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

A Beloved South Korean Figure Skater Got The Honor Of Lighting The Olympic Cauldron

The Olympic flame, one of the most iconic symbols of the Oympic games, was carried more than 1,200 miles by 7,500 torchbearers on a 100-day journey to PyeongChang. Given just how incredible it is for a single flame to travel that far, the person who …
By Samantha Mendoza

The Winter Olympics' Bronze Medal Isn't Going To Bring Athletes The Big Bucks

The Olympics are full of surprises, and while no one can ever be certain just who will take home the gold in each event, one thing is clear: Blood, sweat, tears, and an incomprehensible amount of practice and dedication are what propel the world's to…
By Samantha Mendoza

Trump Supporters Bring A Noose To Make A "Citizens Arrest" Of London’s Muslim Mayor

President Trump's populist, anti-immigrant message has roused a number of far-rights groups in the United States, but it appears that his influence has spread to supporters across the globe. On Saturday, a far-right, anti-Islamic nationalist group in…
By Samantha Mendoza

The Trump Hotel In D.C. Was Lit Up With Poop Emojis & You Need To See The Photos

The president received widespread criticism this weekend from politicians, world leaders, and immigrants for calling Haiti and African nations "sh*thole countries," during an immigration briefing last week, and one activist stepped his criticism up a…
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You Probably Missed This Completely Bonkers Trump Interview

President Trump has been known to make some pretty shocking statements in interviews with news organizations. In an interview with the Associated Press in July, he even admitted to calling NATO "obsolete" because he didn't know what the agency is. St…
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The UN Was Asked About Trump's "Sh*thole Countries" Comment — And Its Answer Isn't Subtle

On Thursday night, Trump once again became the target of criticism when the Washington Post reported that the President referred to Haiti and a number of unspecified African countries as "sh*tholes" during a briefing on immigration. A number of world…
By Samantha Mendoza

Assault Allegations Aren’t A Trend, They Are The Truth

2017 has been the year of the silence breakers: the year that women across the country brought down some of the world's most powerful men by having the courage to share their stories of abuse, harassment, and sexual misconduct. While some of the alle…
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Mar-A-Lago Is Reportedly Planting Trees For Trump To Hide Behind

President Trump has received quite a bit of flack for the amount of time he's spent golfing at his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida, and according to a recent CNN broadcast, the criticism appears to be getting under his skin. CNN reports that while …
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Chrissy Teigen’s Daughter Got Dragged Into Pizzagate & Chelsea Clinton Had Her Back

The infamous Pizzagate sex-ring theory that once led a man to bring a rifle to a pizzeria in Washington, D.C. is far from over. In fact, the debunked theory is only growing and being propagated by trolls on Twitter — and on Saturday, Chrissy Teigen's…
By Samantha Mendoza

Here's A Video Of Obama Wishing America "Merry Christmas" Over & Over Again

On Sunday, President Trump announced via Twitter that America is winning the "War on Christmas" entirely thanks to him, claiming that he's the reason Americans are saying "Merry Christmas" again as opposed to "Happy Holidays." But as many Twitter use…
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The Man Who Gifted A Trump Official Horse Poop For Christmas Says He Regrets Nothing

On Saturday, a package of gift-wrapped horse manure was left outside of the home of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, as a Christmas gift from "the American people." While the debacle originally baffled law enforcement officials and even the Los Ange…
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Melania Shared A Christmas Selfie On Twitter & Things Got Super Intense

After joining the president for a Christmas Eve mass near the Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida, first lady Melania Trump posted a Christmas selfie for her followers to enjoy early Christmas morning. The image, which was taken using a Snapchat filter…
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Why People Think Trump's Reverend Basically Subtweeted Him IRL In His Christmas Eve Sermon

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump continued their family tradition of attending a public Christmas Eve midnight mass at an Episcopal church in Florida, but the message of this year's sermon may have been a little more personal than they ha…
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The Pentagon Says It Tracks Santa By Treating Rudolph's Nose Like A Ballistic Missile

Christmas is almost here, and given just how exhausting — and at times frightening — American politics have been this year, many are looking forward to the holiday as a welcome escape from scandals, controversial policies, and the constant threat of …
By Samantha Mendoza

Someone Sent Trump's Treasury Secretary Actual Horse Poop For Christmas & There's A Video

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin received a Christmas surprise on Saturday — but it wasn't exactly full of holiday cheer. A gift-wrapped bag of horse manure was found near Mnuchin's Bel Air home this weekend, prompting the bomb squad to be calle…
By Samantha Mendoza

What The Republican Tax Bill Really Means For You In The Short & Long Term

After weeks of debate (and protests), a major tax overhaul is on the way — and there's a lot you need to know about it. Both House and Senate Republicans passed the bill Monday evening without a single Democratic vote, all but assuring that the new t…
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8 Handy Tax Calculators To Help You Figure Out How The GOP Tax Plan Affects You

After just seven weeks of debate (and more than a few protests), the United States' first major revision to the tax code in over 30 years has been passed by the House and Senate. This will affect everyone's paychecks and every aspect of the American …
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McKayla Maroney Just Made A Bombshell Accusation Against USA Gymnastics

In the weeks leading up to the recent conviction of a former USA Gymnastics team doctor, it came to light that dozens of Olympic gymnasts suffered sexual abuse while training for the sport. Now, a lawsuit is shedding light on whether anything could h…
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North Koreans Are No Longer Allowed To Sing Or Drink Alcohol On Christmas

Kim Jong Un is no fan of Christmas. The North Korean leader has been cracking down on the holiday within his nation's borders for years, even outright banning Christmas in 2016. This year he's taking things a step further: North Korea has banned sing…
By Samantha Mendoza

This Trump & Hillary Clinton Robot Conspiracy Is So Bonkers It Might Be True

On Monday, an animatronic robot version of President Trump was officially unveiled in Disney's Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and the result was... interesting, to say the least. While a number of recent presidents have …
By Samantha Mendoza