Skimm for August 23rd

Skimm'd over "Billions"

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Even though this product smells delicious, it is not delicious" — KFC warning people that its new sunscreen is not edible, even though it smells like fried chicken. Oh America.

TO PEE OR NOT TO PEE

THE STORY

Earlier this week, a federal judge ruled that, for the time being, US public schools can tell students where they can and can't pee.

REMIND ME.

Earlier this year, North Carolina passed a law that banned transgender people from using public bathrooms that don't match the sex on their birth certificates. And then came the lawsuits and a lot of people saying 'discrimination much?' President Obama responded by telling public schools that federal law requires them to let transgender students use whatever bathrooms they want -- and hinted that federal funding would be cut from schools that didn't comply. Some critics freaked out, and said this was another example of Obama overstepping his presidential boundaries. 13 states sued.

WHAT'S THE LATEST?

A federal judge in Texas — one of the states that sued — said that until this lawsuit is decided, public schools across the US are free to decide where kids can and can't pee. The Obama administration is saying 'pretty sure we're gonna win this thing.' A lot of GOP activists are sending each other high-five emojis. And a lot of transgender kids are just wondering which bathroom they can use. 

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Yesterday's ruling is a big roadblock for Obama, who's been trying to leave office with a very pro-LGBT legacy behind him. And it also comes just as a lot of students are heading back to school this week. Great timing.

REPEAT AFTER ME...

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR FRIEND ASKS FOR A READING REC…

Hear there are some more Hillary emails to read, Yesterday, a federal judge said the State Department has to turn over almost 15,000 new emails that the FBI uncovered during its investigation of Hillary Clinton's inbox habits. In case you somehow missed it, during a different investigation into the 2012 Benghazi attacks it was discovered that the Democratic nominee used only a private email account and server while she was sec. of state. Many of those emails were made public, and in the meantime, the FBI did an investigation. Earlier this year, officials decided that even though Hillz and her people were "extremely careless," they didn't do anything legally wrong. Now it turns out, the FBI uncovered about 15,000 new emails during that investigation that Clinton didn't disclose. And they need to be made public. Guess when that'll start happening? Maybe by October. Aka during the final lap of the presidential race. 

WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHO IS STILL HAUNTED BY "BROKEDOWN PALACE"…

This won't help your nightmares. The Philippines' new president and the UN aren't speaking right now. President Rodrigo Duterte was recently elected on a promise to crackdown on the country's drug trade. In his case, crackdown means police should "shoot to kill" anyone they come across that could be involved in trafficking drugs. About 1,800 people have been killed the last two months. The UN threw up a red flag and said 'hi, human rights violations,' calling on Duterte to pump the brakes. Duterte did not like. He said the UN is "stupid" for getting involved, and threatened to leave the international body altogether. Cue his foreign minister saying Duterte didn't mean it he's just tired. Insert nervous laugh here. Meanwhile, businesses and foreign governments are giving the side-eye. They've only recently started to see the Philippines as a safe investment…and could start pulling out if this violence gets worse.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR CO-WORKER KEEPS SHOWING UP IN NEW SHOES…

Money to burn? Yesterday, Pfizer wrote a $14 billion check to buy cancer drug developer Medivation. Aka the company behind the top drug for prostate cancer. Surprise, that drug also comes with a verrrry steep price tag, and Medivation made hundreds of millions in revenue last year. Another surprise, these kinds of dollar signs make Medivation really attractive to bigger drug companies that want in on cancer drug development. Pfizer has been the most thirsty of them all, and had to beat out lots of other potential suitors to make this deal happen. Thirst, quenched.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU HAVE NO CASH AND THE RESTAURANT DOESN'T TAKE CARDS…

Well sh*t. Feeling like Ryan Lochte

THING TO KNOW

Cucamelon: A teaspoon-sized cucumber that looks like "Honey, I Shrunk the Watermelon." It is a real, actual fruit that you will find in grocery stores. The fancy ones.


SKIMM GIFT

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