Lani Seelinger
Lani is a freelance writer in Prague, Czech Republic. She spends most of her time dealing with politics, both in communist Czechoslovakia and otherwise. She’s from the great state of North Carolina, where she developed her great love of grits.

Here's How Trump Could Be Making Your Holiday Shopping Much More Difficult

It may seem pretty early to start considering your Christmas list when Starbucks has only just unleashed the Pumpkin Spice Latte and most of America hasn't decided on Halloween costumes yet. However, a recent move by the Trump administration might…
By Lani Seelinger

Anita Hill Explains Exactly How The Senate Should Address The Kavanaugh Allegations

No one in America knows what Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of having attempted to sexually assault her when they were both in high school, is going through. No one, perhaps, except Professor…
By Lani Seelinger

That "Presidential Alert" Text Was Delayed, But You're Still Not Going To Avoid It

As recently as last week, the nation was bracing for something that it had never seen before: the test of a new system through with the president could have sent emergency text messages to essentially any American with a phone connection. After an…
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Biden Isn't Repeating The Mistake He Made With Anita Hill When It Comes To Kavanaugh

Joe Biden was in the Senate the last time that an allegation of sexual misconduct played a role in a Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Now that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has had an allegation of attempted sexual assault leveled at him,…
By Lani Seelinger

The Way Sarah Huckabee Sanders Preps For Press Briefings Sounds Super Dark

In a White House as volatile as President Donald Trump's, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has turned out to have impressive staying power. As much time as she spends in the spotlight, though, there's still not a lot of information about her…
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Trump Jr. Posted A Ridiculously Insulting Instagram About The Kavanaugh Allegations

Brett Kavanaugh's tense confirmation process took a major turn on Friday, when the New Yorker published the anonymous account of a woman accusing the Supreme Court nominee of having sexually assaulted her as a high school student (an allegation…
By Lani Seelinger

The Allegations Against Kavanaugh Might Be Enough To Delay His SCOTUS Confirmation Vote

Many have called the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh blatantly partisan, with Republican senators withholding documents from Democrats and completely ignoring claims from Democrats that Kavanaugh had perjured himself in…
By Lani Seelinger

All Of Mississippi Law Enforcement Is Boycotting Nike Because Of The Kaepernick Ads

Before Nike unveiled its new ad campaign featuring former NFL player and activist Colin Kaepernick, the company must have done a lot of research about the potential results of highlighting such a polarizing figure. On Friday, Mississippi law…
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Brett Kavanaugh's Accuser Has Revealed Her Identity For A Powerful Reason

Only days after the New Yorker reported that an anonymous woman had accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually abusing her in high school — a claim that Kavanaugh quickly and categorically denied — the woman in question has attached…
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More Than 200 Women Won Their Primaries — Here's What That Means For November

The official "year of the woman" may have taken place back in the 1990s, but 2018 is certainly a contender to claim that label for itself. Across the country, women won congressional primaries in record-breaking numbers, a potential harbinger of…
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Here's How Trump's China Tariffs Could Make Your Next iPhone More Expensive

President Donald Trump imposing tariffs on China may seem like just another one of those arcane policy matters that has little effect in the real world — until you realize that it actually might raise the prices of important products that you use…
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George Conway Ripped Into Trump For Trashing Obama Over A Comment From 10 Years Ago

Once, former president Barack Obama said that he had been to "57 states" at a campaign rally in 2008. Now, about ten years later, President Donald Trump has latched onto that comment as a way of criticizing his predecessor — but he hasn't gotten…
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How To Help The Homeless During Hurricane Florence In Any Way You Can

Rising water, whipping winds, and power outages threaten anyone in the path of a hurricane, but there's one group of people who are especially vulnerable: the homeless. Without a home or the resources to evacuate, homeless people end up in great…
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Why The Sexual Assault Claim Against Kavanaugh Probably Won't Affect His Confirmation

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had a tense Senate confirmation hearing by anyone's standards — and things haven't exactly calmed down since the hearing ended. An unnamed woman told the New Yorker that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, but he…
By Lani Seelinger

A Teen Fighting Gun Violence In Milwaukee Explains Why She Joined March For Our Lives

By now, most of America knows how the gun violence prevention movement March For Our Lives (MFOL) got started. A shooter at a high school in Parkland, Florida killed 17 people, and the survivors decided to turn their grief into change. Well before…
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Trump Once Bragged About Owning The "Tallest Building" In NYC After 9/11

At the time of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, President Donald Trump was a real estate developer in New York City. He experienced it as close-up as anyone in the country. But after a TV station called him up to talk about the tragedy on 9/11, Trump…
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Obama’s 9/11 Tweet On The 17th Anniversary Is So Different From Trump’s Message

For each of the past 16 years, Sept. 11 has been a somber day in America. It's a day to remember the terrorist attacks that happened in 2001, to honor those who lost their lives, and to celebrate the heroes who worked tirelessly to rescue as many…
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Stephen Colbert Pretended To Interview Mike Pence & A Lie Detector Was Involved

The drive to find the writer of the anonymous New York Times op-ed, who claimed to be an official working against the president from within the White House, continues. The vice president has repeatedly denied being the person in question, even…
By Lani Seelinger

Over A Million People Have Been Ordered To Leave Their Homes For Hurricane Florence

If you live along the Carolina coastline, the authorities really don't want you to stay there at the moment. Currently, mandatory evacuation orders because of Hurricane Florence are in effect for most of the South Carolina coast, all of North…
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A New 9/11 Memorial Has A Touching Musical Way To Honor Victims

As the nation moves closer to the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, a new memorial honoring some of that day's most heroic victims has just opened. The new memorial to the passengers of Flight 93 has just opened at the spot in Pennsylvania…
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