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Congress Breaks For Recess Without Acting On These 5 Important Issues

Think of the most contentious, hot-button topics to plague the nation in the past few months. Angry yet? Members of Congress left important issues unsettled before leaving Washington for an inordinately long seven-week hiatus. The recess usually continues through August, but this year’s political conventions diverted lawmakers earlier than normal. Both the House and Senate will resume after Labor Day, once… More »


Two Transgender Women Won Congressional Primaries And Could Become The First Trans Members Of Congress

They would both be making history — especially for being young as shit. More »


4 Things We Learned From The New Republican Benghazi Report

While not many new details were outlined, there are still some things to be learned. More »


Democrats Released A Benghazi Report Ahead Of The Republican Version Bound To Be Highly Critical Of Hillary Clinton

The Democrats’ report was essentially the party’s way of saying “enough already.” More »


House Democrats Organize A Sit-In For Gun Control Reform, Refusing To Accept The Senate’s Inaction

Democrats will not take “no” for an answer when it comes to stricter gun control laws. More »


More Than 150 Artists Are Demanding Copyright Reforms For Sites Like YouTube

As we are well aware, laws should adapt and change with the times. In the age of YouTube, there have been a number of lawsuits and discrepancies regarding copyright protections and distribution of funds for artists, especially when it comes to the music industry. More than 150 of your favorite recording artists recently signed a petition toMore »


The Senate Filibuster Ended With An Agreement To Vote On Two Gun Measures. Here’s What They Entail.

Democratic Senator Christopher Murphy of Connecticut led a 15-hour filibuster on gun violence Wednesday in an effort to get Republicans to vote on amendments to an annual appropriations bill. Following the tragic mass shooting in Orlando that left 49 dead and 53 injured last weekend, Senate Democrats wanted to take action, but needed Republican Majority Leader Mitch… More »


Female Veterans In Congress: It’s About Damn Time For Women In Combat

Of the long wait for women’s combat opportunities, McSally said Thursday, “It’s about damn time. We are a country that looks at people as individuals, not groups. We select the best man for the job, even if it’s a woman.” More »


Senate Democrats Prepared To Filibuster Through Planned Parenthood Defunding

The congressional funding bill that would keep the government from shutting down after Wednesday is heading to the Senate today, but with complications, of course. As it exists now, the resolution strips Planned Parenthood of federal funding. Senate Democrats are prepared to filibuster through the vote to prevent its passage in its currentMore »


House Votes To Defund Planned Parenthood In Grand Exercise In Futility

Sorry, jerks — this is not going to pass the Senate or be approved by President Obama. More »


Women In Washington, D.C. Can Now Be Fired For Using Birth Control

A House committee voted to overturn a new Washington D.C. law that would have banned employment discrimination based on reproductive health decisions like using IVF, having an abortion, or even using birth control. More »


Cory Booker Is Calling Congress Out On Its “Pot Hypocrisy”

Or is it hyPOTcrisy? Heh heh heh. More »


What $29 A Week For Food Looks Like For Actual Low-Income People (And Not Gwyneth Paltrow)

Gwyneth Paltrow was tapped by Mario Batali to do the #FoodBankNYCChallenge and eat on $29 a week. Here’s what she bought… More »


President Obama Is Urging Congress To Provide Better Paid Sick Leave To American Workers

President Obama is urging Congress to pass legislation today that would improve on America’s sparse and globally uncompetitive sick pay laws. It would require six weeks of sick pay for new parents for federal employees and an additional six weeks of parental leave, as well as obligating employers with more than 15 employees to provide… More »


Congressional Staffers Walked Out Of Their Jobs On Thursday To Protest Police Killings

Black and Hispanic congressional staffers on Capitol Hill walked out of their jobs to protest police killings yesterday. [The Root]
The median net worth of White households in America is THIRTEEN TIMES that of Black households. Are we still denying systemic racism? [New York Times]
Shonda Rhimes wants Sony to admit that… More »


6 Reasons Millennials Don’t Vote (And 6 Reasons You Really Should)

Today is Election Day, and this year’s vote is a very big deal. The US Senate stands to see a major power shift, and this election’s results will set the stage for the 2016 presidential race. Women’s rights also hang in the balance, because we unfortunately live in a world that puts our bodies up… More »


A Year After Shooting, Gabrielle Giffords To Resign

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… More »


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… More »


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. More »


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,… More »


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