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Skimm This: Theresa May, Julian Assange, and $20

May 24, 2019

It’s May 24th. Today, we Skimm’d This:

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May has thrown in the towel … while the drama of Brexit is still underway. We’ll explain what you can expect next.

  • The US Justice Department is charging Julian Assange with 17 new counts of violating the Espionage Act. This law has been around for over 100 years and we’ll explain why it’s being used here. And why First Amendment defenders are raising red flags.

  • Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize marriage equality. Today, 160 same-sex couples said “I do” today as the law went into effect.

  • Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin postponed the plan to start printing Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill by 2020. But now some people are turning toward … stamps.


British Prime Minister Theresa May is saying “I’m out.” She is only the second woman to hold the position and is leaving after three years – one of the shortest terms for a prime minister in modern times. Her exit - was spurred by Brexit. We’ll explain what’s next for the British mission to leave the EU. Meanwhile, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been indicted on 17 new charges for violating the Espionage Act. Journalists are worried about what this could mean for the First Amendment. We’ll explain. Also on today’s episode: same-sex couples in Taiwan are saying “we do,” and there’s a DIY movement to put Harriet Tubman on the $20.

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