Skimm for July 26th

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I love you, Michelle" – President Obama, tweeting after M'Obama dropped the mic on the Democratic Convention in her speech last night. The Internet agreed.

LEAK-A-BOO

THE STORY

The FBI is investigating a major hack of the Democratic National Committee. Just in time for the party's convention to start.

EXPLAIN.

Earlier this year, the DNC hired a cybersecurity firm to give its networks a digital checkup. The firm found traces of at least two hacking groups believed to have ties to zee Russian government. Fast forward to last week, and WikiLeaks (it's baaaaack) released thousands of DNC emails that it looks like came from these hackers.

WHAT'S IN THEM?

Just evidence that DNC officials – including top donkey Debbie Wasserman Schultz – undermined Sen. Bernie Sanders' chances of being the nominee. Not good for the Dems, since Sanders has a lot of supporters who still aren't ready to put on their #ImWithHer buttons. You heard them last night. Wasserman Schultz got so much heat for the emails that she resigned. And then got a new role in the Clinton campaign. Yes, that was fast.

IS THE LEAK A COINCIDENCE?

Hillz thinks not. The Clinton campaign says Russia hacked the Dems to benefit GOP nominee Donald Trump. Critics have said 'why don't you stay out of any debate related to email.' Trump and Russian President Putin have been flirty in the past, saying they admire each other. And last week, Trump said that he might not support NATO nations if they came under attack from Russia. But the Trump campaign says Clinton's accusations are "pretty absurd." Now, the FBI is on it.

TELL ME ABOUT THE CONVENTION.

Everyone is with her. Except everyone who feels the Bern.  To which Sarah Silverman said stop "being ridiculous."  Sen. Cory Booker (NJ) brought all the feels and had everyone saying 'Helloooo, 2020.' First Lady Michelle Obama stole the show. She said that because of American progress, she wakes up "in a house that was built by slaves." And now with Hillz, her daughters can "take for granted that a woman can be president." Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) still thinks Trump's hat is goofy. And Sanders gave his stump speech a last time, with one minor difference: he wants his supporters to vote for Clinton.

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While the Dems are trying to get this convention show on the road, the FBI is digging into a huge data breach that many are comparing to North Korea's hack on Sony Pictures. But unlike Sony, this one affects a political party just months before the US presidential election – and has already had real consequences.

REPEAT AFTER ME...

WHAT PEOPLE ARE WATCHING...

Basically the whole world having a meltdown. In a town near Tokyo, Japan, at least 19 people were killed and dozens more were injured in a knife attack at a facility for disabled people early Tuesday morning. A former employee of the facility turned himself in after the attack. Months ago, the attacker reportedly wrote a letter to Parliament saying that all disabled people should be put to death. This was Japan's worst mass killing in decades.

WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHO'S "EATING FOR TWO"...

Maybe avoid a trip South of the border. Yesterday, a study said that as many as 1.6 million women in Latin America could be infected with the Zika virus while pregnant. Zika — the virus spread by mosquitoes that's hitting Latin America hard — is basically just a few sick days for most people. But it's a big deal for pregnant women because it's linked to birth defects in infants. Brazil's got it the worst, where the Rio Olympics are starting next week. Hooray. Great timing. And in other fun Zika news, yesterday, the CDC told doctors to ask all pregnant women about possible Zika infection at every checkup. The CDC also reminded everyone that the virus can affect both men and women and can be transmitted through unprotected sex. So it's not condom-ing, er condoning, that.

WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR CO-WORKER WHO ALWAYS LOOKS AROUND THE ROOM BEFORE SENDING A GCHAT...

You look paranoid. Just like Turkey. Yesterday, the Turkish gov. detained 42 journalists. If this sounds familiar, that's because the country's been on an arresting spree lately. Earlier this month, Turkey's military attempted a coup to try and put a stop to President Erdogan's push for more power. The coup was a fail. And Turkey took it as a cue to arrest thousands of people in less than two weeks. That includes soldiers, police, judges, and teachers whom Turkey thinks were involved in the attempted coup. Yesterday's arrest warrants were the first that targeted the press. And since freedom of the press is a big deal for democratic countries, this is getting a lot of side-eye from the international community. Especially the EU, which Turkey has been trying to join for a while. Instead, these mass arrests are making a lot of people think that Turkey's flown over the coup coup's nest. 

WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHO'S SEEN EVERY "30 FOR 30"...

Peyton Manning is clear AF. Yesterday, the NFL said the former Denver Broncos QB didn't use HGH (aka banned growth hormones). Reminder: last year, an Al Jazeera America report alleged that Manning's wife received deliveries of HGH back when he played for the Indianapolis Colts. Manning said 'uh, false' but the NFL went forward with an investigation. Manning went on to win the Super Bowl and announce his retirement. But he kinda needed the thumbs up from the NFL's investigation to officially cement his legacy as HBIC-QB. So this is a touchdown. 

PS: If the acronyms in this paragraph made you go 'huh?'...here you go. You're welcome.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT...

Michael Jordan. Yesterday, the basketball star said "I can no longer stay silent" and donated $2 million towards improving the relationship status between local PDs and black Americans. 

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