Madhuri Sathish
News & politics writer. Californian expat and Northwestern alumna living in Paris. Dedicated to social justice, Harry Potter, and learning as much about the world as possible.

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How You Can Help Victims Of The Devastating California Wildfires Right Now

Ongoing wildfires in Northern California have left at least 23 people dead, according to CNN's latest report, and at least 285 people remain missing. An estimated 23 major wildfires are burning across five counties, impacting approximately 170,000 ac…
By Madhuri Sathish

Watch Samantha Bee Rip Harvey Weinstein With A Ferocity Her Male Counterparts Couldn't Summon

After The New York Times and The New Yorker published exposés of rape and sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein (claims he has denied), numerous late-night talk show hosts have addressed the subject. Stephen Colbert described Weinste…
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The Las Vegas Shooting Has Renewed Debate About Why The Second Amendment Exists

After the mass shooting in Las Vegas — as with many of the recent mass shootings in the United States — calls for gun control have once again taken over public discourse. In fact, a guitarist who for much of his life has defended the Second Amendment…
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Republicans Are Considering A Ban On Bump Stocks, But It Still Won't Be Enough

In Las Vegas, a gunman killed 58 people and injured nearly 500 in an extremely short span of time. He was able to do this because 12 of the reportedly 19 rifles discovered in his hotel room were equipped with "bump stocks," attachments that enable se…
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Tropical Storm Nate Could Hit These Parts Of The U.S.

The 16th tropical depression of the Atlantic Ocean's hurricane season has officially developed into a tropical storm, as of Thursday morning. According to The Weather Channel, Tropical Storm Nate may strike the U.S. Gulf Coast between Louisiana and F…
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The Hospitalized Senator Trump Keeps Blaming The Health Care Failure On Doesn't Exist

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that there would be no vote on the GOP's latest bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The Graham-Cassidy bill's failure marked the Republicans' fourth defeat on health care since the beginn…
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Kentucky Can't Force Women To Have Ultrasounds Before Abortions Any More

On Wednesday, a federal judge struck down a Kentucky law forcing women to undergo ultrasounds before having abortions, on the grounds that it was unconstitutional. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky ruled that the law violat…
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This Photo Of The Lawmakers Who Created Trump's Tax Plan Will Infuriate You

Donald Trump's new tax reform plan is most likely to benefit "business owners who live in low-tax states, people who don’t take deductions, and heirs of very large estates," according to The Wall Street Journal. This is not too surprising, however, g…
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Trump Claims NFL Owners Are "Afraid Of Their Players"

Less than a week after insulting Colin Kaepernick and other football players who don't stand for the national anthem, President Donald Trump argued in an interview Thursday that NFL owners are "in a box" following player protests. Trump said NFL owne…
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Morgan Freeman Starred In An Anti-Russia Video & The Country Brushed It Off As "Emotional"

Earlier this week, Morgan Freeman appeared in a high-profile video that accused Russia and Vladimir Putin of declaring war on the United States during the most recent American presidential election. "We have been attacked," Freeman says in the video.…
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These Online Tributes To Puerto Rico Are A Great Way To Show Your Support

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm on Wednesday morning, with sustained winds of roughly 155 mph. Maria has since moved on from Puerto Rico, but on Thursday morning, the U.S. territory was still facing potentially life…
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After Hurricane Maria, The Puerto Rico You Knew "Is No Longer There"

With sustained wind speeds of roughly 155 mph, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm on early Wednesday morning. According to The Washington Post, it was the first Category 4 hurricane to strike Puerto Rico since 1932, an…
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Sean Spicer Says He Didn't "Knowingly" Lie To America & Twitter Is Not Having It

In his first TV interview since his appearance at the Emmys, Sean Spicer said he never "knowingly" lied to the American people, eliciting almost immediate backlash from Twitter users. In a Good Morning America interview broadcast on Thursday, the for…
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The Guy Behind The “Mother Of All Rallies” Wants To Be Known As “Pissed Off American”

On Saturday, a nationalist, pro-Trump rally will compete with the Juggalos — fans of the rap-rock group Insane Clown Posse — and 30 other events to capture the attention of Washington, D.C. The pro-Trump rally, dubbed the "Mother of all Rallies," or …
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Hurricane Max Is Barreling Towards A Popular Beach Resort Town

Shortly after two natural disasters — an earthquake and a hurricane — struck Mexico back-to-back, the country now faces yet another one: Hurricane Max, which is forming off Mexico's southern coast. According to AccuWeather, Tropical Storm Max develop…
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Motel 6 Employees Allegedly Called ICE On Their Own Guests In Phoenix — REPORT

On Wednesday, the Phoenix New Times published a report alleging that employees of the budget chain Motel 6 were reporting undocumented guests to immigration officials in Phoenix, Arizona. According to the report, officials from Immigration and Custom…
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What Cubans In Havana Should Expect From Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is a Category 5 storm, and with wind speeds of up to 185 miles per hour, it is one of the strongest recorded hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean. Irma has already left at least 10 people dead after hitting Barbuda, St. Martin, the British…
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Women Are Perceiving Female Lawmakers As More Competent Than Male Ones

Two political scientists recently examined survey data about Americans' perceptions of their elected officials from 2010-2014, and came to an important conclusion: Overall, women were more likely to approve of female legislators than male legislators…
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Everything We Know About Betsy DeVos' Title IX Decision & What Comes Next

During a highly anticipated speech on Thursday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced her plan to rescind Obama-era Title IX policies on how college campuses handle sexual assault allegations. "The era of 'rule by letter' is over," DeVos said, re…
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Read Joe Biden's Powerful Response To Betsy DeVos's "Devastating" Title IX Decision

On Thursday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced a rollback of Obama-era policies on how college campuses should handle allegations of sexual assault. Following her announcement, Joe Biden said DeVos' decision to roll back Title IX was "devasta…
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