Lauren Holter
News writer based in New York. From the South but the accent's (mostly) gone. I always have snacks.
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McKayla Maroney Says She Told A USA Gymnastics Coach About Her Abuse — And He Ignored It

Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar may be behind bars for life, but details of the abuse he allegedly inflicted on young gymnasts are still coming to light. In an interview with NBC's Savannah Guthrie that aired on Dateline on Sunday, Olympic …
By Lauren Holter

How Trump’s Administration Is Making It Harder For LGBTQ Teens To Learn About Safe Sex

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued new funding guidelines for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPP) grantees on Friday, one day after a federal court ruled that the Trump administration couldn't cut off funding for those progr…
By Lauren Holter

There Was A Shooting At A Florida High School Right Before The National Walkout Started

As students at Forest High School prepared to walk out of class in solidarity with the National School Walkout against gun violence, one student was shot at the Florida high school Friday morning. The school was put on lockdown and the injured studen…
By Lauren Holter

Parkland Teachers Couldn't Walk Out With Their Students. Here's What They Did Instead.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas students aren't the only ones from the Parkland, Florida, high school taking a stand against gun violence — Stoneman Douglas teachers joined Friday's National School Walkout, too. Since teachers can't typically walk out of th…
By Lauren Holter

How Trump Lied His Way Onto Forbes' List Of Wealthiest People, According To Its Reporter

It's no secret that Donald Trump likes talking about how rich he is — so much so that when he launched his presidential campaign in 2015, he declared: "I'm really rich." Critics have long questioned exactly how rich the president is, though. Journali…
By Lauren Holter

What To Say When Someone Argues There Was An "Assault Weapons Ban" During Columbine

As students across the nation prepare to walk out of school on Friday in remembrance of the Columbine High School shooting that happened 19 years ago, some critics brought up that the United States already tried outlawing assault weapons in the '90s.…
By Lauren Holter

Kids Face Gun Violence Outside School Too — Here's How They Feel About Today's Walkout

Tyrek Marquez was just 7 years old when he was shot in the head in his hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. Caught in the crossfire when a shooting broke out at the city's annual West Indian Parade in 2008, Tyrek spent two months recovering in the hosp…
By Lauren Holter

What Stormy Daniels Plans To Do If She Wins Her Case Is The PERFECT Troll Of Trump

The adult film star who says she had an affair with the president more than a decade ago has faced endless accusations that she's only after fame and money. However, a forthcoming Penthouse magazine interview reportedly lays out Stormy Daniels' plan …
By Lauren Holter

Melania Will Be At Barbara Bush's Funeral, But Trump Might Not Join Her

After mourning the loss of the Bush family matriarch in a statement, the White House announced that Melania Trump will attend Barbara Bush's funeral in Texas. The former first lady died in her Houston home Tuesday night at the age of 92. "Mrs. Trump …
By Lauren Holter

Trump Hasn't Filed His Taxes Yet & It's Not The First Time He Needed An Extension

Tuesday was the deadline for Americans to file their 2017 taxes, but the president has requested a little more time to complete his own. President Trump filed an extension for his 2017 taxes, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told re…
By Lauren Holter

A Woman On A Southwest Flight Was Almost Sucked Out Of The Plane — Then Pulled Back In

A plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday in a harrowing situation in which a woman on the Southwest Airlines flight was nearly sucked out of the plane before being pulled back in by other passengers. The plane traveling from New Y…
By Lauren Holter

These Photos Of Desiree Linden Running (& Winning) The Boston Marathon Are So Badass

History was made on Monday when an American woman won the Boston Marathon for the first in more than three decades, despite some seriously blustery weather. Photos of Desiree Linden's Boston Marathon run show the rain was no match for her. The victor…
By Lauren Holter

7 (Mostly) Sneaky Ways Paul Ryan Made Life Harder For Women

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced on Wednesday that he won't seek re-election this year, effectively ending his 20-year run of pushing legislation that ultimately harms women. In his two decades representing Wisconsin in Congress, Ryan has stuck by h…
By Lauren Holter

Ivanka Trump's Silence On Equal Pay Day Speaks Volumes

Ivanka Trump was in no hurry to acknowledge Equal Pay Day on Tuesday. Despite her previous promises to fight for women's right to fair pay, the senior adviser to the president's social media accounts were fairly quiet on April 10, as people across th…
By Lauren Holter

Arizona Has A New Plan To Stop Abortion: Shame Women

Republican lawmakers in Arizona are pushing the state's latest abortion bill, which would require doctors to ask women seeking an abortion why they want the procedure. The bill passed through the state House on Monday, and supporters are touting it a…
By Lauren Holter

This Handy Map Will Show You How Large The Gender Pay Gap Is In Your State

This year, April 10 symbolically marks the day that women finally earned the same amount that men were paid during the calendar year 2017. The average American woman makes 80 cents for every dollar paid to a man, while the gap for women of color is m…
By Lauren Holter

This Gender Pay Gap Court Ruling Is Excellent News Ahead Of Equal Pay Day

Just one day before Equal Pay Day, a federal appeals court ruled that the gender pay gap can't be justified by employees' prior salaries. While the Equal Pay Act of 1963 does allow for pay discrepancies based on factors other than gender, the 9th Cir…
By Lauren Holter

Tammy Duckworth Just Became The First Senator EVER To Give Birth While In Office

It's a girl! On Monday, Sen. Tammy Duckworth gave birth, making her the first senator to ever give birth while serving in Congress. It's her second daughter — she had her first in 2014 — and now Maile Pearl is the newest member of the family, joining…
By Lauren Holter

Read How Mark Zuckerberg Will Explain That Massive Facebook Data Theft To Congress

Facebook's co-founder and CEO will appear before Congress this week to answer questions about a data leak that impacted 87 million Facebook users. But what will Mark Zuckerberg say to Congress? In his prepared testimony, released Monday by the House …
By Lauren Holter

Women Reveal Exactly How The Gender Pay Gap & Their Student Loans Hold Them Back

Curry Oglesby still gets a little agitated while recounting the moment when she found out that men managing car rental branches the same size as the one she led were making more money than her. Six years ago, not only was her financial security dimin…
By Lauren Holter