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Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Blocked By Senate Democrats

Today Senate Democrats rallied enough support to block a bill that, if passed, would eliminate Planned Parenthood’s government funding. Good news, indeed — but we’re not yet out of the woods. GOP leaders are steadfast in their resolve to defund the organization, even if their efforts lead to another government… » 8/03/15 9:15pm 8/03/15 9:15pm

Congress Awaiting Rules on How They Should Behave Around the Pope

Pope Francis’s September visit to the United States will include a joint address to both houses of Congress, which means means Congress has less than two months to figure out how to behave around the Pope. Somebody get Henry Higgins on the phone so we don’t look like a passel of complete yahoos! » 7/29/15 12:45pm 7/29/15 12:45pm

Republicans Propose 'Religious Freedom' Law in Wake of Gay Marriage

In the wake of both the Supreme Court’s recent ruling and the debacle that occurred in Indiana when the state government attempted to allow businesses to discriminate on the basis of religious freedom, moderate republicans are beginning to recognize that gay marriage isn’t going anywhere. But not everyone’s happy… » 7/20/15 1:50pm 7/20/15 1:50pm

House Passes Breast Cancer Research Funding Bill That Excludes Komen

On Wednesday afternoon, Congress passed a bill which will increase breast cancer research funding, which is good. However, the bill that passed is a shell of its former self — it had to be pulled from the floor the day before at Republicans’ request because they objected to the idea of funding Susan G. Komen for the… » 7/15/15 10:30pm 7/15/15 10:30pm

L.A. Times: Dennis Hastert Was Paying to Conceal His 'Sexual Misconduct'

When it was announced Thursday that former House speaker Dennis J. Hastert has been indicted on blackmail charges, nobody had any idea what the hell was going on. The plot has thickened rapidly: Hastert is accused of paying roughly $1.7 million in hush money since 2010, and the L.A. Times is reporting it was to cover… » 5/29/15 4:10pm 5/29/15 4:10pm

House Tells DOJ to Take Gamergate-Style Online Threats Seriously

In March of this year, Congresswoman Katherine Clark of Massachusetts started agitating very publicly for the Department of Justice to quit ignoring online threats against women, asking them specifically to devote more resources to investigating things like the threats and abuse heaped upon game developer Zoe Quinn » 5/28/15 6:50pm 5/28/15 6:50pm

Florida Rep. Alan Grayson on Split from Wife: 'Gold Diggers Gotta Dig'

The divorce proceedings between Florida Congressman Alan Grayson and his estranged wife Lolita, once delayed by a leaky breast implant, continue to be understated and mutually respectful. Grayson, one of the richest men in Congress, paused on his way into court to tell a TV reporter, “Gold diggers gotta dig.” » 5/19/15 2:00pm 5/19/15 2:00pm

TN Rep Who Pressured Mistress to Have Abortion Votes for Abortion Ban

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, the pro-life, all-family values Tennessee Republican who cheated on his wife and then pressured his mistress to have an abortion, voted this week in favor of a federal 2o-week abortion ban. DesJarlais’ spokesperson said the congressman has “always supported pro-life values”—except, of… » 5/15/15 8:00pm 5/15/15 8:00pm

Men in Congress Are Trying to Avoid Being Alone with Female Staffers

A new report from the National Journal says that many Congressmen have adopted policies that keep them from being alone with their female staffers. The idea is to avoid the appearance of “impropriety,” but those female staffers told the Journal that the policies are hurting their professional advancement and their… » 5/15/15 1:00pm 5/15/15 1:00pm

PA Republican Is Sleeping With Airline Lobbyist, Blames 'Liberal Media'

Congressman Bill Shuster, a Pennsylvania Republican who chairs the House Committee on Transportation, admitted to Politico Thursday that he has a “private and personal relationship” with a woman who works as a lobbyist for the airline industry. His staff is working on a bill that would reform the Federal Aviation… » 4/17/15 10:50am 4/17/15 10:50am

Fancy Downton Abbey Office-Having Congressman Aaron Schock Resigns 

Frequently unshirted Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois, Downton Abbey's number one fan, announced Tuesday he's resigning his post. The move comes just months after Schock became a national laughingstock and a walking one-man example of unchecked political corruption and personal avarice. He's blaming "constant… » 3/17/15 2:50pm 3/17/15 2:50pm