The Dogged Optimism of Merav Michaeli, a Liberal Feminist in the Israeli Knesset

“I have to say, as an Israeli politician coming to the States this time, I feel less uncomfortable than I usually do,” Israeli parliament member Merav Michaeli told me last month during an interview at Gawker Media’s offices, referring to the orange-tinged radioactive cloud currently looming over the United States…

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Amid Gun Control Protests, House Passes a Shitty, Ineffective Zika Virus Bill 

In a late-night vote taking place during a Democratic sit-in urging action on gun control, the House of Representatives voted to approve a contentious $1.1 billion bill to help stop the spread of Zika that House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) described as “a responsible compromise.”

Resentful Florida Teen Will Seek Senate Reelection After All, and Honestly, Why Do You Guys Even Care, Go Away

“I have only said like 1000 times I will be a private citizen in January,” failed Republican presidential candidate and agitated ninth grader Marco Rubio tweeted approximately one month ago, in response to a Washington Post story that suggested he was unsure about his political future. On Wednesday, the Washington…

Samantha Bee Poetically Bludgeons the 'Party of Lincoln,' Who 'Died Peacefully of Natural Causes'

On the latest episode of Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, our host took a beautiful rhetorical dump on the Republican Party, whose comrades in the Senate recently rejected four extremely sane measures restricting gun sales one week after 49 people were murdered in an Orlando gay club.

Joe Biden Gave a Very Long, Somewhat Self-Congratulatory Speech on Sexual Violence 

On Tuesday morning, Vice President Joe Biden gave a long—very long— speech about sexual violence at the United State of Women Summit in Washington, D.C. So long did Joe Biden take to rail against the abuse of power baked into our patriarchal system, in fact, that MSNBC’s Irin Carmon reported via Twitter that the rest…

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Getting Out the Youth Vote, 19th Century Style, Involved Children's Capes and Bonfires 

The 19th century was a time of raucous high voter turnout in America, and the youth vote was no exception. Back in the day, the next generation was inaugurated into the political process less with discussions about foreign policy and student loan debt, more with capes, parades, and fire.

Weep For Jim Gilmore, Who Can't Even Get Elected as a GOP Convention Delegate 

Former Virginia Governor and failed GOP presidential candidate Jim Gilmore—also known as failed Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb, a similarly tragic and square-faced man for whom I nearly always confuse him—assumed, incorrectly, that he would be selected as a delegate to the Republican National Convention.…