Morgan Brinlee is a News and Politics Writer for Bustle, currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born with an inordinate amount of curiosity and wanderlust, she looks to tell stories that encourage conversation and inspire people to think critically about their world. Morgan has run through tear gas in Turkey's Gezi Park, fed snails on a French escargot farm and trained in the art of burlesque all in the name of journalism. She hopes to continue traveling -and reporting- the world, if only for the food.

Latest Articles

Sarah Huckabee Sanders' Husband Is In Politics, Too

The White House announced Friday that Sarah Huckabee Sanders will replace Sean Spicer as White House press secretary following the latter's resignation. With Huckabee Sanders, who, as deputy White Hou...
By Morgan Brinlee

State Department Restricts Travel To North Korea Amid Safety Concerns

Americans overcome with wanderlust may have to cross North Korea off their travel bucket lists for the foreseeable future. The State Department announced Friday it planned to ban U.S. citizens from tr...
By Morgan Brinlee

Tennessee Offers To Sterilize Prisoners

A controversial new prison program in Tennessee has recently come under scrutiny. Whereas good behavior has often resulted in a prisoner having time shaved off their sentence, inmates in White County,...
By Morgan Brinlee

What We Know About Sean Spicer's Wife Rebecca Miller

Sean Spicer catapulted back into the headlines Friday when he resigned as White House press secretary following a disagreement with President Donald Trump over the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as...
By Morgan Brinlee

The Government Can Apparently Take Your Children If You Have A Low IQ

When does the government's attempts to protect kids go too far? That's the question recently raised in Oregon when, despite no reports of abuse or neglect, the state of Oregon removed two children fro...
By Morgan Brinlee

O.J. Simpson Has Been Granted Parole

"The Juice" will soon be loose. A Nevada parole board granted parole to O.J. Simpson following a short hearing on Thursday, and the former American football star will be a free man. Simpson has served...
By Morgan Brinlee

O.J. Simpson Said He's Never Pulled A Weapon On Anybody & Twitter Can't Handle It

Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson appears to have forgotten one major moment in his life: his 1995 murder trial. At his parole hearing on Thursday, Simpson claimed "nobody has ever accused me of ...
By Morgan Brinlee

Trump's "Made In America" Week Makes Him A Target For Ridicule

Following a week where Russia revelations and criticism of Senate Republicans' efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare dominated the headlines, the White House hoped to change the narrative by declari...
By Morgan Brinlee

Trump Administration Drastically Slashes Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

The Trump administration is slashing millions from teen pregnancy prevention program and research funding, in a move that will see 81 institutions spread across the country lose out on two years' wor...
By Morgan Brinlee

Justin Trudeau Met His Young Syrian Namesake & It's Too Cute

Canada's prime minister managed to squeeze in an important, if not totally adorable, meeting during an annual rodeo festival in Calgary over the weekend. Justin Trudeau met his namesake, the two-month...
By Morgan Brinlee

Bill Clinton Took A Photo Between Two Bush Statues & The Internet Loves It

You might say that former President Bill Clinton perpetually finds himself caught between a Bush and a Bush. On Thursday, the 42nd president poked fun at where he falls in the list of U.S. presidents ...
By Morgan Brinlee

This Creepy Little Creature Might Be The Last One Left On Earth

For humans, life is undoubtedly fragile. In fact, the list of things that have the potential to wipe out mankind is unsettlingly long and includes things like an astroid, exploding stars, a global pan...
By Morgan Brinlee

The First Woman To Win A Field Medal For Mathematics Has Died At Age 40

Prize-winning mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has died at the age of 40 following a four-year battle with breast cancer, Stanford University, the college Mirzakhani taught at, confirmed Saturday. The ...
By Morgan Brinlee

Bill Clinton & George W. Bush Are The Best Political Odd Couple

They may be one of the most intriguing political odd couples. Despite a history of standing on opposite sides of the aisle, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are unexpectedly friends, ...
By Morgan Brinlee

The Deeply Personal Reasons People Are Standing Up To The NRA

Temperatures climbed into the 90s and high humidity made the already-scorching heat feel worse as Women's March organizers led demonstrators on an 18-mile march from the National Rifle Association (NR...
By Morgan Brinlee

A Judge Has Thrown Out The Conviction Of The Woman Who Laughed At Jeff Sessions

Rather than sentence a woman to jail time for laughing during Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Senate confirmation hearing, a D.C. Superior Court judge threw out the woman's jury conviction of disorder...
By Morgan Brinlee

A DoE Official Suggested 90 Percent Of Campus Rape Cases Are Illegitimate

Currently, the Department of Education is looking to re-examine policies outlined by former President Barack Obama's administration regarding how colleges and universities handle sexual assault allega...
By Morgan Brinlee

Jeff Sessions Gave A Private Speech To An Alleged Hate Group

The Department of Justice is reportedly refusing to reveal what Attorney General Jeff Sessions told an alleged hate group in a speech delivered Tuesday during a closed-to-the-press summit on religious...
By Morgan Brinlee

The One Thing About The Revised Health Care Bill Everyone Should Know

Senate Republicans unveiled a revised version of their health care bill Thursday, eliciting a mixed response from voters and fellow legislators. In their latest attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare...
By Morgan Brinlee

