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APRIL 26, 2018


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"Cry closet" – An actual place at the University of Utah's library for students to release their stress. What happens in the cry closet, stays in the cry closet.


The Story

Yesterday, thousands of Germans turned out to protest anti-Semitism.

What's going on?

There's been a huge number of anti-Semitic incidents in Germany lately. Last year, authorities documented more than 1,400 – that's almost four a day. It's part of a rising trend of anti-Semitism across Europe. Thousands of Jews have left the continent. Last year, an anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic party was elected to German Parliament. And German Chancellor Merkel says that Arab refugees are also bringing "a different type of anti-Semitism" into the country.

What's this protest about?

Last week, an Arab-Israeli man wearing a kippa (a Jewish cap) was assaulted. He wasn't Jewish, but was trying to prove his friend wrong for saying it wasn't safe to wear Jewish clothing in public. A man repeatedly hit him with a belt, yelling "Jew." A video of the attack went viral.

Anything else?

Earlier this month, a German rap duo promising to "make another Holocaust" won the country's top music prize…on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Yesterday, after significant outcry, Germany announced it was ending the award.


Yesterday was a major show of solidarity – and reportedly the biggest display of people wearing kippas in Germany since before World War II.


What to say to your friend who just read Michelle McNamara's book...

Coincidence? Yesterday, California officials announced they arrested a suspected serial killer known as the Golden State Killer. He is allegedly responsible for at least 12 killings, at least 45 rapes, and more than 120 burglaries in the state of California in the '70s and '80s. Now, decades after the crimes, authorities are saying 'we got him' - thanks to DNA evidence. They found the suspect near Sacramento and identified him as a 72-year-old former police officer. He was fired in the late '70s after he allegedly stole a hammer and a can of dog repellent - around the time when the attacks were happening. He faces capital murder charges. Don't worry, HBO already has its pencils sharpened. Meanwhile, the case is bringing up rape kits – and why it's important for police to actually process them.

What to say when you get your tax refund...

Going straight to rent. Yesterday, HUD Secretary Ben Carson proposed upping the amount that low-income families pay for rent. Under his plan, the poorest families could have to pay triple what they're paying now. And get rid of deductions that lower their rent contribution. Carson says the current system is unsustainable and that these changes will encourage people to find better-paying jobs. Now, the proposal heads to Congress. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is also on his way there. Today, he's answering Qs about all those ethics concerns you've been hearing about. He apparently plans to blame his staff. Classy. Meanwhile, President Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen has a Stormy update. In 2016, Cohen paid porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet on an alleged affair with Trump. And had her sign an NDA. This month, the FBI raided Cohen's home, office, and hotel room – and took some papers. Now, Cohen's pleading the Fifth – aka invoking his right not to incriminate himself. Look who's suddenly hush hush.

What to say when you update your Gmail

Big changes. Yesterday, an NCAA commission released a report proposing some changes to college basketball. The FBI has been investigating bribery and fraud in the sport. Ten people were arrested, including an official at Adidas and coaches at several schools. The NCAA formed a commission – led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice – to propose rule changes to college basketball. Now they're saying 'ready.' Rice and friends are recommending stronger punishments for people that violate NCAA rules. And that the NBA should end their "one-and-done" rule. Meaning: people who want to go pro often go to college for a year before dropping out. That's because the current age to be eligible for the NBA draft is 19-years-old. Their solution: open it up to 18-year-olds, so people can enter straight after high school. The NCAA hopes to put these new ideas into practice by August.

What to say to your friend who's worried there's no "Planet B"...

Are we going the way of the giant sloth? Scientists found that ancient humans in North America probably hunted and fought giant sloths. And we actually mean giant. They apparently were more than eight feet tall and had long claws. Rawr. They roamed around the Earth until around 11,000 years ago. Fossilized footprints found in New Mexico showed human footprints inside the paw prints of a giant sloth. Scientists say it means the human probably stalked and fought the sloth. Most scientists believe humans' actions eventually led to their extinction. Sorry, Kristen Bell.

What to say when you're told to be quiet...

I still have things to say. So does Kanye.

What to say when you hear "Double Dare" is coming back…

Could be a nice breath of fresh air after "The Handmaid's Tale."



A plant that comes back every year. Also, a much nicer term for someone who's rocking the gray hair. It's the word former Sec of State Madeleine Albright taught us. Watch her explain it here.


For when your wine preference is 'the second cheapest bottle on the menu'...

Educate me, plz. Not talking a dry sommelier manual. Talking one of our fave Skimm Reads, the bestselling book "Sweetbitter" by Stephanie Danler. The TV show comes out in a little over a week, and it'll have you feeling hungry-slash-thirsty. It's about a 20-something working as a server at a top NYC restaurant. Add a lot of co-worker drama and descriptions of oysters and there's nothing to wine about. Get into it here.*

For when you're tired from spring cleaning...

I see you, bed. This Casper mattress is the best way to get those zzzzs. It's the comfiest one in the game and Skimm'rs get something off the price tag. Cue a mid-spring night's dream.*

For when you want new spring clothes…

Warm up to this. Madewell is taking 15% off pretty much their entire site for Skimm'rs only. Skimm HQ is kinda sorta freaking out. April purchases bring May wardrobes. Get it here.*

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