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Skimm This: President Trump’s New Budget, Boeing, and a Whale

Mar 11, 2019

It’s March 11th. Today, we Skimm’d This:

  • President Trump just released his financial wishlist for next year’s budget. One of the bullet points: a cool $750 billion for defense spending. That’s way over the spending cap Congress set - but it’s not impossible the WH could get the cash. That’s because of the Overseas Contingency Operations Fund. Aka the Pentagon “slush fund”. Spoiler alert: it’s controversial. On today’s episode, we’ll break down what exactly that fund is … and why everyone’s arguing about it.

  • A Boeing 737 Max 8 jet crashed over the weekend. It’s the second one to go down in less than six months. Boeing’s in the hot seat. And pilots are telling the company, ‘it’s not us, it’s you.’ We’ll tell you what you need to know.

  • A new report says that Switzerland is crushing the women’s rights game. Sweet. But moms at the Swiss bank UBS say the bank has been cutting their bonuses after they take maternity leave. Not so sweet.

  • And finally, we’ve got a story that might remind you of a certain whale-related parable.


President Trump just released his financial wishlist. On it: $718 billion for the Pentagon, way more than the spending cap. But he might get lucky with the money because of something called the Overseas Contingency Operations Fund, aka the Pentagon “slush fund”. Spoiler: it’s controversial. Meanwhile, Boeing is in crisis mode after another one of its planes crashed over the weekend. Also on today’s episode: Swiss moms speak up about maternity leave policies at UBS, and a man almost gets swallowed by a whale.

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