Jessicah Lahitou
Jessicah Lahitou's writing currently focuses on Politics and Education. With a degree in Lit Studies from the University of Denver, Jess also climbs up on the occasional Need to Read soapbox.

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Steve Bannon & Kellyanne Conway Were Issued Ethics Waivers

For the executive branch, ethics rules exist to ensure that the integrity of White House officials isn't compromised by conflicts of interest. But President Trump's administration's move to issue ethi...
By Jessicah Lahitou

The Oldest Spelling Bee Contestant Will Make You Feel Ancient

The Scripps National Spelling Bee kicks off this week in Washington D.C., and the pressure is on for young contestants vying for the top cash prize of $40,000. The participants, who will compete over ...
By Jessicah Lahitou

27 Best "Covfefe" Jokes That Will Ruin Autocorrect For Good

President Trump tweeting in the wee hours of the morning is not news at this point, but Wednesday's addition was a thing to behold. The president tweeted "Despite the negative press covfefe," perhaps ...
By Jessicah Lahitou

The Number Of Girls In The Scripps Spelling Bee

In 1925, Frank Neuhaser won the first national spelling bee by correctly ordering the letters of "gladiolus." Even without the live television broadcasts many have come to know and love, Americans wer...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Manchester Sings "Don't Look Back In Anger" At A Vigil For Concert Victims

An impromptu sing-along lifted Manchester residents' spirits after the devastating attack on Monday. On Thursday, residents of Manchester, including Greater Manchester's mayor Andy Burnham, had packed...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Elaine McIver, An Off-Duty Police Officer, Was One Of The Manchester Victims

As the investigation into Monday's attack continues, another victim of the Manchester bombing has been identified. Elaine McIver, a Cheshire police officer, was at the Ariana Grande concert with her h...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Greg Gianforte Is What Happens When A President Calls Journalists "The Enemy"

The Republican candidate in Montana's special election for a House seat has been charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly body-slamming a journalist. If the year were not 2017, that sentence mig...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Olivia Campbell, A Manchester Concert Victim, Was 15 Years Old

The attack on Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert in the British city of Manchester stole the lives of 22 people. Among the victims was Olivia Campbell, a 15-year-old girl who went to see the pop...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Trump's Budget Cuts Would Be Awful For Women In Developing Countries

President Trump's proposed budget can read like a primer on how to make political decisions both deeply unpopular and immoral. From shutting down the National Endowment for the Arts to ending funding ...
By Jessicah Lahitou

This Photo Of Trump & The Pope Is Francis' Ultimate Test Of Faith

President Trump met Wednesday with Pope Francis at the Vatican. The manner in which the two arrived reflects a fitting symbolism of their different personas and approaches: Trump came in an armored bl...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Martyn Hett Is Being Remembered After The Manchester Attack

The devastating attack on Monday evening at the United Kingdom's Manchester Arena has left at least 22 fatally wounded victims. Just announced among those killed by the explosion is Martyn Hett, a bel...
By Jessicah Lahitou

These Reasons Trump Could Get Impeached Should Worry The GOP

Impeachment is not a process approached cavalierly. And yet, speculation on impeaching President Trump not only predates his inauguration, but circulated before he even won the election. No doubt, Tru...
By Jessicah Lahitou

James Comey Once Tried To Blend With The Curtains To Avoid Trump

When you're 6 feet 8 inches tall, it's nearly impossible to blend in anywhere. But such was former FBI Director James Comey's mission when he arrived at the White House earlier this year for an event ...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Joe Biden Speaks His Mind About Hillary Clinton's 2016 Candidacy

Former Vice President Joe Biden has achieved what for most politicians forever remains the land of legend: a high rate of bipartisan favorability. Biden's multi-decade career in public service has, it...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Trump's "Witch Hunt" Tweet Got Meme-d Hard

President Trump's tweets are often ridiculous. At times, it seems to be a source of pride for Trump to tweet whatever he likes, whenever he wants, in whatever lingo he so chooses. And while many of us...
By Jessicah Lahitou

The Special Counsel Is Still At Trump's Mercy

One of the thorniest questions that comes up in American government is how to approach foul play in the executive branch. The president is given extraordinary autonomy by the Constitution. President N...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Robert Mueller & James Comey Know Each Other

After President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, one immediate question arose: What would happen to the investigation into Trump's alleged ties to Russia? Comey had been leading that probe, and w...
By Jessicah Lahitou

The NSC Jams Security Memos With Trump's Name To Keep Him Reading

We know President Trump likes his surname. It appears prominently on buildings he's either invested in or licensed out his name to, all over the world. He sometimes speaks about himself in the third p...
By Jessicah Lahitou

The Steps In The Impeachment Process Are Considerable

The calls to impeach President Trump pre-date his inauguration. But on Tuesday, the legal case for doing so received a compelling boost via a New York Times report alleging the president asked former ...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Trump And Obstruction Of Justice

