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

Anti-Abortion Congressman Tim Ryan Publicly (Finally) Changes Mind

Congressman Tim Ryan, a Democrat from Ohio, announced in an op-ed today that he's changed his previously anti-abortion stance, writing, "Each and every American deserves the right to deal with these difficult situations in consultation with their families, close friends or religious advisers," and that pregnancy is "a… » 1/28/15 4:40pm 1/28/15 4:40pm

Surprise: The House Reps Arguing for Abortion Ban Were Almost All Men

The GOP's forever war on abortion suffering an embarrassing little hiccup yesterday, when a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks stalled because Republican Congesswomen just flatly refused to get on board. Last night, the House GOP members were forced to abandon the 20-week ban idea, but not before 16 Republicans… » 1/22/15 10:30am 1/22/15 10:30am