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.
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How The Supreme Court Hurt #MeToo With Its Latest Ruling

The #MeToo movement has seen women coming out in droves, telling the world about the sexual harassment and assault that they've survived at the hands of strangers, lovers, and coworkers. Despite the still-ongoing momentum that #MeToo created, though,…
By Lani Seelinger

Trump Is Headlining An Anti-Abortion Gala That’s Linked To A Famous Feminist

Ever since he took over the presidency, Donald Trump and his administration have been working on taking away women’s reproductive freedom. Now, a group working toward the same goal is celebrating Trump’s achievement in the area so far. Trump is atten…
By Lani Seelinger

Why Trump Has A Phone Just For Twitter & One Just For Calls — And Neither Are Secure

Some habits die hard — and President Trump is doing everything to keep his alive. Specifically, his Twitter and phone habits, which make up a large part of the way he communicates with the world. However, this has become problematic, because Trump ha…
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Some People Are Canceling Their Netflix Accounts Because … Obama

Even at the end of their time in the White House, the Obamas retained a high level of popularity. With that, though, came a high level of animosity from the other side. This animosity seems to have lasted well past the end of President Obama’s second…
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The Obamas & Netflix Are Teaming Up And It's So Major

Netflix regularly offers its subscribers reasons to be very excited, but their latest news will likely bring it to another level entirely. Netflix has just announced that Barack and Michelle Obama signed a Netflix contract to produce content for the …
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What The Pope Told A Gay Man About God Is A New Direction For The Catholic Church

The Catholic Church has not exactly been accepting of homosexuality in the past. However, a private conversation between Pope Francis and a gay clerical abuse survivor, Juan Carlos Cruz, might have signaled a shift in theology — or, at least, a pope …
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Why Trump Went On A Twitter Rampage About This Former CIA Director

American intelligence agencies and the people who lead them tend to stay out of politics — that is, at least until those people leave the agencies. Now, the name of a former CIA director has come up in an explicitly political place: president Trump's…
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A Border Patrol Agent Detained 2 Women Just Because They Spoke Spanish In Public

Technically, the U.S. has no official language. However, there are a lot of misconceptions about that fact — including from people whose jobs depend on them knowing better, like Border Control agents. In rural Montana, a Border Patrol agent detained …
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The Santa Fe Shooting Didn’t Happen Because A Boy Got Rejected

Digging into the motives of a school shooter is a messy business, but it inevitably happens following every school shooting that rocks the country. Explaining a tragic event, somehow, sometimes seems like it makes it easier for people to move past it…
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The Incoming NRA President Blamed The Santa Fe Shooting On Everything Except Guns

There have been dozens of school shootings since Columbine broke the nation's heart in 1999, and yet spokespeople for the National Rifle Association have never stopped saying guns aren't the problem. Following the shooting at Santa Fe High School in …
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Obama's Former Education Officials Have A Radical Idea For Fixing Gun Violence In Schools

Gun violence prevention advocates have numerous strategies for spreading their message. However, given the alarmingly high rate of mass shootings in the U.S. — and school shootings in particular — it's clear that the strategies haven't yet succeeded.…
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'SNL' Parodied An Infamous (And Ominous) TV Moment For This Season's Last Trump Cold Open

Another week, another opening segment that brings the house down from NBC's Saturday Night Live. This week's SNL cold open cast Donald Trump as Tony Soprano from the renowned HBO show, essentially recreating the show's closing scene with a new set of…
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Trump Misspelled Melania's Name In A Tweet & Twitter Can't Get Over It

Many observers have pointed out Donald Trump's unconventional approach to governing throughout his time in the White House. Now, it appears that the president has also taken an unconventional approach in welcoming his wife Melania Trump back home aft…
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MLK's Daughter Tweeted About The Royal Wedding & It's A Touching Reminder For All Of Us

It's official — excitement over the royal wedding and all of its accompanying pageantry has gripped the globe. However, the focus on this happy event has also brought criticism. How can people get all worked up about the wedding of an American actres…
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J.K. Rowling's Royal Wedding Tweet Just Trolled Trump In The Most Pointed Way

The whole world seemed to have turned up — in person or virtually — for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's much-anticipated wedding, and the crowd size didn't escape author J.K. Rowling's notice on Twitter. In fact, Rowling connected the royal wedding …
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These 7 Tributes To Princess Diana At Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Wedding Are So Moving

No one following the royal wedding can forget that Prince Harry lost his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, when he was only a child. At his wedding to Meghan Markle, Prince Harry made it absolutely clear that he had also not forgotten his beloved mot…
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Photos Of Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner Show A Relaxed Relationship — Even In The Spotlight

When Donald Trump first became the president, he and Melania took center stage as the first couple — but you've probably noticed they've been sharing the spotlight with another White House pair. The first daughter and her husband also have White Hous…
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Trump Tried To Bully An Apology Out Of Seth Meyers Because Of This Painful Joke

Donald Trump and comedian Seth Meyers have a long history together, and it all began one fateful night in 2011. Meyers didn't do anything out of the ordinary, but his act seemed to have angered Trump. And even years after that night, it was still the…
By Lani Seelinger

People Are Floating Hillary Clinton As A Possible Replacement For New York's Disgraced AG

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is out after The New Yorker published bombshell allegations that he had assaulted multiple women, so of course the speculation has already begun as to who will step into the job next. In answering the quest…
By Lani Seelinger

Donald Trump Jr. Tweeted About Self-Awareness & Twitter Just Laughed

Donald Trump Jr. seems to spend almost as much time on Twitter as his father does, which means that he also puts himself in the path of a fair amount of criticism. Some tweets, however, end up drawing special attention — like how Trump Jr. tweeted ab…
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