Shock of Shocks: Banning Abortion Would Cost Taxpayers a Shitload

That an abortion ban would end up costing taxpayers millions seems like common sense, but now there are numbers to back it up. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the House of Representatives' proposed 20-week ban on abortion could increase Medicaid spending by half a billion dollars over the… » 1/21/15 3:30pm 1/21/15 3:30pm

Tammy Duckworth Considers Challenging Mark Kirk For Senate Seat

Tammy Duckworth, first female double amputee in the Iraq war, first Asian-American woman elected to represent Illinois in the House, and, most recently, first-time mom, has announced that she's mulling a run for Senate in 2016. For followers (or rueful watchers) of both Illinois and national politics, this is very… » 1/19/15 4:50pm 1/19/15 4:50pm

YouTube CEO: 'Paid Maternity Is Good for Business'

Susan Wojcicki wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal earlier this week making a pretty good case for longer, paid maternity leave. The YouTube CEO is a bit of a trailblazer in the tech industry, she joined Google while it was still a start up and, more interestingly, while she was four months pregnant. Wojcicki… » 1/17/15 3:15pm 1/17/15 3:15pm

Republican Congresswomen Object to Clause in GOP's New Abortion Bill

As it stands the GOP's current abortion bill - slated to be introduced next week - would ban abortions after 20 weeks. The current legislation makes allowances for abortion in the case of rape, but requires that women formally report their assault to the police in order to qualify for the exemption. But some… » 1/17/15 1:15pm 1/17/15 1:15pm

Check This New Trailer for House of Cards Season 3 

House of Cards returns in all its cynical, scheming, soapy glory on February 27. And yesterday, amid all the Golden Globes excitement, Netflix dropped this new trailer, which packs a lot into less than a minute. It's mostly grave stares into the middle distance, climaxing with this exchange: "We're murderers, Frank."… » 1/12/15 10:10am 1/12/15 10:10am

Did Barbara Boxer Drop a Hillary 2016 Hint In Her Retirement Video?

Senator Barbara Boxer announced today that after 2016, she will end her long and illustrious career in the US Senate. To announce this, she released a very awkward video that included a seemingly random cameo by her grandson, a poem, and a stated desire to "make history" with the 2016 Democratic nominee for President… » 1/08/15 2:15pm 1/08/15 2:15pm

President Obama's Press Conference Had Lady Journos and 'James Flacco'

"Josh has given me the who's been naughty and who's been nice list and we're going to use it to take some questions," President Obama said at the beginning of his end-of-the year press conference, referencing Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary. That press conference was notable for several reasons, depending on… » 12/19/14 3:30pm 12/19/14 3:30pm

Marco Rubio Reacts to Cuba News By Picking a Fight With the Pope

Today President Obama announced that the United States and Cuba will be reestablishing diplomatic relations and easing economic and travel restrictions that date back to the Cold War. The announcement comes after over a year of secret talks between the two countries that even included help from Cool Pope Francis.… » 12/17/14 5:00pm 12/17/14 5:00pm