Skimm for May 23rd

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Truly, you're tasting the Bay" — A distiller who created a sustainable vodka made partly from fog from the Bay Area. For $125 a bottle. Supply meet demand?

STRIKE

THE STORY

Over the weekend, a US drone strike killed the leader of the Afghan Taliban.

EXPLAIN.

The strike targeted Mullah Mansour, who was apparently in a remote area of Pakistan. The US has been helping Afghanistan in the fight against the Taliban for years, and recently has been trying to find a way for the terror group and the government there to agree on a peace deal.

ANYTHING ELSE?

Yes. Apparently the US didn't text Pakistani leadership about the attack until after it happened. Spoiler: Pakistan's not happy about it, and it's giving the country deja vu to that time the US killed Osama bin Laden and didn't give Pakistan the heads up. Meanwhile, the US is a little worried that Pakistan isn't working hard enough to fight against the Taliban. So the feeling is mutual.

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Mansour was one of the biggest obstacles to peace talks between the Afghan gov. and the Taliban. This strike could mean one less roadblock to peace, and one more step towards the US being able to back away further from its role in Afghanistan.

REPEAT AFTER ME...

WHAT PEOPLE ARE WATCHING…

The search for EgyptAir Flight 804. The plane went down in the Mediterranean last week en route from Paris to Cairo with 66 people on board. At first, officials seemed to be leaning towards terrorism as an explanation for the disaster. But yesterday, Egyptian President el-Sisi – whose government is heading up the search – asked everybody not to jump to any conclusions. Over the weekend, flight data was leaked that showed there was smoke in one of the bathrooms right before the plane lost altitude. Officials say that means there was a 'catastrophic failure' of some kind,  but that it doesn't prove anything else. Meanwhile, some wreckage and belongings were pulled out of the water off the coast of Egypt.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU GET ANXIOUS THINKING ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU HAVE TO DO THIS WEEK…

President Obama feels you. Yesterday, he landed in Vietnam for a three-day stay before he jets off to Japan for the G7 (hint: big-time world leader work retreat to talk global issues like climate change and ISIS). The goal of the trip? To build tighter economic and security ties with both countries. He started doing that yesterday, when he lifted the US ban on the sale of military weapons to Vietnam, which is an embargo that's been in place for decades. Reminder: China has been more aggressive than usual these days, and it's making Vietnam, Japan, and other US allies reach for the Excedrin. China – and just about every other country in its neighborhood – lays claim to parts of a territory in the Pacific known as the South China Sea. Instead of talking it out with everybody, China's decided to build military islands in the middle of the Sea to stake out its turf. So yesterday's lifting of the embargo is being seen as a sign of assurance that the US will back up its allies if there's some kind of showdown.

WHAT TO SAY AT THE MORNING MEETING…

Did you pay attention to the Preakness? Over the weekend, two horses died during two different races leading up to the main event. Preakness is one of three big races that make up the 'Triple Crown' along with the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. One horse named Homeboykris collapsed just after coming from behind to win the first race of the day. Officials think it was a heart attack. The other horse, named Pramedya, was euthanized on the track after breaking what's basically the horse version of a shin – an injury that's usually impossible for a horse to recover from. All of which really set a light mood for the Preakness race later in the day, where a horse named Exaggerator beat Kentucky Derby-winner Nyquist. Nyquist was undefeated until this point, and hoping to add a Triple Crown to his winning streak. Neigh-more.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR FRIEND REMINDS YOU "THE BACHELORETTE" IS TONIGHT…

These two aren't getting a rose. Last Friday, Viacom's CEO and one of the company's board members were told they'd been axed from the trust of longtime Viacom head Sumner Redstone. The same trust that lays out a succession plan for Redstone's majority stakes in Viacom and CBS Corp – two of the biggest media companies out there. 92-year-old Redstone has been in poor health for years, and only recently stepped down after decades at Viacom and CBS. The two Viacom execs say Redstone's daughter Shari – who's had a very rocky relationship with her dad in the past – is pressuring him into cutting them out of the trust and replacing them with people close to her. TBD on how this power struggle will play out, but in the meantime, Viacom's stock has dropped by almost half in this year alone thanks to all the drama, drama, drama.

THING TO KNOW

PBE:  Means 'play it by ear.' Sometimes confused with a cheap beer. Neither are a good sign on a date.


SKIMM AHEAD

The Billboard Music Awards were last night. Britney was there in all her old school glory. Celine cried – and made everyone else cry. Madonna paid tribute to Prince. Rihanna made us reconsider feather boas. If you missed it, don't worry, we got you. Download Skimm Ahead, and prevent missing anything ever again. You can even choose to add single events right into your calendar. NBD.


SKIMM GIFT

We had a dream we were sleeping by a pool. It was sad when we woke up with no drink in hand but we want to make it real for you. We've got four nights in a luxury hotel in Puerto Rico. Airfare, wardrobe, and beach read? Check, check, check. Enter here.


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