Author: Samantha Michaels

Biden Signs Executive Order Aimed at Protecting Abortion Rights

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Friday that attempts to safeguard at least some abortion access for residents of states seeking to outlaw the procedure. The move comes as Democrats and pro-choice advocates have implored Biden to respond more forcefully to the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. “We cannot allow an out-of-control […]

Gun Violence Protests Draw Thousands Across the Country

Thousands of people joined hundreds of protests across the country on Saturday to demand that lawmakers take action against the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. After a series of mass shootings, including in Uvalde, Texas, and in Buffalo, New York, demonstrators staged more than 450 protests nationwide. The largest, in Washington, DC, […]

A Major New Study Shows a Promising Solution to Gun Violence—That Doesn’t Involve Police

Nearly two years after George Floyd’s murder sparked nationwide protests, Democratic mayors who once seemed sympathetic to reducing police brutality are now, more and more, pointing to law enforcement as a solution to the rising community gun violence around the country. New York’s Eric Adams, San Francisco’s London Breed, and Chicago’s Lori Lightfoot are among […]

Texas’ Anti-Trans Crusade Is Spreading

Alabama lawmakers are on the cusp of passing a bill that would stop transgender teens from receiving life-saving medical care like puberty blockers and hormonal therapy. The bill would criminalize doctors who provide these treatments to teens, threatening them with up to 10 years in prison. It would also require school administrators to out transgender […]

Texas Has Been Investigating the Briggle Family Because of Their Trans Son. Here’s Their Story.

In September 2016, Adam and Amber Briggle nervously prepared their Dallas-area home for a special dinner guest: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The Briggles were nervous because Paxton, a Republican, had recently filed a lawsuit to prevent transgender kids from using bathrooms that matched their gender identity; the Briggles’ own son, then eight, is transgender.  […]

More Than 1.5 Million Refugees Have Fled Ukraine

More than 1.5 million refugees have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion began 10 days ago, a UN official said Sunday. Filippo Grandi, the high commissioner for refugees, called it “the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.” Grandi has predicted that 4 million Ukrainians could be displaced from their home country by […]

Trump Riffs About Provoking War Between China and Russia

Speaking to about 250 of the Republican Party’s richest donors at a posh riverfront resort in New Orleans on Saturday night, former President Donald Trump suggested that the United States should disguise its fighter jets to make them appear Chinese and then “bomb the shit” out of Russian soldiers now waging war in Ukraine. “And […]

Photos Show Devastation Against Civilians in Ukraine

As families continue to flee the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Putin’s military has stepped up its violence against civilians seeking safety. On Sunday, Russian soldiers advancing on Kyiv fired mortar shells at a bridge that evacuees were using to escape in Irpin, leaving a mom, her teenage son, and her young daughter dead on the […]