Skimm for May 5th

Skimm'd while researching the magical properties of yam lube. It's a thing...thanks to Grace and Frankie 

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"This used a filter" – President Obama, not talking about Insta. Yesterday, he said it's now safe for anyone over the age of six to drink filtered water in Flint, MI, which has had a very public water contamination issueSips water for dramatic effect.

THINGS MAKING PEOPLE TALK ABOUT CANADA

DONALD TRUMP

THE STORY

The Donald Trump campaign is having a huuuuuge victory party.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Earlier this week, after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) dropped out of the race, Trump was called the "presumptive nominee." Yesterday, he became the even more presumptive nominee. That's because Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) threw in the towel. Which means everyone who laughed at the Donald's candidacy over the last few months is eating their words for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Now Trump says he wants Dr. Ben Carson to help him with the search for a VP. TBD on whether or not Carson heard his cue this time.

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After months of talking strategy about how to stop the Trump train, it's now moving full-speed ahead.  Which means Republicans are having a conference call to figure out how to shift their message from 'anyone but Trump' to 'anyone but Hillz.'


WILDFIRE

THE STORY

Yesterday, more than 80,000 people in a Canadian city were evacuated because of a wildfire.

WHAT HAPPENED?

The fire started last weekend, and has been seriously affecting Fort McMurray, the city in northern Alberta which happens to be in the heart of the country's oil sands industry (psssst: oil sands are a big energy source in Canada). None of the major oil sands facilities have been damaged yet and no injuries have been reported, but entire neighborhoods in the city have been destroyed. Yesterday, officials said efforts to stop the fire have completely failed so far. Promising.

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This is one of the biggest wildfires Canada has seen in years, and apparently the city's in for more hot and dry weather. Translation: things could get worse before they get better.

REPEAT AFTER ME...

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU GET INTO A HUGE FIGHT WITH YOUR BF...

Sometimes a letter gets the job done. Yesterday, the Justice Department sent a letter to the governor of North Carolina saying that the state's transgender law goes against federal civil rights. Reminder: NC's been under a lot of scrutiny recently over a new law that bans local governments from enacting anti-discrimination policies. You know it as the 'bathroom bill' -- because it requires transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds to their sex at birth. The Justice Department is joining a long list of people and businesses -- including Bruce Springsteen and PayPal -- who have said 'SMH' to the law. Now, the Justice Department is giving NC until next week to respond to the letter. The feds hope that NC will voluntarily abandon the law.  If not, the department could try to force them into action by withholding federal funds. Ball, meet the Tar Heel's court.

WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHO HAD A DEB BALL IN HIGH SCHOOL...

North Korea's having one too. This week, the country is having its first Communist party Congress in 36 years. It's been compared to a political convention in the US. At the last meeting like this in 1980, Kim Jon-un's dad was confirmed as Supreme Leader. So expect some big announcements. A lot of people think this year's meeting will include policy changes, leadership shuffling, and lots of golf claps for Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. But we probably won't know all the details right away, since North Korea is about as transparent as Kim Jon-un's hair is understated.  This comes as NK's relationship with the US has turned increasingly feisty. NK's conducted multiple nuclear and missile tests recently, despite shade from the international community. At this meeting, Lil Kim's likely going to talk about his two big goals: developing the country's nuclear arsenal AND advancing NK's economy. Which is tricky when you're under tough sanctions for your nuclear program. How do you say 'catch 22′ in Korean?

WHAT TO SAY AFTER YOUR CO-WORKER PUTS IN TWO WEEKS NOTICE...

Turkey's PM might do the same. Yesterday, it came out that Turkish PM Davutoglu is reportedly quitting. That's because he and Turkish President Erdogan get along about as well as Beyoncé and Becky. In recent weeks, tension between them has been on the rise over things like relations with the EU and Kurdish separatists. It doesn't help that the two men have been in a power struggle over who should hold the talking stick on these issues. Davutoglu is expected to say 'so long, farewell' at a congressional meeting in the coming weeks. This would be a big deal because it would show political unrest in a country the West kinda counts on to be stable. TBD on what this will mean for the EU (which wants Turkey's help dealing with its migrant crisis) and the US (which has been working with Turkey in the fight against ISIS). Speaking of complicated relationships for the US….we Skimm'd it for you.

THING TO KNOW

Marvin: Princess Charlotte's pet hamster. That's all.


SKIMM BIRTHDAY

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