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Skimm This

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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 ‘20 Questions: Citizenship and Beto O’Rourke | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 726

There are big questions coming up in 2020. Politicians are trying to get ahead of them. Today, Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross took the mic on Capitol Hill. The issue on the table: the 2020 census, and whether it should include a question about citizenship. But there’s another questionnaire coming up in 2020. Hint: it’s your ballot. Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke added his name to it today. Also on today’s episode: Christina Koch makes history, and we celebrate Pi Day.  PS: Want us to highlight a woman who’s been crushing the game? Leave us a voicemail at 646-461-6370 and tell us about her.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Behind Bars: The CA Death Sentence and Paul Manafort | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 790

California Governor Gavin Newsom hit ‘pause’ on capital punishment in his state. Opening up the floor for a national debate on the death penalty. In other criminal justice news, a judge tacked on more federal prison time for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Now, prosecutors in New York want in on the action. Also on today’s episode: the US jumps on the ‘ground the Boeing Max 8’ bandwagon, and Judge Judy gets a nod from the TV Academy. PS: Want to tell us about the Judge Judy in your life? Leave us a voicemail at 646-461-6370. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 How Rude: Brexit’s Backstop and How “Aunt Becky” Got Her Kid Into College | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 734

British parliament rejected PM Theresa May’s latest Brexit plan today. ICYMI, the EU and the UK are getting a divorce. But three years in, they still can’t agree on the terms. The biggest sticking point: the border with Ireland aka ‘the backstop.’ We’ll break it down, guvnah. In other news, the DOJ dropped the curtain on a huge college admissions scam this morning. And they implicate some familiar faces. (Whatever happened to predictability?) Also in today’s episode: millennials break a financial record, and the world wide web celebrates a big birthday.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Just Won’t Budget | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 751

 President Trump just released his financial wishlist. On it: $718 billion for the Pentagon, way more than the spending cap. But he might get lucky with the money because of something called the Overseas Contingency Operations Fund, aka the Pentagon “slush fund”. Spoiler: it’s controversial. Meanwhile, Boeing is in crisis mode after another one of its planes crashed over the weekend. Also on today’s episode: Swiss moms speak up about maternity leave policies at UBS, and a man almost gets swallowed by a whale.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Do Not Pass Go: How Judges Hand Down Prison Sentences | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 660

Paul Manafort got muuuch less prison time than prosecutors recommended on Thursday. Which got everyone talking. So today we’re breaking down sentencing laws... and how judges decide who gets to pass Go. In other jailhouse news: former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning is back in prison. She RSVP’d ‘no’ to an invite to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks, and a judge found her in contempt of court. Also on today’s episode: your pick for Woman of the Week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Introducing: Skimm This | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30

The news is constantly changing, and in today's world, context is clarity. Skimm This is here to help. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 How the Military Handles Sexual Assault | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 726

Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) has everyone talking about how to fix the military’s process for handling allegations of sexual assault. We’re breaking down what you need to know. Meanwhile, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is headed to prison … unless the president decides to pardon him. TBD on that. Also on today’s episode: the history of International Women’s Day, and the new Queen of Instagram…  PS: This week, women have been crushing it in the news. Leave us a voicemail at 1.646.461.6370 and tell us which one has your vote for Woman of the Week.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 The Border Crisis: A Family Matter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 663

The federal government is arguing about whether families migrating across the US-Mexico border are a national emergency. We’ll break down what’s going on. In other news from the feds, the FDA just gave a new antidepressant the thumbs up. But it’s got some baggage. Also on today’s episode: Gayle King keeps her composure, and the International Space Station is getting ready to take one giant leap for womankind… Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Measles and Mardis Gras | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 673

You’ve been hearing a lot about the anti-vaccination movement. We’ll give you the context behind the headlines. In other health news, doctors in London say they’ve helped a second HIV patient beat the virus. But they want you to read the fine print. Also on today’s episode: locals in New Orleans have found a way to put the green icing on the (king) cake, and 21-year-old Kylie Jenner is making money moves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 A Tale of Two Presidents: Venezuela’s Political Crisis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 705

Two guys are fighting over Venezuela. One’s got the military behind him. The other has … pretty much everyone else on his side. In other fights over presidential power, US Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is breaking with his party. And voting to block President Trump’s emergency declaration. Also on today’s episode: we introduce you to suffragist Ida B Wells, and say goodbye to the star of “Beverly Hills 90210”. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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