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Skimm This: Libra, Trump’s 2020 Campaign, and Boaty McBoatface

Jun 18, 2019

It’s June 18th. Today, we Skimm’d This:

  • Facebook announced that it’s launching a global cryptocurrency. The currency, Libra, won’t be in circulation until next year. But there are already a ton of questions about it. We’ll explain cryptocurrency and tell you how Facebook expects their version to work.

  • President Trump will officially kick off his 2020 campaign tonight. Even though technically, he’s been running for re-election since day one in office. We’ll tell you what it means to run for president … when you’re already the president.

  • It’s Pride Month, and some US embassies abroad are waving rainbow flags. But they didn’t exactly get the OK from the State Department. We’ll break it down.  

  • And finally: Boaty McBoatface is back in the headlines. This time, it’s about more than just the name. Listen in.

theSkimm: It’s only June, but Facebook’s ready for Libra season. The social media giant is about to roll out a new global cryptocurrency called Libra. We’ll explain why Facebook thinks you should turn your $ into ≋. Meanwhile, President Trump will officially announce his re-election campaign tonight at a rally in Orlando. Technically he’s been running ever since he took office in 2017. But there are some nitty-gritty rules sitting presidents are supposed to follow on the campaign trail. We’ll explain. Also on today’s episode: pride flags abound, and Boaty McBoatface is making waves. Again.

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