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SEPTEMBER 21, 2018


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Skimm'd after getting a flu shot


"He also accidentally falls asleep most days. We don't mind" – A cat shelter is grateful for one of its volunteers. Honestly, he sounds purrfect.


The Story

Republicans are in a quandary.

Do tell...

Earlier this month, the Senate Judiciary Committee started the confirmation hearings for President Trump's SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. It was looking like smooth sailing for Republicans until earlier this week, when things fell apart faster than your plants die. That's because CA professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago at a party when they were teens.

I'm aware.

Got it. So the committee invited Kavanaugh and Ford to testify about what happened at a Monday hearing. Kavanaugh said 'I'll be there.' Ford said 'have the FBI investigate, then we'll talk.' The committee hasn't been down to reschedule and gave her until 10am today to RSVP and submit her testimony.

What's the latest?

Yesterday, her lawyers said that it's "not possible" for Ford to be at Monday's hearing, but she's willing to chat on Thursday. Also, that she's been getting death threats and will only testify if the committee can "ensure her safety."

What does this mean for Kavanaugh's confirmation?



If Republicans rush to confirm Kavanaugh without hearing out a woman accusing him of sexual assault, they could lose the independent and women vote. But if they aren't willing to back a nominee that has the chance to shift the country's highest court to the right, they could lose the conservative and evangelical vote. Eyes are on what they do next.

PS: This is a big issue in the midterms. Get caught up on the other issues you should know before going to the polls. No Excuses.


What to say when you hear the Dow and S&P 500 are singing 'can we get much higher'…

I'm not mad at it. But the EU is mad at the UK's plan to break up with it. Here's what happened: back in 2016, the UK voted to say, 'it's not me, it's EU.' But it turns out breakups are hard, especially if you want to stay friends with (trade) benefits. A few months ago, UK Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled plans for a new trade deal. She said the UK would stick to a bunch of EU regulations (think: environmental, labor) in exchange for the UK being able to set its own tariffs. Some Brexit hardliners weren't down. Neither was the EU, which rejected the plan yesterday, saying it could undermine the EU's single market. Now, May is back at the drawing board, saying, 'I wish I knew how to quit EU.' She has until next month to pitch something new. Or keep threatening no deal – which could seriously slow down trade between the two.

What to say while waiting for GoT to come back on…

Hold the door. Some scientists think we should have a similar attitude toward climate change. A new study proposes building giant underwater walls in Antarctica. The problem: if ice sheets there collapsed because of global warming, it could cause a catastrophic rise in sea levels, which could make coastal cities uninhabitable. The solution: a wall to keep the white walkers, er…water out.

What to say to that one person who tries to convince you golf is "fun"…

Hear about this? Years ago, an inmate at an upstate NY prison who loved drawing golf scenes was profiled in "Golf Digest." In the piece, he claimed he was innocent. The mag also thought that the facts of his case were flimsy, so it did its own digging. It brought new attention to the case ("Serial" déjà vu anyone?) and with the help of a team of students at Georgetown U, they managed to overturn his murder conviction. Golf magazines fore the win.

What to say when you hear lobsters are getting high

They're not the only ones. Octopuses (calm down, it's not octupi...we checked) are like you before your coffee: antisocial. So scientists wanted to see how they'd do on ecstasy. Turns out, it can apparently make them "gentle" and "cuddly" and start "exposing parts of their body that they don't normally expose to another octopus." But if you give an octopus high dosages, it might sit in a corner and space out. Don't try this at home, kids.

What to say when you never win anything...

The Browns just did. And so did Cleveland.

What to say when you hear Jordan Peele's bringing the sunken place to "The Twilight Zone"

Grab the marshmallows.


"When the Lights Go Out" by Mary Kubica

Mary Kubica knows how to do thrillers. In this one, a young woman is rebuilding her life after losing her mom. But when she applies to college, there's a problem with her Social Security number: it belongs to a girl who died 17 years earlier. Cue a literal identity crisis and a mystery that'll keep you turning pages. Get it here.

PS: Want more Skimm Reads where that came from? Here's a list of our past reads. Happy weekend.


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