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"I just hope it's not Dogecoin" – Elon Musk's mom about her Mother's Day gift. Fingers crossed she didn't enter that hustle.

East Jerusalem

The Story

Violence is escalating in East Jerusalem.

What's going on?

A land dispute and possible evictions. Since the 1950s, Palestinian families – mostly refugees – have been living in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. But Jewish settlers consider it their ancestral land. And point to a 1970 Israeli law that allows Jews to reclaim land they owned before the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. Israel's Supreme Court delayed its ruling on the possible evictions after the attorney general asked for time to review the case. A new hearing date could be set within 30 days. In the meantime, the fate of about 70 Palestinians still remains uncertain. And tensions are high.

How bad is it?

It's the worst violence there in years. After weeks of hostility, clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians broke out over the weekend at the Al-Aqsa Mosque – where tens of thousands of Muslims prayed on Ramadan's holiest night. Hundreds of Palestinians and Israeli police were injured as officers fired rubber bullets to disperse protesters throwing stones and fireworks. Hamas – the US-designated terror group that runs Gaza – launched a rocket into Israel. Israel responded by striking a Hamas military post. Today, the violence continued on Jerusalem Day – an Israeli national holiday.

What are people saying?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the police's handling of the protests, saying Israel's upholding "law and order." But the international community is ringing the alarm: The Biden admin says it's "extremely concerned." And the UN has warned that any evictions could be considered a "war crime." It all comes as political leadership in the region is in limbo. Late last month, the Palestinian Authority's president indefinitely delayed the first planned elections in 15 years. And Israel, which has now gone through four elections in two years, still doesn't have a coalition gov in place.


The dispute over land in East Jerusalem is a flashpoint in the decades-long territorial conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. And without strong, democratically elected leadership on both sides working toward peace, progress isn't looking likely.

And Also...This

Whose case is making headlines…

Ledell Lee's. In 2017, the 51-year-old Black man was executed in Arkansas for the 1993 murder of Debra Reese. Lee had consistently maintained his innocence. And despite civil rights orgs and Lee's lawyers pushing for more DNA testing in the case, the judge said 'not necessary.' But on Friday, the Innocence Project and the ACLU released a report saying newly discovered DNA evidence on the murder weapon doesn't belong to Lee. Arkansas' attorney general maintains the original evidence (which relied heavily on eyewitness testimony) proved Lee was guilty "beyond any shadow of a doubt." But Lee's family says they "remain hopeful" there will be more info uncovered in the case. As for the newfound DNA, it's being added to a national criminal database but hasn't been matched to anyone yet.

  • The bigger picture: The US is the only country in the Americas to still execute people. Some support the death penalty as a valid form of justice for the most violent of crimes. Others point to the disproportionately harsher sentences given to Black Americans. And the estimate that 1 in 25 death row inmates are innocent.

What's got people looking into a firewall…

Another ransomware attack in the US. Over the weekend, a cyberattack on one of the US's biggest pipelines led to what could be one of the largest disruptions on energy infrastructure in US history. The operator of the pipeline – which runs from Texas to New York – said it fell victim to a cyberattack and shut down as a precaution. Problem, because it provides nearly half of the fuel supply (think: gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel) used on the East Coast. The halt could lead gas prices to spike. Now, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says the gov's working to avoid disruptions to fuel supplies.

  • Not the first time: Attacks on US critical infrastructure have been a growing concern. Especially following last year's attack on hundreds of gov agencies and companies.

What no one wants falling from the sky…

Rocket debris. Last month, a Chinese rocket launched a piece of a new space station into orbit. But after the launch, rocket debris got caught in orbit, tumbling uncontrollably for more than a week. There were fears it could crash down somewhere on Earth. Luckily, it splashed down in the Indian Ocean, near the Maldives. NASA wasn't happy and told China off for not meeting "responsible standards" for their space debris. China had said most of the debris would burn up when it re-entered Earth and likely wouldn't hurt anyone.

