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JANUARY 11, 2018


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Skimm'd on the right side of the bed


"It was issued in error" – The Pentagon, retracting a memo with some low-key Star Wars references. Jokes they must not have.


The Story

Yesterday, US immigration agents raided 7-Elevens across the country.

What's going on?

As part of the Trump administration's crackdown on undocumented workers, nearly 100 stores were raided and 21 people were arrested. The operation targeted the people hiring these workers. And it was the administration's biggest crackdown on them yet.

Is this a new thing?

Nope. There were a lot of these under the Bush admin targeting undocumented workers. The Obama admin quietly focused on auditing thousands of businesses through "silent raids." Back in 2013, ICE arrested several 7-Eleven owners and managers who allegedly employed undocumented immigrants under stolen identities. That raid led to yesterday's operation.

What happens now?

Employers have to prove that their workers are in the US legally. The workers could be deported and the owners could be charged or fined. This comes as Trump is trying to get a bipartisan immigration plan to his desk that would protect DACA and build a border wall.


ICE has said to expect more of these business crackdowns. And it's not just targeting big companies – smaller ones are also at risk.


What to say when you hear how NYC is handling climate change…

California might want to get in on that. Mudslides in California have now killed at least 17 people. And more than a dozen are missing. Scientists say the recent California wildfires are attributed to climate change – and the aftermath of those fires helped cause these mudslides. That's because when soil is burnt, it can't absorb as much water. So when heavy rain fell earlier this week, it triggered loose mud to slide down and uproot things like trees and rocks. And it brought rivers of mud several feet high along with it. The mudslides are hitting residential areas in and around Montecito – this is why you've seen videos from people like Oprah on your news feed. Rescue efforts are still happening.

What to say when you're ready to leave the party...

I'm out. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said he's not running for re-election this year. Issa made his name as the head of the House Oversight Committee during the Obama years. He's the one who launched investigations into Operation "Fast and Furious" and the Benghazi embassy attack. In the past, Issa had indicated he was planning to defend his seat in a race that was supposed to be pretty competitive. Looks like he's not down for that anymore. Add his name to the 30 other Republicans leaving the House. Eyes are on the numbers, because Democrats need 24 seats to get the gavel back.

What to say when you realize it's only Thursday...

Not happy. Yesterday, Tunisians protested for the third night in a row. Earlier this week, protests broke out over things like rising gas prices and higher taxes. Reminder: the Arab Spring started in Tunisia a little more than seven years ago as a protest against government corruption. That spread to protests around the Middle East and North Africa. Tunisia kicked out its old leader in '11. Fast forward to now, and this government's been trying to get a hold of its debt by doing things like raising taxes. It hasn't gone over well. One protester's been killed, dozens of police officers were wounded, and Molotov cocktails were thrown at a Jewish school.

What to say when the price of bitcoin takes a deep dive

Just like Michelle Williams' salary. SAG-AFTRA – the union that represents actors and others in the entertainment and media industries – is looking into whether Williams was paid A LOT less than her co-star Mark Wahlberg. Earlier this week, a report came out saying Wahlberg got paid $1.5 million for reshoots after Kevin Spacey was replaced in the film. And Michelle Williams got...less than $1,000. Now SAG-AFTRA is saying 'something seems off here' and looking into whether her union contract was violated.



Cheating, but not really. Like when you try to look good for someone you know you'll run into...that isn't your SO. Or creep on their Instagram. At least it's not macro-cheating.



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