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Photos From The Stonewall Protest

On Saturday, hundreds of protesters congregated outside New York City's Stonewall Inn, the site of the violent 1969 riots that sparked the gay rights movement in America. Although held in front of one of the most iconic symbols of gay rights, Saturda…
By Lauren Barbato

Why Trump's Travel Ban Tweets Are Actually Scary

A federal judge in Washington State issued a temporary restraining order on Friday blocking President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban that barred migrants from seven countries from entering the United States. The ruling didn't go over so well…
By Lauren Barbato

Federal Judge Halts Trump's Travel Ban Nationwide

A federal judge halted President Donald Trump's travel ban on Friday night, just a week after the president signed the contentious executive order. U.S. District Judge James Robart blocked Trump's travel ban from being enforced nationwide — the first…
By Lauren Barbato

Pro-Choice Feminists Had A Quiet Win This Weekend

As the annual March for Life came to an end on Friday, a federal district court issued a major win for reproductive rights activists. A U.S. district court blocked Texas' fetal burial rule, which would have forced abortion providers, hospitals, or th…
By Lauren Barbato

How To Call Your Senator About Trump's Refugee Ban

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday barring immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States for the next three months. The executive order also banned Syrian refugees indefinitely, making th…
By Lauren Barbato

The Best Reproductive Rights Signs At The March

The Women's March on Washington saw hundreds of thousands of people flooding the streets of Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Jan. 21, to affirm the rights for all women in America and beyond. Demonstrators took to the streets to show support for a slew …
By Lauren Barbato

Women's March Tributes If You Can't Be There

Hundreds of thousands of marchers descended onto Washington, D.C. on Saturday for the 2017 Women's March on Washington — a demonstration challenging President Donald Trump and his administration's grossly anti-women policies. Longtime feminist activi…
By Lauren Barbato

D.C. Has Changed A Ton Since Yesterday

Over five hundred thousand marchers are expected to arrive in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Jan. 21, for the Women's March on Washington. Planned in the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump's election to the president of the United States, the march d…
By Lauren Barbato

This Bush Family Update Will Set Your Mind At Ease

Not all the Bush presidents were in attendance at Friday's inauguration. Sadly, former President George H.W. Bush remains hospitalized in Houston following complications from pneumonia. Although Bush is currently in the intensive care unit, Bush's he…
By Lauren Barbato

Obama's Last Tweets As President Will Make You Cry

Part of President Barack Obama's legacy will be found online. Obama was the first sitting U.S. president to have a Twitter account, and it's been a pleasure to watch him play tweeter in chief over the last year. On Friday Jan. 20, just hours before t…
By Lauren Barbato

The Longest Inauguration Speech Ever Was...

Businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump officially becomes President Donald Trump on Friday, Jan. 20, in one of the most divisive inaugurations in the nation's history. After he takes the presidential oath, Trump is expected to make an inaugural…
By Lauren Barbato

Register For The Women's March & Join Thousands

The Women's March on Washington, scheduled for Jan. 21, is set to be one of the largest protests in recent U.S. history. Organizers expect hundreds of thousands to march nearby Capitol Hill next week, while nearly 600,000 people are expected to atten…
By Lauren Barbato

Photos Of John Lewis Fighting For Civil Rights

Rep. John Lewis of Georgia became the latest target of President-elect Donald Trump's ire this week. The beloved Congressman dared to call Trump an "illegitimate president" in an upcoming interview with NBC's Meet the Press. Trump attacked Lewis in a…
By Lauren Barbato

7 Powerful Times John Lewis Wasn't "All Talk"

With less than a week from Inauguration Day, President-elect Donald Trump decided to continue his absurd Twitter wars. Venerated civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis of Georgia is Trump's latest Twitter target. The outspoken Lewis openly criticized …
By Lauren Barbato

Paul Ryan Isn't The One Who Needs Security

After promising to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood this week, House Speaker Paul Ryan retired to his office on Capitol Hill. He thought about all the good he would do by eliminating affordable contraception, STI testing, and cancer scre…
By Lauren Barbato

How The Brits Helped Reveal Russian Hacking

The U.S. government released a declassified report on Friday confirming our worst fear: Russian President Vladimir Putin worked to influence the 2016 election. According to the U.S. national intelligence report, Putin ordered a "covert influence camp…
By Lauren Barbato

Dr. Henry Heimlich Dead At 96

Dr. Henry Heimlich, the inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, died on Saturday in Cincinnati. He was 96 years old. The former surgeon, who created a life-saving technique that would help countless of choking victims, died from complications from a heart…
By Lauren Barbato

The Best Nonprofits To Follow In 2017

Things are going to heat up following the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Jan. 20. A number of both American and international nonprofits are already prepping for a Trump presidency. The impending l…
By Lauren Barbato

Here's How Many Faithless Electors Clinton Needs

The electors of the Electoral College meet in their respective states on Dec. 19 to officially cast their votes and formally elect the president of the United States amid talk of rigged voting, recounts, and faithless electors. Groups of these so-cal…
By Lauren Barbato

The Last Time Taiwan Called A U.S. President

Less than two months from Inauguration Day, President-elect Donald Trump continues to disturb politics both here at home and abroad. Trump took a phone call with Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-Wen on Friday night, a big no-no in international diplomacy. T…
By Lauren Barbato