Horrid Congressman Threatens Tribal Council With Violence at Hearing for Abused Women Services

If you're at all like North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer, you'll know that the best way to comport yourself in a hearing at which a deeply disenfranchised population is attempting to redress the systematic injustices it has endured for centuries — with a focus on the disproportionate rate of murder and sexual… »3/29/13 12:40pm3/29/13 12:40pm

Senate Passes Violence Against Women Act Despite Best Efforts of Republican Dudes

The Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act this afternoon, by a vote of 78 to 22. Every female senator voted in favor of the act (phew) and, naturally, those dissenting 22 were all Republican men, including rising GOP star Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who apparently decided it would be more helpful to his career if… »2/12/13 3:30pm2/12/13 3:30pm

Violence Against Women Act Reintroduced, Can it Pass the Infamously Backwards House GOP?

You, a sane person, might think the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act — something that's a proven saver of lives — would be an easy, bipartisan pass in Congress. Well, the two other times the 1994 legislation came up for reauthorization, it was. However, during the 2012 reauthorization, which slid… »1/23/13 9:15pm1/23/13 9:15pm

Congresswoman Who Was Raped Understandably Pissed at Passage of Weaksauce Violence Against Women Act

Congresswoman Gwen Moore, a Democrat from Wisconsin, told reporters that the watered down House Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act was insulting to her as a woman of color, and as a rape victim. The House's version of the bill stripped away provisions from the Senate version of the bill that would… »5/17/12 6:30pm5/17/12 6:30pm

Why a Wife Beater, Mail Order Bride Service, and Men's Rights Group Improbably Joined Forces

The House of Representatives is debating a stripped down version of the Violence Against Women Act introduced by a cabal of Republicans who thought that the Democrats' proposed inclusion of undocumented, Native, and lesbian women went too far and "watered down" the definition of violence. The Violence Against Some… »5/16/12 4:40pm5/16/12 4:40pm

New Version of Violence Against Women Act Shows GOP Only Hates the Most Vulnerable Women

Faced with accusations that their opposition to renewal of the Violence Against Women Act is a sign that they've taken a very unpopular "pro-woman beating" stance, Congressional Republicans are hurriedly drafting their own version of the bill to prove that they don't hate all women. Their version will be sort of like… »4/25/12 9:00pm4/25/12 9:00pm