Morgan Brinlee is a News and Politics Writer for Bustle, currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born with an inordinate amount of curiosity and wanderlust, she looks to tell stories that encourage conversation and inspire people to think critically about their world. Morgan has run through tear gas in Turkey's Gezi Park, fed snails on a French escargot farm and trained in the art of burlesque all in the name of journalism. She hopes to continue traveling -and reporting- the world, if only for the food.

Mail-In Ballots Recently Found In Florida Reportedly Won't Be Included In The Recount

As Florida moved closer and closer toward a recount in three highly-contested statewide elections, more and more questions cropped up about ballots that had reportedly been found in Miami-Dade County. Now, county election officials have said they…
By Morgan Brinlee

Firefighters Are Strongly Condemning Trump's Tweet About The California Wildfires

California firefighters are pushing back on President Donald Trump after he blamed fires currently blazing across California on what he described as the state's "poor" forest management. Leaders from multiple firefighters' organizations, including…
By Morgan Brinlee

Twitter Shared Pics Of Obama In The Rain After Trump Canceled A Military Cemetery Visit

It's raining... Barack Obama? President Donald Trump may have skipped out on a visit to a U.S. military cemetery in an effort to avoid the rain but, boy, he sure stirred up a storm online. In response to news that Trump had begged off of an activity…
By Morgan Brinlee

Florida's Secretary Of State Officially Ordered A Recount For Three Major Races

After days of contentious quarreling over slow counts and razor-thin margins, a recount has been ordered in Florida. Ken Detzner, Florida's secretary of state, ordered machine recounts on Saturday for three statewide election races, the Associated…
By Morgan Brinlee

Trump Wished RBG Well After Her Hospitalization — But Not Without Criticizing Her

Normally, when a friend is hospitalized we send then our best wishes for improved health and a speedy recovery. Now, while there's certainly nothing to suggest that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the president are friends, Donald…
By Morgan Brinlee

Wales Will Now Offer Free Abortions To Northern Ireland Residents

Earlier this year, reproductive rights advocates celebrated a major victory when the Republic of Ireland repealed a constitutional amendment banning abortion. But while Ireland embraced reproductive rights, abortion has remained largely illegal in…
By Morgan Brinlee

Under Trump, The White House Has Seen Some Serious Makeovers

When the president's away, upgrades are made. When President Donald Trump headed to his his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, in August for an extended 11-day working vacation, the White House underwent a makeover. But this isn't the first time the…
By Morgan Brinlee

This Is What Simone Biles Thinks Of USA Gymnastics Possibly Getting Shut Down

Over the past year, Simone Biles has been a vocal critic of how USA Gymnastics (USAG) moved to address the systemic issues that allowed a team doctor to abuse hundreds of athletes. Now, the Olympic and world champion gymnast is weighing in on the…
By Morgan Brinlee

Trump Had A Way Out There Response To Michelle Obama's Comments About Birtherism

Donald Trump has never been shy about his penchant for hitting back when he feels he's being attacked. Now, Trump has hit back at Michelle Obama, pushing back on the former first lady's claim that he endangered her daughter's lives when he promoted…
By Morgan Brinlee

This Florida Senate Race Is Getting Even More Heated Days After The Election

For most states, the 2018 midterm elections are over. Ballots were cast, votes were counted, and winners have been named. In Florida, however, votes are still being counted days after polls closed. What's more, a key Florida race may be barreling…
By Morgan Brinlee

This Is What You Should Do If You Try To Vote & Your Name Isn't On The List

There's nothing more disappointing than taking the time to educate yourself about the candidates and issues on the ballot and arriving at your local polling place on Election Day only to be told that they can't find you in the voter roster. But if…
By Morgan Brinlee

Texas' Early Voting Numbers Are Much Higher For 2018 Than Previous Elections

Midterm elections aren't generally known for inspiring a large voter turnout. But it appears as if Texans may be looking to flip the script on midterm voter turnout. According to The Texas Tribune, early voter turnout for the 2018 midterms in Texas…
By Morgan Brinlee

Simone Biles Just Made History *Again* At The World Gymnastics Championships

Two years ago, the world was consumed with debating whether or not Simone Biles was the GGOAT (that's greatest gymnast of all time, thank you very much) but nowadays the facts seem to speak for themselves. After taking a year off following her…
By Morgan Brinlee

Georgia Democrats Call Hacking Allegations From Brian Kemp's Office A "Political Stunt"

Two days before voters are set to head to the polls, Georgia's Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, announced he is opening an investigation into the state's Democratic Party after discovering what his office called "a failed attempt to hack the state's…
By Morgan Brinlee

People Think A Trump Official Used A Racist Phrase To Describe Florida's Governor Race

A top Trump administration official has utilized a phrase that many people feel has deeply-embedded racial overtones while campaigning for Republicans over the weekend. While stumping for Florida's Republican gubernatorial candidate on Saturday,…
By Morgan Brinlee

Trump Claimed Border Security Is A Women's Issue & You Won't Believe His Reasoning

Ahead of next week's midterm elections, President Donald Trump appears to have found a new target for what many have called his fearmongering tactics — women. While speaking at campaign rallies in West Virginia and Indiana on Friday, Trump claimed…
By Morgan Brinlee

Obama Shuts Down Trump's Claim That He Can End Birthright Citizenship

For more than a year, former President Barack Obama has remained largely quiet when it came to commenting on how his successor, President Donald Trump, chooses to run things at the White House. But it appears as if Obama may have finally had enough.…
By Morgan Brinlee

The Pentagon Reportedly Denied Trump's Request For More Border Troops — Here's Why

President Donald Trump has said that up to 15,000 military troops could be deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border to meet the migrant caravans slowly making their way toward the border from Central American to request asylum. But according to a new…
By Morgan Brinlee

Melania Trump's Spokesperson Issued A Clarification About Her $95,000 Cairo Bill

When news outlets began reporting that federal records showed first lady Melania Trump's trip to Africa had included a massive hotel bill, her spokesperson took to Twitter to push back on the reports, calling them "irresponsible journalism." But…
By Morgan Brinlee

Why It’s So Remarkable That This 49ers Cheerleader Kneeled During The Anthem

More than two years after then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first opted to sit as a form of silent protest during the national anthem, an unidentified NFL cheerleader has followed suit. A 49ers cheerleader was seen kneeling…
By Morgan Brinlee