Madeleine Albright Loved Her Waffle Date With Leslie Knope

In its final season, Parks & Recreation is really going for it—taking its humor and political heart as far as they both can stretch. Last night's double-header was one for the ages: in the first episode, "Mrs. Ludgate-Dwyer Goes to Washington," Leslie and April travel to DC to get some support for Leslie's… » 2/11/15 3:06pm 2/11/15 3:06pm

Joe Biden: Barbara Boxer Has Been 'My Soul Mate in the Senate'

California Senator Barbara Boxer announced earlier this week that she won't seek reelection in 2016, via a weird video featuring her grandson and some freestylin'. In a statement, Vice President Joe Biden bid her farewell in the most Bidenish way possible, that is, by reminiscing about their "passionate" political… » 1/09/15 10:10am 1/09/15 10:10am

Did Barbara Boxer Drop a Hillary 2016 Hint In Her Retirement Video?

Senator Barbara Boxer announced today that after 2016, she will end her long and illustrious career in the US Senate. To announce this, she released a very awkward video that included a seemingly random cameo by her grandson, a poem, and a stated desire to "make history" with the 2016 Democratic nominee for President… » 1/08/15 2:15pm 1/08/15 2:15pm

Senate Passes Amendment Barring Sex Offenders From the Military

It looks like there's at least one positive side effect of the summer's exposé of the sexual assault and harassment of 48 female trainees at Lackland Air Force Base—that attention's being drawn to the myriad problems and legal loopholes in the U.S. armed forces when it comes to the well-being of their female troops.… » 12/01/12 1:00pm 12/01/12 1:00pm

New Version of Violence Against Women Act Shows GOP Only Hates the Most…

Faced with accusations that their opposition to renewal of the Violence Against Women Act is a sign that they've taken a very unpopular "pro-woman beating" stance, Congressional Republicans are hurriedly drafting their own version of the bill to prove that they don't hate all women. Their version will be sort of like… » 4/25/12 9:00pm 4/25/12 9:00pm

Senate Women Maintain Civility with Regular Dinner Parties

Though partisanship amongst the Senate's Republican and Democratic men has never been greater, lady legislators have maintained a civil level of discourse mostly, writes the Daily Beast's Margaret Carlson, by attending a monthly "no boys allowed" supper club, ironically held in the Capitol's Strom Thurmond Room. » 3/04/12 6:00pm 3/04/12 6:00pm

Senate Votes to Kill Rule That Would Allow Employers to Deny Birth…

Some good news, for a change: earlier today, the US Senate voted to table the Blunt Amendment, a terribly stupid provision tacked onto an unrelated transportation bill which would've allowed any employer or insurance company to decline to cover any medical care for any moral reason. Twenty million women could've been… » 3/01/12 3:00pm 3/01/12 3:00pm