Skimm'd while wedding planning

theSkimm50 West 23rd Street, Suite 5B; New York, NY, 10010, United States Update Profile

MAY 23, 2018


Share theSkimm

Skimm'd while wedding planning


"It is awkward" – The 30-year-old man whose parents are suing him to move out.


The Story

President Trump may or may not have a deal to save Chinese phone-maker ZTE.

Back up.

ZTE is one of China's largest tech companies – and one of the US's top smartphone suppliers. Last year, ZTE pleaded guilty to violating sanctions by shipping US equipment to Iran and North Korea. And never followed through on its settlement deal. So the US banned American companies from making some biz deals with ZTE until 2025. This month, ZTE shut down its main operations, putting thousands of Chinese jobs at risk. But...


Trump said he'd help ZTE get back on its feet as part of ongoing talks to avoid a US-China trade war. The one that's been looming since earlier this year when Trump put new tariffs on Chinese products.

So what's the latest?

A couple things. At first, it looked like Trump and China agreed on a deal to save ZTE. Then Trump said 'not yet' – because he's not happy with how trade talks are going with the country. Oh but even if they had come up with a deal, a Senate committee wants it to pass through Congress first.

Anything else?

Trump's working lunch with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un might not happen anymore. Trump blames China. So...mixed messages.


There's a lot of complicated relationships at stake. There's the US and China. There's the US and North Korea. And then there's Trump and his voter base – which elected him in part on his promise to be tough on trade with China. It's delicate.


What people are talking about…

Philip Roth. Yesterday, the famous author died from congestive heart failure. He was 85. For decades, Roth raised eyebrows and made a name for himself for the way he wrote about things like sex and life as a Jew. You know him for books like "Portnoy's Complaint" and "American Pastoral." He also won pretty much every literary award out there – including the Pulitzer, the National Book Award, and the Man Booker International Prize. Write on.

What to say when you hear R Kelly's been sued for sexual assault…

Ugh. Speaking of, 200 USC professors are calling on the university's president to resign. Since the '90s, students and staff have been complaining about the university's gynecologist. Their claims include that he had patients get entirely naked for exams and molested them. Last year, the school finally got rid of him after a nurse reported him to a rape crisis center. But the school gave him a nice severance check on his way out the door. And didn't immediately report him to any medical board. Last week, USC acknowledged it had received multiple complaints about the doctor over the years. Earlier this week, several women sued the school for failing to protect them. Now, hundreds of professors are saying it's time for the university's president to resign.

What to say when someone stands too close to you in the elevator…

Can I get some privacy? Yesterday, dozens of civil rights organizations called on Amazon to stop selling facial recognition software to US law enforcement. Some local police departments have been buying the software on the cheap to help ID suspects. Amazon says the software could help them find missing people. But these groups are throwing up their 'Big Brother' flags. And saying 'how about we don't open the door to even more mass government surveillance.' They worry this will lead to tracking already-vulnerable people – like undocumented immigrants or civil rights activists.

What to say when your friend reminds you of something embarrassing you did in college…

If I could turn back time. Yesterday, the House approved a bill to roll back Dodd-Frank. The 2010 law is designed to keep banks from repeating the risky business that got the US into its 2008 financial crisis. Under Dodd-Frank, banks that are considered especially big and important get extra regulations. Now, Congress is raising the standard for how big those banks need to be. This would reportedly leave less than 10 banks on the list for some extra regs. Republicans say Dodd-Frank ended up hurting small banks, too – and that this bill will give the little guys a much-needed break. Some Dems agreed. Others are ringing alarm bells – and saying this is part of the Trump administration's bigger effort to deregulate the financial industry. Now the bill heads to President Trump, who's expected to sign it.

What to say when you hear a high school teacher won a Kentucky primary...

One for the books. Just like the US's first black woman to become a major party's nominee for governor.

What to say when you see an old photo of yourself…

Do I look like that? No, soccer champ Brandi Chastain, you do not.



The term for when you catch yourself writing a "my forever wedding date" caption. Getting married, having babies, and saying 'we' a lot is a big step, but there are ways to make it easier. Haven Life Insurance Agency helps you move into new life stages with peace of mind by making it simple to check "apply for life insurance" off your adulting to-do list. Done.


For when you need a midday snack…

Blend it up. These smoothies, soups, sundaes and more are an HQ go-to. The pretzels are feeling neglected but we DGAF because these are so good. Skimm'rs get their first three cups free. Get in on it here.*

For when you suspect you'll need a long weekend to recover from your long weekend...

We got you. Prague sounds like it will cure all. We want to send you there for four nights in a hotel for two. Flights, breakfast, and tours included. Go for it.

For when you don't know how to handle anxiety…

Skimm'r of the Week Janine Halloran knows how you feel. She founded Coping Skills for Kids – an org that provides products and resources for kids to learn healthy ways to cope with stress, anxiety, and anger. So they can be mentally healthy adults down the road. Learn more and get the products here.

For when you can't decide between the chocolate or the strawberry cupcake...

Get both. Melissa Ben-Ishay would be proud. She's the founder of Baked by Melissa. And this week, she's our guest on "Skimm'd from the Couch." Get in on it here.

*PS This is an affiliate partner, which means if you sign up or purchase, theSkimm may get something in return. Thanks.


* indicates Skimm'bassador. Make a wish

Liza Andrews NY, Samantha Fitzsimmons VA,*Tiffany Diehl KY, *Caroline Rafferty IL, *Sierra Opper KS, *Bekah Holten, *Nicole Schussel, *Morgan Fitzgerald FL, *LeeAnne Whitsell NC, *Caitlin Jones MD, *Samie Weiner IL, *Elizabeth Beaman NJ, Cherie Hurt GA, *Diana Kolar NY, Rebecca Fitz ID, Gigi O'Connell MD, Julie Morse NY, Allegra Armstrong PA, Diana Campbell OH, Charlotte Howell, Anita Napolitano NJ, Amy Sargent Swank NY, Darren Bryk OH, Peggy Long IL, Carrie Birkhofer CA, Lydia Boisvert-Brenie CAN, Tara Macduff OH, Peter Sulyok NY, Lauren McClure KY, Lauren Stasila CAN, Bianca Almada CA, Olivia Akin NY, Kelly Holden OH, Reena Kankaria DC, Jennifer Wynn AL, Matt Gordon VA, Kristen Duarte NY, Andrea Hiller TX, Angela Thatcher TX, Justyna Watts SC, Nina Medoff IL, Ashley Ziller TX, Lisa Tsosie NV, Brittney Hansen MN, Sam Fitzsimmons VA, John Dingeldein GA, Jackie Holl MO, Ann Sportiello NY, Hannah Clouser NY, Cristina Tsanas NY, Shannon Wells WA, Sydney Davidson NE