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Skimm'd while debating the West Wing vs. the East Wing with Tina Tchen

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Quote of the Day

"Are you jerking my bobber?" – A Wisconsin man's reaction to his friend sharing his lottery winnings with him. F is for friends who do stuff together.

On Notice

The Story

More than 12 million people in the US could soon face eviction.


This is about the CARES Act. Back in March, Congress passed a law protecting certain renters from getting evicted if they're late on rent. Specifically, renters who live in homes that have federally backed mortgages. The protections were passed to help Americans struggling financially as unemployment skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. But they were always meant to be temporary – and today they expire.

What happens now?

Landlords who've benefited from fed backed mortgages can start handing out 30-day eviction notices. This doesn't apply to everyone – some cities and states have set up additional protections for tenants under COVID-19 that don't expire until next month or later this year. Still, an estimated 12.3 million people (reportedly around 30% of US renters) could start getting notices. This comes as the $600 federal boost for unemployment benefits is also about to end, leaving many wondering how they're going to make ends meet just as unemployment has ticked back up. Now, Congress is stepping in and saying 'we're working on it.'

What do you mean?

Senate Republicans and the White House are negotiating their proposal for the next coronavirus relief package. Right now, they're considering another round of $1,200 stimulus checks and additional funding to help schools. But it's not clear if their plan would include support for renters. And it doesn't include a complete extension of the $600 weekly unemployment bonus – two things House Democrats want.


COVID-19 has taken a major economic toll on the country – and renters are one of the groups that have relied on an assist to get them through it. Now, protections could expire just as cases in several states surge and the unemployment rate remains high.

Skimm This: This week's episode explains how the new stimulus package could impact the economy and individuals.

And Also...This

What's saying 'your move'…

China. Today, it ordered the US to close its consulate in Chengdu. The consulate is one of five the US has in mainland China, along with the embassy in Beijing. The news comes days after the US ordered China to close its consulate in Houston, Texas – which US officials said was a hub for spying and stealing medical research in the US. And that the move was to "protect American intellectual property" and their private info. China denied wrongdoing. And it's putting the blame on the US for acting first. All of it adds to the already heightened tensions between Washington, DC, and Beijing.

Who's saying 'I'm looking into it'...

The DOJ's inspector general. Yesterday, the Justice Dept's internal watchdog said his office is investigating allegations of improper use of force by federal law enforcement in two cities: Washington, DC, and Portland, OR. Both cities have seen protests calling for an end to systemic racism and police brutality. Last month, officers used tear gas to clear the way for President Trump's visit to St. John's Episcopal Church in DC. And in Portland this month, agents were seen putting protesters into unmarked vans. They've also used tear gas there – including on the city's mayor. Members of Congress, the public, and the US Attorney for Oregon have all called for a review. Now, the IG is saying 'on it.'

Who won't stay silent in the face of sexism...

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Yesterday, she took to the House floor to issue a rebuke to Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL). The speech came days after Yoho reportedly called AOC a "f***ing b*tch" on the steps of the Capitol. He's since apologized for his "abrupt manner" but denied using profanity. And he pointed out that he has daughters and a wife. But AOC issued a pointed statement that men can have daughters and still "accost women." And said her parents did not raise her "to accept abuse from men."

Who's changing plans…

President Trump. Yesterday, he canceled Republican National Convention activities in Jacksonville, Florida as COVID-19 infections in the state continue to rise. It's a reversal for Trump – who had insisted on a location that would forgo social distancing and masks. He moved the RNC to Jacksonville from its original site in Charlotte, North Carolina, after NC's governor raised public health concerns. Some smaller RNC events in Charlotte will still be held in August.

What's getting a brand refresh...

The Washington Football Team.

What's hit the ground running...


Thing to Know


The year that women will control two-thirds of the nation's private wealth, according to one study. At the same time, surveys have indicated that women are less likely to talk openly about money than men.

Rock, meet hard place. As women gain more financial autonomy, it's definitely time to get the convos started. The best way to do that? Ask allllll the money questions. John Hancock knows it's good to question, especially when it comes to what's in your wallet. So they used their 157 years of experience to put together some answers to commonly asked Qs. Ask away.

Skimm Reads

"The Answer Is...: Reflections on My Life" by Alex Trebek

We'll take great stories for $1,000 please. The iconic "Jeopardy!" host is out with his first memoir. It's filled with revealing anecdotes about his personal life, his battle with cancer, and his experience working on everyone's favorite quiz show. The answer is...a weekend spent glued to this book.


Summer is here. Check out our fave picks for the season…

1. The ultimate guide to starting a skincare routine. Unclear how everyone else became CEOs of 'what you need for perfect skin.' And we're still over here as interns. Here's your primer (sorry).

2. Summer hits of the '90s. TBT to when all we could talk about was WTF they were really saying in "Blue (Da Ba Dee)."

3. And finally, three totally random things that made us happy this week: a Harry Styles-inspired candle, a llama crossbody bag, and a never-soggy cereal bowl.

PS: Sign up to get more ideas for ways to spend your summer in your inbox every Monday. Like recipe ideas, movies and book recs, and more.


For when you're having trouble locating your zen...

On the case. When you're ready to safely travel again, Miraval Arizona offers art classes, meditation, and horseback riding. To help you live in the moment. PS: one lucky Skimm'r is getting a free three-night trip for two. Enter to win.*

For when you're ready for a cocktail…

It's five o'clock somewhere. It's also National Tequila Day. Party on, but keep vitamins on hand from this company. They help your bod metabolize alcohol, detox your liver, and restore vital nutrients. So you can wake up the next morning ready to go. Clink.*

For when that late-night sugar craving hits…

Get yourself a scoop. Or two. This list has everything you need if you really, really love ice cream. Like a waffle bowl maker, themed hair clips, and a machine that can turn fruit into a frozen treat. Yum.

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Skimm More

1. Trade bad COVID dreams for a good night's sleep. This guide has some tips to help you drift off at night and stay on during the day. And the surprising fruits you should eat before catching zzz's.

2. The Tokyo Olympics may have been postponed, but that didn't stop us from texting with gold medalist Kelley O'Hara. We chatted with her about her teammates (hi, Megan Rapinoe) and where she keeps all her medals.

3. Understanding your personality type can lead to healthier relationships and a better work ethic. Enter: the Enneagram. We break down the nine personality types and what all of them mean.


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.

Fostering growth...Courtney G (NV). She's part of Project Safe and Growing, a program for young victims of crime that provides therapeutic services. Learn more here.

Answering the call...Calista N (PA). They left a career in analytics to serve as a first responder. Now, Calista's serving the local community as an EMT.

(Some) Birthdays...Ellen Chesner (NY), Allison Strachman (NY), Alicia Micele (IL), Julianne Micele (IL), Sue Aprati (IL), Nancy Goldberg (FL), Rachel Park (NY), Katherine Lane (WA), Kelsey Vanderlip (NY), Kate Panzer (PA), Colby Burdick (NY), Meghan Lee (NY), Jennifer Grzelak (OK), Lindsey Ball (CA), Jazmine Betancis (TX)

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