What's stirrup-ing trouble...

Medina Spirit. Yesterday, the horse's trainer said the winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derby tested positive for a steroid. The trainer has been suspended and Medina Spirit could become the third horse in 147 years to lose its winning title.

Who's giving everyone a pizza their mind…


On theSkimm Screen

"Veep." "Insecure." "Made for Love." Let's face it: HBO knows funny when they see it. And some news: they have a new series we think you'll want to watch. Say hi to…


It's...a smart comedy about an entitled young writer who's hired to revitalize the career of a stand-up icon (who doesn't exactly want the help).'s all going down in Vegas. As in, the place where entertainment legends go to squeeze out their last drops of fame.'s from the team behind "Broad City" and the co-creator of "Parks and Recreation." We know. We're excited, too.

The first eps drop on HBO Max Thursday night. Brb, counting down the seconds.

Thing to Know


The percentage of US adults who say pandemic worry and stress continue to negatively impact their mental health as of March 2021, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. That's a lot higher than March 2020 numbers (32%).

So you're far from alone if you've had a hard year. Talkspace can help with that. They'll connect you with a licensed therapist right from your phone or computer. It's convenient, confidential, and up to 80% less expensive than IRL sessions. Oh, and in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month (yep, that's now), they're giving Skimm'rs $100 off with code TURN. Learn more.


Here are today's recs to help you live a smarter life...

1. How to save up to $500 on summer travel. Join this flight club for just $1 for the next 48 hours. And get alerts for almost unbelievable deals, like roundtrip Hawaii flights from $109 or Greece from $246 on airlines with flexible change policies. Trippy.*

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3. Delicious, responsibly shipped, plant-based meals. This online marketplace has teamed up with Beyond Meat® to create a box of frozen lasagnas, bolognese pastas, shepherd's pies, and enchiladas that'll keep your stomach and Mother Earth happy. Get an extra $20 off your first order.*

4. A pack of smart plugs that'll let you voice-control what you want. Use them for lamps, fans, humidifiers, or kitchen appliances. You can connect the plugs to your home WiFi system via the downloadable app. And then add the devices you want to control. The livin' is easy.

5. Gifts to give the hardworking nurse in your life. Did you know it's National Nurses Week? So to celebrate them, check out this sweet candle and this silicone notes bracelet. Healthcare workers, we are forever grateful.

6. A stylish SUV that means b-i-z. The all-new Buick Envision has safety and tech features that can help you get everywhere you need to be with confidence. Think: lane change alerts and rear park assist. Life just got easier. Take that, driver's ed teacher.*

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Just like us, Fidelity understands how much healthcare workers have sacrificed day after day to help their communities during these unprecedented times. Together, we're honoring Skimm'r nurses, doctors, physician assistants, EMTs, pharmacists, and other frontliners. From the bottom of our hearts: thank you.

Standing strong...Adrianna A (FL). She's worked tirelessly on the frontline of this pandemic, raising a newborn and living in a household where everyone is a health care worker.

Meeting the challenge...Sandy W (PA). She's been working at a hospital ICU caring for and saving countless patients with COVID-19. And it's taken a toll on her mentally and physically but she still gets up every day to care for others. Her sister, Patty, couldn't be more proud.

(Some) Birthdays...Abby Zittoun (CT), Trudie Perkins (NY), Julia Cereghino (NY), Debbie Lobel (NJ), Katie Brummer (NC), Mary Steinbrenner (WI), Angela Slack (ID), Amanda Rae Koslow (NC), Christina Buchert (NJ), Kelley Norrell (WA), Eleni Poteres (IL), Maxie Fiascone (IL), Sofia Anzalone (NJ), Emma Ginnell (CA), Laura Robinson (NC), Aine Kennedy (NY)

PS: we're keeping the appreciation fest going 'til May 12. Share your story or nominate a friend, family member, neighbor or other healthcare hero here for a chance to be featured.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Our guide breaks down the stigma, how millennials are doing, and how you can help yourself and others.

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