Skimm for May 12th
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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I think I would have been the best president" – VP Joe Biden having a TBT to that time he almost ran for the top job. Let it go. Let it goooooo.

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THE STORY 

Things in Brazil are looking just impeachy. The country's Senate voted 'yup' to President Dilma Rousseff facing an impeachment trial. 

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For months, Brazilian lawmakers have been making pro-con lists on whether Rousseff should stay or go. Congress thinks 'go.' So do a lot of Brazilians. That's because Rousseff's administration has been caught up in a corruption scandal involving Brazil's state-owned oil company. Meanwhile, she's been accused of using money from public banks to cover budget gaps. Oh, and Brazil's economy's been in a major recession. It doesn't help that the country's also dishing out a ton of cash for the Olympics and not as much for basics like infrastructure. 

SO WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? 

Rousseff will be put in a presidential time out while her Veep Michel Temer steps in. And he'll come in with a not-so-clean slate. He recently had to pay a fine for violating campaign finance laws. Promising.

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For years, Brazil has been at the front of the emerging economy pack — and despite the recession, it's still got one of the largest economies in the world. So political and financial instability there could affect global markets in a big way. 

REPEAT AFTER ME...

WHAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT…

Michael Slager. Yesterday, the former South Carolina police officer was indicted by a federal grand jury. Last year, Slager, a white police officer, shot and killed Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, after a traffic stop. Slager initially said he fired his gun in self-defense because Scott grabbed his Taser. But a few days later, a video of the incident surfaced that shows Slager shooting Scott in the back as he runs away. South Carolina charged Slager with murder. And then yesterday, a federal grand jury charged him with things like violating civil rights laws and misleading investigators. Slager has pleaded not guilty to the charges. This is just one in a series of cases over the past few years of black people being killed by white police officers that have brought up the issue of local police reform, and given rise to the Black Lives Matter movement. So a lot of eyes around the country are on this case.

WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHO FINALLY FIGURED OUT WHY HER BF WON'T GIVE HER HIS PASSCODE…

The other shoe just dropped. Yesterday, federal investigators said arson is to blame for that deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas in 2013. The explosion killed 15 people, injured more than 160, and destroyed hundreds of homes. For a long time, investigators have been looking into what might have caused the fire, and considered things like faulty electrical wiring. But yesterday, officials said it was a "criminal act." No arrests have been made yet.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE WATCHING...

Iraq. Yesterday, ISIS claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in Baghdad that killed more than 90 people. They were the deadliest attacks in Iraq's capital so far this year. The US and friends have been fighting ISIS in both Iraq and Syria, and over the past few months, the group has been pushed out of a few key areas. Surprise…they're not happy about it. So yesterday's attack is seen as the group's way of retaliating. It doesn't help that Iraq is dealing with a few other problems (think: a struggling economy and a sh*tshow of a political system). Meaning yesterday's attacks are really bad news on top of already bad news.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU HEAR QUEEN ELIZABETH THREW SHADE AT CHINESE OFFICIALS…

Another Brit might also have some foreign troubles. Hermione's mentioned in the Panama Papers. Accio, lawyers.

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU SEE YOUR CHILDHOOD FRIEND ON THE STREET…

Double take. Just like Instagram made everyone do yesterday.

THING TO KNOW

WAM: Stands for 'walking around money.' Also known as the $10 you keep in your wallet for extremely important expenses like gum and another chapstick you don't need.


SKIMM AHEAD UPDATE

A few weeks ago, we launched Skimm Ahead. Our new app makes it easier to be smarter about the future, and can integrate directly into your iPhone calendar. In the spirit of sequels that don't suck, Skimm Ahead's getting an update that makes it even better. Here's what's new...

– You can Skimmify your entire calendar, OR pick and choose which Skimm Ahead events you want to see. Buffet style.

– You can invite friends to events. Because friends don't let friends miss the new OITNB season on Netflix. They just don't.

Download Skimm Ahead here. Still got questions? We've got answers.

PS: If you don't have an iPhone, stay tuned. We hear you.


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