Freelance writer and editor based in North Carolina. Specializes in politics, sexual violence, southern food, defending Kylie Jenner, and puns that put most dads to shame.

The Millennial Candidates Elected To Congress Will Bring So Much Change To Capitol Hill

The Tuesday midterms saw a number of historic firsts, including a record-breaking number of millennial candidates running for office across the country. According to Axios, about 700 millennials ran in the roughly 6,000 state legislative races on…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Here Are All Of The Women Who Were Elected To Congress This Year

The success of women candidates was closely tracked throughout the midterm elections as a record-breaking number battled for a seat at the table. Now that the results are in, all the women who were elected to Congress this year highlight how much…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

This Photo Of John McCain Voting In 1984 With 15-Day-Old Meghan Is Adorbs

For Sen. John McCain's daughter, the 2018 midterms are a powerful reminder of just how much she misses him. On Tuesday, Meghan McCain shared a touching Election Day photo featuring her dad. The sweet tribute proves that he had a powerful impact on…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

These Are The Latest Updates To The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

Police responded to reports of an active shooter at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, according to CNN. Police reported "multiple casualties" and also said that officers had been shot. Updates to the Pittsburgh…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Videos Of The Floor Collapsing At A Party Near Clemson University Are Shocking

Thirty people were reportedly injured after the floor of an apartment complex near Clemson University collapsed during a party, BuzzFeed News reported. Though Clemson police said no one suffered life-threatening injuries, all 30 people were…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

This Canadian Girl Scout Brilliantly Sold Cookies Outside A Pot Dispensary

A Canadian Girl Scout might just be the country's most promising young (or, as many are saying, budding) entrepreneur. Nine-year-old Elina Childs stood outside of a marijuana dispensary in Canada on legalization day to sell Girl Scout cookies — and,…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Why Pro-Choice Groups Say The Kavanaugh Allegations & His Views On Abortion Are Linked

Sexual assault and reproductive rights are inherently linked, according to #VOTEPROCHOICE, an abortion rights organization that created a fundraiser for Christine Blasey Ford. And in the wake of the allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh from…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Meghan McCain's Emotional Eulogy For Her Dad Captured Her Fierce Love For Him — VIDEO

Former presidents, powerful political figures, and family gathered Saturday at the Washington National Cathedral to honor Sen. John McCain. Among those planned to eulogize McCain were President Barack Obama, Sen. Lindsay Graham, and his daughter…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Immigrant Teens Say Abuse By Detention Guards Included Strapping Them To Chairs

Immigrant teens held in U.S. detention centers allege in a new class-action lawsuit that guards restrained them in metal chairs and forced them to wear "spit masks" over their faces, according to The New York Times. Immigrant teens claim the…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

More Than 400 LGBTQ Candidates Are Running In 2018 — Here’s What To Know About Them

A record number of LGBTQ candidates are running for office in 2018 — a movement The New York Times is calling a "rainbow wave." More than 400 LGBTQ candidates are running this year, according to the Times, with most of them running as Democrats, and…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Melania Is Publicly Praising LeBron James — Hours After Trump Insulted The NBA Player

On Saturday, after President Donald Trump criticized basketball player LeBron James in a tweet the night before, first lady Melania Trump publicly defended LeBron in a break from her husband's views. Melania stood by James' work, saying through a…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Illinois Is Officially Dedicating A Whole Holiday To Saying "Thanks, Obama"

Former President Barack Obama celebrated his 57th birthday on Saturday, which also marked the first official Obama Day in Illinois, according to USA Today. The holiday doesn't close government offices, but that doesn't mean Obama supporters weren't…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Joe Biden Shared The Most Adorable BFF Selfie For Obama's Birthday

Former President Barack Obama turned 57 on Saturday, and Twitter erupted into a frenzy of nostalgic images of the former president along with birthday wishes. But none of them lived up to former Vice President Joe Biden's birthday message to Obama,…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

The Trump Campaign Denied Making 2020 Flags In China, But There's Photo Evidence

In a statement Saturday, President Donald Trump's campaign denied making 2020 flags in China — but the internet has receipts. Reuters images of Trump reelection campaign flags being produced in what appears to be a factory in China went viral…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Trump Says Women’s Unemployment Is “Historically Low” — Here’s Why That’s Misleading

News dropped Friday that the economy is continuing on its upward trend, and Trump hasn't stopped celebrating. On Twitter Sunday morning, Trump said unemployment is "historically low" for women, Hispanics, Asian Americans, and African Americans. But…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

There's A New Disturbing Allegation About Abuse Against Detained Immigrant Children

Immigrant children who were separated from their families at the border told lawyers and advocates terrifying stories of alleged abuse they suffered while detained. Some immigrant children alleged that guards kicked them and said social workers told…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Trump Apparently Went Around Saying He Wished Javanka Would Just Go Back To New York

A New York Times report Saturday explored how, despite criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have remained — and will remain — in the White House as aides to President Trump. But that wasn't always the case.…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Here's What Will Happen To The 711 Immigrant Kids Still Separated From Their Parents

Wednesday marked the deadline for the Trump administration to reunite all immigrant children who were separated from their families at the border as a result of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' "zero-tolerance" policy. But by late Thursday, more than…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

This New Measure In Congress Could Make Pads & Tampons Way More Affordable For You

This week, the House passed legislation that would allow people who menstruate to buy pads and tampons with money they've put in health flexible spending accounts (FSAs), according to USA Today. Though you'd have to have health insurance from an…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

An Indonesian Girl Was Raped By Her Brother & Then Sent To Prison For Getting An Abortion

On Saturday, a 15-year-old Indonesian girl was sentenced to prison for having an abortion after being repeatedly raped by her brother, according to the Associated Press. Indonesia bans abortion unless the woman's life is in danger or in some rape…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba