The First Muslim and Native American women were just elected to Congress.

The polls have yet to close across the country and two historical firsts have already been made in the 2018 midterm elections.

The first Muslim and Native American women have been elected to Congress.

Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib became the first female Muslim elected to Congress after winning Michigan's 13th Congressional District. Although the win is historic, it was also expected.


Tlaib ran without any Republican opposition in a heavily Democratic district.

She is also now the first Palestinian-American elected to Congress.

Tlaib entered the race after winning a separate Democratic primary to fill out the remainder of former Representative John Conyers’ current term. Conyers resigned after allegations of sexual harassment.

Tlaib is expected to share the title of first Muslim woman elected to Congress after Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is declared the winner in her race for Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District. Polls had Omar far ahead of Republican Jennifer Zielinski coming into election day.

Omar will also be the first headscarf-wearing member of Congress, as well as the first Somali-American U.S. legislator, and the first woman of color to represent Minnesota in Congress.

“They defy ideas of what Muslim women should look like, do like, be like, and I think people will continue to be fascinated by them,” Wa’el Alzayat, CEO of Emgage, a nonprofit that supports US Muslim political engagement, said.

“They bring certain perspectives and experiences and views to Congress, which is predominantly white male," Alzayat continued, "and that is the whole point of electing people like them.”

Out west, Deb Haaland has made history after becoming the first Native-American woman elected to Congress. Haaland defeated Republican Janice Arnold-Jones to win New Mexico's First Congressional District.

Haaland is a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, whose name derives from the small lake on its west-central New Mexico reservation.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

4-year-old New Zealand boy and police share toys.

Sometimes the adorableness of small children is almost too much to take.

According to the New Zealand Police, a 4-year-old called the country's emergency number to report that he had some toys for them—and that's only the first cute thing to happen in this story.

After calling 111 (the New Zealand equivalent to 911), the preschooler told the "police lady" who answered the call that he had some toys for her. "Come over and see them!" he said to her.

The dispatcher asked where he was, and then the boy's father picked up. He explained that the kids' mother was sick and the boy had made the call while he was attending to the other child. After confirming that there was no emergency—all in a remarkably calm exchange—the call was ended. The whole exchange was so sweet and innocent.

But then it went to another level of wholesome. The dispatcher put out a call to the police units asking if anyone was available to go look at the 4-year-old's toys. And an officer responded in the affirmative as if this were a totally normal occurrence.

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