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.

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

A Father Of Parkland Survivors Was Killed & These Memories Of Him Are Heartbreaking

Ayub Ali, 61, the father of two Parkland shooting survivors, was shot and killed Friday during a robbery at the convenience store he owned in North Lauderdale, according to CNN. After his death, friends and family have shared emotional memories of…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Hillary Clinton Wants To Help Reunite Immigrant Families — Here’s How She’ll Do It

During a festival in New York City's Central Park on Saturday, Hillary Clinton said she will help reunite immigrants separated from their families if they can't afford transportation, the Associated Press reported. Although she also discussed…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Why Twitter Is Calling Out Ted Cruz For His Comments On Director James Gunn

On Saturday afternoon, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called for former Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn to be prosecuted for his offensive tweets, which were dug up by far-right activists, according to The Hill. Gunn's tweets included jokes about…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

A New Documentary Has Disturbing Allegations About How Trump Behaved With Teen Girls

A new documentary just released in the U.S. contains new allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior by the president. The BBC's Trump: Is the President a Sex Pest? documentary already aired in the U.K. as part of the BBC's Panorama series, and it…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Trump Ripped His Ex-Lawyer For Taping Their Playboy Model Convo In A Furious Tweet

On Friday, The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, secretly recorded the conversation they had prior to the election about paying off Playboy model Karen McDougal, who alleged that she had…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Here's A Rough Outline Of What Melania Trump Will Do While She's In The UK

A much-anticipated meeting is finally happening across the pond: The British Prime Minister's office confirmed Friday that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will meet with Queen Elizabeth II during their trip to Britain on Friday…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Immigration Protesters Ask Mitch McConnell “Where Are The Babies?” — VIDEO

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell became the latest Trump official to be confronted in public by those who disagree with the administration's policies. On Saturday, he was followed out of a restaurant by protestors, one of whom asked McConnell…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba