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QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Prince George showed up to our meeting in his bathrobe. That was a slap in the face" – President Obama, at this weekend's White House Correspondents' Dinner, on what it's like to be a 'lame duck.' In fairness, George does have a tight nap schedule.
NOT EASY BEING GREEN (ZONE)
Over the weekend, Iraq proved once again that things can always get worse. Anti-government protesters broke into the so-called 'Green Zone' area of Baghdad.
The part of town with Iraq's major government buildings and the US embassy. Officials were forced to declare a state of emergency in the city.
Iraq's Shiite-led government has had a lot of tension with the country's other groups (Sunnis, Kurds) because they feel sidelined. Then in 2014, another problem came to town -- ISIS. It said 'mine' to large chunks of Iraq's territory. That's when Haider al-Abadi took over the Prime Minister job and promised to tackle both big issues – stop ISIS and reform the government at the same time.
AND HOW'D THAT GO?
Fighting ISIS won out. And it didn't go unnoticed. This weekend, thousands of people showed up to protest what they say is widespread corruption in the government. Abadi's been trying to meet their demands by replacing his cabinet – but parliament wants to keep the status quo.
President Obama's plan to fight ISIS depends on a functioning Iraq. So the country really needs to be solid...solid as Iraq.
REPEAT AFTER ME...
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU REALIZE YOUR CREDIT CARD BILL IS DUE…
Bahhhh. Puerto Rico feels you. Today, Puerto Rico is due to pay $422 million in debt. And yesterday, Puerto Rico's governor said 'not happening.' Meaning the island is looking at its largest default ever. Puerto Rico's finances are worse than yours after a big weekend. Since 2006, businesses and people have been leaving the island because of a tax break that expired. This sparked a recession and a lot of borrowing from private investors (pssst…we Skimm'd it for you). And Puerto Rico isn't allowed to declare bankruptcy, because it's a US territory. Now, Puerto Rico has about $72 billion in Venmo requests that it can't pay back. Today's default was one in a series of pay days it has coming up. And US investors could lose a lot of money if Puerto Rico keeps saying 'no can do.' Congress has been dragging its feet on helping out the island, but this default could put more pressure on them to act. PS: Puerto Rico's also struggling with the Zika virus. Over the weekend, the first US death linked to the virus was reported there.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR SIDE HUSTLE STARTS TO GET BIGGER THAN YOUR DAY JOB…
Should I go public with it? That's what Craig Steven Wright is doing. Today, the Australian entrepreneur came out as the creator of bitcoin. Hint: that online currency your developer friend is buying in bulk. Here's your Skimm. The bitcoin creator's ID has always been a mystery, with everybody referring to him by the pseudonym "Satoshi Nakamoto." Wright says he didn't really want to go public, but had to because a lot of people already suspected it was him and wouldn't leave him alone about it. That could be because Australian tax officials raided his home last year, right after a few stories came out pointing the finger at him as the bitcoin creator. Wright says he wants to "dispel any negative myths and fears" about bitcoin. So ask him anything.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU REMEMBER THAT TOMORROW IS TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY...
Bad timing for Detroit teachers. Yesterday, Detroit Public Schools said they are going to run out of cash to pay teachers after the end of June. Many teachers are on plans that let them get paid year round instead of just when school's in session. This announcement earned a big F from them. ICYMI, Detroit's been in a bad financial way for years. So bad that it became the largest US city to go bankrupt in 2013. It exited bankruptcy the next year, but the city's still struggling to pay some of the bills. Last month, MI Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill to fund DPS — and the teachers said they'd been assured that would also cover summer pay. Turns out that's not so true. Now, a teacher's union has called for a district-wide sickout today, aka pulling a Ferris Bueller but way less fun.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU HEAR WHERE MALIA OBAMA'S GOING TO COLLEGE...
GUEST SKIMM: ANDRE LEON TALLEY, VOGUE CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
Tonight is the Met Gala, aka fashion's prom, to celebrate the opening of the annual Costume Institute exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Everyone will be there. Not you.
HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE YOUR NAME?
On-Dray Lee-on Talley.
WHO ARE YOU?
I'm a larger-than-life fashion personage with a great deal of gravitas, having gone through five decades of fashion….I've been at the forefront of great fashion moments in the 20th century and 21st century. So I've been through the chiffon trenches.
WHAT IS THE MET GALA?
The Met Gala is extraordinary. It is the Easter Parade, the Christmas Morning, the Super Bowl of fashion. It is THE fashion event. It is the Oscars of the fashion world. Everyone who is anyone who has ever achieved anything who is remotely interesting comes to the Met Gala. And it's very vital and very exciting and you want to be a part of that. And if you can't...then you can always go onto the free Vogue app and be part of the excitement.
WHY AREN'T WE INVITED?
I answered it, didn't I?
WHAT IS THIS YEAR'S THEME?
"Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology"....The moments of couture and the machine and the criss-cross sections of that.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MET GALA MEMORY?
Cher came up the steps and I was beating a tambourine and she took the tambourine out of my hands and she started beating the tambourine. And we became friends...Unfortunately the person I most wanted to see is not coming because she's on tour. It's Rihanna….But I do look forward to Beyoncé.
ANY PLANS TO INSTALL MICROPHONES IN THE ELEVATORS?
...Oh how brilliant with the question. And you do it with a smile! That is not a question I can answer because I'm not involved with the technical production of the elevators in the museum.
WHAT ARE THE FIRST THINGS THAT YOU LOOK AT EVERY MORNING?
Well I hope I get up every morning and look at the Vogue app after I look at Anna Wintour's emails.
THING TO KNOW
Berkshire Hathaway: As in the holding company run by Warren Buffett (think: Raymond Tusk in "House of Cards"). Over the weekend, the company had its shareholder meeting, which is a big deal for investors looking to get any insight into that Buffett magic. Buffett used the meeting to share his Burn Book which includes Valeant Pharmaceuticals.
Psst...Mother's Day is this weekend. We pulled together our fav gift options. Buy now, show up to Sunday brunch with a present, and thank us later.
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