As a catch-all term, “obstruction of justice” can apply to almost any legal situation, from lying to a police officer about the mundane (how long you’ve lived in a state, for example), to a crime as s...
By Jessicah Lahitou

5 Ways To Protest North Carolina's HB2 Bill

North Carolina's HB2 law, passed in March and requiring that residents use public restrooms that correspond with the gender assigned them at birth, was one of the most controversial pieces of legislat...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Trump Campaign Manager Conway Moves Into WH Role

Highlighting her status as the first woman to manage a successful White House run, President-elect Donald Trump's team announced Thursday that former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway will be counselo...
By Jessicah Lahitou

11 "Boycott Delta" Tweets Reveal A Divided America

On Dec. 21, YouTube star Adam Saleh was reportedly removed from a Delta flight for "speaking Arabic." Saleh runs the YouTube Channel TrueStoryASA, which boasts over 1.6 million subscribers, so news of...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Michelle Obama & Oprah Winfrey Are Great Friends

Yesterday, CBS aired the final interview with Michelle Obama as first lady, conducted by longtime media megastar-cum-legend Oprah Winfrey. Obama was composed, gracious, and authentic — all traits that...
By Jessicah Lahitou

The First Lady's Interview With Oprah Is Hopeful

Now that electoral votes are official, we can say with no caveats that Donald Trump will be the 45th president. This reality, first potential and now definite, has caused millions of anti-Trump Americ...
By Jessicah Lahitou

These 'Idiocracy' Moments Came To Life In 2016

I saw Idiocracy a few years after its 2006 release when a friend convinced me that its slapstick premise belied a genuinely funny film. The movie came out during the George W. Bush era, when Hollywood...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Foreign Interference Is Anathema To Democracy

The words "troll farm" might evoke visions of squat green creatures, round and jolly, working together to harvest crops. At least, that's what the ubiquitous Disney film Frozen and a working knowledge...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Some Socially Conscious Options For The Holidays

As the holiday season is now in full swing, that nagging annual question arises: What do I get for ______? Everyone knows at least a few choosy folks, whether they're SOs, family members, friends, or ...
By Jessicah Lahitou

How Interested Parties Can Find Their Electors

Once every four years, the Electoral College "meets" to cast their ballots and elect the next president of the United States. Ergo, President-elect Trump will not officially have won the White House p...
By Jessicah Lahitou

A Cheeky New Website Tracks Trump's Corruption

During the election, it often felt impossible to keep up with President-elect Trump's daily dose(s) of controversy. Headlines that seemed destined to down his presidential aspirations at 7 a.m. would ...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Levi Guerra Joins The 'Hamilton Electors'

A small group of electors has formed with the intention of denying Trump the presidency through what would be an unprecedented use of the electoral college. They've dubbed themselves "Hamilton Elector...
By Jessicah Lahitou

'TIME' Short List Shows Tech Disrupted Politics

Donald Trump was just named TIME's vaunted "Person of the Year." In competition with him, TIME had narrowed down its shortlist of possibilities to another five contenders: Hillary Clinton; "The Hacker...
By Jessicah Lahitou

The Darkest Lines From The 'TIME' POY Story

TIME magazine just published its 2016 "Person of the Year" issue, and that person is Donald Trump. In the extensive stories accompanying the ominous cover announcement, a portrait of a wholly new kind...
By Jessicah Lahitou

The Year Has Been Dominated By The President-Elect

The "Person of the Year" issue of TIME magazine dates back to 1927. Every year since, the staff at TIME has chosen as their highlighted cover face someone who "influenced the world, for better or wors...
By Jessicah Lahitou

9 Insider Theories On Why Hillary Clinton Lost

After every presidential race since 1972, Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government has invited campaign teams and key players from the primaries and general election to sit down and candidly ...
By Jessicah Lahitou

This Wisconsin Vote Recount Update Isn't Promising

Wisconsin's recount process began yesterday, following the success of Green Party candidate Jill Stein to secure a statewide re-tabulating of vote totals. With pre-election polls giving Hillary Clinto...
By Jessicah Lahitou

The 'Boycott Trump' App Helps You Take A Stand

As Americans head to malls and online markets this holiday season, many may be concerned about purchases that accidentally help Donald Trump's businesses profit, directly or indirectly. With such a va...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Elizabeth Warren Isn't Happy About Trump's Cabinet

It surprised many of her supporters when Sen. Warren announced, following Trump's election win, that she would be willing to work with him on economic policy. Joining her in offering an olive branch w...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Why I Miss The Old Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney stood in front of an audience at the Hinkcley Institute on March 3 and stated his unequivocal opinions about Donald Trump: "If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospe...
By Jessicah Lahitou

These Concerned Americans Want Trump Off Twitter

Social media became a respected force in political campaigns after Barack Obama galvanized multi-platform tech outreach to conquer his 2008 foes, a move of strategic prescience that delivered him two ...
By Jessicah Lahitou