Did a Wild Rumor of an Affair with a Congresswoman Cause McCarthy to Drop Out of the Speaker Race?

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy very, very, very abruptly dropped out of the race to become House Speaker just now. Chaos reigns. Gossipers on the right side of the aisle are heavily implying that McCarthy bailed to avoid having an alleged extramarital affair with Congresswoman Renee Ellmers of North Carolina… »10/08/15 3:45pm10/08/15 3:45pm


Toot Toot! All Aboard the Crazy Train! Congress Has Big Plans for Planned Parenthood

All aboard the Unbelievable Waste of Time Express as it departs the station for an indeterminate, never-to-be-reached destination: the House is preparing a resolution to convene a special subcommittee to “investigate” Planned Parenthood. They’ll be in there however long it takes, which will be forever. »10/06/15 4:45pm10/06/15 4:45pm

Congressman Accused of Paying Staffer For Months After He Was Dismissed for Sexual Harassment 

North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Meadows, currently one of the people leading the charge to defund Planned Parenthood, is accused of paying his chief of staff for months after multiple women complained they were being sexually harassed by the man. The chief, Kenny West, was first banned from the… »10/05/15 5:17pm10/05/15 5:17pm

After a predictably huge amount of public outrage, the Missouri House is dropping the idea of propos

After a predictably huge amount of public outrage, the Missouri House is dropping the idea of proposing a dress code for interns to cut down on all the sexual harassment by lawmakers. St. Louis Public Radio reports that House Speaker Todd Richardson nixed the idea, saying that although several Republican lawmakers… »8/19/15 1:40pm8/19/15 1:40pm

Missouri Lawmakers Wonder if Dress Code Would Keep Them From Sexually Harassing Interns 

In the embarrassing wake of two scandals involving two different Missouri lawmakers who have both been forced to quit after accusations that they sexually harassed their interns, the Missouri House is discussing instituting a new dress code. For the interns. That’s it. That’ll do it. »8/18/15 4:55pm8/18/15 4:55pm

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 10:30am1/22/15 10:30am

On Their First Day Back, Congress Introduces Abortion Ban

Never ones to waste a second in their unending quest to fuck you over, on the first day of the new Congress, House Republicans re-introduced a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks. It'll pass, and then it'll go to the Senate, where it'll also pass, and then it'll go to the president, who will veto it. This is a solid,… »1/07/15 3:30pm1/07/15 3:30pm

Watch Azealia Banks' Great New Video for 'Chasing Time'

Azealia Banks' debut album Broke With Expensive Taste, which she surprise-released last week after easing out from under her Universal deal, is excellent—so much better than skeptics might have assumed, considering the hit that landed her the deal in the first place dropped a billion years ago. ("212," and it was… »11/13/14 3:30pm11/13/14 3:30pm

New Slow Jam Video Alert: Maxine Ashley's 'Between You & I'

It's a good time to be a 21-year-old R&B artist, probably: you can pay homage to those that came before you, but you grew up without the sort of rigid genre distinctions that defined the classic '90s era. Thinking that there was ever a time in which we fought about whether R&B and hip-hop could be fused as one is a… »10/17/14 6:30pm10/17/14 6:30pm

Violence Against Women Act Reintroduced, Can it Pass the Infamously Backwards House GOP?

You, a sane person, might think the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act — something that's a proven saver of lives — would be an easy, bipartisan pass in Congress. Well, the two other times the 1994 legislation came up for reauthorization, it was. However, during the 2012 reauthorization, which slid… »1/23/13 9:15pm1/23/13 9:15pm

Kirsten Gillibrand Really Must Insist that More Women Run for Office

On Tuesday, the Washington Post featured a profile on Democratic New York State Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who is taking time out of her reelection bid (she's expected to win by a 2 to 1 margin, so it's nbd) to personally ensure that, after the next election cycle, she can look forward to seeing more women waiting… »8/02/12 10:35pm8/02/12 10:35pm

Michigan Will Not Rest Until Everyone Is Offended, Pushes New Effort to Discriminate Against Gay People

Most of the attention Michigan has been getting recently has to do with the word "Vagina." Eek, am I going to get in big trouble for using that bad, bad word in public? The Michigan House is busy shooting for the stars when it comes to being unfriendly to uteruses. (You know, the things that can be found at the end of… »6/19/12 10:25am6/19/12 10:25am

Catholic Health Association Surprisingly Rejects White House’s Birth Control Compromise

After intimating that it would be amenable to proposals the White House made to ease the divisiveness of its birth-control mandate, the Catholic Health Association released a statement on Friday rejecting those proposals and insisting that the administration concoct yet another compromise. »6/17/12 4:00pm6/17/12 4:00pm