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

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

Seth Rogen's Congressional Alzheimer's Testimony Is Goddamn Delightful

Yesterday, Seth Rogen testified before a Senate subcommittee, pleading for more awareness of and support for Alzheimer's research. It was — like most things Rogen does — endearing as hell. But unlike the characters Rogen typically plays, it was also brave, altruistic, and kind of badass. » 2/27/14 10:40am 2/27/14 10:40am

Hide Ur Men! Senate Confirms 'Radical Feminist' Judge To Federal Court

Earlier this year, feminist boners across the country deflated when the filibuster-happy Senate Republicans blocked the nomination of Ginsburg-in-waiting Judge Nina Pillard to the federal bench. But now, thanks to the death of the filibuster, the Senate was able to go ahead and confirm her. Radical! » 12/12/13 5:30pm 12/12/13 5:30pm

Liz Cheney Is Really, Really Wyoming, You Guys

Liz Cheney has released her first campaign ad as she runs for Senate in Wyoming, a state she's trying to convince the public she has deep roots in. That's proved difficult, given that she moved back in the fall of 2012 from Virginia and has faced criticism that she should have run for office in the state she was… » 11/14/13 10:40am 11/14/13 10:40am

Your BFF Cory Booker Easily Won the New Jersey Senate Primary

Cory Booker just locked down the Democratic nomination for one of New Jersey's United States Senate seats. With the vote still being counted, the AP projected a win by Booker, who had a wide lead over his nearest challenger, Representative Frank Pallone. Come October, it's most likely buh-bye Newark, and hello Mr.… » 8/13/13 9:30pm 8/13/13 9:30pm

America Suddenly Being Remarkably Cool to Gay People

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that effective immediately, visa applicants who are married to a person of the same sex will be treated exactly the same as those in heterosexual marriages. And yesterday, the Senate approved several openly gay nominees to various posts with no debate or opposition. It's… » 8/02/13 5:30pm 8/02/13 5:30pm

Triumph of the GOP Supervillains: Texas Senate Passes Abortion Bill

Less than a week after the Texas House of Representatives passed an unreasonably onerous bill restricting safe and legal access to abortion, the Texas Senate has followed suit, passing the abortion restrictions by a vote of 19 to 11. In other words, if the Texas abortion debate were a superhero movie, Gov. Rick Perry… » 7/13/13 12:00pm 7/13/13 12:00pm

The Lady's Guide to the Big, Throbbing Immigration Reform Bill

Slip into something more comfortable and let your mind wander to its darkest, dirtiest corners, because it's about to get really fucking sexy in here: who wants to talk immigration reform? Thick, rock hard immigration reform? The immigration reform bill the US Senate just passed might not be the sexiest, or even,… » 7/01/13 11:40am 7/01/13 11:40am

Senator Wants to Force New Immigrants to Speak English USA! USA! USA!

Florida Senator and varsity-level combover artist Marco Rubio has taken a break from his busy schedule of practicing "I'm Very Concerned" facial expressions in a mirror to introduce proposed changes to immigration reform legislation that would strengthen the requirement that aspirant US citizens demonstrate… » 6/11/13 12:30pm 6/11/13 12:30pm

Read Gabby Giffords' Fierce, Powerful Piece on Today's GOP Filibuster

In a New York Times' Op-Ed entitled "A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip", Gabby Giffords' joins Obama in unleashing hell on the Republicans (and four Democrats) who filibustered the bipartisan gun background-check proposal earlier today: "Senators say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be… » 4/17/13 11:30pm 4/17/13 11:30pm