Lauren Fisher

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5 Tips For Writing a Book People Will Actually Read (From a First Time Author)

My first book comes out this month. Here's what I learned.<p>I was sitting alone in a garage surrounded by packing boxes.<p>My usual morning routine, which started with coffee back then (and now is more about black tea), segued into a new idea for this column. I started writing about what it means to be …

Writing

White House can't get its story straight on family separation. There could be legal consequences.

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen called a question about whether family separation was a deterrent to border crossings "offensive" on Monday, prompting confusion from observers who pointed out that other White House officials had argued it did just that.<p>"Because why would I …

Immigration

Trump admin seeking help to fight media coverage of family separations

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Trump administration is seeking additional help to combat negative media coverage of the practice of family separation along the border<p>In an email obtained by CNN, Customs and Border Protection, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, put out a call to all of its …

Immigration

Flores agreement: Trump’s executive order to end family separation might run afoul of a 1997 court ruling

Getting rid of the requirement to let kids out of immigration custody quickly will take more than a stroke of the pen.<p>The solution to the crisis of family separation at the US-Mexico border, the Trump administration has decided, is to get rid of a 1997 federal court decision that strictly limits …

Immigration

Facebook campaign to help separated children seeks $1,500 but gets $7.5m

A campaign to reunite families separated at the US border due to Trump’s immigration policies, has raised $7.5m in four days, the largest fundraiser Facebook has ever seen.<p>The campaign, “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child”, is raising money for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for …

Social Media

House Republicans release brilliant plan for 2018: Cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Republicans are giving up on massive entitlement reform, Politico wrote just last week, calling it a "quiet surrender on a subject that's energized …

Health Care

Cuomo threatens lawsuit as state and city leaders chastise Trump over family separations

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is threatening to sue the federal government over its “zero tolerance” policy on undocumented immigration, which has led to the separation of families. Cuomo, a Democrat, called the separations "inhumane.”<p>The governor and his administration said Tuesday that there are at …

Immigration

George Takei Slams Family Separation Policy: 'At Least During the Internment, We Remained a Family'

<i>Star Trek</i> actor George Takei, who was detained in a Japanese American internment camp when he was 5 years old, said Tuesday that the Trump …

Immigration

5 things we know, 5 things we don’t know about family separation

At the moment, there is significant concern and confusion over how and why the United States is separating immigrant families at the border. Let us …

Immigration

Officials quoting a holy text to justify repressive policies is something we who grew up in the Arab world have seen before<p>If there was a dictator’s playbook, the Donald Trump administration would now be on the “Instrumentalise Religion” chapter. Last week, in what sounded like the launch of a US …

Trump Administration

Southern Baptists Call Off the Culture War

America’s largest Protestant group moves to cut ties with the Republican Party and reengage with mainstream culture.<p>It was immediately clear that change was afoot in Dallas. I’ve attended the annual gatherings of the Southern Baptist Convention dozens of times, but walking around the convention …

Faith

DHS: Nearly 2,000 Children Separated From Adults At Border In 6 Weeks

The Department of Homeland Security says 1,995 minors were separated from their "alleged adult guardians" at the southern border in just over a monthlong period.<p>A DHS spokesman said the separations occurred between April 19 and the end of May under the administration's relatively new "zero …

Immigration

16 Reasons Why Vaccinating Your Kids Is The Worst Thing You Can Do

It's just plain irresponsible.

