Jessicah Lahitou
A Colorado native, Jess has a thing for purple skies and mountain hikes. They're great antidotes for the sometimes brutal side effects of following politics too closely.

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Female Muslim Clerics Issue A Fatwa Against Child Marriage

In Indonesia, the current legal age of marriage for girls is 16. But a group of female Islamic clerics just made their own move to prompt a change to that policy. In what some media outlets called "th...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Who Will Do A Skit Instead Of Trump At The WHCD?

The White House Correspondents' Dinner (WHCD) will be featuring not much of the actual White House this year. Soon after his inauguration, President Trump announced he would not be attending the annua...
By Jessicah Lahitou

It's Highly Unlikely Melania Trump Will Attend The WHCD

Controversy has swirled around 2017's White House Correspondents' Dinner (WHCD) for months. Following President Trump's inauguration, there were almost immediate calls from some corners for an all-out...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Trump Reportedly Thought Being President Would Be "Easier"

Sometimes, we underestimate the demands of a job. The hours feel longer than expected, "real-life boss" isn't as nice as it sounded during the interview, the workload spills over into weekends, and im...
By Jessicah Lahitou

All The Ways Rape Culture Was Encouraged In Trump's First 100 Days

There was plenty of talk during the election about how then-candidate Donald Trump was actively contributing to "rape culture." The term emerged in the 1970s, to define the society-wide green light of...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Who's Boycotting The White House Correspondents' Dinner?

Back in 2007, Frank Rich penned a New York Times editorial announcing the publication would no longer attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner (WHCD). The particulars for the WHCD boycott delinea...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Were Trump's First 100 Days Successful? Well, It Depends

It's a solid bet that President Trump will pronounce his first 100 days in office a glowing triumph. He's not one to admit defeat, or even mild setbacks, and it's entirely possible that Trump views hi...
By Jessicah Lahitou

The ACLU Supports Ann Coulter's Freedom Of Speech

On Nov. 9, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) changed its banner to a picture of the newly-elected President Trump next to a four-word pledge: "See you in court." It had been less than 24 hours...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Little Miss Flint Is Gearing Up For The People's Climate March

It's doubtful that Amariyanna "Marie" Copeny expected her letter to President Obama to get not only a response, but also earn her an in-person meeting with POTUS. Known in her hometown of Flint, Michi...
By Jessicah Lahitou

A Giant Rabbit Reportedly Died On A United Flight

For United Airlines, the past month has been a crash course in what not to do when it comes to customer service, crisis response, and media messaging. United Airlines first got flak for barring two mi...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Indiana University Is Barring Athletes With A Record Of Sexual Violence

Indiana University just took a proactive step in ensuring all college students are protected on its campus: The Big Ten school has announced that it will not accept any student athletes with a record ...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Americans Now Support Letting Syrian Refugees Come Here

Americans have had a change of heart toward Syrian refugees, with a majority now supporting the entry of asylum seekers to the United States. That is a major change from 18 months ago, when just 43 pe...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Why Does Mar-A-Lago Shut Down In The Summer?

In the 13 weeks since President Trump has been in office, he's flown down to Mar-a-Lago, his private club and preferred getaway, no less than seven times. That counts for about every other weekend, wh...
By Jessicah Lahitou

A Former Fox News Contributor Compared Bill O'Reilly To Archie Bunker

Bill O'Reilly is permanently out at Fox News, following sexual harassment allegations that prompted a public outcry and an advertiser boycott. O'Reilly has roundly denied all harassment claims, but th...
By Jessicah Lahitou

40 Of The 'TIME' 100 Most Influential People In 2017 Are Women

Since its inception in 2004, Time magazine's annual list of the 100 biggest influencers has been a source of debate and countless think pieces. One factor that routinely receives scrutiny is how many ...
By Jessicah Lahitou

O'Reilly Provided 'The New York Times' A Boost In Trump's America

Reports are in that Bill O'Reilly is out at Fox News. The long-running prime-time anchor is leaving after settling 14 years worth of sexual harassment claims filed against him during his tenure at the...
By Jessicah Lahitou

A Florida Lawmaker Used The N-Word About His Black Colleagues

There aren't many ways local representatives can get some national attention, but using the n-word is definitely one of them. That doesn't appear to be the motivation for Florida state Senator Frank A...
By Jessicah Lahitou

Stop Asking Jon Ossoff When He's Getting Married

A special election has rarely done so much to earn its title. In a quieter year, Tuesday's contest for the House seat in Georgia's 6th district would be the proverbial blip on our national radar. But ...
By Jessicah Lahitou

How Disinformation Campaigns Are Making Foreign Policy More Dangerous

People believe what they want to believe. Maybe it's more charitable to say that people are much more inclined to believe what they want to believe. Psychologists call it confirmation bias, a term tha...
By Jessicah Lahitou

An United Passenger Was Allegedly Stung By A Scorpion

The public relations team for United Airlines must be working overtime (make that triple time) this week. After video footage went viral of a passenger, Dr. David Dao, being violently dragged from one...
By Jessicah Lahitou