Joseph D. Lyons

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One Of Roy Moore's Accusers Opens Up On 'Today': "I Felt Like I Was The One To Blame"

The first woman to accuse Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, Leigh Corfman, spoke out on the Today show Monday morning. Savannah Guthrie interviewed the now 53-year-old, and the interview touched on everything from what Corfman …
By Joseph D. Lyons

Why The Keystone Pipeline Oil Spill Is Even Worse Than You Thought

Last Thursday, one of the country's largest oil pipelines was shut down after 210,000 gallons poured out into South Dakota fields. That alone would be bad enough. Yet, this is not just any oil, but a special kind that comes from Canada's tar sands. F…
By Joseph D. Lyons

Ivanka Has A Tax Plan For Parents — But It Leaves Single Mothers Behind

As of Tuesday night, when the Senate GOP released a revised version of its tax plan, Ivanka Trump's goal of expanding the Child Tax Credit — which she's been pushing since she first arrived in Washington, D.C. — is nearly in her reach. Ivanka has arg…
By Joseph D. Lyons

How Cult Leader Charles Manson Reportedly Died

One of the most notorious cult leaders in American history has died after spending most of his life in prison for murders committed by his followers. Charles Manson died of natural causes Sunday, prison officials said in a news release. He had been a…
By Joseph D. Lyons

Here’s A Gun Background Check Bill That Actually Has A Hope Of Passing Congress

The long wait for action from Congress on gun control legislation may be over. A new bipartisan bill would improve the gun background check system — and it actually has a chance of passing. After 2017 saw a number of horrific mass shootings, Sens. Ch…
By Joseph D. Lyons

The Lawyer Who Trashed Harassment Victims On Fox News Still Has A Job, Believe It Or Not

A Fox News analyst drew outrage following comments on Hannity about sexual assault and harassment, and is already facing some consequences. Last week, attorney Mercedes Colwin drew outrage from some viewers and sexual assault survivors after she said…
By Joseph D. Lyons

How Senate Republicans Made Their Tax Bill An Obamacare Repeal Bill

Progressives called the Republican tax breaks regressive and bad for the average American, but the GOP upped the ante on Tuesday when Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch included an amendment to repeal the Obamacare individual mandate throu…
By Joseph D. Lyons

On Average, Trump Makes 5.5 Misleading Claims Each Day

In the age of fake news and alternative facts, it's sometimes confusing to know where to turn to for reliable information. It would seem that's not the President of the United States. The Washington Post has been tracking every false or misleading st…
By Joseph D. Lyons

These Are The Shocking Ways Roy Moore's Republican Buddies Are Defending Him Back Home

The standard line from Senate Republicans in Washington, D.C., has been that Alabama candidate for senator Roy Moore must step down if the allegations of child molestation against him are proven to be true. (Moore has repeatedly denied allegations of…
By Joseph D. Lyons

Roy Moore Could Win The Election, But That Doesn't Mean He's Heading To D.C.

The controversy surrounding the Senate candidate Roy Moore in Alabama grew even worse Monday with yet another accuser coming forward. Despite Republicans' calls that he step down from the race, Moore has pushed on and denied the claims, calling it a …
By Joseph D. Lyons

Some Foreign Students Are Avoiding The U.S. & It's Almost Certainly Trump's Fault

Studying abroad is on the rise. More students around the world are taking advantage of multicultural learning. But there's a top destination that is suffering from lower enrollment, the United States. Americans continue to study elsewhere at higher r…
By Joseph D. Lyons

Experts Analyze Donald & Ivanka Trump's Body Language & Here's What It Reveals

Understanding the relationship between President Trump and his daughter Ivanka has been challenging at times. The two appear to be quite different politically, and many hoped that Ivanka would be able to hold her father in check regarding some of his…
By Joseph D. Lyons

A California City Council Is Now Completely Made Up Of Badass LGBTQ Members

California is seen as a bastion of progressive politics, but one city in the Coachella Valley is now on an entirely new level of inclusive representation. Palm Springs elected its first all-LGBTQ city council this week. One trans woman and one woman …
By Joseph D. Lyons

Obama Showed Up For Jury Duty In Chicago & Became An Instant Celeb

President Obama has mostly been out of the limelight since his term ended in January. Couple that absence with nostalgia for his administration, and anywhere he makes an appearance is a pretty big deal. Still, showing up at a Cook County courthouse i…
By Joseph D. Lyons

A Gun Victim's Boyfriend Won An NRA-Loving Republican's Seat

Not only did the NRA's A-rated incumbent lose in a Virginia state delegate race, he was beaten by someone who ran on a platform that advocated for gun control. Meet Chris Hurst, the newly elected Democrat to Virginia's House of Delegates. His backsto…
By Joseph D. Lyons

How To Move Forward From The Garbage Fire Year That Was 2017

On Nov. 8, 2017, Facebook's reminders of my memories from one year ago feel like a knife to the heart. A year after the devastating presidential election, Facebook reminded me of the photo I posted then to help get out the vote: My pen clearly circli…
By Joseph D. Lyons

Maine Voted To Finally Expand Medicaid After Its Governor Vetoed It 5 Times

Republicans are losing on health care not just in Washington, D.C., but at the ballot box too. Maine's Republican governor has vetoed the Medicaid expansion five times since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. Now voters had the opportunity to ov…
By Joseph D. Lyons

These Are The Women Who Could End Trump’s Presidency

A Hillary Clinton win in the 2016 election would have spelled a different story for women in the United States and around the world. Instead of attacks on reproductive and immigrant rights from the White House, there could have been proposals on paid…
By Joseph D. Lyons

Obamacare Signups Are Sky-High, Despite GOP Efforts To Ditch The Program

Dire predictions of a slump in health plan enrollments on the Obamacare exchanges have proven unfounded, at least during the first days of open enrollment. Despite big budget cuts by the Trump Administration for advertising and enrollment assistance,…
By Joseph D. Lyons

The Woman Who Flipped Off Trump's Motorcade Just Got Fired For It

Flipping off the president's motorcade turned one Northern Virginia woman into a viral sensation. Once she posted something on her personal Facebook, however, the firm she was working for gave her the boot. Juli Briskman says she was fired for her mi…
By Joseph D. Lyons