Articles by Catherine Smith

Longtime Mall Santa ‘Replaced’ After Wearing Hat Supporting Trump

A Santa Claus at the Mall of Waycross in Georgia, sparked controversy and was “replaced” after posting a photo of himself wearing a hat supporting President Trump shared his side of the story Tuesday via Facebook. Frank Skinner has played Santa Claus every Christmas for nearly 50 years, including the past 14 years at the […]

Courts Block Trump Admin Plan to Use Military Funds for Border Wall

ABC News is reporting, “Two federal courts in two days have issued nationwide orders blocking the Trump administration’s use of $3.6 billion in military construction funds to build a wall along the border of the United States and Mexico, declaring that repurposing those funds would be ‘unlawful.’” In a case brought by the American Civil […]

Biden Paid Female Staff Less Than Males for Decades, Report Says

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden paid his female staffers less on average than male staffers over several decades, new analysis finds. Biden has bemoaned gender disparities in wages and has campaigned for the presidency as someone who’s “fought for women’s rights his whole career,” pointing to gender equity legislation signed during the Obama administration. This […]

Mom Slammed for Saying ‘Father Christmas’ Not Gender-Neutral ‘Santa’

An unnamed mom in Plymouth, England, says she’s being ridiculed online for calling Santa Claus “Father Christmas,” instead of a gender-neutral equivalent, PlymouthLive reports. The mother says she was discussing a kids’ Christmas book in a Facebook group when she used the name — and commenters began ridiculing her for it, telling her to use […]

California Fines CVS $3.6M for Failing to Recycle

CVS, the nations largest pharmacy health care provide,  was hit with a $3.6 million fine for failing to recycle and failing to “redeem deposits on bottles and cans at some of its locations, regulators said Monday.” The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, better known as CalRecycle,  is charging the pharmacy company with an […]

Boris Johnson Makes ‘Love Actually’ Parody to Promote Brexit

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson re-created a famous scene from the romantic movie Love Actually for his campaign video that was published Monday, Fox News reports. Boris Johnson is pushing constituents to vote in favor of Brexit — but now he’s using a Classic Christmas movie to do it. Johnson recreated the iconic scene from […]

Manchester City Fan Arrested for ‘Monkey Gestures’ Says he was ‘Putting Hands in Pants’

A Manchester City football fan has been arrested for making ‘”monkey gestures” aimed at a Manchester United player. Anthony Burke, 41, was arrested after video footage appeared to show him making monkey gestures towards United’s Brazilian midfielder Fred during the derby match, the Daily Mail reports. He has been suspended as civil engineering manager by […]

Mayors Ask Trump to Import More Refugees for ‘Cultural Diversity’

Brietbart reports, “nearly 100 mayors across the United States are begging President Trump to import as many refugees to the country as possible in order to “bring cultural vibrancy and diversity” to American communities.” The mayors want Trump to take away individual communities’ ability to decide if they want refugees settled in their cities. In […]

Banana That Sold for $120,000 Eaten as ‘Art Performance’

A performance artist, treated himself to a $120,00 banana on Saturday. After Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan’s duct-taped banana work went viral last week, a man came along and ate the real-life $120,000 banana stuck to the wall at Art Basel in Miami. The New York City gallery that purchased the work will not receive it […]

Five Major Wedding Sites Consider Ditching Plantations as Potential Wedding Venues

A source familiar with the efforts told Fox News on Thursday that “five major wedding planning platforms — including The Knot Worldwide, Pinterest, Brides.com, Martha Stweart and Zola — are considering removing all plantation venues from their websites, and at least three have already taken a stance against promoting former slave plantations as potential event […]

Youth Climate Activists Grade 2020 Dems on Green New Deal Commitment

Youth-led climate advocacy group Sunrise Movement unveiled its scorecards for the top three Democratic primary candidates on Thursday, showing Sen. Bernie Sanders at the top as the candidate who most successfully framed the Green New Deal as a top national priority and “provided the most ambitious and comprehensive plan to reduce fossil fuel emissions.” The […]

Georgia College Pays Out $145,000 to Settle Anthem Protest Case

According to Marietta Daily Journal, “a former Kennesaw State University cheerleader who took a knee during the national anthem at a KSU football game has been paid $145,000 in a subsequent out-of-court settlement, documents show.” Kennesaw State University’s decision to remove its cheerleaders from the field after they protested police brutality during the national anthem […]

LGBTQ Advocates Slam Buttigieg for Volunteering with Salvation Army

The Hill is reporting that “Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is facing criticism online from some members of the LGBTQ+ community and gay rights advocates after photos of the openly gay South Bend, Indiana mayor volunteering with the Salvation Army resurfaced online Tuesday.” LGBTQ+ publication Out published a story Tuesday with some of the critical […]

Nearly 700K Lose Access to Food Stamps Under New Eligibility Rules

Nearly 700,000 Americans will lose their access to federal food stamps under new rules formalized by the Trump administration, the Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday. The proposal will see a tightening of work requirements for recipients and removes individual states’ discretion to waive those rules for people in desperate need of the the Supplemental Nutrition […]

Transgender School Shooter Will Be Tried as an Adult

Reuters is reporting “a transgender Colorado teen who told investigators he/she planned a deadly shooting at school because he/she was taunted by classmates over his/her gender identity, will stand trial as an adult, a judge in Castle Rock ruled Wednesday.” Alec McKinney, 16, who was born female but identifies as male, and Devon Erickson, 19, […]

Pussy Riot to Embark Tour to Benefit Planned Parenthood

The Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot has announced a North American Tour early next year to raise funds for Planned Parenthood. The 19-date tour is scheduled to begin in Los Angeles on March 13, 2020, and will run for just over a month, Fox News reports. The tour will swing through Denver, Chicago, Seattle, […]

Anti-ICE Protesters Vandalize Property, Lock Themselves Next to Immigration Demonstration

According to the Daily Caller, “A group of immigration activists Tuesday vandalized and locked themselves onto GEO Group property, a private contracting company that operates numerous migrant detention centers across the U.S.” The protesters gathered at GEO Group’s new $57 million headquarters in Boca Raton and demonstrated for the release of detained illegal immigrants. Some […]