HC Wake-Up Call: #TakeAKnee Goes to the House, a Homophobic Former Judge Wins the Alabama Senate Primary & Coffee's Scary Ingredient

Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Brought #TakeAKnee to the House of Representatives

Following Trump's remarks at an Alabama rally this past Friday, in which he referred to football players who kneel during the national anthem as, "sons of bitches," people are not happy — and congresswoman Sheila Jackson of Texas is one of them. On Monday night, after giving a speech about the racist undertones of Trump's comments, Lee knelt symbolically, saying it was meant to be in honor of the First Amendment and a stand against racism.

"I refuse to accept that as a standard of leadership for the highest office in the world,” Lee said of President Trump.

A Man Who Believes Homosexuality Should Be Illegal Just Won the Alabama Senate Primary

Roy Moore, who has a history of making some seriously racist and homophobic remarks, has won the Alabama Senate primary against the Republican establishment's favored candidate, Sen. Luther Strange, Buzzfeed News reports. He will run in the special election race in December against Democrat Doug Jones, who is a former U.S. attorney, to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions's vacant seat. In contrast, Moore has been removed from the Alabama State Supreme Court multiple times throughout his career, and once suggested that 9/11 was a punishment to the U.S. for turning away from Christianity. So that's reassuring.

Don't Freak Out or Anything, but Coffee May Have a Cancer-Causing Ingredient

Starbucks lovers, take note: a nonprofit group in California is suing Starbucks and around 90 other coffee brands and companies for not posting warnings that their products could contain acrylamide, a possibly cancer-causing chemical that sometimes occurs as part of the coffee roasting process, Cosmopolitan reports. While the coffee industry has asserted before that the amount of acrylamide in coffee is so insignificant that it is outweighed by the benefits of drinking coffee, but the lawyer taking on the coffee companies said that the goal of the lawsuit is to motivate companies to remove it from their products entirely — which, TBH, would make me feel a lot better about my multiple-cups-a-day habit.

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Caroline Pirozzolo is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is majoring in Journalism. In her free time, Caroline enjoys buying more fashion magazines and books than she can ever possibly read, being an art history nerd, consuming mass amounts of coffee and Chipotle, and fawning over pictures of French Bulldog puppies. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @c_pirozzolo. 

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