Skimm'd while watching the "Odd Mom Out" season premiere. Hi, summer guilty pleasure
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"World's worst hangover" -- British astronaut Tim Peake on what it feels like to come back to Earth after spending six months in space. Dear Tim, two Advils and a Gatorade. You're welcome.
SENATE GET YOUR GUN (CONTROL)
Yesterday, the Senate gave a thumbs down to gun control measures.
GIMME SOME BACKGROUND.
Legislation aiming to change who can own a gun and how easy it is to get one is an issue that, for years, hasn't been able to pass 'go' at the federal level. Everyone thought that might change after the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, CT. It didn't. Then, this month's mass shooting in Orlando, FL happened, and everyone thought this might be the moment. Especially because the shooter was previously on an FBI terror watch list. Gun reform legislation went to a Senate vote yesterday. Verdict: it still isn't the moment.
WHAT DID THEY VOTE DOWN?
Four measures that came from different sides of the aisle. Two had to do with terror watch lists. Dems wanted to ban anyone on the list from buying a gun, while the GOP wanted to put a hold on those purchases for up to three days. The other two had to do with background checks. Dems wanted to require every purchaser to go through background checks (even when buying at a gun show or on the Internet), while the GOP wanted to clarify what it means to be mentally not OK to buy a gun. The problem? Both the Dems and the GOP voted to block each other's measures. Nobody passed 'go.'
Yup. Yesterday, the Supreme Court opted not to take up challenges to gun control laws in NY and CT that ban military-style weapons. Meaning those bans can stay in place. Hint: that's a win for gun control advocates.
Whether you lean to the left, to the left, or to the right, yesterday's votes demonstrate how tough it is to pass any kind of gun reform in Washington, DC. Especially during an election year.
REPEAT AFTER ME...
WHAT TO SAY WHEN THE INTERN BREAKS THE PRINTER FOR THE SECOND DAY IN A ROW...
You're fired. That's what GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump said yesterday to campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. You remember Lewandowski from that time he was charged with battery for allegedly grabbing a reporter. Those charges were later dropped. He's been leading the Trump Train since day one, but his experience in the national campaign manager department was nada. All that reportedly led Trump's inner circle (including his kids) to say, 'Lewandowski's gotta go.' This could be a good change for Trump's campaign, which hasn't been getting the best PR recently. It could also be a bad sign for the GOP when their presumptive nominee makes a major shakeup weeks before the party's convention. Meanwhile, Hillz is also making some tough decisions. She's trying to pick a veep. A lot of people are putting their money on Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). But not Wall St…literally. Wall St donors have reportedly said that if Hillz chooses Warren, she can kiss their campaign dollars goodbye. Stay tuned.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR BOSS ASKS HOW THAT PRESENTATION IS COMING...
Progress. Yesterday, the FDA approved the first human trials for a Zika vaccine. Zika: that mosquito-borne virus mostly affecting Latin America and the Caribbean. Since the outbreak started about a year ago, there've been hundreds of thousands of cases. It's especially dangerous for pregnant women because it's been linked to serious birth defects. Problem, since there's no vaccine to speak of yet. And health officials have actually resorted to telling people to hold off on the baby-making until the outbreak calms down. Two pharmaceutical companies will start testing a vaccine on healthy people in the next few weeks. Don't get too excited. This is basically just to prove that it's safe. It'll be a months, maybe years, before before it's ready to use. Still, this is a huge step forward for the fight against the virus that's making some people cancel their flights to Rio this summer.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR CO-WORKER SAYS THE OFFICE IS TOO HOT…
No complaining to the Southwest. Over the weekend, a major heat wave hit the Southwest US, bringing triple digit temps to places in AZ, NM, NV, and Southern CA. Yesterday, the National Weather Service said it hit 122 degrees in Palm Springs. Nothing says 'happy first day of summer' like actual hellish temps. The extreme heat is especially dangerous for elderly people and little kids, and it's also fueling some dangerous wildfires. Meanwhile, over the weekend, four hikers in Arizona died from heat-related causes. The region is supposed to cool down after today…but for right now, it's getting hot in here.
WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR BRITISH FRIEND WHO SAYS 'KNICKERS'...
What goes well with knickers? A #Hiddlesbum.
THING TO KNOW
The Cheerio Challenge: Proof that adulthood does not equal maturity. A new Internet challenge where dads see how many Cheerios they can stack on a sleeping baby's faces. The current record is apparently 16.
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