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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Russian Bots Had Florida Shooting Opinions & They Spammed Your Twitter Feed With Them

American intelligence agencies have concluded unequivocally that Russia attempted to interfere with the 2016 election, but the Kremlin didn't hang up its shoes once the voting ended. In its continuing efforts to sow discord, Russia sees social media …
By Jessicah Lahitou

The "Silver Lining" Of Gus Kenworthy's Broken Thumb? He Can't Shake Mike Pence's Hand

On Thursday, Gus Kenworthy broke his thumb. It wasn't all bad news, though — at least, not according to Kenworthy's. The U.S. skier tweeted that his broken finger came with a "silver lining": skipping the handshake with Vice President Pence. After po…
By Jessicah Lahitou

After Florida, Betsy DeVos Thinks We Need To Talk — About Arming Teachers

As education secretary, Betsy DeVos is in a singular position to respond to America's most recent mass shooting in a school setting. And in an interview Thursday with conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt, DeVos responded to the shooting at a Parkl…
By Jessicah Lahitou

It's Official — Mitt Romney Is Running For The Senate In Utah

In a video posted Friday morning on Twitter, Mitt Romney announced he's running for the Senate to represent Utah. The video first touts the traits Utahans are "known for," including their "hard work, innovation, and our 'can do' pioneering spirit." R…
By Jessicah Lahitou

Your Guide To Understanding What The Heck Snowboard Cross Is

From classic events to more recent sports, Olympics viewers are accustomed to watching downhill mountain athletes make their runs solo. Not so with snowboard cross (also known as boardercross), a fairly new Winter Games addition that puts up to six r…
By Jessicah Lahitou

Trump Said He’ll Do “Whatever You Need” After The Shooting & America Said GUN CONTROL

President Trump spoke to the nation Thursday morning, addressing the latest mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. But plenty of Twitter users expressed their frustration with the common Republican refusal, exemplified in Trump's speech…
By Jessicah Lahitou

Where & How To Donate To Florida Shooting Survivors And Victims’ Families

Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was one of the deadliest acts of gun violence in recent U.S. history. And as the country tries to come to grips with yet another tragedy, many people are looking f…
By Jessicah Lahitou

A Football Coach Died While Shielding Students From Gunfire During The Florida Shooting

Of the 17 people shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, the first victim's name confirmed by police was Aaron Feis. Employed by the school as a security guard and football coach, Feis died while protecting students from…
By Jessicah Lahitou

Why This Famous U.S. Figure Skater Is In PyeongChang But Not Competing

For close watchers of U.S. figure skating, the absence of a certain someone at the 2018 Olympics is probably still a bit of a shock. Where is Ashley Wagner, America's top figure skater at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi? She was cut from this year's t…
By Jessicah Lahitou

Shaun White Dragged The American Flag After Winning Gold & Twitter Is PISSED

The men's half-pipe final was a nail-biter, as snowboard legend Shaun White didn't secure his gold medal finish until the final run of the day. But despite the elation following his record third Olympics win in the event, White sparked controversy by…
By Jessicah Lahitou

How This New Legislation Could Stop The Next Larry Nassar

"It's a new regime." That's how Nancy Hogshead-Makar, the CEO of Champion Women, describes the sweeping changes mandated by the recently passed Safe Sport Act. Aimed at protecting athletes from sexual abuse, the legislation comes in the wake of numer…
By Jessicah Lahitou

Jeff Sessions' Solution To The Opioid Crisis? Just Take Some Aspirin Already

The current opioid crisis is the deadliest drug epidemic of its sort in the nation's history, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has offered an idea for stemming its fatal tide. In the course of a speech in Tampa Bay, Florida, Sessions said people "n…
By Jessicah Lahitou

The 2 Women Who Carried The Olympic Torch Represented A Symbolic Message Of Peace

In a historic moment of unity, two women who play on the unified Korean ice hockey team carried the Olympic torch for the last leg of its journey at the opening ceremony for the 2018 PyeongChang Games. Park Jong-ah of South Korea and Jong Su-hyon of …
By Jessicah Lahitou

Mike Pence Is At The Opening Ceremony, But Look At Who’s Behind Him In These Pics

Numerous world leaders arrived in PyeongChang, South Korea for the opening ceremonies and sporting events of the Winter Games, and among them was Vice President Mike Pence. But despite his professed excitement about the games and the party atmosphere…
By Jessicah Lahitou

The Meaning Behind The Opening Ceremony’s First Scene Was So Symbolic

The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics officially began with a celebratory and symbolic opening ceremony. And the meaning of the first scene of the Olympic opening ceremony captured the spirit of wonder and hope often associated with the games, as five…
By Jessicah Lahitou

It’s The 23rd Winter Olympics & A LOT Has Changed Since The Games First Started

At the very first Winter Olympics in 1924, Switzerland took home the gold medal for "Military Patrol." The archaic sport has long been abandoned by the official Olympics organization, but the memory of it reminds us that the games have been with us f…
By Jessicah Lahitou

Why An HIV-Positive Immigrant Says His Deportation Could Be His Death

After living in the United States for 15 years, a hair stylist in Miami was issued an order of deportation during his most recent check-in with Immigration and Customs (ICE) officers. But as someone who is HIV-positive, Ricardo Querales told ICE his …
By Jessicah Lahitou

Apolo Anton Ohno Fans Are Going To Love What He's Up To Now

As the most medaled American winter Olympian in history, it's no surprise that people are often wondering what Apolo Anton Ohio is doing now. What he is doing, though, might honestly surprise you. The retired speed skater says he's thinking about wri…
By Jessicah Lahitou

The Reason Trump Wants A Military Parade Has Critics Worried For America

Military parades in Washington, D.C. are a historical rarity for the United States. But that hasn't stopped President Trump from reportedly ordering a display of armed forces to be held in the nation's capital this summer. And some speculators think …
By Jessicah Lahitou

Meghan McCain Criticizes Ivanka Trump For Being Contradictory & "Confusing"

In a recent interview, Meghan McCain praised President Trump for privately calling her and promising to refrain from any more public bashing of her father. But the political pundit had no similar compliments for the president's eldest daughter. Megha…
By Jessicah Lahitou