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 9:15pm8/03/15 9:15pm

Democratic Staffer Won't Serve Jail Time for Drugging, Raping Women

A former Democratic Congressional aide pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual assault charges after raping two unconscious women in 2010, but will serve no jail time. According to prosecutors, Donny Ray Williams, 37, put put Ambien in one woman's drink and raped her while she was unconscious. A month later, he took another… »12/03/14 2:30pm12/03/14 2:30pm

Republicans Pose With Ladymags, Claim They Now Understand Women

This afternoon, a reporter who covers the Michigan politics snapped a photo of what Tina Fey would describe as "grey faced men with $2 haircuts" glowering over women's fashion magazines. Accompanying the photo was the caption, "@MIHouseGOP members Victory, Pettalia, and Glardon: 'Don't say we don't understand women.'"… »6/05/14 6:30pm6/05/14 6:30pm

Republicans Let a Woman Talk So Obviously They Don't Hate Women

Last night, the GOP's response to the President's State of the Union made history: a woman delivered it. Two women, actually. See? They're not alienating to women at all, unless you count the other stuff they did yesterday, which includes passing a bill that would make it all but impossible for many women to pay for… »1/29/14 11:40am1/29/14 11:40am

White House Considered Replacing Joe Biden With Hillary Clinton

No, this isn't a Leslie Knope stress dream: according to a new book about the 2012 Presidential election, some top White House aides thought it would be a good idea to replace Vice President Joe Biden with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a way to bolster Obama's floundering approval ratings. Imagine what… »11/01/13 10:25am11/01/13 10:25am

Poll: GOP Men Don't Think We Need Any More Ladies In Government

Fetch the smelling salts, I'm about to pass out from shock — a new poll reveals that there is a big gap in attitudes between liberals and conservatives when it comes to the role women should play in the government. And— surprise of surprises — the group with the least forward-thinking view of all is conservative men. »10/29/13 5:15pm10/29/13 5:15pm

Gross 71-Year-Old Assemblyman Thinks 14-Year-Old Intern Is 'Sexy'

Statutory rape laws, what a drag — am I right or am I RIGHT?? At least that's the opinion of New York Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez. The 71-year-old Democrat from Brooklyn was stripped of all party leadership positions because of unsavory comments he made about the sexiness of a 14-year-old intern. Puke. Even… »3/13/13 9:30am3/13/13 9:30am

The NRA's Congressional BFFs Who Have Suddenly Changed Their Tune

The number of NRA-endorsed politicians who've changed their Second Amendment tune since Adam Lanza shot 20 kids and seven adults with a semi-automatic rifle last Friday keeps rising. But can we really trust that these formerly staunch pro-gun representatives will take action? Check out their pre and post-Sandy Hook… »12/20/12 12:25pm12/20/12 12:25pm

Dating Website Allows You to Screen Out the Republicans (Or Democrats)

A new pair of dating sites aim to remove the awkward initial political conversation from internet courtship by matching users only with people who share their political affiliation, via a sophisticated series of questions on individual viewpoints. Which is a huge improvement over the old way that people tried to suss… »11/19/12 4:45pm11/19/12 4:45pm

Watching Steel Magnolias Makes Him Cry: Cory Booker Is Just Like Us

Because we can't stop, won't stop with the Bookerdemonium, New York magazine brings us some more reasons why we'd love to cuddle up to Mayor Handsome. (And there are, alas, reasons why we really wouldn't.) Either way, there's no denying that the man is a political star; every person with a Twitter account wants to be… »11/09/12 11:15am11/09/12 11:15am

Navigating Your Post-Election Victory Depression

We are the champions, my friends. But just because voters roundly rejected antique social ideas and embraced candidates and laws that would have made the hippies proud, if only the hippie demographic didn't currently consist of old-ish white people who mostly voted for Mitt Romney doesn't mean that we can rest on our… »11/08/12 11:15am11/08/12 11:15am