Lauren Holter
News writer and editor based in London. From the South but the accent's (mostly) gone. I always have snacks.

Nope, You're Not The Only One Who Doesn't Want To Talk About Politics At Thanksgiving

For many, the holidays can serve as a stark reminder that you have very different political views than your family. Even if you mostly see eye-to-eye, it can still be exhausting to talk about the current state of the world while trying to stuff your…
By Lauren Holter

Hillary Clinton Honored Trans Murder Victims In A Simple, But Powerful Tribute

At least 22 trans people have been murdered in the United States in 2018 — a number the former secretary of state wanted to highlight on Tuesday. Hillary Clinton honored Transgender Day of Remembrance by tweeting the name of every trans homicide…
By Lauren Holter

We Now Know The Chicago Hospital Gunman Was A Doctor's Ex-Partner

A Monday afternoon shooting in Chicago raised the number of mass shootings in America this year to 317, by the Gun Violence Archive's count. A police officer and two hospital staffers were killed when a gunman, who also died, opened fire at Mercy…
By Lauren Holter

What Rain In The Forecast Means For The Destructive California Fires

Though multiple fires have blazed through the Golden State for almost two weeks, expected rainfall could help contain the California wildfires in the coming days. But as water suddenly reaches the scorched ground, a weather change could also create…
By Lauren Holter

You'll Want To Be Following These 9 Women In Politics In 2019 (And Beyond)

If the wave of success that carried women candidates to elected office this year continues, female politicians will rise through the ranks like never before. From city council to Congress, countless women spend their days tackling public policy, and…
By Lauren Holter

A Female Soldier Is On Her Way To Breaking Down A Major Barrier In The U.S. Army

The first female soldier has completed the U.S. Army's initial Special Forces Assessment and Selection process, CNN reports. The unnamed soldier could soon become the Army's first female Green Beret, an elite special force that focuses on…
By Lauren Holter

Trevor Noah Made A Training Video About "Presidential Harassment" For New Congresspeople

Following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's warning that newly elected Democrats should be careful when it comes to "presidential harassment," comedian Trevor Noah issued a "presidential harassment" PSA for new members of Congress. After all,…
By Lauren Holter

These Photos Show Republicans Elected More Men Named Mark Than Women To The House

After Democratic women and people of color swept congressional races in the midterms, the Republican Party's new class of representatives still looks about as white and male as it has for the past two centuries. Photos of each party's new members of…
By Lauren Holter

Trump’s Favorite News Source Just Backed CNN’s Lawsuit Against Him

The media's collective outrage over the White House banning a CNN reporter became abundantly clear on Wednesday when Fox News supported CNN's lawsuit against the president and top White House staffers. In a statement condemning the Trump…
By Lauren Holter

Here's How House Democrats Plan To Tackle Voting Suppression In 2019

The midterm elections sparked allegations of voter suppression from Georgia to New York, and Democratic leaders plan to prioritize voting rights when the next Congress convenes in January. In fact, NPR reports that the party will make strengthening…
By Lauren Holter

This City Voted Against Lowering The Voting Age To 16 — But The Battle Isn’t Over

On the verge of becoming the first jurisdiction to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in presidential elections, Washington D.C. lawmakers tabled a voting age bill on Tuesday. Two DC Council members who helped introduce the legislation inexplicably…
By Lauren Holter

Here’s What Trump's Latest Birth Control Move Could Mean For You, According To An Expert

The day after a record number of women were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, the Trump administration issued yet another blow to reproductive rights. By finalizing a plan that allows companies to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s…
By Lauren Holter

These Photos Of Newly Elected Congresswomen Hanging Out Will Put A Smile On Your Face

Soon-to-be congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) posted a pic to Instagram on Monday of her sitting next to three other women who will have an office on Capitol Hill for the first time next year. Photos of newly elected congresswomen…
By Lauren Holter

CNN Just Sued Trump For Banning Jim Acosta From The White House

In response to CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta losing his press pass last week, CNN sued President Donald Trump, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and four other aides on Tuesday morning. The suit alleges that the First and Fifth Amendment…
By Lauren Holter

Monica Lewinsky Perfectly Explained The Privilege Bill Clinton Faced In Interviews

Two decades after she was vilified by much of the nation, Monica Lewinsky's new Vanity Fair essay explains how she feels looking back on what became known simply as "The Monica Lewinsky Scandal." In order to participate in a new documentary that…
By Lauren Holter

Some Thousand Oaks Survivors Had Reportedly Been Through A Mass Shooting Before

For some who were inside the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, where a gunman shot and killed a dozen people on Wednesday night, this wasn't their first experience with a horrific mass shooting. Some Thousand Oaks victims were…
By Lauren Holter

This "Mother Of The Movement" Is Headed To Congress After Winning A Very Close Race

After an extremely close race, gun control activist Lucy McBath won her bid for Congress in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, unseating Republican Rep. Karen Handel. McBath decided to run for office after her only son was fatally shot in a…
By Lauren Holter

Here’s How You Can Help Victims Of The Borderline Bar Shooting

At least 12 people were killed on Wednesday night when a gunman opened fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Officials said Thursday morning that multiple others were injured and the gunman was dead, according to The New…
By Lauren Holter

Here’s How You Can Contact Your Newly Elected Congressperson About Gun Control

A Wednesday night shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, that left at least 12 dead raised the number of mass shootings in the United States to 307 in 2018 alone, according to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive. Congress, however, has yet…
By Lauren Holter

One Of The First Native American Women Elected To Congress Shares Her Plans For Washington

The newest congresswoman-elect for New Mexico's 1st Congressional District may be going to Congress "humbly," as she put it, but that won't stop her from fighting for universal health care and real climate change solutions as a freshman…
By Lauren Holter