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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You Need To See What Parkland Students Are Tweeting About The National School Walkout

Thousands of students left schools across the nation Friday as part a national walkout. Occurring on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School, the event is particularly poignant this year, thanks to advocacy by the…
By Jessicah Lahitou

This Is How People Are Remembering The Victims Of Columbine, 19 Years Later

Friday marks 19 years since the Columbine massacre took place in Littleton, Colorado. Though few at the time imagined such a tragedy could ever be repeated, school shootings have become horrifyingly routine. So, for many pushing for gun control refor…
By Jessicah Lahitou

Trump Tried To Give James Comey A New Nickname But Couldn't Even Spell It Right

Look, spelling isn't everyone's forte. It's certainly not one of President Trump's stronger skills. But though he misspelled a prominent diss in a Friday tweet, it wasn't solely the grammatical error that had Twitter abuzz. Rather, Trump calling Jame…
By Jessicah Lahitou

Here's When The National School Walkout Is Taking Place Across The Country

On April 20, 1999, 12 teenagers and a teacher were killed at Columbine High School. Nearly 20 years later, another 17 people lost their lives in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In an effort to demand gun policy change and h…
By Jessicah Lahitou

Obama Wrote Parkland Students 'TIME' 100 Blurb & No, You're Crying

Time magazine's annual "100 Most Influential People" issue always garners plenty of attention. But there's a little something extra in this year's edition — a blurb written by former President Barack Obama about the Parkland students, who were featur…
By Jessicah Lahitou

The Men Arrested At Starbucks Spoke Out For The First Time & The Video Is A Must-See

"They can't be here for us." That was how Donte Robinson described his initial reaction to seeing police officers enter the Starbucks in Philadelphia he and Rashon Nelson were at last week. Appearing Thursday on Good Morning America, Robinson and Nel…
By Jessicah Lahitou

This Senator's Response To A Man’s Fear About Babies In The Senate Was Pure Gold

There were some (mostly) male senators who had questions about the Senate allowing babies onto the Upper Chamber's floor. Perhaps most notably, Sen. Orrin Hatch fretted over a a hypothetical situation of there being 10 babies in the Senate, but Sen. …
By Jessicah Lahitou

Bernie Sanders Just Shared A Cardi B Quote & What A Time To Be Alive

Rapper sensation Cardi B recently revealed the one president who earns her highest approval — Franklin Delano Roosevelt. On Twitter, Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders agreed with Cardi B on Roosevelt's contribution to truly making America great, and the…
By Jessicah Lahitou

A Trump Official Spent Almost $1 Million On Furniture — And Blamed It On Obama

Given age-old Republican complaints about too much wasteful government spending, one might assume minimizing tax dollar expenditures on nonessentials in Washington, D.C., would be a primary GOP goal. But recently, that theory came under question agai…
By Jessicah Lahitou

Nikki Haley Had A Flawless Comeback For The White House Calling Her "Confused"

It's not often that an official in President Trump's administration publicly questions the White House, but it happened on Tuesday. And when (or if) that moment comes again, the bar has been set by U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley. Her comeback after a Tr…
By Jessicah Lahitou

These Are The States That Are Paying More Taxes Than Everyone Else

It's tax season, everyone, which means it's time for millions of Americans to hope they're getting a refund — and not a bill — from the government. Depending on the state you live in, the odds of one or the other will fluctuate — the difference betwe…
By Jessicah Lahitou

This Is Everything We Know About Melania’s Love Life Before Trump

Not much is known about Melania Trump's love life prior to her connection with Donald Trump, a relationship that began when she was 28 years old. But did Melania date anyone before Trump? One man claimed he was Melania's first beau, and that the two …
By Jessicah Lahitou

Slovenians In Melania Trump’s Hometown Are PISSED About That Jimmy Kimmel Joke

Jimmy Kimmel and Sean Hannity's divergent political views went viral over the weekend, as the two media megastars traded barbs over Twitter. Their dispute started over Kimmel mocking Melania Trump's accent, and it turns out, Hannity's got company in …
By Jessicah Lahitou

The ‘New York Times’ Has A New Motto For Trump That's So Blunt It'll Stun You

The New York Times has apparently had it with President Trump's accusation-flinging. In an opinion published Wednesday by the editorial board, the nation's "newspaper of record" lambasted Trump for regularly blaming anyone but himself for special cou…
By Jessicah Lahitou

A General Responded To Ivanka’s Tweet About Healthy Children & It Is SCATHING

Taken at face value, there may not seem like much to object to in a recent tweet from Ivanka Trump extolling the importance of encouraging physical fitness among kids. But as retired Gen. Mark Hertling tweeted, Ivanka Trump's father hasn't prioritize…
By Jessicah Lahitou

All The Alarming Details Behind Why Mark Zuckerberg Is Testifying To Congress

Most congressional day-to-day happenings don't get a tremendous amount of publicity, but they almost certainly will this week. For the first time, Facebook CEO and tech megastar Mark Zuckerberg will testify in Congress before the House and the Senate…
By Jessicah Lahitou

Equal Pay Day Is 6 Full Days Later This Year — But There’s A Simple Explanation

On Tuesday, millions of American women (and male allies) will recognize Equal Pay Day. The date is set aside each April to signify how much longer into the next year women must work in order to earn the same amount of money as men did that year. But …
By Jessicah Lahitou

Puerto Rico Is Closing 283 Schools & Teachers Say The Reasons Are Super Suspect

Puerto Rico's education woes didn't start with Hurricane Maria, but the devastation wreaked by the storm has left the territory's education system in serious distress. It's all contributed to the island's Department of Education announcing that 283 s…
By Jessicah Lahitou

8 Scandals That Could Seriously Screw Trump's EPA Chief (& Get Him Fired)

President Trump's administration has seen a lot of employees come and go over the past 14 months, and there may soon be another person added to that list. The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has racked up a lot of negative headlines…
By Jessicah Lahitou

This Town Banned Assault Weapons & The Punishment For Keeping Them Is No Joke

Owners of assault rifles in one Illinois town will need to sell or relocate those weapons ASAP. A local village board voted unanimously Monday to ban assault rifles in Deerfield, Illinois, as well as high-capacity magazines — and they're planning to …
By Jessicah Lahitou