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“Tiring” — A 9-year-old Canadian boy’s viral reaction to shoveling snow. Everyday I’m shovelin’.

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It’s been 365 days of the Biden admin.

A full year, already?

You know it. On January 20, 2021, President Biden was sworn in amid a backdrop of masks…and mittens. It came at a time when US democracy seemed to be hanging on by a thread. But Biden’s win came with a laundry list of promises — on everything from climate change to immigration to the economy. Here's where we stand with...

COVID-19…In his victory speech, Biden said he’d work to get COVID-19 “under control.” That includes mass vaccine availability, nationwide testing, and keeping schools open. Fast forward to now: only 67% of eligible Americans are fully vaccinated. Testing demand has at times exceeded supply — and the admin is only now sending them to Americans. Cases have hit over 1 million per day while hospitals across the country are overwhelmed. So no, the pandemic isn’t under control.

Economy…Inflation has reached a record high. But so has the stock market. The admin signed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. And a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill. But the president’s Build Back Better plan — which includes funding for everything from universal pre-k to climate incentives to expanding Medicare — has stalled in the Senate.

Other promises…are a mixed bag. Biden pulled US troops out of Afghanistan, ending America’s longest war. But the Taliban swooped right in. Biden urged the Senate to pass the Equality Act and bypass filibuster rules to approve voting rights legislation…but both remain stalled. And no word still on forgiving student loan debt, paid family leave, and other campaign promises.


The Biden admin still has a long list of promises to get through. Now, with a 40% approval rating and midterms around the corner, the pressure is on his admin to deliver.

And Also...This

Who doesn’t want a rap sheet…

Musicians. This week, “Rap Music on Trial” legislation passed through an initial stage in New York’s state Senate. Since the ‘90s, police and prosecutors have used rap lyrics to pursue criminal cases against rap artists. In some cases, lyrics have been presented as evidence rather than viewed as artistic expressions. Now, the NY bill — first introduced in Nov — would prevent prosecutors from using an artist’s lyrics in criminal cases. And if all the artists throwing their support behind it jumped on a song together, it’d probably be a banger. Think: Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Fat Joe, and Kelly Rowland. Bronx native Fat Joe said lyrics “are a creative form of self-expression and entertainment — just like any other genre.” And Jay-Z’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, said “this is a long time coming.” Next up: if the bill becomes law, prosecutors won’t be spitting bars in NY courtrooms. 

  • Drakeo the Ruler: In 2018, the late California rapper Drakeo the Ruler was convicted of murder after prosecutors used his lyrics to prove he was guilty. But he was later acquitted in 2019.

Where justice is being served…

Michigan. Yesterday, the University of Michigan announced a $490 million settlement with more than 1,000 people. There are allegations dating back to the '60s that a former sports doctor, Robert Anderson, sexually abused students, athletes, and others during routine medical exams. For those getting déjà vu, it's because convicted sex offender Larry Nassar also worked at a university in Michigan. But this is a different case, at a different school. As with Nassar, Anderson's abuse spanned decades. Ultimately, Anderson retired in 2003, and he later died in 2008. One report found that the school missed many chances to stop the abuse. Now, the 1,050 victims will receive $460 million. And an additional $30 million has been set aside for future claims. A lawyer representing hundreds of victims say the settlement will provide “justice and healing” for the men and women who came forward.

...Oh and speaking of UMich, over the weekend, the school’s president was fired for an inappropriate relationship with a university employee. 

Who has us doing the sniff test…

Procter & Gamble. Yesterday, the company said it’s going to up the cost of its laundry detergents and other goods from brands like Tide, Downy, Gain, and Bounce. Time to stock up.

While straws used to be made of golden tubes...

Jamaican bobsledders are also getting back on the tube.

While we don't talk about Bruno...

We should be talking about prenatal testing.

How to Skimm Your Life Challenge

Food rhymes with mood for a reason — what you eat affects how you feel. Today, Skimm your snack time by eating something with marked health benefits. Foods rich in antioxidants (like berries) and omega-3s (like fatty fish) have been linked to lower stress levels. Or grab a banana — they’re high in vitamin B, which helps synthesize feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. We’ve got more on foods that are good for your mind here

PS: Keep the good mood going by clicking through all our previous challenges.

Pop Cultured with theSkimm

TV, movies, music, sports, culture — so much to know, so little time. This week on "Pop Cultured with theSkimm" we’re talking about ‘Euphoria’ and why we’re so obsessed with teen dramas. New episodes drop every Tuesday at 5 pm on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen. Oh, and follow our pod so you don't miss out. Headphones, in.

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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.

Hitting a home run…Michelle K (RI). She decided to change careers and completed several unpaid internships. Now, she’s moving across the country to become a strength and conditioning coach for a minor league baseball team. 

Nailing it…Patti M (NY). She’s bringing awareness to Cervical Cancer Awareness month and reminding people to get screened. All through her teal nail polish color.

(Some) Birthdays…Catherine Levene (NY), Heather Hartnett (NY), Morgan Keeler (TX), Kayti Coonjohn (AK), Helene Venegas  (CA), Aaron Kusch (CO), Cameron Schaeffer (NY), Kaylee Mathews (RI), Rita Graham (OH), Jill Fessler (KY), Ashley Burke (TX), Shannon Mascia (NJ), Adam Brown (PA), Bennett S. Rinaudo (LA), Jane Palmer (PA)

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