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A Year After Shooting, Gabrielle Giffords To Resign

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Over the weekend, beloved Arizona representative Gabrielle Giffords announced she will leave Congress to focus on her health. Her resignation comes nearly a year to the day after Giffords was shot in the head during a deadly shooting rampage that claimed the lives of six people at an event in Tucson, Arizona. In the video announcement, Giffords admitted, “I don’t remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice. Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery. So to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week.”

Giffords’ incredible post-shooting recovery — and the love affair between she and her astronaut husband Mark Kelly — was pretty tearjerking. Not that we were crying while watching this video or anything. [YouTube]

Anti-Abortion Activists Bring Ultrasounds To Congress

Anti-abortion activists will bring their “Voices from the Womb” project to Capital Hill on October 13 when they perform ultrasounds on expectant mothers to “introduce” congressional employees to fetuses at 12 weeks and 18 weeks. Their hope is that politicians will “hear the beating heart” and “clearly see their fingers and toes,” which will make all “pro-choice politics and arguments melt away,” according to the group’s leader, Brandi Swindell. Congress and the public are all invited to see the public ultrasounds, after which the project will begin touring at schools, churches and public hearings around the country. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Lesbian Representative Tammy Baldwin Runs For Senate

  • Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), the only lesbian in Congress, has announced she will run for an open senatorial seat in 2012. If elected, Baldwin would become the nation’s first openly gay senator. [Pink News UK
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann said this weekend that she would confront the Supreme Court over abortion rights if elected president. Not that there's a snowball's chance in hell she'd ever be elected president, but I am grateful to our Founding Fathers for the three branches of government. [Huffington Post]
  • Not to be left out, Mitt Romney is also pandering to religious conservatives who want to restrict a woman’s right to control her own body. Sigh. It’s going to be a long election season. [Think Progress]

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Even Politicians Masturbate, Says Ex-Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders

“We’re at least talking about [masturbation] much more. [In 1994] everybody was acting like this was a word they’d never heard. Everybody does it, but nobody admits to it. If everybody in Congress who’d ever masturbated in their life would turn green, then we would have a green Congress.”

— Former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, 77, who was the first African-American to hold the position during the Clinton administration. In 1994, Elders said masturbation was a part of human sexuality and perhaps should be taught in sex ed classes as a way to keep youngsters from having, you know, sex. Everyone’s head exploded and Elders was forced to resign. I recommend you read the full interview with Joycelyn Elders’ feisty commentary about the status of sexual health in America at The Root, because this woman is a spitfire! [The Root] Keep reading »

7 Things To Know About The Government Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood

“The moving target is focused on women in America.”

That was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to reporters this morning as he addressed the threat of a government shutdown over an inability by Republicans and Democrats to reach a deal on the budget. The main piece of contention? Funding for Title X, which allocates funds for family planning services, including those offered by Planned Parenthood. The issue? Even though Title X funds don’t cover them, Planned Parenthood provides abortions.

In simple, basic terms, let’s recap seven things you need to know about the threat of a governmental shutdown: Keep reading »

Sexting Makes Its Way To Politics: Congressman Resigns Over Shirtless Cell Pic

Celebrities from Rihanna to Vanessa Hudgens to Jamie Foxx have learned the hard way that if you’re a public figure and you take a photo of yourself sans clothing that is meant for private eyes, it’ll probably end up on the internet being gawked at over coffee breaks. Let politicians heed this warning, too. Yesterday, a Republican Congressman from New York, Christopher Lee, resigned over a shirtless cellphone photo that ended up on Gawker. Apparently, the Congressdude is fond of trolling Craigslist for women to date, even though he’s married. In mid-January, he responded to a CL ad with the headline, “Will someone prove to me not all CL men look like toads?” He sent the image above—which shows that, for politician, he sure works out a lot—and a message that read, “Hope I’m not a toad. : ) i’m a very fit fun classy guy.” Keep reading »

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