Lilli Petersen

Bio

Lilli is the News Editor at Elite Daily, where she leads coverage on all things news and politics, including reproductive rights, the Trump administration, and social justice issues. To keep it fun, she also oversees Elite Daily's I Have The Job You Want series, profiling all the people who do the fun and fascinating jobs you wanted when you were seven. Before joining Elite Daily, she was previously a News & Politics Writer with Refinery29. Besides her depressing obsession with politics, she loves to talk about her dog, Star Wars, her dog, feminism, her dog, and the enduring importance of Sansa Stark as the true hero of 'Game of Thrones.' Send her pitches at lilli.petersen@bustle.com, or follow her on Twitter for some quality dog content and the occasional feminist rant.

Everyone's Having The Same Reaction To The Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump

By Lilli Petersen
After months of speculation and weeks of testimony, the House of Representatives announced on Dec. 10 that it would bring articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. The White House did not immediately respond to Elite Daily's request…

Twitter Is Totally Shocked By Kamala Harris Leaving The 2020 Race

By Lilli Petersen
Is it too early in the 2020 cycle to play "Another One Bites The Dust"? After several weeks of dropping in the polls and rumors of a turbulent campaign, Sen. Kamala Harris of California ended her bid for the presidency. And while the political…

Melania Trump Chose A Classic Theme For The White House Holiday Decorations

By Lilli Petersen
It's that time of year again, and the White House is decked out with seasonal decorations and festive greenery. First lady Melania Trump's choice of holiday décor has bothered people in the past, but photos of the 2019 White House Christmas…

Nike's Black Friday Sale Is Your Chance To Step Up Your Sneaker Game For Less

By Lilli Petersen and Bella Gerard
If your eternal New Year's resolution is to be more active, I (and Nike) have really good news. Nike's Black Friday 2019 sale is full of amazing goodies that will gear you up to hit the road for a little cardio — or let's be honest, for anything,…

Here's What Experts Say About Whether Absence Really Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

By Alexia LaFata and Lilli Petersen
We all love finding peace in old, familiar adages. Although sayings like "the early bird catches the worm," "two wrongs don't make a right," and "don't count your chickens before they hatch" might sound too cliché for comfort, they calm you down…

This 1 Word Kamala Harris Uses Is A Huge Deal For Women In Politics

By Lilli Petersen
As of 2019, there’s one clear and definitive thing you can say about American politics: 45 out of 45 U.S. presidents have been men. And unfortunately, what you see is what you believe — or at the very least, what you get used to. Internal biases are…

Trump Doesn't Like The "Phony" Law Preventing Him From Profiting Off The Presidency

By Lilli Petersen
Democracy, amirite? The U.S. government includes checks and balances to keep leaders from abusing their power, but the president doesn't appear to be a fan of at least one of them. After criticism that forced President Donald Trump to walk back his…

The Internet Is Mourning Influential Democratic Leader Rep. Elijah Cummings

By Lilli Petersen
America has lost one of its leaders. On Thursday, Oct. 17, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings died at approximately 2:45 a.m. ET, his office announced. The congressman's death was attributed to longstanding health issues. He was 68 years old. Across…

Kamala Harris Went Off On Reproductive Rights At The Debate & It's Pure Fire

By Lilli Petersen
Everyone knew the latest Democratic debate on Oct. 15 was going to be a wild ride, but leave it to fiery California Senator Kamala Harris to roll in with the first answer that will have you saying, "oh damn!" During a series of questions on health…

Rihanna Needed A Drink To Talk About Trump & Politics In 'Vogue,' & TBH, Same

By Lilli Petersen
If the state of politics in 2019 is driving you to distraction, you're not alone. In a recent profile for the November 2019 issue of Vogue, Our Lady of the Met Gala, Rihanna herself, weighed in on politics, the president, and how much champagne she…

Uber Copter Is Like All Your VIP Travel Fantasies Come To Life

By Lilli Petersen
The only form of hell worse than being at the airport, is getting to the airport. As someone who is late absolutely everywhere in my life, trying to make a flight is a unique form of anxious torture that involves traffic, non-refundable fees, and…

Bernie Sanders Has Canceled Campaign Events After Emergency Heart Surgery

By Lilli Petersen
Well, this is a new and upsetting update in the Democratic presidential field. Sen. Bernie Sanders underwent emergency heart surgery on Oct. 1 and has canceled his campaign events until his recovery, according to CNBC. If you were planning on…

The House Is Actually Opening An Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump & Twitter Has Lost It

By Lilli Petersen
Cue your Michael Scott gifs, everyone, because it's happening. On Sept. 24, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that the House of Representatives would open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. No matter what side of the…

Greta Thunberg Subtly Dragged Trump's Tweet About Her U.N. Speech

By Lilli Petersen
Teens are the hope of the future, and if Greta Thunberg's example is anything to go by, there's plenty to be hopeful about. The Swedish teen activist has been holding politicians' feet to the fire over their inaction on climate change, and…

Greta Thunberg's Reaction To Donald Trump At The U.N. Is Absolutely Everything

By Lilli Petersen
Stars, they're just like us, right? That includes the opinions, beef, and occasionally, perfectly thrown shade. So when I say that climate activism superstar Greta Thunberg had quite a reaction to Donald Trump when the two crossed paths at the…

This Advice From Gun Policy Activists At Every Level Will Give You The Confidence To Make Change

By Lilli Petersen and Madhuri Sathish
America has a problem with gun violence. After three high-profile mass shootings in Texas and Ohio in August 2019, the nation has been grasping at anything to try to find a solution. While politicians talk about red flag laws, background checks, and…

Here's Why Planned Parenthood's Withdrawal From Title X Is So Troubling

By Lilli Petersen
It's been a possibility for awhile, but on Aug. 19, it was confirmed. Planned Parenthood is withdrawing from Title X, the federal program that supplies funding for family planning and birth control services, over the Trump administration's domestic…

This Campaign Gave Away So Much Free Birth Control To Make A Point

By Lilli Petersen
It hasn't been an easy few months for women and people with uteruses. After legislators passed wildly restrictive abortion laws in states such as Georgia and Missouri in the spring of 2019, advocates for reproductive rights quickly spoke out to…

An Expert Explains What You Should Know About Private Insurance & Medicare For All

By Shelby Black and Lilli Petersen
The 2020 Democratic presidential debate has brought up a number of issues ranging from immigration to equal pay, but there's been one topic that's been at the center of the race — health care. While many candidates support a universal health care…

Kirsten Gillibrand Wants To Talk About This Important Part Of Reproductive Rights

By Lilli Petersen
In a crowded Democratic primary field, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York knows who she is, and what she stands for. The three-term senator isn't shying away from gender issues on the campaign trail, and has been a vocal leader in the #MeToo…