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A Presidential Visit

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Yesterday, all eyes were on President Trump.


He visited Kenosha, WI – a city that's still reeling after police shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times last month. Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, is now paralyzed from the waist down. The shooting prompted protests there and across the country, adding to calls for police reform and racial justice. And last week, authorities charged a 17-year-old – who was walking around the protests with a semiautomatic rifle – with killing two of the protesters and injuring a third. Local leaders had warned that Trump's visit would only heighten tensions. Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes feared it would be like a "barrel of gasoline rolling in" on a city on fire. But the White House said the president's visit would help the city "heal."

Did it?

It's unclear. The president toured the damage from protests in Kenosha, a city he claimed had been "ravaged by anti-police and anti-American riots." He held a roundtable with police and local leaders focused on community safety. He announced that his admin would provide millions of dollars to law enforcement in Wisconsin and to Kenosha businesses so they can rebuild. And many said they were grateful.

I'm sensing a 'But...'

But Trump still never mentioned Jacob Blake's name (nor did he meet with Blake's family). Instead, he reiterated his support for law enforcement and the small businesses in Kenosha. And seemed to downplay police shootings, saying they happen when officers "choke" under pressure. He said he doesn't believe police violence is a systemic issue but that there are some "bad apples." Many local residents weren't happy with the visit. That includes Blake's family – which held a rally to promote healing at the same time. Their lawyer said Blake should've been Trump's "primary focus" – not for him to try to gain "political points."


The role of a president is not only to lead and enforce laws – it's also to unify a nation. And as America nears Election Day, the country's direction could come down to voters deciding who is better fit to handle the problems dividing Americans.

And Also...This

Who's done with group projects...

The Trump admin. Yesterday, it said 'pass' to joining a global effort (co-led by the WHO) to find and evenly distribute a COVID-19 vaccine. More than 170 countries are in talks to join the initiative known as COVAX – whose goal is to make a vaccine available to high-risk people around the world, and to discourage countries from hoarding it once it's developed. But the White House said 'no thanks.' Instead, the US is placing its bets on delivering a safe and effective vaccine on its own by next year. It's a gamble that could leave the country without options.

  • WHO do you think you are?: This is the Trump admin's latest move against the WHO because of concerns about its handling of the pandemic and its ties to China. Earlier this year, the US stopped funding the health org and began a process to formally withdraw from it.

...Oh and speaking of COVID-19, the Trump admin said it'll ban evictions for many renters through the end of the year. To apply, people will have to prove they can't afford rent because of the pandemic.

Where people are saying 'told you so'...

Belarus. Yesterday, a new report came out detailing allegations of fraud in the country's recent presidential election. Reminder: Last month, President Alexander Lukashenko (who's ruled for 26 years) won reelection with 80% of the vote. Hundreds of thousands of people protested for weeks, claiming the results were rigged. Now, some poll workers are reportedly saying they saw ballot fraud or were pressured to falsify the results in favor of Lukashenko. And that the main opposition candidate – Svetlana Tikhanovskaya – actually led in several precincts. The country's election commission reportedly said 'umm these are mostly procedural violations, not fraud.'

Skimm More: Our podcast "Skimm This" has more about what's happening in Belarus. We spoke to journalist Hanna Baraban about the protests there.

Who's searching for justice...

Lessie Benningfield Randle. Yesterday, the 105-year-old woman led a group of Oklahomans in a lawsuit seeking reparations for the Tulsa Race Massacre. Reminder: In 1921, white mobs burned down and attacked a thriving Black neighborhood (known as Black Wall Street), killing as many as 300 people. It was one of the worst acts of racial violence in US history. Now, Randle – one of two living survivors of the massacre – and the others say racial inequality in Tulsa today can be traced back to the massacre. And they accuse the city and county of being at fault. The county sheriff and city's mayor reportedly had no comment on the lawsuit.

Who's looking for a particular box to be checked...

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Thing to Know


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Fall Is in the Air

Pumpkin spice. Oversized sweaters. Apple cider donuts. That's right: the most wonderful time of the year is on its way. So we partnered with Target to help you get your space ready for peak coziness. Here are a few products we're adding to cart. Fall into it…

A pumpkin spice candle ($10). Obviously. This one is swirled with cinnamon, clove, and allspice for that absolutely perfect autumn smell. Plus, the candle jar is pumpkin-shaped, and you can use it as decoration long after the wax is gone.

A stripe chenille knit throw ($20). This blanket is soft AF, and will make your couch cozy and cuddly. Cue a mid-afternoon nap.

A faux rabbit fur pillow in navy ($20). Because your living room needs new warm-toned accents. And you need a comfy new pillow (yes, we're still thinking about that nap). Don't sleep on it.


America's health care system was desegregated in the 1960s, but people of color still face a disproportionate level of health risk compared to white people in the US today. We've broken down how and why here.


Here are our favorite picks to help you take a break today...

1. 5 things you've never thought to put in the dishwasher. We were today years old when we learned you should put the microwave turntable in like a plate. Mind = blown.

2. The best movies and TV shows about cheerleading. Want to feel old? "Bring It On" came out 20 years ago. Binge this list to celebrate spirit fingers, cheerocracy, and the fact that we're still. Big. Red.

3. Everything you need to know about exfoliation. Sure, a scrub is a guy that thinks he's fly, but it's also a good way to get glowy skin. Here's the 411 on removing old skin cells for your next TLC sesh.

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For when fall is all about cozy sweaters and great books…

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For when you're not sure what goes with this weather…

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For when you're looking for new ways to go green…

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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.

Raising awareness...Ann G (VT). She's a bone cancer survivor and is part of MIB Agents, a nonprofit that is dedicated to Making It Better (MIB) for kids with bone cancer through direct patient and family support, education, and funding research. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, learn more about it and MIB Agents here.

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