here? Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee has “contempt” on the brain after Attorney General Bill Barr skipped their congressional hearing. We’ll explain why that’ll be a whole process. Also on today’s episode: Denver’s deciding how to feel about magic mushrooms and California’s basking with sharks.
A UN report is warning that one species - us - is threatening a million other species with extinction. Today, we’ll explain why biodiversity matters for humanity and how we can mitigate the damage. Meanwhile: the US and China were supposed to be close to a trade deal - but there are some new hurdles. We’ll tell you how the trade war is impacting folks here. Also on today’s episode: NBA center Enes Kanter is breaking fast for the playoffs and the Royals are celebrating new Baby Sussex.
Florida’s governor is set to sign a bill telling counties and towns they can’t offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. We’ll explain ‘sanctuary cities’ -- and how Florida’s soon-to-be law lines up with the rest of the US. Meanwhile: there’s a new study out that scientists say could stop the spread of HIV. Also on today’s episode: a new jobs report that’ll make your wallet feel full, and fun horse facts when you go Eliza Doolittle this weekend.