PUBLISHED AUG 2, 2019

Skimm This: Nuclear Weapons Treaty, Trade War, Happy Hour

It’s August 2nd. Today, we Skimm’d This: 


  • The US withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the deal that helped prevent a nuclear war with the Soviet Union back in the 70s. We explain what happens next.

  • President Trump is ramping up its trade war with China – while he’s calling a small truce with Europe. 

  • Saudi Arabian women can now travel without permission from a male guardian, but feminists still aren’t giving the country 5 stars. 

  • A London bar is using artificial intelligence to give ‘happy hour’ a new meaning. 



theSkimm: The US officially pulled out of a historic Cold War arms control deal today. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty helped the US and Soviet Union reduce their nuclear stockpiles. But these days, President Trump wants to spend more on new weapons, and so does Russian President Vladimir Putin. We’ll explain why there’s no need to build a bunker just yet. The US has also just made its next move in its trade war with China, and China isn’t thrilled. Also on today’s episode: Saudi women are gaining a bit more freedom, and AI is changing happy hour.

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