Smallpox

Mueller warns that election, politics meddling by foreigners is still happening

Special counsel Robert Mueller said Tuesday that election meddling operations like those conducted by Russia during the 2016 presidential election …

Donald Trump

This super clear video of a nearly perfect tornado is stunning

Mother nature is terrifyingly beautiful.<p>Storm chaser James Hammett caught footage of this tornado in Laramie, Wyoming. Driving along a highway, he …

Weather

VPNFilter malware has infected a million routers — here's what you need to know

A recent discovery that new router-based malware, known as VPNFilter, had infected well over 500,000 routers just became even worse news. In a report …

Wi-Fi

Donald Trump says US to stop 'war games' with South Korea

<b>(CNN) —</b> The US military will stop "war games" on the Korean Peninsula, US President Donald Trump said Tuesday, as he announced details of his discussions with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.<p>Exercises carried out each year by the US and South Korean militaries have been consistently cited by …

North Korea

Supreme Court says states can remove voters who skip elections, ignore warnings

WASHINGTON – Failing to vote can lead to getting knocked off voter registration rolls, a deeply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday in a decision that probably will help Republicans and hurt Democrats.<p>The court's conservative majority ruled 5-4 that Ohio did not violate federal laws by purging …

Government

‘Mothers could not stop crying’: Lawmaker blasts Trump policy after visiting detained immigrants

A group of lawmakers and public officials in Washington state denounced the Trump administration Saturday for a policy that is resulting in the separation of undocumented immigrant families at the Mexican border, accusing the administration of causing undue trauma to children and parents who might …

Immigration

Trump Confesses Illegal Motive, Blows Up Legal Basis for His Trade War

President Trump has been waging a trade war on a variety of American allies. His tool, ironically enough, is a 1962 law giving the president …

National Security

16 Incredibly Useful Resources for Aspiring Authors

…You’ll Wish You Knew About These EarlierThroughout the process of writing my book and helping clients with theirs, I’ve curated a list of tools that …

Writing

We Compared Life Expectancy in All 50 States to Countries Around the World. The Results Are Truly Stunning

If you live in Mississippi, you have the same life expectancy as someone in Bangladesh.<p>What's the difference between living in Minnesota and living in Mississippi? About seven years.<p>It sounds like some kind of weird joke, but according to a new study, it's no laughing matter. That's because there's …

World Health Organization

Boehner: ‘There is no Republican Party. There’s a Trump party.’

Former House Speaker John Boehner declared Thursday that the Republican Party as he once knew it is gone, replaced by what he called the “Trump party.”<p>The former Republican congressional leader, who served as speaker from 2011 to 2015, offered a grim assessment of the state of the GOP while …

Donald Trump

Here's the real reason behind Donald Trump's pardon spree

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's pardon of conservative author Dinesh D'Souza on Thursday came with little explanation from the President other than this, via Twitter: "He was treated very unfairly by our government!"<p>The D'Souza pardon is all of a piece with two other presidential pardons made by Trump …

Donald Trump

Trump pardons conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, saying he was 'treated unfairly'

The White House announced Thursday that President Donald Trump has pardoned controversial commentator Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to …

Donald Trump

Robocalls Have Become an Epidemic. Do These 2 Things Now to Stop Them

It's easy.<p>How many times a day do you pick up the phone, only to have it be a recording? Or worse, a spam call pushing a sale?<p>Robocalls have become …

Identity Theft

Collusion Happened

Despite what the president says, the question is answered.<p>Trump aides colluded with foreign governments.<p>This is a simple, straightforward statement, and by this point, it ought to be an uncontroversial one. There’s ample evidence on many fronts, from legal documents to reliable reporting. This …

Donald Trump

Harley-Davidson took its tax cut, closed a factory, and rewarded shareholders

The motorcycle maker in January told Kansas City workers it would close a plant there. Days later, it announced a nearly $700 million stock buyback plan.<p>In September 2017, House Speaker Paul Ryan traveled to a Harley-Davidson plant in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, to tout the Republican tax bill, …

A Santa Fe Student Called Out Tomi Lahren’s Tweets On Gun Control & It’s So Important

Tragedy struck the United States once again on Friday, May 18, when a school shooting took place in Santa Fe, Texas, leaving 10 dead and another 10 …

A Rare Virus Without a Cure Has Emerged in India And Is Killing People

It has the potential to cause a deadly pandemic.<p>At least nine people in southern India have died in cases linked to an outbreak of the rare and …