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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These Net Neutrality Memes Are Peak Internet

The Federal Communications Commission made a decision on Thursday that could endanger a free and open Internet, so people on Twitter responded in a fitting way: with memes to protest the net neutrality repeal. The FCC voted 3-2 to repeal Obama-era ne…
By Madhuri Sathish

This Is How Ending Net Neutrality Hurts Women

Imagine if women had to pay their internet service providers a premium to share their #MeToo stories on Facebook, or to access a website containing information about reproductive health care. On Thursday, the Republican-majority Federal Communication…
By Madhuri Sathish

Here's What You Can Expect Next If Net Neutrality Ends

On Thursday morning, the Federal Communications Commissions' Republican majority is expected to vote in favor of dismantling Obama-era net neutrality regulations. Rolling back net neutrality legislation would give internet service providers the autho…
By Madhuri Sathish

Everyone Is Talking About This Giant Problem With Al Franken’s Resignation Speech

On Thursday, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken appeared on the Senate floor to announce his resignation to his colleagues. Franken's announcement followed multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, the most recent of which came from a former Democratic congr…
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What You Need To Know If You Have Travel Plans In Los Angeles

During the fires that struck Northern California earlier this year, more than 100 flights were canceled at San Francisco International Airport and still more were delayed. Considering the impact previous wildfires have had, many are wondering if the …
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Southern California Is Burning & Experts Say It's Because Of Tinderbox Conditions

From Ventura to Valencia, Southern California is dealing with a host of wildfires. USA Today reported that the biggest wildfire in the region started in Santa Paula on Monday evening, but there is now a bigger, faster-moving fire in Ojai. There are a…
By Madhuri Sathish

Here's Why There's Talk That The U.S. Might Not Participate In The Winter Olympics

In her current role as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley recently suggested that American athletes might not participate in the Winter Olympics in South Korea. On Wednesday night, the former South Carolina governor told Fox News …
By Madhuri Sathish

Here's How You Can Help Kill The GOP's "Tax Scam"

On Thursday morning, the GOP-controlled Senate reconvened to discuss Republicans' proposed tax overhaul. On Wednesday, the tax plan passed a procedural vote 52-48, with a final vote expected on Thursday or Friday. Republicans in favor of the bill hav…
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An Army Veteran Says Al Franken Groped Her Breast During A Photo Op In 2003

In 2003, Stephanie Kemplin was deployed in Kuwait during the Iraq War. In December of that year, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken took a tour with the USO to visit American troops stationed in the Middle East. On Thursday morning, CNN reported that Kemplin …
By Madhuri Sathish

FYI: You Are Paying Trump's Personal Legal Bills Right Now

According to a recent USA Today report, at least 10 Justice Department lawyers and paralegals are currently working on lawsuits concerning Trump's private businesses — and these Trump lawyers are being funded by taxpayers. Neither the White House nor…
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A Texas Sheriff Apparently Wants To Punish A Driver With An Anti-Trump Sticker

On Wednesday, Fort Bend County, Texas, Sheriff Troy E. Nehls posted a photo to Facebook of a truck with an anti-Trump sticker. Nehls — a Republican who is considering a congressional bid — wrote that he had "received numerous calls regarding the offe…
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There’s Good News For DACA Recipients Whose Renewal Applications Got Stuck In The Mail

There's a bit of good news for undocumented young people whose renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program were delivered late: DACA recipients now can resubmit their paperwork if it was delayed in the mail. The U.S. C…
By Madhuri Sathish

Why Trump’s Opioid Crisis Announcement Is A Major Betrayal

In a speech at the White House on Thursday, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a "public health" emergency. Flanked by First Lady Melania Trump, the president called the opioid addiction the "leading cause of unintentional death in the United…
By Madhuri Sathish

Death Threats Are Reportedly Keeping Rep. Frederica Wilson From D.C. & That's Not OK

When Army Sgt. La David Johnson was killed in combat in Niger, his widow, Myeshia Johnson, received a condolence call from President Trump. She was in the car with Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson when she got the call, as reported by Time. Both women h…
By Madhuri Sathish

A Texas Congresswoman Says It's "The Woman's Responsibility" To Prevent Sexual Assault

Following the sexual assault allegations made against Harvey Weinstein, Texas Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson was angry. Weinstein supported and donated to many Democrats over the years, and Johnson, a Democrat who represents Texas' 30th Congressional Dis…
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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…
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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…
By Madhuri Sathish

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…
By Madhuri Sathish

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…
By Madhuri Sathish

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…
By Madhuri Sathish