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Taylor Swift poses in the press room during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20 in Las Vegas. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

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How Democrats are using their own personal health care stories to win in the midterms

A campaign ad for former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense Elissa Slotkin, the Democratic nominee in Michigan’s 8th District
A campaign ad for former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense Elissa Slotkin, the Democratic nominee in Michigan’s 8th District Campaign Slotkin for Congress/YouTube

For months now, health care has been moving to front-and-center in Democratic messaging in the midterm elections. Not only are Democratic nominees running on protecting pre-existing conditions, but they’re doing so by airing their own personal stories in an effort to connect with voters and show why they are committed to providing better health care for their constituents.

Taylor Swift’s conservative fans are mad about her endorsement of Tennessee Democrats

Taylor Swift performs in Miami Gardens, Florida, during her Reputation Tour in August.
Taylor Swift performs in Miami Gardens, Florida, during her Reputation Tour in August. mpi04/AP

Taylor Swift went from being the beloved, wholesome sweetheart of middle America to just another celebrity maligned in conservative circles on Sunday after she denounced racism while endorsing Democrats.

In a rare political turn, Swift posted on Instagram on Sunday her endorsements of Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper in Tennessee. Those endorsements didn’t sit well with many of Swift’s conservative fans.

Trump administration violated Constitution in tying funding to immigration, federal judge states

Protesters outside a court house in San Francisco
Protesters outside a court house in San Francisco Haven Daley/AP

In response to a legal challenge from California and the city of San Francisco, the Trump administration’s policy to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” was struck down in court Friday.

U.S. District Court Judge William H. Orrick became the latest federal judge to rule against the policy, following previous decisions against it in Philadelphia and Chicago. Orrick found that by imposing the funding terms, the Trump administration violated the separation of powers and spending power stipulated in the U.S. Constitution.

Brett Kavanaugh is the first member of the Supreme Court to hire an all-female class of law clerks

Protesters rally against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, D.C.
Protesters rally against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Brett Kavanaugh ascended to the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday over the widespread objections of women across the country — and one of his first actions was to install an all-female staff.

In the new A Star Is Born, how much time actually passes?

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in ‘A Star Is Born’
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in ‘A Star Is Born’ Warner Bros./IMDb

The new remake of A Star Is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper who co-stars with Lady Gaga, is something of a sensation. It’s inspired memes and over-performed box-office expectations in its opening weekend. “Shallow,” the most recognizable song from the film’s soundtrack, was reportedly the best-selling song in the country as of Monday.

But, as A Star Is Born fever sweeps the nation, all of us lucky enough to have seen the film already are left with one lingering question: Just how much time actually passes over the course of that dang movie?

Tim Mulkerin
Reporter and Social Media Editor, Hype