Skimm for December 2nd

Skimm'd with a Holiday Spice Flat White and 'tis the season' vibes

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Suspect attempted to flee the area" – A Maryland sheriff's office, describing a rogue beaver that was found trashing a dollar store. Holiday stress got the best of him.

THINGS MEETING WITH HR

MATTIS

THE STORY

Yesterday, President-elect Donald Trump tapped retired Gen. James 'Mad Dog' Mattis for the Defense Secretary job.

WHO'S HE?

Mattis served in the Marines for more than 40 years, leading forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. He's said Iran is the "single most enduring threat" to peace in the Middle East. And since retiring a few years ago, he's been pretty critical of what he says is the US's "strategy-free" approach to foreign policy. But there's one tiny problem with choosing Mattis for the role.

WHAT'S THAT?

This job is supposed to be filled by a civilian because checks and balances. US law prevents military members from taking the job within seven years of retirement. Mattis retired in 2013. So Trump will need Congress to waive that law before Mattis can get to work.

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If confirmed, Mattis would be taking over the Pentagon at a time when there are just a few international crises to deal with (hi Syrian Civil War, ISIS). Some think Mattis' experience on the battlefield could help. TBD on whether Congress will agree.


HOLLANDE

THE STORY

French president Francois Hollande is saying 'au revoir' to his day job.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Yesterday, Hollande said he won't run for reelection next year. He's the first French president to not run for a second term in almost 60 years. That's because he's not exactly Mr. Popular thanks to France's high unemployment rate and national security fears due to recent terror attacks. And many people are also none too pleased about the increased number of immigrants coming to France as a result of the EU's massive migrant and refugee crisis. So voters are looking to candidates on the right instead, like Republican candidate Francois Fillon or far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Both of them want to cut back on things like immigration. By stepping down, Hollande is hoping to give his party a fighting chance in the face of what he calls "conservatism" and "extremism."

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At the beginning of 2016, conventional wisdom was that a candidate like Marine Le Pen couldn't win in France. Now, post-Brexit and post-Trump, everyone's taking populist campaigns much more seriously.

REPEAT AFTER ME...

WHAT PEOPLE ARE WATCHING…

Gatlinburg, TN. Yesterday, officials said 11 people have died in the wildfire that spread from Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains earlier this week. And firefighters are still searching for dozens of missing people. Around 14,000 people were forced to evacuate Gatlinburg. More than 70 have been injured and hundreds of buildings have been destroyed. It's unclear how exactly the fire started, but officials say it was probably "human-caused." What's not helping? TN – and a lot of the US South – has been going through a major drought, which has literally been fueling the fire. The fires are mostly out now and firefighters are in search and rescue mode.

WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR CO-WORKER WHO'S ALREADY TALKING NFL PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS...

Did you hear about Joe McKnightYesterday, the 28-year-old former New York Jets running back was shot and killed near New Orleans, LA. It's TBD on exactly what happened but officials said it might be related to a "road rage incident." A suspect was taken into custody. McKnight played three seasons with the Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs, after being a serious baller at USC. He's the second former NFL player to die this year after an apparent road rage incident — former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was killed in April in Nola.

WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHO ORDERS A CARAMEL FRAPPUCCINO WITH WHIP…

Sip on this. Yesterday Howard Schultz, the long-time Starbucks CEO, said he's stepping down next year and passing the mermaid cup to the company's current president. Schultz is one of a few CEOs who's got some name recognition. That's because not only is he behind your daily caffeine fix, he's also been outspoken about things like supporting gay marriage and telling customers they can't bring guns into Starbucks stores. All of which has made many people wonder if he's got politics in mind. Yesterday, Schultz apparently said 'nope, not interested.' He'll be staying on as executive chairman. Starbucks and its controversial cups have faced some stiff competition in recent years from your neighborhood Central Perk. So Schultz stepping back could also help the coffee giant hit 'refresh' while trying to roast its rivals.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU FIND YOUR OLD SOCCER CLEATS IN THE BACK OF YOUR CLOSET...

Mixed feelings about these now. Yesterday, police in England said at least 350 people have come forward to report sexual abuse in the country's youth soccer programs. This comes after several former professional players alleged last month that they'd been abused while playing youth soccer. Earlier this week, one of the accused coaches was charged with eight counts of child sexual assault for alleged incidents that took place back in the 80s. Now, hundreds of claims are being investigated by more than a dozen police forces across the country. England's Football Association is also doing its own investigation. Blimey.

WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR CO-WORKER WHO CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY MK&A WON'T DO "FULLER HOUSE"...

No worries, the Tanner pad's staying in the family.

WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHO'S STILL BITTER ABOUT DEFLATEGATE…

Sorry about Gronk.

SKIMM READS

"Nutshell" by Ian McEwan

By the author of "Atonement." It's set in London Town and is one part murder mystery, one part love triangle. Oh, and this read's told from the perspective of an unborn baby inside the mother's belly. It's "Gone Girl" meets "Look Who's Talking." Buy here.


SKIMM'NESS

It's beginning to look a lot like Skimm'ness. And Skimm HQ, aka Santa and Hanukkah Harry's Workshop, has been working on something special just for you. Introducing…

Skimm the Season Gift Box. It'll help you knock a lot of gifts off that list. Hint: great wine, one of our fave reads, a subscription to our Skimm Ahead app, a product we can't put down, and more. Share the wealth, or give it all to your BFF. PS: we don't have that many of them. So buy now.


SKIMM COFFEE

Time to deck the halls. Skimm HQ is setting the mood with the Holiday Spice Flat White. It tastes like your morning espresso and all the holiday spices dancing to the Nutcracker. It'll give you all the fa la la la la, la la la la feels.

SKIMM BIRTHDAYS

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