Becky Bracken

News and views writer bringing you the latest with a sassy side of girl power.
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Babies "R" Us Was The First Place I Went When I Found Out I Would Be A Mom

For years I struggled to have a baby, and the sight of toys and layettes made my heart hurt. For me, Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us were a complete no-go zone, a reminder of everything I was missing out on. My mom would walk the long way around Target…
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This Is, Hands Down, The Most Ridiculous Christmas Dish Of 2017

One of the coolest parts of parenthood — besides all the sappy forming-a-human-you-love-more-than-yourself stuff — is the ability to indulge your inner kid without looking completely unhinged. More than normal anyway. So as the mother of a 7-year-old…
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Calling Daughters "Sweetie" Is Archaic & Sexist AF, So I Won't Be Doing It

Much has been made of the horrors of calling girls “princess,” but the alternative many of us use has a much more insidious effect. While perhaps not as sickeningly saccharine as giving your daughter the royal treatment, the word “sweetie” is drippin…
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Keystone XL Would Endanger These Species

The Keystone XL Pipeline has been shrouded in controversy over fears what transferring almost a million barrels of oil per day across 875 miles could mean for the environment, especially when that environment includes the Great Plains, rivers, and mo…
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How To Protest The ACA Repeal

More coverage for more Americans at a lower cost. That was the goal of the Affordable Care Act, so-called Obamacare. The law hasn't been perfect, but it has led to more than 20 million Americans getting insurance coverage that didn't have it before. …
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Is There A Limit On Executive Orders?

As the Chief Executive of the United States, presidents have several ways to direct the actions of the executive branch of government and essentially make policy without input from Congress or the courts, the most common of which are executive orders…
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What Is Betsy DeVos' Job?

Betsy DeVos has come onto the national political scene with her appointment to head the Department of Education under the new Trump administration. But for people in Michigan, the DeVos name is familiar, and both revered and feared in state-wide poli…
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Betsy DeVos' Education Track Record Is Not Great

Betsy DeVos is President Donald Trump's nominee to head up the Department of Education. She's the billionaire heiress to the Amway fortune who has spent her considerable resources focused on promoting charter schools as an alternative to public educa…
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'Teen Mom 2's Jenelle Evans Welcomes 3rd Child

Jenelle Evans, the love-able MTV star has been looking very pregnant and ready to pop any minute for weeks. Well, it's finally happened! Teen Mom 2's Jenelle Evans welcomes her 3rd child, and shared the big news on Instagram with her fiancé David Eas…
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When Is The Next Women's March?

By any measure, the Women's March on Jan. 21 was a success. But the lingering question is what will come next. How can the energy of the millions who marched all over the world be harnessed into action? Another new idea proposes just how to keep the …
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Janelle Monáe Was Snubbed For 'Hidden Figures'

She sings, dances, and has graced the screens of some of the year's most acclaimed films, Moonlight and Hidden Figures. So why wasn't Janelle Monáe nominated for an Oscar? It appears her work got lost among all of the incredible performances this yea…
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The Global Gag Rule Will Increase Abortions

Just two days after millions of women took to the streets across the country to protest threats against equal rights and just one day after the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the U.S., President…
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How to Get The Women's March Anthem By MILCK

If you haven't heard of singer-songwriter MILCK yet, get ready. She's written and performed what's being called the Women's March "anthem" and it's a gorgeous, power ballad titled "Quiet" that seems to have captured the spirit of the moment. Here's h…
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'The Last Jedi' Jokes & Memes Are Hilarious

Well it's official, the title for the next installment of the Skywalker saga has been revealed by Disney. The movie will be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and will be executive produced by J.J. Abrams. But in the world of Star Wars more than any ot…
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Here's How Trump Could Affect Working Moms

In these first days of the new Trump Administration, Americans are left to wonder what the next four years might look like. President Donald Trump made many promises over the course of his campaign, ranging from banning Muslims from entering the U.S.…
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Tess Holliday's HBD Post To Her Son Is Adorable

Tess Holliday has made a name for herself as a gorgeous model and a fierce advocate for body positivity who proves time and again beauty has zilch to do with a number on a scale. She'a also the proud mother of two sons, baby Bowie, and Rylee, who is …
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No, The Women's March Doesn't Need A New Name

It was inevitable that, as the Women's March approached, it would inspire all sorts of criticism. And now that the event is just hours away, it's really heating up. Some of the March's opponents have gathered around the Twitter hashtag #RenameTheMill…
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Who Is Octomom? Steven Mnuchin Called Her Out

Steve Mnuchin is a former banker and current Hollywood producer who President-elect Trump has nominated to lead the Department of the Treasury. And during his confirmation hearing on Thursday, he mentioned the most unlikely woman — Octomom. Who is Oc…
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Here's Where The Italy Avalanche Was

A massive Italian avalanche has hit the Abruzzo region, leaving one four-star hotel and spa buried in snow. Rescue workers fought through bad weather on skis to reach the hotel, but fear the worst for the 30 people still missing. A series of earthqua…
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How To Get Women's March Merchandise

On Jan. 21, the day after President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th American President, hundreds of thousands of women are planning to descend on the Capitol to make their voices, and opposition, to Trump's presidency heard. There's still …
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