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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A Closer Look At The Women Who Spend Their Days Defending Trump

The overwhelming maleness of the people immediately surrounding Donald Trump — whether in the White House, in his cabinet, or conferring with him from Congress — is evident to anybody watching. That doesn't mean, however, that he doesn't have an impo…
By Lani Seelinger

9 Essential Women's Rights We Could Lose Before The End Of The Year

If you feel like there's plenty to worry about in the current political climate, you're not alone. For many women, America's political climate has felt particularly fraught, and the year isn't over yet. There are a whole bunch of things that women co…
By Lani Seelinger

13 Times People Were Unfair To Malia & Sasha Obama

When the president has children, it goes without saying that those children will come under some very close scrutiny. First children often receive a lot of undue criticism for exhibiting normal teenage behavior — and the Obamas were no exception. It'…
By Lani Seelinger

These Countries' Parental Leave Policies Highlight How America Fails Mothers

There is no more important bond than that of parents and their children — at least, this is a philosophy that a handful of countries subscribe to. In other countries, that important bond seems only to exist between mothers and children. And in others…
By Lani Seelinger

Trump "Joked" That Pence Wants To Hang All Gay People & LGBTQ Allies Are Terrified

On Monday, The New Yorker released its long-awaited profile of Vice President Mike Pence, entitled "The Danger Of President Pence." The article includes a number of revelations about Pence's relationship with Trump and the veep's own political ambiti…
By Lani Seelinger

It’s Time To Stop Sympathizing With Ivanka Trump

For someone who didn't have an official role at the beginning of President Trump's term, his daughter Ivanka Trump sure has grabbed a lot headlines. First, she was hailed as the potential liberal savior in the White House — and then she wasn't. She h…
By Lani Seelinger

Why Trump's Obamacare Subsidies Freeze Disproportionately Hurts Women

Having failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act through Congress, the Trump administration has now started taking aim at the law's various pieces in other ways. On Thursday, it announced that it would no longer pay the cost-sharing reduction payments…
By Lani Seelinger

Trump Blames Puerto Rico For Its Post-Hurricane Crisis & Warns FEMA Can't Help "Forever"

It's becoming clearer where the president stands when it comes to the crisis that Puerto Rico, the U.S. territory, is still grappling with weeks after Hurricane Maria. President Donald Trump's latest tweets on Thursday morning blaming Puerto Rico for…
By Lani Seelinger

This Is The Single Most Pressing Issue Facing American Women Today

American women have 99 problems on their minds these days, any given day of the week. How is it even possible to choose the one that comes out on top, when you're accosted daily with news of potential nuclear war, years of sexual harassment cover-ups…
By Lani Seelinger

Trump's Senior Advisor Once Barged Into A Girls' Track Meet To Argue Men Are Stronger

Stephen Miller, Trump's young far-right advisor in the White House, has a history of holding some controversial, provocative ideas. You may know about the xenophobic immigration policies that he pushes, but he's also got a strong position on the rela…
By Lani Seelinger

The White House Is Killing Obama's Landmark Climate Change Order

As part of the Trump administration's continued effort to wipe all of President Obama's achievements off of the legislative books, EPA head Scott Pruitt has just announced that he plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a huge Obama achievement in the …
By Lani Seelinger

Sweden Is Planning A Women-Only Music Festival After A Wave Of Sexual Assaults

For a group of music festival organizers, ensuring safety at their event doesn't just come down to providing more security or adding another set of metal detectors. Instead, they're going to remove what they see as the source of an entrenched problem…
By Lani Seelinger

Trump's Columbus Day Statement Was A Quiet Endorsement Of White Supremacy

The controversy surrounding Columbus Day is nothing new. With the number of places now choosing to recognize Indigenous People's Day either alongside or instead of Columbus Day, it seems difficult to imagine that anyone could view Columbus Day as a h…
By Lani Seelinger

New Orleans Is Preparing For The Worst With Tropical Storm Nate

As the nation learned back in the days of the George W. Bush administration when Hurricane Katrina came and irrevocably changed the city of New Orleans, the Louisianan cultural center was not prepared to handle serious weather events. Now, it's looki…
By Lani Seelinger

9 Countries The U.S. Should Learn From When It Comes To Gun Control

If you've lived in the United States for your whole life, maybe you don't know the sad truth about gun violence in the country — it's not normal. Heartbreaking mass shootings don't happen at this same rate literally anywhere else in the world. There …
By Lani Seelinger

Tropical Storm Nate Is Staying Far Away From Puerto Rico

Only weeks after Hurricane Maria swept through the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico and left unimaginable damage to the island's buildings and infrastructure, there's already another storm projected to build its way toward hurricane status shortly. Than…
By Lani Seelinger

Las Vegas Victim Sandra Casey Is Being Remembered As A Beloved Teacher

It never gets easier to read about the inspiring and beautiful lives of the victims of any mass shooting. This case is especially difficult, because the list of victims seems to just go on and on. It never gets any less important, though, and thinkin…
By Lani Seelinger

Las Vegas Victim Rocio Guillen Rocha Was A Loving "Supermom" To Her Four Children

She was a runner. An assistant manager at a restaurant. A long-time Disney cast member. A traveler and a country music fan. But if you consider who Las Vegas shooting victim Rocio Guillen Rocha was, the most important thing to talk about is that she …
By Lani Seelinger

This Video Of Larry David & Bernie Sanders Realizing They're Actually Cousins Is Hilarious

Many celebrities have doppelgangers — but you don't normally expect the doppelganger pairs to actually be related, even when the resemblance is uncanny. Well, prepare to have your world shaken, because it turns out that Larry David and Bernie Sanders…
By Lani Seelinger

These 5 Former Presidents Are Hosting A Benefit Concert For Hurricane Victims

This hurricane season has left a lot of people in need across a huge swath of the U.S. — and now, it's inspired some of the nation's former leaders to step up in an effort to help those people. The five living former presidents will unite for the One…
By Lani Seelinger