Samantha is a freelance journalist and nostalgic former Fulbright scholar. She is currently based in Monduli, Tanzania as a Princeton In Africa fellow.

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ICE Separated An Immigrant Father & His 1-Year-Old Son At The Border

Over the weekend, Buzzfeed News reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents separated an immigrant father from his 1-year-old son when the man requested asylum at the U.S. border. According to ICE, he couldn't prove his relationshi…
By Samantha Mendoza

A Child Sex Slave Was Jailed For Killing Her Rapist & The Internet Wants To Free Her

A Tennessee teen who helped rewrite the state's human trafficking laws is gaining national support now that the story of her own experience as a human trafficking survivor has gone viral. Cyntoia Brown, a former child sex slave, is currently serving …
By Samantha Mendoza

This One Tweet About Trump’s Turkey Pardoning Will Make You So, So Angry

At a traditionally lighthearted event in the White House Rose Garden, in which the sitting president rescues two turkeys from being cooked for a holiday meal, President Trump made an oddly sinister joke about killing the two turkeys former President …
By Samantha Mendoza

People Marched For Puerto Rico & The Photos Will Help You Remember The American Way

Over two months after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, thousands of citizens remain without a reliable source of electricity or access to clean water, and hundreds are fleeing the island for the U.S. mainland each day. Fo…
By Samantha Mendoza

An Anti-Gay, Anti-Muslim Politician May End Up On The Nobel Peace Prize Committee

The Nobel Peace Prize has always been viewed as a an inspiring award that celebrates contributions to the advancement of human rights. But the integrity of the Norwegian committee that selects the winner each year may be in jeopardy now that a contro…
By Samantha Mendoza

Trump Wishes He Had Left UCLA Players In Jail Because They Weren’t Grateful Enough

In a rare foreign policy victory for President Trump, three American college basketball players were released from a Chinese prison and sent back home after Trump reportedly spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his 12-day tour of Asia last …
By Samantha Mendoza

Donna Brazile Says The Democratic Primary Wasn't "Rigged" After All

Earlier this week, former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile dropped a bombshell by claiming that the Hillary Clinton campaign took control of the DNC during the Democratic primaries in an effort to help her win the elec…
By Samantha Mendoza

Ivanka Trump’s “Thoughts & Prayers” Are Her Only Response To Mass Violence

In the aftermath of yet another tragic American mass shooting — the second mass shooting that has killed more than 20 people in just over a month — policymakers and influential political figures are once again offering their thoughts and prayers to t…
By Samantha Mendoza

Several People Have Been Shot At A Baptist Church In Texas

According to CBS News, witnesses have reported a shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio, at a Sunday morning service. Reports of how many people have been injured or killed are still preliminary, bu…
By Samantha Mendoza

This Badass Runner Is The First American Woman To Win The NYC Marathon In 40 Years

Thousands of runners from across the world compete in the New York City Marathon each year, but this year, the runner to emerge victorious made modern history for the United States. Shalane Flanagan has become the first American woman to win the popu…
By Samantha Mendoza

TripAdvisor Says Its Policies Have Changed Since Deleting Users' Warnings About Rape

Many people turn to travel websites for information about safety and security before taking trips to unfamiliar places. But according to a recent investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, one popular travel forum reportedly censored user comme…
By Samantha Mendoza

A Wisconsin Republican Wants To Ban Abortions Because He Thinks It Causes Labor Shortages

Republican lawmakers across the country have waged a long and sustained war on reproductive rights in the past few years, passing bill after bill to further restrict abortion access. But one GOP lawmaker sparked outrage by taking things a step furthe…
By Samantha Mendoza

George H. W. Bush Confirms He Voted For Hillary Clinton & Calls Trump A "Blowhard"

Nearly one year after the 2016 presidential elections, two former U.S. presidents are finally offering their public assessment of America's newest elected leader — and it's not exactly flattering. In the upcoming book, The Last Republicans, which exp…
By Samantha Mendoza

A Middle Schooler Found A "Jews Will Burn" Note In Her Locker

A school community in Wilton, Connecticut has been shaken by a string of hate speech incidents this month, and school leaders are now grappling with the aftermath of the worst offense yet. On Thursday, a sixth grade student at Middlebrook Middle Scho…
By Samantha Mendoza

Trump's "DO SOMETHING" Tweet Is A Clear Sign He's Getting Desperate

As special prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential elections continues to escalate, President Trump is urging his supporters to "do something" about Hillary Clinton's emails in an apparent attempt…
By Samantha Mendoza

This Woman Flipped Off Trump's Motorcade & Twitter Is Calling Her A Hero

A woman in Virginia gave a pretty unusual salute to the president on Saturday, and Twitter is now hailing her a hero. The female cyclist flipped off President Trump not once, but twice as his motorcade drove past her when it left Trump National Golf …
By Samantha Mendoza

Why Experts Think Jimmy Carter Going To North Korea Is A Bad Idea

Tensions between North Korea and the United States continue to escalate each day, and that has inspired one former U.S. president to advocate for a diplomatic approach to creating "permanent peace" between the two nations. Former President Jimmy Cart…
By Samantha Mendoza

A Las Vegas Shooting Victim Has Woken Up From A Coma & Taken Her First Steps To Recovery

Just two weeks after a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas injured over 400 concert-goers, one 27-year-old survivor is taking her first steps toward recovery. Tina Frost awoke from a coma on Friday and started walking after su…
By Samantha Mendoza

The ‘Hustler’ Founder Has Been Offering Millions For Dirt On Republicans For Decades

There have been many high-profile celebrities who have publicly spoken out against Donald Trump, but one business mogul is taking his disdain for the president to the next level. Hustler magazine founder Larry Flynt is offering a $10 million reward t…
By Samantha Mendoza

These Are The Countries That Possess Hydrogen Bombs

The rhetoric between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un continues to escalate, and threats exchanged between the two countries have put many American citizens on-edge. Most recently, North Korea's foreign minister warned …
By Samantha Mendoza