Mara Flanagan

Romper News Writer. Pittsburgher. Social media strategist specializing in education and the arts. Fan of jazz, filmmaking and the circus.

The Internet Heard About Saint West, & The Response Is Glorious

He has a name! Two days following the birth of her second child, Kim Kardashian shared her son's name, Saint West, with the world. And, as one does in the digital age, people are responding to Saint West's name, as well as the way his mother shared…
By Mara Flanagan

False North Carolina Ad Says Trans Bathroom Rights Will Lead To Young Girls Being Raped

In the fight against transgender bathroom rights, one weapon is a perpetual part of the arsenal: fear. That may explain why an ad introduced in 2015 was repurposed by opponents of North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper, the state's…
By Mara Flanagan

What States Does Trump Need To Win? There Are Three Critical Clinchers

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump definitely has a path to the White House, but it's not a straightforward one. Leading up to Election Day, pundits posited a number of pathways Trump could take to lock up 270 electoral votes. But if he…
By Mara Flanagan

Will Hillary Clinton Fire Huma Abedin? The Top Aide Is Caught In A Difficult Position

The Clintons are known for maintaining a tight inner circle, and closing ranks is critically important in the days leading up to the presidential election. But when FBI Director James Comey revealed that the investigation into Democratic…
By Mara Flanagan

Does The Standing Rock Facebook Check In Help? The Show Of Support Is Raising Awareness

Supporters of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe aren't just camping out, they're checking in. Though not every activist can make it to a Dakota Access Pipeline protest in North Dakota, anyone can show their commitment to the cause by checking in to the…
By Mara Flanagan

Does Growing Up Without Siblings Profoundly Affect Your Kid's Mental Health?

There's no doubt that the number of kids growing up in a household together changes the family dynamic. But for only children, does growing up without siblings affect kids' mental health? While studies have been done showing personality and social…
By Mara Flanagan

Who Was On Hillary Clinton’s VP List? The Newest Email Leak Includes Bill Gates & Tim Cook

It turns out Virgina Sen. Tim Kaine likely had some serious competition to snag a spot on the Democratic ticket. A newly-leaked email from campaign chairman John Podesta revealed that a surprising selection of leaders made what appears to be the…
By Mara Flanagan

Who Is Kerry Washington’s Husband? Nnamdi Asomugha Is A Former Pro Football Player

Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha just had their second child. Who is Kerry Washington's husband? Asomugha used to play in the NFL and now he's a proud dad of two. Asomugha and Washington's son came into the world on Oct. 5, according to E! News.…
By Mara Flanagan

700 Christian Women Write A Powerful Letter To Donald Trump, & It’s A Must-Read

The Republican presidential nominee's questionable words about women drew criticism from more than 700 Christian leaders. Hundreds of Christian women wrote a letter to Donald Trump expressing their anger at comments he made on a hot mic while…
By Mara Flanagan

Who Is Kristin Anderson? She Alleges That Donald Trump Sexually Assaulted Her In The 1990s

Another woman is accusing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of sexual assault. Who is Kristin Anderson? She alleged that Trump touched her inappropriately in the early 1990s, according to a new Washington Post story on Friday. The Trump…
By Mara Flanagan

Ben Carson Asks For Female Reporter’s Mic To Be Cut, & The Silencing Is Becoming A Trend

A former Republican presidential candidate shocked viewers of MSNBC's Morning Joe Friday with a disconcerting request. During an interview, Dr. Ben Carson asked for a reporter's mic to be cut when she questioned the Trump surrogate about assault…
By Mara Flanagan

Mike Pence's Response To An 11-Year-Old's Body Image Question Was Totally Off Base

During an interview, the Republican vice presidential candidate gave a surprising answer to a poignant comment from a young girl. Mike Pence's response to an 11-year-old's body image question was totally off base, and Twitter is definitely noticing.…
By Mara Flanagan

Prince William’s Trick For Getting Prince George To Sleep Is Surprisingly Simple

Even royal babies have trouble getting to sleep. Though the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may have a team of people at the ready to help with the kids, they still face plenty of everyday parenting challenges. And like any dad, Prince William is…
By Mara Flanagan

Transcript Of Michelle Obama’s Speech In Manchester Reinforced How Much Clinton Has Faced

While campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton Thursday, the First Lady delivered a powerful message about the importance of voting. The transcript of Michelle Obama's speech in Manchester serves as a reminder of the power…
By Mara Flanagan

Who Is Natasha Stoynoff? The Former 'People' Writer Made A Major Accusation Against Trump

This week, multiple women told reporters that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sexually assaulted them in the past. Though the Trump campaign vehemently denies any misconduct, the stories emerging in the aftermath of the Access Hollywood…
By Mara Flanagan

Who Is Ken Bone's Wife? She's His High School Sweetheart

Ken Bone is universally lauded as the best part of the second presidential debate. From his red sweater to his delightfully pragmatic question about energy, Ken won the hearts and minds of the American people. Since his primetime appearance, Ken's…
By Mara Flanagan

Will Megyn Kelly Be At The Final Presidential Debate? She Covered The First Two

Since August 2015, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump haven't been on the best terms. One question Kelly asked Trump during the primary prompted a feud that's lasted for more than a year. Now that Election…
By Mara Flanagan

Will Ken Bone Be Back For The Final Presidential Debate? He'll Definitely Be Watching

Just days ago, Americans needed no additional incentive to tune in to the third presidential debate; the thought of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump going head-to-head for the final time was compelling enough.…
By Mara Flanagan

How Many States Already Have Changing Tables For Dads? They Haven't Been Required Anywhere

Changing a baby is challenging enough without having to do it on the floor. But for many dads across the country, the lack of changing tables in men's restrooms means that they have no choice. Legislation signed into law by President Obama aims to…
By Mara Flanagan

Photos Of Anne Hathaway's Son Are Hard To Find, Maybe For A Reason

Anne Hathaway treats her 6.1 million Instagram followers to behind-the-scenes snapshots, political messages, and the occasional selfie. But for fans scrolling through her feed, there is one part of her life that is mostly unrepresented: motherhood.…
By Mara Flanagan