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"She flew out" – An opera singer on giving birth to her daughter in the backseat of a car. Sounds like it ended on a high note.

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The Story

The Supremes gave student-athletes a W.

Catch me up.

Currently, the NCAA allows schools to give student-athletes scholarships, room and board, and other college-living expenses. But it's kept limits on the benefits (think: not paying for internships, tutoring, laptops). It says this is so that colleges don't lure players with all the nice, shiny benefits to gain an edge in recruiting. In 2014, former college athletes challenged the NCAA, saying the restrictions violate federal antitrust law. And the ball made its way up to the Supreme Court's court. Yesterday, SCOTUS unanimously sided with the student-athletes and benched the NCAA.

What are people saying?

Critics say this new ruling will allow schools to play dirty – spending thousands of dollars under the legal guise of education benefits to recruit players. And the NCAA's doubling down on its right to decide what exactly counts as an education benefit. The lead lawyer who brought the suit said the decision could make a difference in the lives of students who never go pro. Especially since the NCAA makes billions off of college sports (think: merch, TV deals, and ticket sales). And Justice Brett Kavanaugh berated the NCAA for restricting compensation for its athletes. Now, the NCAA might be shaking in its sneakers.

Why's that?

Because more lawsuits and court cases could come. For years, the org's believed that student-athletes should not be paid. In 2019, after a lengthy battle, the NCAA finally agreed to let student-athletes get compensated for their image, name, and likeness. But no real rules and regulations have been implemented since. Six states have taken matters into their own hands, allowing college players to earn money through endorsements starting next month. And Congress is currently looking into the matter too.


In the age of social media sponsorships, multi-million dollar TV agreements, and more, student-athletes and lawmakers are calling on the NCAA to come up with a game plan to spread the wealth. And the Supremes could be ready to sub in on the issue.

And Also...This

When you're getting ready to vote...

Sweden may be too. Yesterday, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven was ousted after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament. In 2019, Lofven – a center-left Social Democrat – secured his second term as PM after an inconclusive election left the country in a four-month-long political deadlock. But the new gov was fragile off the bat – involving party blocs from the right and left. After one party recently said 'actually, we're out,' a nationalist bloc called for a vote of no-confidence. Now, the largest Nordic economy is facing political uncertainty – at a time when the EU is seeking to bounce back from the pandemic. And Lofven has one week to either call a snap election or ask parliament to find a new government. Ba da ba ba ba he's not lofven it.

  • Swing, swing: Lofven's firing comes amid a larger trend of conservative and nationalist parties gaining steam in Europe. The Sweden Democrats – a right-wing party (we know, it's confusing) – has gained support among Swedish voters, mostly for their hard stance on refugees. And this latest shakeup has raised concerns they could gain more power in the next gov.

What's shutting its doors...

The Limetree Bay refinery. Yesterday, the controversial oil refinery in St. Croix (one of the US Virgin Islands) said it'll fully shut down – mainly due to "extreme" financial problems. In May, the EPA forced the refinery to hit pause on operations just months after the Trump admin gave it the green light to reopen. The reason? The refinery rained oil on nearby neighborhoods, prompting reports of respiratory diseases in some residents and fears of toxic chemicals in the drinking water. Now, the refinery's saying it doesn't have enough funding amid multiple lawsuits. And will fully close its doors – leaving hundreds of jobs in question. The EPA's trying to tap the Biden admin to work with St. Croix on developing green-energy jobs on the island.

What's entering the chat…

The CDC. Yesterday, it launched a WhatsApp chat in Spanish to encourage more Latinos to get vaxxed for COVID-19. It provides info on vax sites, transportation, and answers to FAQs. And comes amid a sluggish vax rate among Latinos.

Who's already a champ…

Sha'Carri Richardson. Over the weekend, the 21-year-old track star won the 100-meter final to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Oh, she's also one of the fastest women in America. NBD.

Carl Nassib. Yesterday, the Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman came out as gay – the first active NFL player to do so. He said "representation and visibility are so important" and will be donating $100,000 to The Trevor Project.

Laurel Hubbard. Next month, the New Zealand weightlifter will become the first openly transgender athlete in the Olympics when she competes in Tokyo. And she's also the oldest. The world can't weight for it.

PS: For the LGBTQ+ community worldwide (and nationwide), representation matters. So does fighting against discrimination.

Who's about to add to your Netflix queue...

Steven Spielberg.

Thing to Know

70 million

About how many Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems, according to the CDC. Zzzomg. That's a lot.

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Skimm Your Life

Every Thursday, our Skimm Your Life newsletter gives you recs for what to buy, watch, read, and more. Here's a little preview (today, we're all about adding to cart). And you can sign up here to get more ideas like these to your inbox.

1. Cookware you'll want to bring to dinner parties (seriously). This ceramic four-piece set by Caraway is 100% non-toxic and comes in summer-inspired colors. Like Perracotta (pink + terracotta). And limited-edition Lavender, Peach, and Sky Blue with gold hardware. Plus, Skimmr's get 15% off. How chef-chic.*

2. Some must-shop deals from Amazon Prime Day. If you didn't know, Prime Day is still happening (and there are tons of amazing deals available). So before the event ends, grab your wallet and clear some space in the garage for deliveries. It's time to save.

3. More great sales going on today (besides Prime Day). Don't miss huge savings on select furniture, decor, bath products, and more at The Home Depot, tons of online-only deals at Target, and up to 60% off at Wayfair. The clock's ticking, so act fast.

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Skimm Well

Let's face it: asking friends and family members about their vaccination status can feel awkward. But you may still want answers, even if you're fully-vaxxed and the risk of catching COVID-19 is low. So we called up an etiquette expert for advice on how to do it. Because we realized that no one at Skimm HQ was exactly nailing that conversation. You're welcome.


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

1. Cashew-based ice cream in the most decadent flavors. Like 'Pistachio + Toasty, Buttery Hazelnut Crunch' and 'Cold Brew + Roasted Espresso Bean Chip.' This brand's new, dairy-free flavors have zero fillers or refined sugars. Which means it's just the good stuff. Get up to $40 off.*

2. Something to help tackle those poolside UTIs. So you can summer in peace. This company specializes in UTI relief and education (like a whole online learning center). And their urinary tract health supplements have 9,000+ five-star reviews. PS: Skimm'rs get 15% off. Yes, please.*

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We like to celebrate the wins, big and small. Let us know how your friends, neighbors, coworkers (and yes, even you) are making career moves, checking off goals, or making an impact in the community.

Blooming...Alexis S (MI). She started her online plant boutique, Leaf Me, last year. And now, she's launched a Black-owned plant food line. Root for her here.

Building blocks...Chiara C (MD). She and her husband served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Tonga. And helped create Friends of Tonga in response to Cyclone Gita's devastation there. Now, the org is celebrating the completion of a kindergarten that's been years in the making. Learn more.

(Some) Birthdays...Karen Ballen (NY), Kalli Lawrence (TX), Melani Jaffe (PA), Emily Albrecht (WA), Sarah Scalia (MA), Jen Hayes (DE), Camille D'Amato (NY), Brittany Stubbs (DC), Mlyssa Sarandos (IL), Rebecca Verbosky Kerns (SC), Carolyn Schoenfelder (OR), Stephanie Mueller (AZ), Cindy Harendt (TX), Adaobi Ekweani (TX), Kris Kirk-Flower (CO)

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