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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Parkland Students Want You To Know The Conspiracy Theories About Them Are Total BS

The survivors of the Stoneman Douglas shooting have, in their grief and anger, started a political movement — and they're quickly getting a trial by fire in how politics works these days. There has been an eruption of conspiracy theories about the Fl…
By Lani Seelinger

Women Are Mailing Tampons To A Politician Fighting Free Menstrual Products In Prisons

Arizona state representative T.J. Shope doesn't need menstrual pads or tampons, but he'll be getting plenty of them in the mail anyway. Women are sending the Arizona politician tampons and pads after Shope stalled a bill that would have granted free,…
By Lani Seelinger

The Clever Way Banks Can Make Gun Control A Thing — Without Congress

Congress, over the past several years, has seemed to become an obstacle able to stop any legislation to limit the sale of guns. There is, however, a surprising way gun control could happen that would bypass Congress immediately — and considering the …
By Lani Seelinger

Chelsea Clinton Low-Key Roasts Donald Trump Jr. & Twitter Is HERE For It

Thanks to her deadpan humor and words of wisdom, former first daughter Chelsea Clinton has developed quite the Twitter following. As of Tuesday, she's done it again, in response to the current first son — and head of the Trump Organization — using a …
By Lani Seelinger

170 Political Experts Agree Trump Is One Of The Worst Presidents In History

We've heard about low ratings, and we've read column after column about how Trump is debasing the office of the American presidency. However, The New York Times has just done a poll that reveals that it's not just the general American public who rate…
By Lani Seelinger

Parkland Survivors Have Formed A New Group & You Need To Know What They Stand For

This time, the survivors of the the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida have vowed that things are going to change. They've already started organizing to prevent gun violence, and if you want to join in their effort, yo…
By Lani Seelinger

How Florida Students' "Unbelievable" Organizing Could Finally Change America's Gun Laws

Mass shootings happen with disturbing regularity in the U.S., and yet each one leaves an indelible mark on the national memory. Where were you for Sandy Hook? For Orlando? For Las Vegas, for Sutherland Springs, for Parkland? Each has left a painful i…
By Lani Seelinger

John Oliver Is Back & His Take On The Florida Shooting Is A Must Watch For Everyone

John Oliver was back in the swing of things on Sunday night, and he had to start with an all too tragically familiar topic: a mass shooting, this time the one that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17. John Oliver's segment …
By Lani Seelinger

What You Should Know About The Russian Curler Who Could Lose His Bronze Medal For Doping

You might have heard that Russia was banned from Olympic competition because of a massive state-sponsored doping program. And that now, Russian athletes competing in PyeongChang are only allowed to do so after rigorous testing, without the Russian fl…
By Lani Seelinger

Lindsey Vonn Expertly Dismissed The Trump Trolls Who Were Gloating About Her Loss

As an Olympian in PyeongChang right now, alpine skier Lindsey Vonn certainly has better things to do than paying attention to Twitter trolls who were attacking her after she posted about not medaling in the Super-G. But still, Lindsay Vonn shut down …
By Lani Seelinger

23 Quotes From Adam Rippon That Are EXACTLY Why He's Perfect As NBC's New Correspondent

Adam Rippon may not have captured Olympic gold, but he still isn't walking away from PyeongChang empty-handed. Instead of adding a piece of shiny hardware to go with the bronze he won in the team competition, Rippon landed a sweet Olympic gig to pass…
By Lani Seelinger

Trump Went To A Theme Party At Mar-A-Lago After Meeting With Florida Shooting Survivors

One metric by which presidents are judged is how they react to the inevitable tragic circumstances that come up during their times in office. President Trump is no different, and the school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead and another 15 …
By Lani Seelinger

Here's The Explanation Behind The Score Boxes That Change Color During Figure Skating

The figure skating scoring system is pretty complex — so it's helpful whenever the broadcaster gives you, the viewer, a glimpse into what the judges are thinking. For the 2018 PyeongChang Games, that glimpse comes in the form of a technical score box…
By Lani Seelinger

It's So Cold In PyeongChang, Some Ski Events Are Being Called Off

After warm temperatures caused problems in Vancouver and Sochi, you might be inclined to think that there are no such thing as temperatures too cold for the Winter Games. However, PyeongChang has proved that in this Winter Olympics, it can get too co…
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Shaun White Was Accused Of Sexual Harassment. Why Aren't We Talking About That?

Shaun White, it turns out, is more than the lovable snowboarder who stole everyone's heart with his mop of red hair and gold medal in the 2006 Torino Olympics. He was also the frontman of a band — and in 2016, White's female bandmate also sued him fo…
By Lani Seelinger

The President Of The Philippines Actually Told Soldiers To Shoot Women In The Vagina

The president of the Philippines has certainly been drawing a lot of attention to himself over the past couple of years — and not in a good way. Now, he's done it again: Rodrigo Duterte ordered soldiers to shoot at women's vaginas, because he believe…
By Lani Seelinger

One Of Rob Porter's Ex-Wives Has Some Real Talk For Trump About Abuse

As the nation has learned over the past year, Donald Trump is more likely to side with the alleged abuser in cases of sexual violence — and now it's clear that he does the same in domestic violence cases. Over the weekend, an ex-wife of Trump's forme…
By Lani Seelinger

Watch This Norwegian Skier Crash, Break His Pole, & Still Manage To Take Home The Gold

The 30-kilometer skiathlon is a monster of an event in the best of circumstances, the sort of thing that you'd think would really be best accomplished with a good start and then a steady effort. Simen Hegstad Krueger, however, proved that it's possib…
By Lani Seelinger

You Need To Watch Mirai Nagasu's Triple Axel Before You Do Anything Else

You can always bet on the fact that the Olympics are a place where history happens — no matter where they take place, no matter what sport you're watching. If you're a figure skating fan, then you've already seen that happen in PyeongChang, with Mira…
By Lani Seelinger

The Number Of OARs At The Olympics Has People Wondering How The Ban On Russia Really Works

The big news in the lead up to the 2018 PyeongChang Games was that the International Olympic Committee had leveled a ban on Russia for a state-sponsored doping program they'd reportedly been running in the Sochi and Rio Olympics. In the end, though, …
By Lani Seelinger