Kid Rock Might Actually Be Running For Office

When politics and celebrities collide, it can be hard to know what's real and what's merely a publicity stunt. Case in point, musician Kid Rock hinted at a possible Senate run in Michigan on Wednesday...
By Morgan Brinlee

Conway's Success Doesn't Make Her A Feminist Hero

It's hard to imagine Donald Trump's presidential campaign would end with a woman shattering a glass ceiling of her own, and yet it did. With Trump's Electoral College win, former Trump campaign manage...
By Morgan Brinlee

Ivanka Trump Was Accosted While Traveling

While the 2016 presidential election may not have been the most contentious in U.S. history, the campaigns run by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump exposed a deep divide among voters that has yet to be...
By Morgan Brinlee

The Countdown To A Trump Presser Continues

It has been 142 days since President-elect Donald Trump held a press conference, and the chances of him holding one before the year ends don't look good. Yet aside from representing a break with prece...
By Morgan Brinlee

Trump Admits His Supporters Are 'Vicious, Violent'

When Hillary Clinton described half of Donald Trump's supporters as "deplorables," they railed against her. Now, Trump has characterized them in a similarly unflattering light. Trump said his supporte...
By Morgan Brinlee

Here's Who To Thank For Obama's 2016 Holiday Card

While many of us are still scrambling to finish our holiday shopping, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may have been inadvertently way ahead of the game, at least when it comes to bestowing a li...
By Morgan Brinlee

Obama's Calm Demeanor Has Some People Freaking Out

In his final press conference of the year, President Barack Obama defended the various achievements of his presidency, accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime of attempting to "slaughter its...
By Morgan Brinlee

11 Questions About Aleppo And Syria

While questions like "what is Aleppo?" or even "where is Aleppo?" may be easily answered, many other questions related to the Syrian civil war are significantly more difficult to answer. After more th...
By Morgan Brinlee

Obama Talks Russia, Syria In Final Presser Of 2016

Speaking from the White House on Friday in his final press conference of the year, President Barack Obama discussed alleged Russian hacks, recent developments in Syria, and the transition of power bet...
By Morgan Brinlee

Read These 27 Celeb Tweets About Aleppo

Images from inside Aleppo show a city utterly destroyed — its roads and buildings reduced to rubble as pro-government forces' push to retake the eastern part of the city from rebels. Scenes of widespr...
By Morgan Brinlee

Trump Taps Fox News Analyst For National Security

President-elect Donald Trump has filled two key positions on his National Security Council, his transition team confirmed Thursday. Among them is a former Fox News analyst appointed to the position of...
By Morgan Brinlee

Trump Says No To Daily Intelligence Briefings

In yet another sign his presidency will likely be an unorthodox one, President-elect Donald Trump confirmed reports he was skipping the majority of his daily presidential intelligence briefings, but s...
By Morgan Brinlee

Here's How To Stand By Ohioans Right Now

It's been one hell of a week for Ohioans. First Ohio lawmakers passed the "Heartbeat Bill," effectively banning abortion as soon as a heartbeat is detected, roughly six weeks from conception. Then ast...
By Morgan Brinlee

Faithless Electors Are Suing Colorado

The 538 electors who make up the Electoral College will vote for the next president of the United States on Dec. 19, upholding a tradition almost as old as the country itself. This year, however, the ...
By Morgan Brinlee

Trump Denies 'Celebrity Apprentice' Claims

Senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway might want to spend a few minutes catching up with the president-elect, if only so the two can be on the same page. A day after Conway told CNN the president-elec...
By Morgan Brinlee

Ohio Expands Concealed Carry Laws To Colleges

Less than two weeks after 11 people were injured in a stabbing at Ohio State University, Ohio lawmakers expanded the state's concealed carry laws to allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapon...
By Morgan Brinlee

What's Keeping Trump From Intelligence Briefings?

Donald Trump has now been president-elect for a full month. In that time Trump has reportedly been skipping the daily intelligence briefings made available to him, opting instead to receive an average...
By Morgan Brinlee

Why Men Shouldn't Regulate Women's Bodies

Earlier this week, Ohio lawmakers passed a so-called "heartbeat bill," in a major blow to women's reproductive rights. The bill bans abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur as ear...
By Morgan Brinlee

This Texas Pamphlet Misleads Women About Abortion

"You have a right to know the truth." That's how a recently released Texas Department of State Health Services pamphlet, now considered mandatory reading for any woman considering an abortion in Texas...
By Morgan Brinlee

Ohio Heartbeat Bill Could Effectively Ban Abortion

With the passage of its "Heartbeat Bill," Ohio is on the verge of enacting what would likely be the strictest abortion law in the country. Lawmakers in the state passed a bill earlier this week bannin...
By Morgan Brinlee

John Glenn, America's First Astronaut, Is Dead

The last living member of the Mercury Seven and the first American to orbit the Earth is dead. John Herschel Glenn Jr. died in Columbus, Ohio on Dec. 8 at the age of 95, following a career that spanne...
By Morgan Brinlee