PUBLISHED JUN 11, 2019

Skimm This: ‘Safe Third Countries’, Iowa, and Kickoff

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


  • The US and Mexico just avoided a potential trade battle over immigration. Now the US wants to see how Mexico can stop the flow of migrants across the border. And it’s floated an idea: designate Mexico as a “safe third country.”  We’ll explain.

  • 2020 presidential candidates have their sights set on the White House. But first: Iowa. The Iowa caucuses mark the start of the presidential primary season. And you know what they say about first impressions.

  • Today, Botswana became the latest African country to decriminalize gay sex. A judge delivering the landmark ruling said sexual orientation is an important part of a person’s personality. We’ll tell you why this is a big deal.

  • And finally: the US women’s soccer team kicked off its first match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup against Thailand. The tournament’s just started -- but the US team is already goals.



theSkimm: The US and Mexico struck a deal on immigration before President Trump could impose tariffs on all Mexican imports. But now, Trump is saying ‘more to come.’ That could have to do with Mexico maybe being named a ‘safe third country’ – something Mexico doesn’t really want. We’ll explain why. Meanwhile, 2020 presidential candidates are practically tripping over each other in Iowa. The reason: it’s the first state to say ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ in the presidential primaries. And Iowans want candidates to ‘think local.’ Also on today’s episode: Botswana is the latest African country to decriminalize gay sex, and the US women’s team kicked off its first match in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.


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