Senate Republicans Snuck Anti-Abortion Language Into Trafficking Bill 

The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act should be among the least controversial bills the Senate passes: it's meant to prevent human trafficking, aid its victims, and increase prosecutions. Instead, it's turned into an enormous and enormously stupid fight about abortion. Here we are, America. Everything is… » 3/11/15 11:10am 3/11/15 11:10am

U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland is reportedly about to announce her bid for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski. The Washington Post reports that Edwards will announce her candidacy on Tuesday. » 3/09/15 11:20am 3/09/15 11:20am

Man Has Great Idea: Woman Should Be Less Angry

Rich geezer Warren Buffett thinks Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren would be a more effective leader if she calmed down and got less mad about stuff that, in her view, is ruining the country. » 3/03/15 12:30pm 3/03/15 12:30pm

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Longest-Serving Woman in Congress, Will Retire

Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, the longest-serving woman in Congressional history, will be retiring at the end of this term. Mikulski, 78, has served in the Senate since 1987, and acted as a Representative for 10 years before that, a total of 38 years in Congress. » 3/02/15 12:45pm 3/02/15 12:45pm

Study: Women in the Senate Get Shit Done

A new startup that analyzes legislative data has confirmed what we long suspected: female Senators are more productive, passing more bills than their male counterparts and working together more often to sponsor bipartisan measures. » 2/19/15 2:30pm 2/19/15 2:30pm

Joni Ernst Responds to SOTU By Not Discussing It At All

Iowa senator and hog castrating enthusiast Joni Ernst delivered tonight's Republican response to the State of the Union standing in the Armed Services Committee Room and wearing camouflage heels for subtlety. Ernst elected not to respond to the SOTU at all, instead delivering something between a belated campaign ad… » 1/20/15 11:30pm 1/20/15 11:30pm

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

Pig Testicle Mutilating Woman to Deliver State of the Union Response

Iowa junior Senator Joni Ernst, who rose to national prominence by working a record number of castration double entendres into an early campaign ad (Respect!), will be delivering the GOP's State of the Union rebuttal. This is fucking amazing news. » 1/15/15 5:30pm 1/15/15 5:30pm

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

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 3:30pm 1/07/15 3:30pm

Someone Please Help Nancy Pelosi Escape This John Boehner Kiss

Ohio Republican and man-sized Oompa Loompa John Boehner was re-elected today to his third term as speaker for the House of Representatives, despite some two dozen fractious Tea Partiers voting against him for not being anti-Obama enough. To celebrate, Boehener gave Nancy Pelosi the most uncomfortable kiss in the… » 1/06/15 5:20pm 1/06/15 5:20pm

Groups That Are More Diverse Than Our 80% White, 80% Male Congress

Don't be misled by the Mia Love photo ops and headlines touting an unprecedented 104 female legislators; the 114th Congress is still 80% male, 80% white, and 92% Christian. » 1/06/15 3:15pm 1/06/15 3:15pm

Republicans Will Use Senate Majority to Push 20-Week Abortion Ban

Good, great, now this is happening: the GOP plans to use its new majority in the Senate to try to pass a federal ban on abortion after 20 weeks. The idea, of course, is to inch ever-closer to overturning Roe v. Wade, because this is the party of small government and minimal interference into the private lives of… » 12/08/14 2:50pm 12/08/14 2:50pm

There Is 1 Woman Leading a House Committee. Guess Whose Fault That Is?

Though the midterm elections were a slight disaster, some good did come out of them: over 100 women were elected to Congress, the highest number ever. But the number of women leading House Committees remains low: one. » 11/20/14 1:50pm 11/20/14 1:50pm

Bleeding Heart Dream Woman Elizabeth Warren Voted to Senate Leadership

Ever since she first rose to national prominence, all of my most tree huggingly liberal friends and family members have been positively giddy about the idea of a Democratic Party helmed by people who think and act like Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, a sharp and staunch advocate for the middle class. Well, as… » 11/13/14 6:30pm 11/13/14 6:30pm

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 5:30pm 11/10/14 5:30pm

Male Senator Has Never Seen Sexism in the Senate, So It Must Not Exist

His name is Ron Johnson, he comes from Wisconsin, and he thinks that his Senate colleague Kirsten Gillibrand should either expose the identities of the men who harassed her about her body or shut up about sexism. After all, Senator Ron Johnson (a man) has never seen sexism during his time in the Senate. Therefore,… » 9/03/14 4:00pm 9/03/14 4:00pm

Todd Akin Went On TV To Talk About Rape Again. It Did Not Go Well.

Todd Akin has made several legitimate mistakes over the course of his flaccid political career. Appearing on MSNBC today to say more stupid shit about rape was among them, and judging by his apparent dogged wrongness in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, it won't be the last. » 7/17/14 2:00pm 7/17/14 2:00pm

GOP Bill Kindly Gives You the Right To Pay For Your Own Birth Control

A proposed Republican bill aims to bravely stand up for a woman's right to pay for her own birth control out-of-pocket. Uh, thanks? » 7/16/14 1:10pm 7/16/14 1:10pm