It’s September 19th. Today, we Skimm’d This:
The House Intelligence Committee and the country’s top intelligence official are duking it out over a mysterious whistleblower complaint. We’ll tell you what this complaint is reportedly about, and why some lawmakers are raising hell over it.
Protests against the Russian government have been gaining steam, and the arrest of a film actor there has mobilized even more backlash on stage. We’ll explain.
The US and Chinese trade negotiators are at least back on speaking terms. But there’s a new battle on the horizon: over smartphones.
And finally: the Washington Monument is back up and running.
theSkimm: A whistleblower is sending Washington into a tizzy today. The House Intelligence Committee is demanding information about a complaint that reportedly has to do with President Trump. Meanwhile: an actor’s arrest is making waves in Russia. And other actors are staging protests. Also on today’s show: a big Chinese tech company is launching a new smartphone model in the middle of a trade war, and the Washington Monument is making it easier to make it to the top.