🙅 Just two weeks out, Donald Trump has abruptly canceled the much-hyped June nuclear summit with North Korea. You can read the president’s letter to Kim Jong-un in its entirety, but the tl;dr is that he blamed the North Korean leader and his recent display of “open hostility” towards America. Jong-un will not be pleased, and neither will all the officials who minted an official (and controversial) commemorative coin intended to celebrate the so-called peace talks. The only thing that talks more than money? Trump.
✔ Today, Ireland will vote on whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the country’s constitution, which has for years banned abortions—with (basically) no exceptions. Because citizens must actually be *in* Ireland to vote, thousands of expats are traveling home to cast their vote in this once in a generation decision. Although early polls favored repeal (progress!), it’s going to be a tight race in the traditionally conservative country. Keep an eye on it here.
🤳 Social media is slowly but surely turning us into human zombies. But! Instagram (ironically, one of the *most* addictive apps) is trying to cure our 24/7 scrolling. Not long after it announced a new time-monitoring feature, IG is experimenting with notifications that tell you when you’ve reached the end of new posts. It’s designed to stop “zombie scrolling,” aka mindlessly checking your feed (which, guilty). While it won’t totally prevent a zombie apocalypse, it—plus this new research—is a start.
🎓 Memorial Day doesn’t just mean a 3-day weekend. This important holiday (read up on the significance here) is *also* the unofficial start of summer. AKA, the perfect time to catch up on 2018's best commencement speeches. At Duke, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave an ode to activism; at Barnard, soccer star Abby Wambach advised making failure your fuel; and, at USC, Oprah spoke about making honest choices. We’ll leave you with Hillary Clinton’s Yale commencement advice for this summer (and beyond). “Everyone gets knocked down,” she said. “What matters is whether you get back up and keep going."