Skimm for April 6th

Skimm'd after watching "Mad Men"

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"So beautiful, and so ugly because of the rain" -- Pope Francis throwing shade at the weather during Easter Sunday Mass at the Vatican.

THINGS THAT HAPPENED FAR AWAY

KENYA

THE STORY

Last week, gunmen attacked a college in Kenya, killing 148 people.

WHO DID IT?

Islamist terror group -- and al-Qaeda affiliate -- al-Shabab took responsibility last week. And yesterday, it came out that one of the attackers was the son of a government official. Al-Shabab said the attack was in retaliation for Kenya sending in troops to fight the group in Somalia. Today, Kenya's military responded with airstrikes against the group.

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Al-Shabab has been launching attacks in Kenya for years in retaliation for the country sending troops into Somalia -- including the 2013 Kenyan mall attack. But last week's attack was the deadliest the country's seen in more than 10 years.


IRAN

THE STORY

After 18 months of negotiating, the US and friends reached a framework for a nuclear deal with Iran late last week.

WHAT ARE THE TERMS?

Iran has long said that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. Pretty much everyone else has said 'Ha.' So as part of this deal, Iran has agreed to cut parts of its program that could lead to making a bomb. The country will also let international inspectors regularly drop in on its nuclear facilities. In exchange, the US and friends will ease up on sanctions -- as long as Iran plays nice.

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Iranians are in a good mood since this should help the country's economy. Meanwhile, Israel's taking more of an 'are you kidding with this deal?' approach. President Obama's cheers-ing to finally getting a deal with Iran done. And Congress would like everyone to know that it should be involved in this deal. Because it's very important.

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This framework is a band aid to get everyone to the end of June, when both sides have to come up with a final deal. So no, the fat lady of international deal-making has not sung yet.

REPEAT AFTER ME...

WHAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT…

Rolling Stone. Yesterday, the magazine retracted an article it published last year about a student named "Jackie" who was allegedly gang raped at UVA. Rolling Stone's retraction came as Columbia Journalism School released an independent review that discredited the story, and the magazine's entire reporting process. The words "journalistic failure" and "avoidable" were used. Rolling Stone requested the review last year, after it came out that there were a lot of factual issues with the story. Yesterday, the magazine's managing editor noted how hard it can be for sexual assault victims to come forward, and said it "saddens us to think that their willingness to do so might be diminished by our failings."

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR BOSS POINTS OUT A TYPO IN YOUR PRESENTATION…

Sorry I'm not perfect. Kentucky feels you, after losing its first game all season at the Final Four against Wisconsin. Kentucky was favored to win March Madness – and be the first team in decades to do it with an undefeated record. Kentucky fans did NOT take the loss well. And neither did Kentucky players. Wisconsin faces off against Duke tonight in the Championship Game. Meaning it's almost time for somebody to get the office pool payout. Hint: probably not you.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR MOM ASKS IF YOU WANT ANY EASTER DESSERT LEFTOVERS…

Lost my appetite. Last Friday, the CDC warned ice cream lovers not to eat products made at a Blue Bell Ice Cream plant in Oklahoma. That's because it could be contaminated with Listeria (think: fever and a lot of time in the bathroom). Health officials say three people have died in the last year from Listeria at a hospital where contaminated Blue Bell ice cream cups were served. The cups have been recalled, and the plant has been shut down while Blue Bell investigates. Now would be a good time to check the freezer.

SKIMM'R OF THE WEEK

Skimm'r Isabel Sheinman (New York, NY) & Library for All: Started two years ago through Kickstarter, Library for All ditches the Dewey Decimal System and creates digital libraries in developing countries. It has over 1,200 curated titles in lots of languages, and it's being rolled out in Haiti, and soon in Rwanda.


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