Skimm for September 3rd
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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We are looking at our library to bring back ideas, shows that were loved, in a fresh new way" -- A Nickelodeon exec, giving us hope that Phil and Lil will see another day.

EUR-IN-TROUBLE

THE STORY

The European Union is struggling to deal with a refugee and migrant crisis that's getting worse every day. 

PSST…WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS?

Refugees are forced to leave home to escape things like war. Migrants leave home voluntarily to try to make their lives better with a new job or education. Take a brutal civil war in Syria, this thing called ISIS, and weak economies in Africa, and you have hundreds of thousands of people rushing to get to the EU.

WHAT'S THE LATEST?

For months, there has been a series of tragedies and chaos associated with people trying to escape to the EU. Leaders have promised they'd figure out a solution. But meanwhile, yesterday, everyone saw photos of a drowned toddler who washed onto a beach in Turkey. He was a Syrian refugee who drowned with 11 others, including his five-year-old brother, trying to get to Greece. And in France this week, migrants and refugees shut down Eurostar trains when they swarmed the track trying to get into Britain. And then in Hungary yesterday, thousands of migrants and refugees were blocked from boarding a train to Germany. And then in Greece yesterday, hundreds of migrants and refugees clashed with police while trying to cross over the border Greece shares with Macedonia. All in a day's escape. 

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So far, the EU has sorta tried and totally failed to deal with this crisis. Top EU officials say they're announcing a new plan next week. Good idea.

REPEAT AFTER ME...

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU FIND SOMEONE TO FILL YOUR LABOR DAY WEEKEND RENTAL...

Gang's all here. For months, President Obama has been sweating it out over whether Congress will give the OK to his foreign policy baby -- the Iran nuclear deal. He's faced some serious opposition so far, even from within his own party, but has promised to do whatever it takes to seal the deal (read: veto, veto, veto.) Yesterday, a Maryland senator became the 34th lawmaker to cross the Red Rover line to his side. Meaning, there won't be enough lawmakers against the deal to override Obama's inevitable veto. Cue Obama breathing a huge sigh of relief. The GOP-led Congress is still expected to vote against it, but yesterday's news means that doesn't really matter. Refresher: the deal between Iran and six world powers limits Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting harsh economic sanctions on the country. Some -- including the GOP and Israel -- say the deal is too soft on Iran. Others -- Obama and many Dems -- say the deal will help ward off another war in the Mideast. Up next: an official vote later this month. Yayyyy politics.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU FIND OUT YOUR CO-WORKER IS INTERVIEWING AT OTHER PLACES…

Time for something new? Yesterday, reports came out that DreamWorks and Disney aren't renewing their distribution deal when it expires next summer. Under the deal, DreamWorks has been working with Disney to distribute its films, aka get them into theaters and later onto TV channels. But Dreamworks has not turned out to be a dream for Disney -- it produced less films and less profits than expected. Plus, Disney also bought shiny brands like Marvel and Lucasfilm. So it looks like Disney isn't too excited about keeping up the relationship. Steven Spielberg -- co-founder of DreamWorks and dinosaur aficionado -- is now reportedly flirting with Universal. Oh Mickey, you're not-so-fine. 

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR CO-WORKER SHOWS UP DRUNK FOR A MEETING…

What is wrong with you? Earlier this week, two day care workers in New Jersey were charged with child abuse for running a "fight club"…with toddlers.  The kids are between four and six years old. The first rule of fight club is: you must be able to cross the street by yourself to be in fight club. The day care workers thought it would be a good idea to post videos of the fights to Snapchat. It was not a good idea. 

WHAT TO SAY WHILE PACKING BATHING SUITS FOR THE WEEKEND…

Can't I just shear off a few lbs

THING TO KNOW

Gas prices have been really low lately. Good for you. But not so good for the oil industry. Here's why.


SKIMM SHARE

Long weekend coming up. Thanks to Jessica Grenvik (Knoxville, TN), Renee Stith (Reynoldsburg, OH) and Phyllis Conrad (SC) for sharing it up. You've got Skimm beach swag coming your way. Good things happen when you share.


SKIMM BIRTHDAYS

* Indicates Skimm'bassador. You had me at cake.

*Christine Andola (Plattsburgh, NY); *Gina Damiano (Gilroy, CA); *Hannah Mason (Arlington,VA); *Danielle Neverve (New York, NY); *Gina Damiano (Gilroy, CA);*Rachel Raineri (Raleigh, NC); *Hannah Mason (Arlington, VA); *Christine Andola (Plattsburgh, NY); *Casey Linsey Wells (Washington, DC); *Sarah Peters(Baltimore, MD); *Becky Beaulieu (Chicago, IL); *Christine Andola (Plattsburgh, NY); Alex Obrand (Montreal, CA); Andrew Levine (New York, NY); Ashley Bronczek (Washington, D.C.); Courtney Barba (Suffern, NY); Katherine Ogden (Rowayton, CT); Catherine Hehmeyer  (New York, NY);  Niyah White  (Richmond, VA ); Sarah Wheeler (Washington, DC); McKay Norton (Charleston, SC); Elizabeth Koppert (Washington DC); Erica Lecore (Mobile, AL); Jane Schellens (Old Lyme, CT); Brenda Mitchell (Fayetteville, NC); Brianna D'Adamo (Massapequa, NY); BJ Oshaughnessy (Clearwater Beach, FL); Jeff Welsh (Chicago, IL)

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