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The Senate Committee Changed The Day It Will Vote On Trump’s SCOTUS Pick

Democrats trying to block President Donald Trump's second Supreme Court nominee have bought themselves just slightly more time. On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee agreed to delay the confirmation vote date of Brett Kavanaugh, but it likely…
By Monica Hunter-Hart

Five Former Trump Staffers Have Now Pleaded Guilty To Criminal Charges

Another major development in the special counsel investigation occurred on Friday as Paul Manafort pleaded guilty on two counts filed by Robert Mueller's team. After fighting the charges for nearly a year, he's now decided to make a deal with…
By Monica Hunter-Hart

A Live Cam Of Hurricane Florence Caught A Flag Being Ripped To Shreds By The Wind

Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina on Friday morning and is already wreaking devastation. Incredibly, a livestream camera on a tower 34 miles off the coast captured the storm closing in on Thursday. Thousands of people have flocked…
By Monica Hunter-Hart

The State Department Quickly Nixed Changes It Made On Passport Language For Trans People

This week, the U.S. State Department changed the passport language for trans people in an abrupt move that caught the attention of LGBTQ advocates. When news of the changes spread and the department received particular criticism for one paragraph…
By Monica Hunter-Hart

A Reporter Looking Into Misconduct Allegations Published Threatening Texts From A CBS Exec

Over the past year, three of CBS' top executives have left the network in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations. The latest instance occurred just this week, when 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, who had been a CBS employee for 36…
By Monica Hunter-Hart

Trump Made An Absurd Claim About The Puerto Rico Hurricane Death Toll

President Donald Trump's morning tweets on Thursday took on a particularly sensitive topic: the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico last fall. Trump tweeted that the Puerto Rico hurricane death toll was falsely high, despite…
By Monica Hunter-Hart

Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee Responds To Backlash About His Comment On Birth Control

The Senate will probably vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee in about a week, but the controversy surrounding him shows no sign of receding. On Thursday, Brett Kavanaugh said his recent "abortion-inducing drugs" comment wasn't…
By Monica Hunter-Hart

Cynthia Nixon Got Out The Vote With An NYC Bar Crawl Two Days Before The Primary

Cynthia Nixon is running a purposefully unconventional campaign, so naturally she's choosing unconventional ways to promote it. On Tuesday evening, she spent the second-to-last night before the primary election traveling from bar to bar in New York…
By Monica Hunter-Hart

Hillary Clinton Sounded The Alarm About Trump's SCOTUS Pick & Birth Control

Hillary Clinton is outspoken in her opposition to SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. She's claimed that he might restrict everything from abortion access to labor rights, and she's now added another critique: that he might reduce access to birth…
By Monica Hunter-Hart

Some Umpires Are Reportedly Thinking About Boycotting Serena Williams’ Matches Now

After an argument on the court caused Serena Williams to receive a game penalty during the U.S. Open on Saturday, a public outcry — sparked by the player's own protest — condemned umpire Carlos Ramos' decision as sexist. But many umpires around the…
By Monica Hunter-Hart

Obama Directly Discussed Trump For The First Time Since Leaving Office

In a speech on Friday at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, President Barack Obama said President Donald Trump's name when discussing anger and division plaguing the country. "He is a symptom, not the cause," Obama said of Trump. "It did…
By Monica Hunter-Hart

Twitter’s Loving These Videos Of Jared Kushner Awkwardly Waiting To Get Into A Building

It's an intense week in D.C., what with Brett Kavanaugh's hearings, a bombshell op-ed from a Trump administration official, and NAFTA renegotiations. But as always, social media users have found a way to lighten the mood. On Thursday, Twitter…
By Monica Hunter-Hart

A Scientist Won A $3 Million Prize Decades After A Man Got The Nobel For Her Discovery

Jocelyn Bell Burnell made a discovery 51 years ago that changed the field of astronomy forever — but when a Nobel Prize was granted for the finding, it was given to her male supervisor. Now Bell Burnell's pulsar discovery won her a $3 million prize…
By Monica Hunter-Hart

A New Trump Proposal Can Keep Migrant Children Detained Much Longer

The Trump administration's family separation policy shocked the world this spring. Taking kids from their parents allowed the government to get around a policy that doesn't let children stay in detention for more than 20 days. But on Thursday, the…
By Monica Hunter-Hart

Trump Reportedly Asked To Have His Inauguration Crowd Pics Edited After All

The first scandal of Donald Trump's presidency was more frivolous than many later incidents have been, but it's kept following him. A new report from The Guardian claims that Trump ordered his inauguration photos to be edited last year so that his…
By Monica Hunter-Hart

Police Responded To An Active Shooter Situation In Downtown Cincinnati

On Thursday morning, a gunman opened fire in downtown Cincinnati at Fifth Third Bank and shot multiple people. An early report from Cincinnati.com indicated that there were both fatalities and additional injuries. The shooting happened around 9 a.m.…
By Monica Hunter-Hart

Cory Booker Says Trump's SCOTUS Nom's Answers About Race “Don’t Provide Me Comfort”

Nearing the end of a long day of confirmation hearings, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker fired racial justice questions at Brett Kavanaugh, the latest Supreme Court nominee from President Donald Trump. Kavanaugh answered few of Booker's questions…
By Monica Hunter-Hart

A Plane Was Quarantined In New York City After Passengers Got Sick During The Flight

Passengers on Emirates Flight 203 thought they were embarking on a normal (if long) flight from Dubai to New York City on Wednesday. Instead, well over a dozen people reported symptoms of illness while they were in the air. Then, the Emirates flight…
By Monica Hunter-Hart

What You Need To Know About Chris Young, The Man Kim K’s Trying To Get Out Of Prison

After her success in lobbying for the pardon of Alice Marie Johnson, the star of Keeping Up with the Kardashians has someone new that she's trying to help free from prison. Kim Kardashian has taken up the cause of Chris Young, who's serving a life…
By Monica Hunter-Hart

Kim K Met Trump To Talk About Another Person She Says Was Unfairly Sentenced

This spring, Kim Kardashian successfully lobbied President Donald Trump to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving a lifelong prison sentence for a nonviolence drug offense. But that was just the beginning of her venture into criminal justice…
By Monica Hunter-Hart