Josephine B. Yurcaba
http://josephinebyurcaba.com/
Romper News Editor. Specializes in politics, reproductive rights, Donald Trump memes and GIFs, and bad philosophy jokes. Also a Belieber and actively feels weird about it.
Latest Articles

Hannah’s '13 Reasons Why' Story Actually Shames Some Young Women

I was 14 when I started cutting myself, and I was 15 when I locked myself in a bathroom stall at my school, sobbing uncontrollably, and swallowed a handful of antibiotics. I didn't know at the time that it wasn't possible to overdose on antibiotics. …
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

I Contemplated Self Harm After The Election

I was standing in the press area at the Javits Center in New York City, where Hillary Clinton was supposed to have her election night celebration, watching the election results come in. At around midnight, press started leaving. Clinton's staff sat o…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Adult Summer Camp Was 'Wet Hot American Summer'

It was 2 a.m. and myself and other adult campers were lying in the grass in front of our cabins. The "non-counselors," as they called them, had turned off all of the lights so that we could see the stars. I was lying in what the seasoned adult camper…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

5 Things To Know About The Bowe Bergdahl Case

On Thursday, the first episode of Serial Season 2 was finally released. During the first season, producer Sarah Koenig's voice guided millions of people through the events which put Adnan Syed in prison for murder 15 years ago. Now, Koenig will help …
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

What Would Obama's Executive Action On Guns Mean?

One of President Barack Obama's top aides said the White House is finalizing an executive action on gun policy for the country, according to the Associated Press. The plan would expand background checks on people purchasing guns and it would not requ…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

The One Detail About The PP Shooter We Should Note

Robert Lewis Dear, the man accused of killing three people in a shooting at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, Colorado, last month, had quite the outburst in his first court appearance Wednesday. Dear said, "I am a warrior for the babies," and …
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Michelle Obama & Jay Pharoah Rap About Education

Michelle Obama has proven, yet again, that she's brilliant and funny. But now, thanks to a new video, we also know that she can rap. As part of her Better Make Room initiative, the First Lady teamed up with College Humor and Jay Pharoah from Saturday…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

'TIME's Person Of The Year Sends A Serious Message

The Today Show announced Wednesday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is TIME's Person of the Year. Merkel is the fourth individual woman to receive the title in the magazine's history, and the first individual woman to receive it since the magazin…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

TIME's POTY Hasn't Been A Woman In Almost 30 Years

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is TIME's 2015 Person of the Year, according to an announcement Wednesday morning on TODAY. TIME said Merkel was chosen after the many challenging decisions she's been forced to make in the last year, including the dec…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Angela Merkel Is 'TIME's Person Of The Year

The Today Show revealed Wednesday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is TIME's Person of the Year, according to a tweet from the show. TIME's magazine editors chose the winner from a shortlist that TIME revealed Monday. Merkel beat out Black Lives …
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

The Ronald Johnson Video Is Hard To Make Out

The Chicago Police Department released dashcam video footage of the death of Ronald Johnson, who was shot and killed by Office George Hernadez last October. Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez announced that Hernandez would not face any charge…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

GOP Candidates Use San Bernardino Against Refugees

Several Republican presidential candidates have used the San Bernardino attack as a reason to refuse Syrian refugees. Although none of the attackers in San Bernardino were Syrian refugees — or refugees from anywhere — GOP candidates have implied that…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

DOJ Will Investigate The Chicago Police Department

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Monday that the Department of Justice will investigate the Chicago Police Department and whether it "has engaged in a pattern or practice of violations of the Constitution or federal law," according to a tweet…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Why 'TIME' Readers Chose Bernie Sanders

Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won TIME's Person of the Year Reader's Poll, which closed Sunday at midnight, with 10.2 percent of the vote. The runner-up was Malala Yousafzai, who had 5.2 percent support, according …
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Liberty President Says Students Should Buy Guns

Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, urged students to buy guns in a speech Friday, according to the New York Times. Falwell said that students should apply for concealed-carry permits and that, if more people did, "we could end th…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Jimmy Carter Says He's Cancer Free

On Sunday, former President Jimmy Carter announced that he's cancer free, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Carter, who is 91, was reportedly teaching a Sunday school class at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, when he said doc…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

What Is John Oliver's Religion?

Comedian and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver has lambasted televangelists in a segment of his show. Oliver showed how televangelists convince vulnerable people to donate to their megachurches by telling them that their donations will bring them mo…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Twitter Responds To The Leystonstone Knife Attack

Police arrested a man late Saturday for injuring two people with a knife at a London Underground subway station. The man allegedly said "this is for Syria," before stabbing and injuring the two people, so police announced Saturday that the incident i…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Priscilla Chan's Education Project Is Brilliant

Education is incredibly important to Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician and the wife of Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Chan told TODAY that her parents fled their home country hoping to find a better future, but, unfortunately, they didn't …
By Josephine B. Yurcaba

Paul Ryan Is Scapegoating The Mentally Ill

Yet again, a government official has scapegoated the mentally ill as perpetrators of violence and as those who need "fixing" in the United States. On Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan called for an overhaul of mental healthcare in the U.S., saying law…
By Josephine B. Yurcaba