Katherine is a writer and journalist from the Hudson Valley who talks mostly about politics, puppies, periods and crushing the patriarchy. She believes in the cathartic power of train crying, sleeping late and kissing dogs she meets on the street. Her work has appeared via Public Radio International (PRI), WNYC, The Daily Dot, Women's Health, MTV News, Medium, The Mighty and more.

Latest Articles

Here's Why O.J. Simpson Is So Famous

On Thursday, O.J. Simpson will go before the Nevada Parole Board with the hopes of being released from prison by this fall. And so, once again, the former football star and actor, acquitted of murdere...
By Katherine Speller

How Trumpcare Would Affect The Cost Of John McCain's Surgery

Arizona Sen. John McCain's office announced on Wednesday that he was diagnosed with brain cancer after a tumor was discovered following his surgery to remove a blood clot on Friday. Observing whether ...
By Katherine Speller

Trump Releases Short Statement On John McCain's Cancer Diagnosis

Following the news on Wednesday that Arizona senator and one-time presidential candidate John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer, President Donald Trump released a short statement on McCain, comme...
By Katherine Speller

Meghan McCain Stays Strong In The Face Of Her Father's Cancer Diagnosis

Following the announcement on Wednesday that the Arizona senator and former presidential candidate was diagnosed with brain cancer, Sen. John McCain's daughter Meghan McCain released a statement about...
By Katherine Speller

Donald Trump Wishes He Hadn’t Hired Jeff Sessions

If he'd known his attorney general pick was going to recuse himself from overseeing Russian investigations, President Donald Trump said he might not have chosen Jeff Sessions, Trump told The New York ...
By Katherine Speller

If Paroled, O.J. Simpson Could Walk Free From Prison This Fall

With a much-anticipated televised parole hearing set for Thursday, there is a definite possibility that O.J. Simpson could be released from the Nevada prison where he's been since 2008 for an armed ro...
By Katherine Speller

A District Court Judge Holds David Daleiden In Contempt

The anti-abortion activist best known for the 2015 debunked Planned Parenthood videos, David Daleiden, was found in contempt on Monday when a federal judge ruled the release of additional videos viola...
By Katherine Speller

The Senate Will Separate Obamacare Repeal & Replacement Efforts

Following the news Monday night that the Senate's health care replacement bill would not have enough votes for a debate on the floor, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement that, even wit...
By Katherine Speller

What You Need To Know About Kansas Senator Jerry Moran

Bombshell simultaneous announcements from two Republican senators on Monday confirmed that there weren't enough votes to debate the Senate's health care bill on the floor. Those unfamiliar with Senate...
By Katherine Speller

Kellyanne Conway's Paper Props On 'Hannity' Inspired Hysterical Memes

It's a truth universally acknowledged that holding up pieces of paper (or just about any blank, easily-manipulated surface) on the internet is just asking to be messed with. And, unfortunately for her...
By Katherine Speller

The All-Girl Robotics Team From Afghanistan Will Be Allowed In The U.S.

Earlier this month, hearts broke for a team of robot-building girls from Afghanistan who were twice denied visas into the United States to attend a robotics competition. On Wednesday, however, POLITIC...
By Katherine Speller

Trump May Or May Not Have An Imaginary Friend Named Jim

President Donald Trump says he's got this friend, Jim, who used to love Paris but doesn't love it anymore. However, according to the Associated Press, there's some questions as to whether Trump's frie...
By Katherine Speller

There's Video Of President Trump Meeting The People From Don Jr.'s Emails

After Donald Trump Jr. tweeted out screenshots of email exchanges arranging a meeting to discuss potential intel from the Russian government about Hillary Clinton from the 2016 election, CNN reported ...
By Katherine Speller

"Don Jr. Children's Books" Tweets Put A New Spin On The Russia Emails

The Internet was aflutter Tuesday when Donald Trump's eldest son tweeted out an email exchange between him and a Russian music executive who offered him intel on his father's political opponent Hillar...
By Katherine Speller

Trump Jr. Tells Hannity He Wishes He'd Handled The Russia Emails "Differently"

Following Donald Trump Jr.'s decision to release emails on Tuesday between himself and music executive Rob Goldstone, to arrange a meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, the president's el...
By Katherine Speller

Lawmakers Are Demanding Trump Jr. Testify Before Congress

Ahead of an explosive New York Times report about a series of emails between Donald Trump Jr. and Rob Goldstone on Tuesday that mentioned Russian government intel on former Secretary of State Hillary ...
By Katherine Speller

A Marines Plane Crashed In Rural Mississippi

A military plane crash in a soybean field in western Mississippi left 16 people dead Monday evening, the Associated Press reported. Although the names of the dead have not yet been released, messages ...
By Katherine Speller

The NRA Has Finally Spoken Out On Philando Castile's Death

A fiery appearance on CNN featuring Women's March co-organizer Tamika Mallory and National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch on Sunday finally brought about a statement on Philando Castile's ...
By Katherine Speller

Trump's FBI Director Pick Christopher Wray Is Worth Millions

Prior to his confirmation hearing, scheduled for Wednesday, more details about President Donald Trump's FBI director pick Christopher Wray's background have emerged as the necessary ethics paperwork b...
By Katherine Speller

