Katie McDonough, The New Republic

Katie McDonough

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Past articles by Katie:

I’m a Cleaner at a New York City Public School. The Pandemic Has Thrown My Plans Out the Window.

“It’s almost as if we’re guinea pigs in some way.” → Read More

It's Weird to Be Really Into Cats

A lot of you are really into your cats. Lots of social media posts, lots of conversations at dinners and other functions about your cats. I see you transporting heavy containers of cat litter on the subway. Seems like a lot? Some of you even have two cats. (I’ve heard rumors of four cats.) Kind of weird, I think. → Read More

Getting There

Almost seven years ago and a couple of weeks into my first blogging job, I sent a friend a now embarrassing email announcing that my life had just changed forever. “Jezebel cited me today,” I wrote. “On the radar. Whoop, whoop.” Madeleine Davies had written a short thing referencing a short thing I had written, which I experienced as proof that I existed in the same universe as a site I read… → Read More

Sisters in Suffering: It's Jezebel's Fourth Democratic Debate Liveblog and Open Thread

It’s the fourth Democratic presidential primary debate and you know what that means: 12 candidates are ready to repeatedly interrupt each other in an effort to claim more time for their prepared talking points! Will Joe Biden’s eye fill with blood again? (Maybe.) Will Andrew Yang wear a tie? (No.) Will the moderators ask Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren about how to pay for Medicare for All?… → Read More

The White House Will Not Cooperate With the Impeachment Inquiry So Don't Even Ask!

I need a CT scan (cry time scan). Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today: Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish: This has been Barf Bag. → Read More

Bad Internet on the Rise

Cry time for all of us, since the internet is already bad and will now get worse: Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today: Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish: This has been Barf Bag. → Read More

Someone Check on Wilbur?

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with Wilbur Ross, our 81-years-young commerce secretary, but maybe someone check on him? I’m sure he’s fine. Ha ha! He’s fine? → Read More

It's the End of the World as We Know It

NEW YORK—At a certain point in Lower Manhattan on Friday afternoon, you were part of the global climate strike whether or not you wanted to be. By noon, the crowds assembled around City Hall had swelled to the point that walking became difficult. The mayor’s office would later project participation at 60,000 while organizers put it closer to 250,000, but from where I stood on the corner of… → Read More

Tom Delonge Was Right About UFOs and Also the Hottest Member of Blink 182

According to a spokesperson for the United States Navy, a video made public by former Blink 182 bassist Tom DeLonge’s To The Stars Academy does in fact show “unidentified” aerial “phenomena.” The language of the statement is significant, according to Motherboard, because “the UFO community is increasingly using the terminology ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’ to discuss unknown objects in the… → Read More

You Don't Need to Ask About Abortion

There were no questions about abortion or reproductive health at the third Democratic debate on Thursday night, which is usually what happens at presidential debates. The absence of any real discussion about abortion is so predictable at this point that there’s a hashtag (“#AskAboutAbortion”) and a familiar cycle of next-day takes that most writers on the beat could probably turn around in their… → Read More

Third Democratic Debate Night's Alright for Fighting: An Open Thread

And we’re back: Joe Biden is wearing a blue suit, Beto O’Rourke is wearing a blue suit. Pete Buttigieg is wearing—a suit of some kind? I forget, honestly. Elizabeth Warren is wearing a saucy red jacket, and she seems to be feeling great. Are you feeling great? Let’s talk about it in the comments. → Read More

Kiss Your Flavored E-Cigarettes Goodbye, Baby

Cry time for a second day in row. Almost makes you want to cry. → Read More

Laughing About Sexual Assault Helped Billy Bush Learn to Have Empathy for Himself, Mostly

Cry time again, cry babies. Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today: Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish: This has been Barf Bag. → Read More

Sarah Palin Is Getting a Divorce

Sarah and Todd Palin are getting a divorce. It’s sad to lose such a great public-facing couple, but these things happen. → Read More

Howard Shultz Is Not Running for President But He Absolutely Would Have Won, I Just Know It

Cry time for Howard, an inspiring and charismatic billionaire who I absolutely would have voted for! → Read More

A Rural Clinic Operating Without a Net

The Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership is a nonprofit organization that operates a small network of family planning clinics serving low-income patients in rural Minnesota. Like so many other clinics across the country right now, it withdrew from the Title X family planning program after the Trump administration’s gag rule went into effect, prohibiting providers like Mahube-Otwa from… → Read More

How Do I Cut the Sleeves Off My T-Shirts? Step by Step Guide

We’re in the dying days of summer in New York City. The air is oppressive and thick. The streets radiate heat and the smell of garbage. The mayor, somehow, is running for president. There is no relief except for bodegas selling Snickers Ice Cream Bars, public pools and beaches, and dark movie theaters. It’s an absolutely perfect time of year. → Read More

I'm a Virgo Sun With Lincoln Chafee Rising

Cry time—now on Thursdays, too. Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today: Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish: This has been Barf Bag. → Read More

Sean Spicer's Dancing With The Stars Rehabilitation Tour

Sean Spicer will appear on the newest season of Dancing With the Stars, which is shameful and predictable in the same ways that it was shameful and predictable when he was warmly welcomed at the Emmys or when Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government invited him, fresh off his tenure as the president’s mouthpiece, to be part of its 2017 class of visiting fellows. Spicer will also be paid… → Read More

Bill de Blasio's True Voice—Revealed

On Wednesday, while addressing the Iowa Federation of Labor by video conference, New York City mayor and Democratic presidential primary candidate Bill de Blasio spoke about the many struggles faced by union members and the labor movement more broadly right now. → Read More