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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 4:10pm5/29/15 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 6:50pm5/28/15 6:50pm

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 4:40pm1/28/15 4:40pm

Rep. Gohmert Upset 'Our Republican Females' Didn't Back Abortion Ban

Congressman Louie Gohmert is not happy with his female Republican colleagues, who just straight-up refused to get on board with a proposed bill that would've banned abortion after 20 weeks. In a conference call with conservative pastor Rev. E.W. Jackson, Gohmert complained that "our Republican females," as he calls… »1/27/15 5:50pm1/27/15 5:50pm

What Are We Going to Do About Incumbents We Hate? Not a Goddamn Thing

Poll after humorously pathetic poll this year has suggested that Congress is about as popular as a temporary but debilitating illness (it sucks, but it's fun to wake up in a hospital room full of flowers!). So why don't Americans just do the sensible thing and vote out incumbents? Because ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, that's why. »11/10/14 5:30pm11/10/14 5:30pm

Happy 'Conservative Dudes Shit On Your Rights Day,' Ladies!

To be completely fair, every day is Conservative Dudes Shit On Your Rights Day if you look at things from the right (pun intended) angle. But even in the current anti-letting women mind their own bodies climate, today was special. Isn't it nice to know that some old guys in Washington who you'll never meet care so… »1/15/14 2:10pm1/15/14 2:10pm

Who's Really to Blame for the Looming Government Shutdown? Sluts.

And they say that in 2013 women still don't have any power. Behold, the US government, steward of the most powerful and wealthy country in the world, is about to be brought to its knees by a group of post-fertile conservatives who, more than anything, fear a loosening of their demographic's grip over the choices of… »9/30/13 12:40pm9/30/13 12:40pm

GOP Adds Measure to Limit Contraception Coverage in Spending Bill

Right now, as we sit here twiddling our thumbs in the face of a probable government shutdown, the House of Representatives has been transformed into a nightmare version of Santa’s workshop, where evil House Republican elves are working all through the night on legislation that would limit women’s access to… »9/29/13 12:30pm9/29/13 12:30pm

White Dude Trying to Shut Down Government Compares Self to Rosa Parks

I can totally understand a person consciously trying to not pay attention to Congress lately; everyone knows that the best way to deal with a child throwing a tantrum is to refuse to reward them with attention. But we've gotten to the point where the Congressional toddler is holding his breath and threatening to pass… »9/20/13 4:20pm9/20/13 4:20pm

GOP Appoints Woman to Be New Person to Say Dumb Crap About Women

If your roof is leaking, hiring an interior decorator to redo your living room won't keep your ceiling from eventually collapsing. Likewise, if you're a a political party struggling to preserve what's left of its rapidly-fraying relevance, appointing a different messenger won't change the fact that the message is… »6/17/13 1:20pm6/17/13 1:20pm

GOP Offers Women an Olive Branch By Appointing Men to Chair Every Important House Committee

The Republican Party might as well rename itself The Sausage Party. After a series of very important meetings, House of Representatives' majority party has chosen the legislators who will occupy the all-important roles of committee chairs during the next session. And, to the surprise of no one, every person they… »11/28/12 11:50am11/28/12 11:50am

Arizona Is This Close to Electing an Openly Bisexual Woman to Congress

Conservatives, polish off your finest clutching pearls: after a close race, we're getting closer to a winner in Arizona's 9th Congressional district, and she's a Bill O'Reilly nightmare. Meet Kyrsten Sinema, a 36-year-old pro-LGBT, pro-environment, pro-choice, non-religious, openly bisexual Democrat in her thirties.… »11/08/12 12:40pm11/08/12 12:40pm

Pro-Life Pol Who Pressured His Mistress to Have an Abortion Says It's Okay Because She Wasn't Pregnant

Scott DesJarlais, the pro family values anti-abortion rights Tennessee Tea Party Congressman who it turns out was actually only pro-family values and anti-abortion rights for people who aren't Scott DesJarlais, now claims that the tape transcript released last week wherein he pressured his mistress/ex patient to have… »10/15/12 12:10pm10/15/12 12:10pm

Congress to Waste Everyone's Time by Repealing Obamacare Again

Freshly visor tanned and whipped into a state that psychologists call "Republican post-Independence Day golf frenzy," the GOP-controlled House of Representatives has introduced a bill that will repeal the Affordable Care Act, fulfilling the frothy wet dreams of Tea Partiers across the country. Of course, there's no… »7/09/12 12:00pm7/09/12 12:00pm

GOP Women Vote to Slam Glass Ceiling Shut Behind Them

Great news, fans of supergroups. The twenty-four Republican women in the US House of Representatives have joined forces to form the Women's Policy Committee, a group that's supposed to raise the profile of the conservative ladies serving in Congress. Too bad that Team Awesome has spent most of its Girl Power Time in… »5/22/12 9:10pm5/22/12 9:10pm