Skimm'd with tips on how to save money now

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APRIL 28, 2020


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Skimm'd with tips on how to save money now


"We know this is a stylistic choice" – A Microsoft exec on how the company is marking two spaces after a period as an error. And that's the final Word.


The Story

Children are feeling the effects of COVID-19.

What do you mean?

Children are not known to be especially at risk, and many don't exhibit severe symptoms. But they can be affected in other ways. Here are some of the problems they're facing:

Child abuse…With most states experiencing school closures, experts are warning of a potential increase in child abuse. Stay-at-home orders have kept teachers from being able to observe and report signs of abuse. And stressors from the pandemic (think: job loss, bills) could put kids further at risk, without a safe way to escape or call for help. Some states have seen hotline calls decrease as much as 70% – a figure that raises concern abuse is going unreported and undetected.

Lack of education...Many households have had to adapt to homeschooling. But 15% of US households may not have access to high-speed internet. And many lack access to a computer. Now, with stay-at-home orders in effect, some children aren't able to meet their educational requirements. And while educators are proposing options to help them catch up – like summer school or an early fall start – some may be held back a grade.

Missing vaccines...While some doctors' offices are open, the World Health Organization says coronavirus fears are keeping parents from getting their children vaccinated. The org has said that even a minor disruption of immunization could lead to an outbreak of other diseases (think: measles, polio). And warns that children "will die" as countries report vaccine shortages because of coronavirus travel restrictions.


Children are one of the most vulnerable demographic groups in the world, and the effects of this pandemic may endanger them further. As they're forced to adapt to new school schedules and at-home life, many aren't able to receive the help they need.

If you believe a child is being abused, neglected, or in immediate danger of being harmed, call 911 or your local police department. You can also contact The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD.


What's saying 'show me the money'...

Health insurers. Yesterday, the Supreme Court said some insurers could 'pass go and collect $12 billion' from the gov – to make up for losses racked up under the Affordable Care Act. Let's back up a little...the ACA marketplaces took effect in 2014. To help insurers, the gov set up the "risk corridor" program to offer some protections during the ACA's early years. And allowed insurers who experienced higher-than-expected losses to get reimbursed by the gov. But in 2015, the Republican-led Congress passed legislation barring payments, arguing that the money was a misuse of taxpayer dollars. Insurers weren't about to let that slide. The case made it to the Supremes, who are now ordering the gov to pay up as much as $12 billion.

  • Next up: ACA-tober. The Supreme Court is expected to hear a case challenging whether the ACA is legal in its next term this fall.

...Oh and speaking of the Supremes, they said 'pass' to their first gun rights case in nearly 10 years. It was seen as a blow to gun rights advocates who hoped the court's conservative majority would be on their side.

What's playing by its own rules…

New York. Yesterday, the state became the first to cancel its presidential primary because of the COVID-19 pandemic. One Dem on the state's Board of Elections said it was "unnecessary and frivolous" to hold an election that's already got former VP Joe Biden as the presumptive nominee. Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) supporters were not happy, and called on the DNC to reverse the decision and keep him on the June 23 primary ballot. That's because although he technically dropped out, Sanders could still rack up delegates, giving him more leverage to influence the party's platform.

Who's saying 'you're already the voice inside my head'...

These writers. A study found most authors say they can hear their characters' voices as they write. And some even have conversations with them. Welcome to 'The Twi(write) Zone.'

Who'll Be-coming to a little screen near you...

Michelle Obama.


Spotlight on the Issues: The Economy

Pre-COVID-19, the US economy was in its longest expansion ever. But the economic impact of the pandemic has left businesses hurting. And more than 26 million people have filed for unemployment benefits. Here's where the candidates stand:

President Trump...has made it clear he doesn't want the cure for COVID-19 (staying home, closing businesses) to be "worse than the problem itself." His admin has released guidelines for governors on when and how to reopen their states. He also signed a $2 trillion economic stimulus bill, among other packages, to help businesses and Americans affected by the crisis.

Former VP Joe Biden...has said that the "way you revive the economy is you defeat the disease." He says the US needs to meaningfully reduce COVID-19 case numbers before the economy can reopen. And says the government should "spend whatever it takes" to address the pandemic, including enacting paid leave for all Americans.


The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all in different ways. No matter your situation, sometimes you just need to press pause. Enter: our picks to help you take a break…

1. Workouts you can do with a chair. For when your office is also your gym…and your living room and your wine "cellar." Sweat now, sip later.

2. 7 books we love about love. Meet cutes? Check. First loves? Check. Steamy affairs? Check. These reads had us at chapter one.

3. A knitting kit. This one has everything you need to go from zero to basically your grandma. Ready, set, sweater.

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In times like these, community matters more than ever. Let us know how you (or someone you know) is making an impact by helping others.

Get by with a little help from...Katie C (NJ). She works for Family Promise, a nonprofit that helps house families experiencing homelessness. Since COVID-19, the org can't house people in community spaces and has been raising funds to help find safe, alternative shelters. Learn more here.

A latte respect for...Ben and Lauren R (OR). They own Lionheart Coffee, which has been impacted by the coronavirus. But they're still giving back to their community by making sack lunches every day for kids in need.

(Some) Birthdays...Steve Tannenbaum (LA), Chris Dolce Castillo (CA), Jessica Hammer (WI), Stephanie Chilcott (CA), Alexander Schaefer (NY), Samantha Baker (IL), Stevie Ondra (NY), Brittany Elias (NY), Shelley Stamm (MD), Kristen Burke (CT), Bob Quackenbush (SC), Jasmine Kyles (TX), Ally Mangia (IL), Ally Shapiro (NY), Lauren Bolen (TX)

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