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JULY 30, 2018


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"Could you please mail the jumpsuit to me?" – A bride asking her bridesmaid to step down...and return her outfit. Way harsh, Tai.


The Story

Zimbabweans are hitting the polls in their first presidential election since Robert Mugabe was pushed out.

Remind me.

Last year, Mugabe – the country's leader for over 30 years – was told to go home. He had fired his VP to give his wife the job. Then he was pushed out by his own party and the military – which took over and put him under house arrest. And it was all downhill from there. He eventually took the hint and stepped down.

Who's on today's ballot?

That VP he fired. His name's Emmerson Mnangagwa and he replaced Mugabe as prez and head of the ruling party. The 75-year-old wants to give the party a rebrand. And he's declared Zimbabwe "open for business." Enter his opponent: Nelson Chamisa. The 40-year-old lawyer and pastor who could reportedly be Africa's youngest head of state. He wants to cut taxes, create jobs, get rid of government corruption, and improve how the country handles foreign investments.

Who is going to win?

Polls show that Mnangagwa has a very slim lead. But his party has been accused of vote rigging in the past. And people are afraid there will be violence once the results are announced. Also, Mugabe's firmly against him. TBD if that matters to anyone. Now if neither candidate gets over 50% of the vote, expect a runoff election in September.

Anything else?

Speaking of possibly rigged elections, Cambodia. The country's prime minister just extended his more-than-three-decade rule. After getting rid of the main opposition party last year. Sounds fair.


The Zimbabwean election is crucial – not only because people are voting for someone other than Mugabe. The country's economy is struggling and it needs a free, fair, and peaceful election if it's trying to attract foreign aid and investment.


What people are talking about..

Les Moonves. Six women have come forward to accuse the CBS CEO of sexual misconduct in the '80s, '90s, and '00s. They claim he did things like pin women down and kiss them. And that their careers took a hit after. He says he may have made women "uncomfortable by making advances" but claims he's never misused his position. The co's board of directors is meeting up today and deciding what to do. Meanwhile, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of DC is resigning because of sexual abuse allegations against him. The archbishop has been accused of sexually abusing boys decades ago. Now, he won't be advising the pope as a cardinal – and the Vatican is prepping to carry out a trial against him.

What people have eyes on…

The Northern California wildfire. It started a week ago and is still only 5% contained. Six people have been killed and at least half a dozen are missing. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated. And over 500 structures have been destroyed.

What to say when your co-worker is rude to you at a work event...

Can we talk outside? Yesterday, we learned President Trump and AG Sulzberger (the publisher of The New York Times) exchanged some words. Trump called him to the White House to talk about the "fake news" media being "the enemy of the people." Sulzberger told him to 'check himself.' And that calling the press the "enemy" undermines democracy and puts journalists in danger.

PS: The New York Times is a minority investor in theSkimm.

What to say when your friend can't stop talking about SoulCycle…

That's cool – but this guy did it IRL.