Tara Wanda Merrigan
I'm a NY-based writer who covers news and politics for Bustle.

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Why You Should Consider Setting Up A Credit Fraud Alert

Last week, the credit reporting company Equifax disclosed that as many as 143 million people could have been affected in a breach that lasted from May until it was discovered at end on July. While “core consumer or commercial credit reporting databas…
By Tara Wanda Merrigan

Read Obama's Beautiful Tribute To Edith Windsor & Get Your Tissues Ready

On Tuesday, after reports of Edith Windsor's death, former President Barack Obama posted a remembrance on Facebook in honor of the woman whose persistence led to nationwide marriage equality. "Few were as small in stature as Edie Windsor – and few ma…
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5 Florida Nursing Home Residents Were Found Dead After Irma’s Massive Power Outage

On Wednesday morning, after Hurricane Irma knocked out power across the state, five Florida nursing home residents were found dead. They had reportedly been exposed to intense heat caused by the power outages and subsequent lack of air conditioning. …
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Here's What You Can Expect From The New & Improved Apple TV

On Tuesday, Tim Cook and the Apple team announced a number of new products, including two new lines of iPhone, a wireless charging dock called Airpower, an upgraded Apple Watch, and an improved Apple TV device. But what's new about Apple TV? The comp…
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Here's What You Should Know About The Safety Of Facial Recognition

On Tuesday, Apple finally released its much-anticipated line of new iPhones, marking the 10th anniversary of the product's creation. While the company's decision to remove the Touch ID fingerprint scanner from the newest iPhone X model has been known…
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Craig Mazin Is The Least Surprised Of Everyone About Ted Cruz's Porn Like

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is known for his hardcore right-wing political views, but it seemed like on Tuesday, after the senator's Twitter account liked a porn video, the senator may have revealed his taste for another sort of hardcore. While Cruz's spo…
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The White House Refuses To Weigh In On Climate Change's Role In Hurricanes

After Hurricane Harvey battered Texas and Hurricane Irma clobbered parts of Florida, President Donald Trump's administration has steadfastly declined to say whether climate change intensified the hurricanes. White House adviser Tom Bossert said at a …
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Hurricane Irma's Wind Speeds Were So Terrible, They Set A Record

On Monday, the weather system named Irma swirled over Florida and headed towards other states in the Deep South. Irma, once a Category 5 hurricane, had been downgraded to a tropical storm since making landfall on the continental United States on Sund…
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These Are The Organizations Doing Incredible Hurricane Irma Relief

By Monday, the storm system Irma's strength was waning. Once a Category 5 hurricane with winds of 185 m.p.h., Irma on Monday was downgraded to a tropical storm, its winds having been reduced to 70 m.p.h. However, though the storm has become progressi…
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How Rolling Back Title IX Protections Will Affect Every Woman In America

On Thursday, President Donald Trump's Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that her department would review and change Title IX guidelines against campus sexual misconduct implemented by former President Barack Obama in 2011. DeVos is expecte…
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Even Florida Towns That Might Not Be Hit By Irma Are Battening Down The Hatches

On Thursday, the Category 5 Hurricane Irma besieged islands in the Caribbean and continued to plow toward South Florida. But will Hurricane Irma hit St. Petersburg? Meteorological predictions can change before Irma strikes Florida, which is expected …
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Here's What Donald Trump Jr. Told The Senate Judiciary Committee, Word For Word

On Thursday, Donald Trump Jr. appeared in front a Senate Judiciary Committee panel to be questioned about his controversial meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer. The closed-door meeting was transcribed, but it is up to the Senate panel as to whether …
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How To Argue About Title IX If Betsy DeVos’ Decision Makes You Absolutely Livid

On Thursday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that she would be essentially gutting Obama-era Title IX sexual assault protections. Implemented in 2011 during President Obama's term, the protections and guidelines were lauded by advocates and…
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Here's How Betsy DeVos Is Rolling Back Campus Sexual Assault Protections

On Wednesday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that her department would be changing Title IX protections against campus sexual misconduct. DeVos said that new rules would be sure to consider those accused of rape or sexual assault approp…
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7 Noteworthy Organizations Defending DACA That You Can Throw Your Support Behind

On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Donald Trump's administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months. Trump's decision to end the program, which has provided work authoriz…
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Jose Just Became A Hurricane, But There's No Need To Panic Yet

On Wednesday afternoon the Atlantic storm system Jose was upgraded to a hurricane by the National Hurricane Center. Currently, Hurricane Jose is a Category 1 storm heading toward the Leeward Islands in the West Indies. But with Texas having been batt…
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More Than A Dozen States Are Suing The Government To Save DACA

On Wednesday, 15 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against Trump over DACA, claiming that his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was motivated by discrimination. The lawsuit said that most DACA…
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Forecasters Warn East Coasters — Even Up To NYC — To Be Ready For Irma

On Wednesday, Hurricane Irma swirled over the Caribbean, bringing devastation to islands such as St. Martin, Barbuda, and Anguilla. As a Category 5 storm with winds of 185 m.p.h., Irma has caused many to take precautions. Florida, where Irma is expec…
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To Anyone Who Supports Trump's DACA Decision — We Need To Talk

On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will come to an end. The decision to end the program that granted 800,000 undocumented young people temporary work authorization was p…
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What To Know If You're Planning To Travel To Or From Florida

On Tuesday, as Hurricane Irma continued to churn westward across the Atlantic Ocean with sustained winds of 180 m.p.h., airlines began to cancel flights due to Irma's strength. As of midday Tuesday, American Airlines, British Airways, and Virgin Atla…
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