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Skimm'd while reminiscing about the Olympics with Abby Wambach

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55 Years

The Story

The Voting Rights Act was signed into law 55 years ago today.

Remind me about it.

Signed by President Lyndon B Johnson, it's considered one of the most significant civil rights laws in American history. It was designed to ban discriminatory voting practices (think: literacy tests) that disenfranchised racial minorities, especially Black Americans. And it required some states and localities to get federal approval before making any changes in voting rules. Following its passage, Black voter registration in the South went from 35% to 65% in just five years. And for nearly 50 years, the law was highly effective in preventing discrimination against Black voters and helping increase the number of Black elected officials.

I'm sensing a 'but'…

Here it comes: But seven years ago, the Supreme Court effectively struck down the law's key enforcement provision – freeing certain states from having to get approval for voting rule changes. The decision was met with backlash from voting rights advocates who said it would lead to a resurgence of voter suppression. And since then, they've been calling evidence of it out. In recent years, lawmakers across the country have introduced voter ID laws, closed polling places, purged voter rolls, restricted felons' voting rights...the list goes on.

Is anything being done?

Voting rights advocates and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have worked in the past to restore the powers of the VRA. Last year, the House voted to do just that...but the legislation stalled in the Senate. But the fight's garnered renewed attention since the death of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis. In his eulogy for the late congressman, former President Barack Obama called on Americans to honor Lewis by revitalizing the VRA – a law he "was willing to die for."


Fifty-five years ago, the US took a historic leap by helping bring equality to Black voters. But in recent years and throughout this presidential election, many have pointed to evidence of voter suppression. And with less than 100 days to Election Day, many are advocating for change to make this democratic right accessible to everyone.

And Also...This

Where people want answers…

Beirut. Investigators are still looking into what caused the explosion there that killed at least 135 people, injured 5,000 others, and left more than 250,000 homeless. Authorities believe a fire detonated 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate at the port. And investigators are focusing on how or why such a large quantity of highly combustible material was stored at Beirut's port for the past six years. They're looking at potential negligence from the government amid reports that the head of customs had warned the country's judiciary for years that the situation was unsafe. Lebanon's declared a two-week state of emergency and has ordered several port officials to be under house arrest. Several countries (like France, Greece, and Jordan) are sending aid as rescuers search the rubble for the dozens still missing.

Who else has voting rights on the mind...

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R). Yesterday, she signed an executive order restoring voting rights to Iowans convicted of felonies. (Some – including those convicted of murder – won't be included.) Iowa was the last state with a lifetime ban on voting for convicted felons. Those who wished to vote had to appeal directly to the governor. But Reynolds said that voting rights should be automatically restored after someone serves their time, "plain and simple." The EO will allow an estimated tens of thousands of Iowans to vote. And won't require felons to pay all of their court fines or fees to get their voting rights back – a requirement that's been a serious point of contention in Florida recently.

Who won't be hanging out with cheeseheads…

Former VP Joe Biden. Yesterday, Democratic Party officials announced Biden won't go to Milwaukee, WI, for the Democratic National Convention. Instead, the DNC will be almost entirely virtual and Biden will give his acceptance speech on August 20 from his home state of Delaware.

...Oh and speaking of virtual conventions, yesterday President Trump said he'd "probably" give his nomination acceptance speech from the White House. But some questioned the legality of hosting political events there.

What'll soon feel like the Montagues and Capulets...

Reels and TikTok. Yesterday, Instagram launched Reels, a new feature meant to compete with TikTok. Just like the Chinese-owned app – which could soon be banned or sold in the US – Reels will let users belt their hearts out to the "Love Story" challenge. Get your ring (lights) ready.

What could be more expensive than going to the movies…

Watching "Mulan" on your couch.

Budgeting, Skimm'd

When it comes to your finances, you prob have a few questions. And John Hancock knows it's good to question. So we're partnering to bring you a webinar that's all about the B word...that's right, we're talking budget. Aka a topic you've told us you're wondering about.

Join us live on Wednesday 8/12 at 12 PM ET for "Budgeting, Skimm'd." We'll break down the best ways to think about budgeting, what you need to make one, and how to find a style that works for you.

Because you have questions, and we have answers. Ask away.


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

1. 22 things you should never buy from the grocery store. Like salad dressing and granola bars. Cleanup in aisle shook.

2. An app that helps you identify your plants. Because there's a stranger in your house. And you don't know how to care for it. "Picture This" to the rescue.

3. The 25 best opening lines to use on dating apps. Spoiler: "Hey, what's up?" is not it.

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For when you're tired of socks that slip...

This company can help with that. Their no-show socks are made with silicone grips so they always stay up. And they come in vibrant summer colors. Bonus: for every pair of socks sold, they donate a pair to someone in need. And Skimm'rs get 20% off their first order. Here you go.*

For when you wish you were watching the Olympics…

We have a podcast ep with someone who knows a thing or two about winning a gold medal: Abby Wambach. We spoke to the retired soccer star on our most recent episode of "Skimm'd from The Couch," sponsored by Oscar Mayer. Listen here.*

For when your August plans are "swimming"…

Treat yourself to a new suit from this swimwear brand. Their Perfect Wrap One-Piece sold out at a rate of one per minute. But breaking news: they just got restocked. Grab one before they're gone. PS: Skimm'rs get $10 towards their purchase, plus a special gift. Ride the wave.*

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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.

Making an impact...Cate M and Katie (NY). They work with Impact 100 NYC, which raises money to give grants to local nonprofits. Check it out here.

Signed, sealed, delivered...Tanya C (TX). She's encouraged her neighbors to write letters to residents of a nearby nursing home since their relatives can't visit. They drop the letters off in a box outside her house and Tanya delivers them. And her daughter Stephanie couldn't be more proud.

(Some) Birthdays...Gigi Ruffolo (IL), Chelsea Rajagopalan (NJ), Emiko Faust (MS), Brittany Burgos (NY), Linda Dubroof (FL), Kristin Slater (CO), Evan Upchurch (FR), Cindy Mahoney (NY), Melanie Hollingsworth (NE), Alexis Stevens (NY), Amanda Nehring (IL), Niki Baglivo (PA), Lori Wilson (IN), Benita Shaw (CA)

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