Mehreen Kasana
Mehreen Kasana covers politics for Bustle. Her work includes digital media, race, and religion among other topics. She has been cited in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Al Jazeera America, Jadaliyya, BBC, Hazlitt, Guernica Magazine, etc. Previously, Mehreen was the Front Page Editor for The Huffington Post and staff writer for The Nation, Pakistan.

How To Protect Your Pets From The California Wildfire Smoke, Because They Feel It Too

As many on the West Coast grapple with a devastating environmental disaster that began on Nov. 8, there is another group affected by the California wildfire: cats and dogs. The flames that began in Butte County, California, have reportedly displaced…
By Mehreen Kasana

The Teens Behind March For Our Lives Just Won A Major International Peace Prize

On Tuesday, the survivors of the Parkland school shooting, who have emerged as leaders of the national movement to fight gun violence, were awarded the International Children's Peace Prize. The Parkland survivors gathered in Cape Town, South Africa,…
By Mehreen Kasana

This Map Shows Smoke From The California Wildfires Has Reached The East Coast

The West Coast is thousands of miles away from New York City, but on Monday, smoke from California's wildfires reached the East Coast. And a map from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows just how incredibly long the hazy trail…
By Mehreen Kasana

The White House Just Issued Strict New Press Briefings Rules For Reporters

On Monday, the administration announced that it restored CNN reporter Jim Acosta's hard pass after a brief legal battle. At the same time, the White House released its new press briefing rules, and in an official statement from White House Press…
By Mehreen Kasana

Ivanka Spoke Up About Democrats' Push To Change Religious Headwear Rules In The House

In a tweet on Monday, White House adviser Ivanka Trump expressed support for Ilhan Omar to wear the hijab in Congress. For the past 181 years, lawmakers were barred from wearing any sort of headwear in the House of Representatives. But Democrats are…
By Mehreen Kasana

What Trump Has Said About Being A Grandfather Shows He's Not A Big Fan Of Old Age

The typical stereotype of a grandparent is that they are affectionate, protective, and present in their grandkids' lives. And as someone who's defied stereotypes, President Donald Trump's quotes about being a grandfather follows that larger pattern.…
By Mehreen Kasana

What Bernie Sanders Has Said About The 2020 Election Shows He's Not Ruling Anything Out

Will he or will he not? That is the question. When it comes to what Bernie Sanders has said about the 2020 presidential election, the progressive lawmaker has yet to give a clear idea about his future plans. But if you look closer at his remarks,…
By Mehreen Kasana

Betsy DeVos' Security Detail Might Cost Taxpayers An Eye-Popping Amount Of Money

According to an NBC News report on Friday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' security detail could cost American taxpayers a whopping $19.8 million by September 2019. The news outlet reported that it reviewed figures provided by the U.S. Marshals…
By Mehreen Kasana

George Conway Said He & Kellyanne Agree On Nearly Everything Politically — Except Trump

He's emerged as one of the most vocal critics of President Donald Trump on the conservative end, and his wife, who just so happens to be Trump's counselor, isn't a big fan of that. According to George Conway, Kellyanne Conway dislikes her husband's…
By Mehreen Kasana

How To Send Thank You Notes To The Black Women Journalists Trump Keeps Singling Out

President Trump's relationship with the press is nothing short of controversial. In November, Trump publicly singled out a number of prominent African American reporters — Yamiche Alcindor, Abby Phillip, and April Ryan — which led to media company…
By Mehreen Kasana

Sneaking Out Of The White House Is NOT Easy, To Hear Michelle Obama Tell It

It may have been tough, but they pulled it off. Three years ago, Michelle and Malia Obama tried to slip out of the White House briefly for a heartwarming reason. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday, Obama talked about that one eventful…
By Mehreen Kasana

People Are Calling Out Trump's Diwali Tweet Because Of One Glaring Problem

On Tuesday, President Trump celebrated the Hindu festival of lights, otherwise known as Diwali. In a tweet about the celebration, Trump mentioned the "Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains" who celebrated the festival, and failed to acknowledge Hindus — for…
By Mehreen Kasana

Here's Barack Obama's Review Of Michelle's New Memoir

Sometimes you can't help but promote your loved one's creative endeavor. In a similar fashion, Barack Obama tweeted about Michelle Obama's memoir, Becoming, on Tuesday, praising both her and her new book. "Of course, @MichelleObama’s my wife, so…
By Mehreen Kasana

Michelle Obama Thanked Chelsea Clinton & The Bush Twins For This Touching Reason

On Tuesday, the day her memoir Becoming was released, the former first lady gave a shout-out to the Bush twins and Chelsea Clinton. Michelle Obama talked about Malia and Sasha during an interview with Good Morning America, and how Jenna, Barbara…
By Mehreen Kasana

This Photo Of A Soon-To-Be Congresswoman & Her Daughter Is Just The Cutest Thing

After she defeated Republican incumbent Dave Brat and was elected to represent Virginia's 7th District in the House of Representatives, Abigail Spanberger gave her victory speech on Tuesday night. Amid the celebrations, a photo of Spanberger and her…
By Mehreen Kasana

The Reason Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Can't Find An Apartment In DC Is Relatable As Hell

On Tuesday night, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez officially became the youngest woman elected to the House of Representatives, where she will represent New York's 14th district. With weeks to go until she starts her new job, Ocasio-Cortez got real about…
By Mehreen Kasana

Photos Of The World's Women MPs Gathering For The First Time Will Make Your Heart Soar

Marking 100 years of women's suffrage in the United Kingdom, women parliamentarians from around the world gathered in London's Houses of Parliament on Wednesday evening for the first-ever "Women MPs Of The World Conference." The UK's global…
By Mehreen Kasana

This One Texas County Just Elected 19 Black Women Judges

An election in Houston on Tuesday night resulted in a remarkable victory for black women judges in Texas. All 19 Harris County candidates won their elections, and their wins — and a memorable photo of them in their robes — have led to the internet…
By Mehreen Kasana

If You Live In Nevada, Pads & Tampons Just Became Way More Affordable

In the Silver State on Election Night, voters decided that women should not be required to pay more for feminine hygiene products under a sales tax code. According to NBC News, the "pink tax" in Nevada has been repealed, making necessities like…
By Mehreen Kasana

Twitter Is Going Wild Over The Record Number Of Women Who Were Elected To The Congress

On Tuesday night, after a particularly hyped up election season, it became clear that more than 100 women were elected to Congress after the midterms. Twitter users expressed a well of excitement over this development, particularly against the…
By Mehreen Kasana