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.

These 11 Sonia Sotomayor Quotes Will Help You Out In Many Walks Of Life

Even before she joined the Supreme Court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor established herself as a person ready and willing to take a strong stance and refuse to back down. It's unsurprising, then, that looking across her career, you can find numerous…
By Lani Seelinger

5 Planned Parenthood Alums Won Their Elections — Why They Think The Experience Helped

If you've been alarmed at the Trump administration's continuing crusade to roll back women's reproductive rights, then you know that there's still a fight ahead to prevent that from happening. The 2018 midterm elections did offer a few bright spots…
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Here's How The Speaker Of The House Gets Chosen — And It's Not Always A Smooth Process

Reclaiming control over the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterms was a major success for the Democrats, but the party has a lot of work facing it now. One of the biggest tasks will be selecting the new speaker of the House, to replace…
By Lani Seelinger

French President Macron Just Had The Perfect Response To Trump's Tweets

The honeymoon, as they say, seems to be over between President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. After a trip to the French capital of Paris to honor the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I where the prevailing opinion…
By Lani Seelinger

The FBI Confirmed A Disturbing Trend In Hate Crimes In The US

Hate crimes in the United States are certainly having a moment in the news, but it's not just a media trend. The FBI released its annual Hate Crime Statistics report, and the numbers show a disturbing trend: the number of hate crimes committed in…
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Barack Obama Called Michelle Into The Oval Office Just Once, At A Heartbreaking Moment

If you ever saw the Obamas together, then you know how close they are as a couple. During their working lives, though, Michelle Obama said in her new memoir Becoming that they tend to stay separate — with some notable exceptions. Barack Obama called…
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A Democrat Just Won A Senate Seat — And Her Victory Is Historic In More Ways Than One

The dust from the Arizona senatorial race has finally settled, and in the end, the Democratic candidate won a come-from-behind victory. Besides just giving the Democrats another seat in the Republican-controlled Senate, though, Kyrsten Sinema's…
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Here's Why Trump Doesn't Have Any Big Veterans Day Plans For Monday

Veterans Day is an important opportunity every year to honor the living men and women who served in America's armed forces, either in war zones or otherwise. As the commander-in-chief, the serving president always takes part in events celebrating…
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Votes Are Still Being Counted In Several States — And That's Totally Normal

Officially, the 2018 midterms came and went on Tuesday, Nov. 6. However, in several states there are still heated races going on, even though most of the country is basking in the newfound freedom from campaign ads and constant polling updates.…
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There’s Actually One Senate Seat Going To A Runoff Election — Here's What's Happening

Millions of Americans went to the polls on Tuesday, and most of the races that they were voting on have long since been decided. There are a few that are very much still up in the air, though, and one of them is in the great state of Mississippi.…
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When Newly Elected Abby Finkenauer Heads To DC, She's Bringing Her Dad's Old Sweatshirt

In the torrent of new diversity that will soon pour into the House of Representatives, not very many people are talking about Iowa — but maybe they should be. The Hawkeye state elected its first two women to the House of Representatives — and one of…
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Sarah Sanders Is Using This Disputed Video Of Jim Acosta To Justify Banning Him

The Trump administration is unusual for many reasons, but one of the most troubling issues for many people is its tense — and sometimes outright nasty — relationship with the press. President Donald Trump's post-2018 midterms press conference is an…
By Lani Seelinger

Here's What's Going On With Stacey Abrams & The Georgia Governor's Race

A lot of optimism surrounded the campaign of Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia, who had the potential to become the first ever black female governor in the United States. Now it's two days after the election, and Abrams…
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A Black Reporter Asked Trump About White Nationalism, So He Called The Question "Racist"

After a morning tweet storm, President Donald Trump responded to the 2018 midterm results more officially with a press conference at the White House on Wednesday afternoon. The press conference wasn't without controversy, however. At one point,…
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Ivanka Trump Didn't Take Sides In Her Response To The 2018 Midterm Results

In the run-up to the midterm elections, Ivanka Trump stayed fairly quiet on the subject. If you were just looking at her social media feeds, you never would have know that there was an election going on. Now, though, you can read Ivanka Trump's…
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Trump Just Threatened House Dems Over Possibly Investigating Him After The Midterms

Many people who voted in the 2018 midterm elections did so at least in part to express their support of, or disdain for, President Donald Trump. Those who don't approve of the president's actions and agenda won out at least in the races for the…
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There Are Three New States With Some Form Of Legal Marijuana Thanks To The Midterms

The 2018 midterm elections had the potential to change a lot in the United States — and one very concrete area where that was the case was with marijuana legalization. There were four states with statewide marijuana legalization on the ballot for…
By Lani Seelinger

Georgia Is Having Problems Voting & Twitter Knows Exactly Who It Wants To Blame

Voter suppression has been a major topic of discussion coming into the 2018 midterms, especially in Georgia's gubernatorial race. Now that it's finally Election Day, the conversation hasn't stopped — primarily because Georgia's facing major voting…
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Rihanna Just Got Very Serious About Trump Not Playing Her Music At Rallies

Rihanna doesn't want President Donald Trump playing her music at his rallies — and she's serious enough about it that a comment on Twitter apparently isn't enough. Instead, she's adding in a legal element. Rihanna served Trump with a…
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The US Has Election Observers And It's Totally Normal — Here's What They Do

When you hear the phrase "election observer," your first thought might go to the people who go to developing — or failing — democracies in order to make sure everything goes smoothly. In reality, though, it's normal to have election observers at…
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