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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This Ski Jumper Sacrificed So Much To Get To The Olympics & She Has Just One Request

As Abby Ringquist watched Team USA's all-male ski jumping squad fly through the air at the 2006 Winter Olympics, she asked herself: Why don't girls get to do that? Fast forward 12 years, and the 28-year-old was competing in the only women's ski jumpi…
By Lauren Holter

This Texas School District Is Threatening To Suspend Kids Who Protest Gun Violence

As students across the country walked out of class on Wednesday in response to the Parkland, Florida school shooting that left 17 students and teachers dead last week, one school district made clear it didn't want to see that kind of protest. The sup…
By Lauren Holter

Students Are Walking Out Of School To Protest Gun Violence & The Photos Will Amaze You

Students across Florida walked out of school on Wednesday in solidarity with survivors of last week's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting that killed 17 people. Photos of Florida students walk outs show massive crowds of high school an…
By Lauren Holter

Clarence Thomas Just Came Out With A Bonkers Rant On Gun Rights & Abortion

The Supreme Court refused to hear a case this week that questioned California's 10-day waiting period for anyone seeking to buy a gun, and one justice was really pissed off about that. Justice Clarence Thomas delivered a heated dissent about gun righ…
By Lauren Holter

Here's How Kathleen Wynne Made The Abortion Pill FREE For Millennials In Ontario

Decades before she led Canada's most populated province, Kathleen Wynne would sit around the dining room table of her childhood home discussing women's rights with her parents and three younger sisters. Her father, a progressive family doctor, led co…
By Lauren Holter

Trump's Tweets About Rachel Crooks Are Exactly Why Women Don't Come Forward

Rachel Crooks has told the same story for two years: she says Donald Trump kissed her without consent when she was working at Trump Tower in 2006. She told The New York Times before the 2016 election; she told the nation on NBC's Today in December; s…
By Lauren Holter

Trump Asked Randos At Mar-a-Lago What He Should Do About Gun Control (Yes, Really)

How a president responds to a tragedy says a lot about their leadership style, and Trump's response to the Parkland, Florida shooting has been predictable behavior for the former reality TV host. Trump reportedly surveyed Mar-a-Lago members about gun…
By Lauren Holter

These Gun Control Lie-In Photos Show Students Won’t Be Silenced

Five days after 17 people were gunned down at a Florida high school, teenagers staged a "lie-in" outside the White House to demand that the government do more to prevent future mass shootings. Dozens of students took turns lying on the ground for thr…
By Lauren Holter

Tweets From Florida's High School Shooting Are So Disturbing

The Broward County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday afternoon that it was responding to a school shooting situation in Parkland, Florida. Local WSVN 7 News reported there were "multiple casualties" at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and The…
By Lauren Holter

Trump Says He’s “Totally Opposed” To Domestic Violence & “Everyone Knows That”

A week after a White House aide resigned amid allegations of abuse from two ex-wives, President Trump declared he's "totally opposed to domestic violence." The president had remained silent on the matter after tweeting four days ago that "peoples liv…
By Lauren Holter

Obama’s Valentine’s Day Message To Michelle Will Make You Adore Them Even More

The Obamas have a knack for making the cutest public displays of affection, and — naturally — Valentine's Day was no different. Although the former president kept his message to his wife short, Barack Obama's Valentine's tweet to Michelle is Relation…
By Lauren Holter

Tammy Duckworth Will Spend Her Entire “Maternity Leave” Fighting The Patriarchy

Sen. Tammy Duckworth will soon become the first sitting U.S. senator in history to give birth, but making history means her workplace isn't quite ready to accommodate her new role. Duckworth is challenging Senate maternity leave rules that simultaneo…
By Lauren Holter

Every Attorney General Says Sexual Harassment Laws Suck – So Here’s What They’re Doing

All 56 U.S. attorneys general came together to demand action from Congress this week — the first time in a decade the nation's top legal officers have banded together on a single issue. In a letter sent to congressional leadership on Monday, every at…
By Lauren Holter

While Rob Porter's Ex-Wives Revealed Their Abuse, The White House Wanted To Promote Him

Before the White House aide resigned amid his ex-wives' allegations of domestic abuse, Rob Porter was up for a promotion, CNN reports. The FBI confirmed Tuesday that it had completed a background check on Porter, which contradicted White House statem…
By Lauren Holter

Chloe Kim Took A Break Between Gold Medal-Winning Runs To Tweet About Her Breakfast Sandwich

Chloe Kim is the queen of multitasking. The American snowboarder's Twitter has offered those back home an inside look at what it's like to compete in the Winter Olympics, and her hankering for ice cream made her feel truly relatable. But one tweet Ki…
By Lauren Holter

Maame Biney Won't Advance At The Olympics — But Her Reaction Is Gold

The 18-year-old Virginia native made history when she became the first black woman to make the U.S. Olympic speedskating team a few short months ago. And although Maame Biney won’t advance to the semifinals in the 500-meter race, her attitude about t…
By Lauren Holter

Schools Are Ignoring Betsy DeVos' New Campus Rape Rules — But Don't Cheer Just Yet

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was accused of siding with men's rights activists and alleged rapists when she tossed out the Obama administration's guidelines on how colleges should address reports of sexual assault in September. Five months later, …
By Lauren Holter

Here's The Lowdown On The Stuff Athletes Are Holding At The Olympic Medal Ceremonies

"Holy sh*t," Red Gerard proclaimed in shock on Saturday as he realized he had won the United States' first gold medal of the 2018 PyeongChang Games. When the 17-year-old was officially awarded his hard-earned medal, photos showed him also holding ano…
By Lauren Holter

Trump Jr.'s Wife Was Just Rushed To The Hospital After Receiving A Suspicious Letter

President Trump's daughter-in-law, Vanessa Trump, was taken to the hospital on Monday afternoon after receiving a suspicious letter that contained an unidentified substance, NBC News reports. The trip to the hospital just was a precaution, according …
By Lauren Holter

The Obamas' Official Portraits Were Just Unveiled & They Will FLOOR You

Fans of the Obamas are always thrilled to see the couple back in the spotlight, but Monday morning's unveiling of the Obama's official portraits at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. probably floored them. The paintings were highly ant…
By Lauren Holter