Trump's Voter Fraud Commission May Have Broken The Law

Alongside growing concerns that the commission investigating voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election could ultimately lead to the suppression of legal votes, The Hill reported on Wednesday that ...
By Katherine Speller

Mike Pence & Paul Ryan Twinning Tweets and Memes

The internet often needs to cling to something — anything — when people don't exactly want to deal with the reality of a situation, like Donald Trump being the 45th president. Perhaps, then, it was no...
By Katherine Speller

You Can Relate To Nancy Pelosi's Face Right Now

If there's anyone out here who is truly capable of capturing the exhausted, existentially pessimistic mood of the Democratic party tonight, it's Nancy Pelosi during Trump's joint address to Congress. ...
By Katherine Speller

Who Is Melania Trump's Guest Denisha Merriweather?

The guests invited by President Donald Trump and his family for his first joint address will undoubtedly represent major parts of his plans for the next year onward. Thus, it makes sense that one of M...
By Katherine Speller

Chrissy Teigen Makes A Last-Minute Debate Dig

There's times when politics can be bleak and lifeless, but then the universe opens a window and let's the light in — for Tuesday night's vice presidential debate, that light came in the form of Chriss...
By Katherine Speller

Kaine Just Tried To Mansplain To Elaine Quijano

It's a moment that women are familiar with — a cis dude interrupting with a particular tone and a condescending throw-away line. It's a shame that it was Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kai...
By Katherine Speller

Tim Kaine: Your Autumnal, Anachronistic Boyfriend

Look, I know what you're thinking: "Tim Kaine? He looks like the Precious Moments figurine my mom puts on the back of the tree at Christmas!" or "Tim Kaine? He looks like he'd carry a harmonica around...
By Katherine Speller

It's Always All About Donald Trump

Just in case you were worried you might have to sit through a single debate during this Scooby Doo Carnival of an election cycle that wasn't entirely about the micro-blog ramblings of reality-star-tur...
By Katherine Speller

An Ode To Hillary Clinton's Smirky Smirk

There's this one face that scholars of Hillary Clinton's many expressions may recognize — and it's one that made an appearance more than once during Monday night's debate. For a skilled and seasoned d...
By Katherine Speller

Clinton Hasn't Been Fighting ISIS Her "Whole Life"

At Monday night's debate, Donald Trump played right into that "blame Hillary Clinton for everything" trope by saying Clinton has been "fighting ISIS [her] entire adult life." Like a lot of the mouth ...
By Katherine Speller

Melania Trump & Bill Clinton Had A Weird Handshake

The first presidential debate of the general election kicked off Monday night with a show of peace between the often discussed spouses of the candidates. Bill Clinton and Melania Trump took their seat...
By Katherine Speller

Trump Could Take A Cue From The LGBT Community

Just days after a gay nightclub in Orlando was attacked in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, 124 National LGBT Centers released a letter openly disavowing hateful, anti-Muslim rhetoric and resp...
By Katherine Speller

This Reveals How Desperate America Is For Action

Gun control advocates and a number of Senate Democrats, including New York Senator Chuck Schumer and Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy, hit the floor with intentions to filibuster until the Senate acts...
By Katherine Speller

Trump Claims He'll Respect The Press. Sure.

Despite furor over presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's decision to "revoke" The Washington Post's press credentials on Monday (and other media outlets' access to his events, inc...
By Katherine Speller

This Is Obama's True Legacy On ISIS

On Tuesday, following increased tension over the possible connections between the devastating shooting in Orlando and the terrorist group, ISIS, President Barack Obama delivered a powerful speech cond...
By Katherine Speller

This Tweet Reminds Us To Take A Cue From Australia

After Sunday saw the worst mass shooting in U.S. history hit an Orlando gay nightclub, many are grappling with how to respond. While there's a stream of grief, anger, and despair, there are also a num...
By Katherine Speller

Chelsea Manning Issues A Warning About Orlando

In the days following Sunday's attack on an Orlando gay night club that left 49 people dead and 53 wounded — the worst mass shooting in U.S. history — the country is grieving. With that grief, comes h...
By Katherine Speller

Trump's Confusing Tweet To LGBT Voters

On Tuesday, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump thanked members of the LGBT community over Twitter and vowed, "I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your ...
By Katherine Speller

4 Times I Thought Bernie's Speech Was A Concession

By the time Sen. Bernie Sanders took the stage on Tuesday night, there was some speculation that he'd be making a concession speech. The numbers weren't on his side, and his opponent had just given a ...
By Katherine Speller

Unsung Women Who Made Clinton's Candidacy Possible

With the announcement on Tuesday night from the woman herself that Hillary Clinton would be the presumptive Democratic nominee, she's already made history. Reaching the 2,383 delegates necessary to cl...
By Katherine Speller

California's Superdelegates Won't Flip On Clinton

Now that the Associated Press has announced that Hillary Clinton has (unofficially) reached the "magic number" of 2,383 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination, it's increasingly likely t...
By Katherine Speller