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Skimm This: Israeli Elections, Saudi Oil, and Science Prizes

Sep 16, 2019

It’s September 16th. Today, we Skimm’d This: 

  • Israeli voters head to the polls Tuesday for the second parliamentary election in less than six months. We’ll connect the dots on the big issues heading into election day, and what the results could mean for both Israel and the US.

  • The world’s largest oil processing plant was attacked in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, as well as a nearby oil field. We’ll give you the details on how the attack is affecting global oil markets. 

  • It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, and there’s one woman whose name we think you should know. 

  • And finally: these scientists aren’t ignoble – they’re Ig Nobel. We’ll explain.

theSkimm: Israelis might be feeling a little déjà vu: they’re heading back to the polls tomorrow to vote for parliament for the second time this year. Current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has put a lot of issues in play, from the annexation of West Bank settlements to mandatory military service. Meanwhile, half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production was cut off after drones reportedly attacked the country’s largest oil plant on Saturday. Global oil markets are feeling the heat as the plant tries to get up and running again. Also on today’s show: we’re celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and we share some weird science.

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