Your Daily Eliot Spitzer Update: Eliot Spitzer Is a Feminist

Ex-New York Governor Eliot Spitzer who paid to have sex with women and then paid the price by resigning from his job because this is America, is back in the spotlight, this time running for New York City Comptroller, which is basically a glorified (?) accountant. Of course, because of this, he will be asked to — and… » 7/19/13 9:30am 7/19/13 9:30am

Least Convincing Study Ever: Voters Don't Care How Lady Politicos Look

Have you been operating under the assumption that women in politics are held to an unfair physical standard while male politicians get to paunch over their golfing Dockers like a bunch of semi-retired Dads? Did you assume that a woman's failure to be pretty and skinny and feminine enough might kill her political career … » 6/24/13 8:30pm 6/24/13 8:30pm

An Awful Lot of Indian Lawmakers Face Rape Charges Themselves

In an effort to appease outraged Indians reeling from the death of a 23-year-old who was violently raped and beaten in New Delhi earlier this month and the government's generally terrible track record with handling rape cases, government officials have vowed to "name and shame" convicted rapists. That government policy, » 12/30/12 4:30pm 12/30/12 4:30pm

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 12:25pm 12/20/12 12:25pm

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 11:15am 11/09/12 11:15am

Romney Says He Still Supports GOP Senate Candidate Who Thinks Rape Is…

The latest contender in the highly competitive race for "GOP candidate who provides the most horrifying, soul-crushingly ignorant insights about rape" is Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who said that when God hands you rape, you should make rape-ade: » 10/24/12 2:15pm 10/24/12 2:15pm

Hot or Not: Why Conservative Women Are 'Prettier' Than Liberal Ladies

Today in pretty pretty princess news: A new survey out of UCLA found that female politicians with "stereotypical feminine facial features" are more likely to be Republicans than women with gender-ambiguous or masculine facial features. The more gender-atypical the woman, in fact, the more likely she is to vote Democrat.… » 10/09/12 11:50am 10/09/12 11:50am

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 10:35pm 8/02/12 10:35pm

Conservative Alabama Politician Bill Johnson "Addicted" To Donating Sperm

Former Alabama gubernatorial candidate Bill Johnson, a conservative Christian who opposed gay marriage and unsuccessfully ran for governor in the 2010 GOP primary, is leaving his wife Kathy and her three children from a previous marriage for a new life in New Zealand with children he fathered via sperm donation.… » 5/05/12 5:30pm 5/05/12 5:30pm

The Evangelicals' Sad Attempt to Convert the Christian Masses Into…

If you were to base your evidence on the dialogue happening in the recent Republican primaries, you might assume that every conservative Christian in America is standing at the ready, preparing to cast their ballot for the craziest candidate, whomever s/he may be, come November. But in fact, there are millions of… » 2/28/12 11:40am 2/28/12 11:40am

Political Sex Scandals Are Rooted In Male Narcissism

All over the Internet, men are photographing their own bodies and sending the shots to women who are maybe not their wives and girlfriends. It's a risk for most any non-professional, but it's one that predictably costs male politicians like Anthony Weiner — and the men before him — so much more. So why do they do it? » 6/06/11 7:10pm 6/06/11 7:10pm

Jail Time A Dealbreaker For Edwards Plea Bargain; Case Looking Dubious

John Edwards' hopes for a plea deal have collapsed over prosecutors' insistence that he serve time in jail; Edwards apparently said that as the primary caregiver to two of his younger children (ages 10 and 12), that was a deal breaker. It's looking like he'll stand trial. But does the Justice Department have a case? » 6/06/11 10:20am 6/06/11 10:20am