Did you know that House Republicans go on a retreat every year? (I imagine Democrats do the same, by the way.) Do they serve tea sandwiches and practice trust falls? Who knows. On last night’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” Maddow discussed one of the scheduled retreat activities we do know about (which took place between between archery and crafts, I assume): a lecture of sorts taught by pollster Kellyanne Conway on how the GOP can better talk to female voters and get their conservative messaging across. One of the things Conway focused on what the subject of rape, which was a popular topic for more than handful of dingbat GOP politicians up for reelection in 2012. Nearly all of them lost their respective races, in part because of how offensive their comments about rape (and how it relates to abortion) were to their female constituents. So what did House Republicans learn from Conway? As one GOP strategist put it, “This is actually pretty simple. If you’re about to talk about rape as anything other than a brutal and horrible crime, stop.” Conway’s advice to GOP representatives, according to The National Review, was ”to tread carefully on language, particularly on sensitive matters such as rape, which she called a ‘four-letter word’ that should be used sparingly, or not at all.” In short, “Don’t say rape. Ever,” said Maddow.
Maddow brings up an interesting point — do Republicans actually think they have a policy problem with women (i.e. that their policies are unpopular with female voters and they need to change them) or just a language problem (i.e. it’s the way they talk about those policies that’s the problem, not the policies themselves)? Watch the full segment above!
2013 Inauguration, we’ve got your meme: Beyoncé performed “The National Anthem” wearing huuuuuge sparkly green earrings and swipes of cat eyes eyeliner. It’s no Aretha Franklin and her giant hat, but then again, what is?
Before Tuesday, no state had ever legalized same-sex marriage through a popular vote (although numerous states had voted to outlaw it). Today, not one but two states have voter-approved marriage equality laws on the books, and another state shot down a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. We still have a long way to go, not to mention a massive stink-bomb of a federal gay marriage ban to overturn, but in this latest round of love vs. hate, love won in a big way, and that’s something to celebrate. Read on to get the details on all the equality measures that made history last night… Keep reading »
Barack Obama came out on top in last night’s history-making election, and we couldn’t be happier (or more sedated — it takes a lot of Valium to get through that vote count). Of course, our president is the first to say that he’d never have gotten where he is without his girls behind him, and they certainly dress the part of the picturesque first family.
The sisters chose similar silhouettes, with high-waisted circle skirts, easy flats, and tucked-in tops, but Malia’s bold colorblocking in contrast to Sasha’s sweet bow-front blouse (and that gorgeous watercolor green skirt) flaunted their individual sartorial preferences. They both managed to channel a cool, contemporary vibe while still looking like, well, the president’s children. Michelle wore a streamlined oxblood Michael Kors dress which, if you’re a steadfast follower of the first lady’s style, may look familiar — she wore it a few times back in 2010. Mrs. Obama knows full well that fashion isn’t single-use-only, and that’s exactly why we love her. (Among, like, a million other reasons, but that’s one of them.)
Between Brian Williams making marijuana jokes, Diane Sawyer possibly being drunk(?), and Karl Rove begging Fox News to take back that whole “Obama wins” thing, the election newscasts last night were chock full of fun. Even among all the holograms and painted ice maps, I couldn’t help but notice Tom Brokaw’s awesome tortoiseshell eyeglasses. The trendy round frames somehow seemed both playful and sophisticated–well played, Brokaw. Want to nab a pair for yourself? I found 3 similar frames at 3 different price points. Get the shopping details after the jump! Keep reading »
Once upon a time, women were not legally allowed to vote. Some people believed that there was no need for women to vote, because a wife’s political position should always be the same as her husband’s. Other people thought that if middle-class white women exercised this right the same way as white men, the next thing you know they would be doing crazy stuff like wearing pants and not making dinner. Equality’s a bitch, y’all. The brave women who pushed for the 19th Amendment were called “suffragettes” and they battled some pretty nasty stereotypes. Here’s 10 olde time-y anti-suffragette postcards that show just what these ladies were up against. [Collectors Weekly]
And as if you needed another reminder … GO VOTE!