Gillibrand: UVA Story Shouldn't Stop Campus Sexual Assault Bill 

Since June, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill have been trying to pass the Campus Accountability & Safety Act, which takes a carrot/stick approach to how colleges deal with sexual assault. On the carrot side, it would increase federal funding for on-campus support services for rape survivors;… » 12/09/14 3:10pm 12/09/14 3:10pm

Colleges That Botch Rape Investigations Could Face Millions in Fines

A truly motley crew of Senators has introduced a bill that would crack down on schools that fail to address campus sexual assault. But unlike window dress-y efforts that amount to little more than campaign ads for politicians uninterested in effecting actual change, this bill actually sounds like it's got some teeth. » 7/30/14 7:00pm 7/30/14 7:00pm

Here's Why It Matters that the Senate Grilled Dr. Oz Over Diet Scams

Senator Claire McCaskill, chair of the Senate's Consumer Protection panel, is NOT JAZZED ABOUT DR. OZ. In fact, she spent half of Tuesday grilling him on why he keeps going on television and telling people that if they just eat enough $45 magic beans they'll wake up with a thigh gap like a soccer goal (and then:… » 6/19/14 5:20pm 6/19/14 5:20pm

Senate Votes To End 'Good Soldier Defense' In Military Sexual Assault

Those calling for an overhaul to the U.S. military's sexual assault policies have good reason to be excited tonight. On Monday, the Senate approved a bill that would incorporate huge changes in the military justice system, including ditching the so-called "good soldier defense." » 3/10/14 9:30pm 3/10/14 9:30pm

Claire McCaskill's Daughters Are Just Like Us, But Way Cooler

Here's another reason to be thrilled that Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill beat out Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin on Tuesday: her daughters, 23-year-old Maddie and 21-year-old Lily Esposito, are AWESOME. Here's why, in no particular order: » 11/09/12 3:00pm 11/09/12 3:00pm

Lesbians, Immigrants, and Harvard Professors: Get to Know Your…

The 113th US Congress will have 20 women senators, the highest ever in the country's history. Put that in your binder and smoke it! (Or you could say all of their terms synced up, JUST LIKE PERIODS.) Here's a primer on who's new, who's sticking around, and who's making history. » 11/07/12 5:00pm 11/07/12 5:00pm

Claire McCaskill Just Legitimately Shut Down Todd Akin's Senate Bid

I guess women just have a way of doing that. I'm legitimately stoked about this — it's very good news, indeed. So sad, too bad, for Akin. Buh-bye now, don't let women's reproductive rights hit you in the ass on the way out! » 11/06/12 10:15pm 11/06/12 10:15pm

12 Races That Women Could Win Tonight

Some call it the culmination of the American political process, others call it Bullshit Christmas Eve — however you swing it, tonight, we come to the end of the three ring binder circus that we call the election season (you know, barring excessive, obnoxious litigation. Which is likely). But while we were all… » 11/06/12 11:20am 11/06/12 11:20am

Todd 'Legitimate Rape' Akin Wishes Claire McCaskill Were More Ladylike

Femininity expert and giant elderly fetus Todd Akin is moving his mouth parts and making awful sounds again. This time, rather than sharing his opinions about Rape Science, he's got an opinion about his opponent Senator Claire McCaskill, who he has determined is poised to lose the election because she is less… » 9/27/12 7:15pm 9/27/12 7:15pm

Today's the Last Day Todd Akin Can Legitimately Drop Out of the Senate…

How much do you want to bet that Claire McCaskill is crossing all of her crossable phalanges right now? Her Missouri Senate opponent is Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin, and Akin has until the end of the day to legally remove his name from the November ballot. If he doesn't, the best hope the Republican party has to retake… » 9/25/12 2:30pm 9/25/12 2:30pm

Pulled 'Women for Akin' Ad Somehow Manages to Make Todd Akin Seem Even…

Not since a barrage of sexual misconduct accusations prompted the creation of Women for Herman Cain has a candidate's woman-centric outreach been more ill-advised. But, here we are, on Day 1 of Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin's WOMEN FOR AKIN initiative, which positions Akin as a nice guy who is friends with plenty of… » 9/18/12 4:10pm 9/18/12 4:10pm

Republican Groups Still Supporting Todd Akin, All Secret-Like

Missouri Republican Senate nominee Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin may be a quivering slime mold with a side part of a human being, and the Republican establishment may have publicly distanced itself from him, but that doesn't mean they don't still kind of want him to win. And now that the media spotlight is shining its… » 9/10/12 12:30pm 9/10/12 12:30pm

Claire McCaskill Mysteriously Pulls Ahead of Todd Akin in Polls

In the days after letting it slip that he believes that rape victims shouldn't be allowed to have abortions because if it's a "legitimate rape," the female body has ways to "shut that whole thing down," Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin bragged that even though he's pretty much a human-shaped bag of biohazardous… » 8/23/12 3:20pm 8/23/12 3:20pm

Todd Akin Releases 'Forgive Me for Being a Dipshit' Ad, Vows to Plunge…

Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin is so, so sorry. He's so unbelievably, self-flagellatingly remorseful that he has released a new ad begging voters' forgiveness, claiming he used the "wrong words in the wrong way." But that's not enough for top GOP officials, who are trying to come in and shut that whole thing down. Guy… » 8/21/12 10:30am 8/21/12 10:30am

Todd Akin Was Probably Going to Win the Missouri Senate Race Before He…

Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill probably helped Rep. Todd Akin achieve greater political prominence when she decided that it'd be better to face a six-term congressman in the looming Missouri Senate race than an opponent who didn't have a previous voting record to criticize. With tea-party fervor strong in… » 8/20/12 10:25pm 8/20/12 10:25pm

Rumor: Todd 'Legitimate Rape' Akin Might Withdraw From Senate Race…

The rumor mill has been chug chug chugging this afternoon with reports that many important suit wearers think Missouri Republican Senate nominee Todd Akin should withdraw from the race. According to one senior GOP official, tomorrow his campaign will announce that it will, to borrow a phrase from Akin, "shut that… » 8/20/12 4:20pm 8/20/12 4:20pm

How Screwed Would We Be Without Lady Legislators? A Statistical Analysis

Today, the pro-choice, pro-lady Political Action Committee EMILY's List is launching a tool that will make you simultaneously proud to be a woman and terrified of an America where women aren't given a chance to lead. It's called The Impact Project, and it traces the role Democratic female lawmakers have had in passing… » 8/20/12 10:50am 8/20/12 10:50am

Are Women's High-Pitched Ladyvoices Holding Them Back?

Research shows that people prefer listening to instructions from deep, rich baritones over nags from high tittering trills. » 11/16/11 12:35pm 11/16/11 12:35pm

Can We Please Stop Setting Weight Loss Goals?

Several months ago, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill announced to her Twitter followers that she wanted to lose 50 pounds. Yesterday, she took to the 'net again, informing her followers that she'd met her goal. While I'm happy for her for doing what she set out to do, it's depressing that the standard by which women… » 10/20/11 4:00pm 10/20/11 4:00pm

Senator Says She Feels Fat

This morning, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill announced on Twitter that she is "tired of looking and feeling fat. Maybe talking about it publicly will keep me on track as I try to be more disciplined. Off to the gym." Is this a lady thing, or do public struggles with weight loss cross gender lines? » 5/12/11 10:15am 5/12/11 10:15am