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

Trump’s Impeachment Could Spell Doom For LGBTQ Rights

While controversy has marred Donald Trump's presidency from the start, recent revelations regarding the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the FBI's investigation into allegations of collusion bet...
By Morgan Brinlee

Muslims In Manchester Are Marching Against The Deadly Attack

Shortly after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for a deadly bombing targeting an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, hosts and commentators on various Fox News shows began using the ...
By Morgan Brinlee

The French President Was Ready For Trump’s Handshake

When U.S. President Donald Trump met newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron, the two world leaders locked hands in a white-knuckle handshake that set the internet abuzz. Now it appears that Ma...
By Morgan Brinlee

GOP Lawmaker Refuses To Say If All Americans Are Entitled To Food

Donald Trump's 2018 budget proposal has put many Republican lawmakers on the defensive as they field questions about which, if any, of the budget's controversial cuts to social safety-net programs the...
By Morgan Brinlee

7 Ways To Raise Money For Planned Parenthood

Donald Trump's presidency is already proving to be a serious threat to both affordable health care and women's reproductive rights. But perhaps no health care organization is as threatened by the Trum...
By Morgan Brinlee

Democrats Call For Suspending Kushner's Security Clearance Amid Reports Of FBI Scrutiny

Recent reports naming Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, as someone now allegedly under scrutiny in the FBI's investigation into allegations of collusion between th...
By Morgan Brinlee

Sanders Takes On Trump’s Budget Chief In Senate Hearing

Donald Trump's budget chief may be feeling a tad "Berned" today after clashing with one of the president's most outspoken critics. White House Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulv...
By Morgan Brinlee

14-Year-Old Sorrell Leczkowski Named As Manchester Bombing Victim

As Britain grapples with the aftermath of Monday's deadly terror attack, many have turned to remembering those who were killed by a suicide bombing outside of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, E...
By Morgan Brinlee

Obama Cautions Against Hiding Behind A Wall In Rare Rebuke Of Trump

Although his name wasn't mentioned, Donald Trump was clearly on everyone's mind when his predecessor took the stage at an event in Berlin, Germany on Thursday. Alongside German Chancellor Angela Merke...
By Morgan Brinlee

Sally Yates Breaks Her Silence On Defying Trump's Travel Ban

Addressing Harvard Law School graduates on Wednesday, Sally Yates justified her defiance of President Donald Trump. His travel ban, she said, was a "defining moment" in her life, one that taught her a...
By Morgan Brinlee

College Students' Protest Of Mike Pence Is What Free Speech Looks Like

In a commencement address delivered Sunday at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, Vice President Mike Pence touted the importance of "freedom of expression and thought" and warned tha...
By Morgan Brinlee

Trump's Previous Statements On Islam Contradict His Speech In Saudi Arabia

Speaking Sunday from Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump told the leaders of more than 50 Muslim countries that he was not at war with Islam, but rather fighting "barbaric criminals" in "a battle bet...
By Morgan Brinlee

Ailes’ Son Warns He Will Come After The People Who "Betrayed" His Father

Roger Ailes' funeral reportedly took a rather ominous turn Saturday when the former Fox News founder, chairman, and CEO's son issued a direct threat to anyone who had "betrayed" his father. Ailes' dea...
By Morgan Brinlee

8 Regressive Quotes About Women's Rights From Male Politicians In 2017

It comes as no surprise that over the years male politicians have uttered some truly cringeworthy things about women while on the job. And while one might have hoped that modern times would have broug...
By Morgan Brinlee

Saudi Arabia Honors Trump For "Stability" Despite Chaos At Home

Just when you thought this week couldn't get any weirder, it does. Saudi Arabia honored President Donald Trump Saturday by bestowing him with their nation's highest honor, the Collar of Abdulaziz Al S...
By Morgan Brinlee

President Mike Pence Could Be More Disastrous Than Trump

As talk of impeachment mounts in Washington, more and more eyes are turning to Vice President Mike Pence, the man the Constitution stipulates would succeed Donald Trump should he be removed from offic...
By Morgan Brinlee

Foreign Officials Reportedly Made "Rules" For Dealing With Trump

As Donald Trump prepares to embark on the first foreign trip of his presidency, foreign officials are reportedly grappling with how to handle a man who eats his steak with a side of ketchup and is obs...
By Morgan Brinlee

Trump Reportedly Said Firing Comey Relieved "Great Pressure" Over Russia

It appears the closed-press meeting President Donald Trump held with Russian officials earlier this month is continuing to cause nothing but problems for his administration. According to a bombshell N...
By Morgan Brinlee

If Trump Is Impeached, The VP Will Be A Different Face

Talk of impeachment in Washington has escalated, thanks to recent revelations about President Trump's actions, including the looming claim that he pressed then-FBI Director James Comey to drop the inv...
By Morgan Brinlee

Gender Bias Costs Female Entrepreneurs Billions In Funding

It's no secret that there's a serious lack of women in venture capital. Study after study has shown that women make up only a small portion of decision-making investing partners at venture capital fir...
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