Posts tagged "congress"

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 employee…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 15, 2015

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 the…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 12, 2014

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 u…
By: Claire Hannum / November 4, 2014

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…
By: Julie Gerstein / January 23, 2012

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 19, 2011

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 6, 2011

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 Joycely…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 19, 2011

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 allocate…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 8, 2011

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 thi…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / February 11, 2011

A Congressman Takes A Swipe At Student

In this video, which is already going viral, North Carolina Congressman Bob Etheridge takes a swipe at a student who asked him if he supports the Obama agenda. The politician must have been having a really bad day, because he got super agitated and yelled "Who are you?" over and over again before grabbing at…
By: Nikki Dowling / June 16, 2010

Man Runs For Congress Against … His Wife?

There's nothing wrong with a little friendly competition between partners, but this is just too much. Democrat Linda Fischer is running for reelection in the Missouri House of Representatives and her challenger is her husband, John Fischer. They are the only two running so it's guaranteed that they'll go head-to-head but, wait, it get…
By: Nikki Dowling / April 1, 2010