Topic: Senate

Senator To Mansplaining Colleague: ‘I Am Not A 6th Grader’

Senator To Mansplaining Colleague: 'I Am Not A 6th Grader'

Do not mess with Senator Dianne Feinstein. During a committee hearing on gun control yesterday, brand-new Texas senator Ted Cruz tried to lecture her on the Bill of Rights. It was a classic case of mansplaining, and Feinstein, who has been in the Senate for more than 20 years, was not having it: “I’m not a sixth grader,” she retorted. “It’s fine you want to lecture me on the Constitution. I appreciate it. Just know I’ve been here a long time.” More »

How Mentoring Led To The First All-Female Congressional Delegation

How Mentoring Led To The First All-Female Congressional Delegation

Congress has been making headlines recently for being even more dysfunctional and deadlocked than usual, thanks to the “fiscal cliff” disaster just narrowly averted. This morning, Politico reported that House Speaker John Boehner walked up to the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, as negotiations began and said, “Go f— yourself.” How kind and professional! So it’s about time we got to read an upbeat story about the institution, and here’s a great one: The story of how New Hampshire produced the first all-female congressional delegation, which becomes official tomorrow. As one newly elected representative put it, “Pink is the new power color in New Hampshire.” More »

Can Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Beat Wendy Long If They Are Both Pushing The ‘Woman Angle’?

Can Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Beat Wendy Long If They Are Both Pushing The 'Woman Angle'?

It’s the battle of the Dartmouth daughters, Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (‘88) and Republican Wendy Long (‘82), for senator in New York. But, this isn’t just a local, political story. It’s a national testament to the diversity of women today and their piqued interest in career politics within both parties. But can Gillibrand, who has promoted herself as a champion of women’s rights, beat another woman who is doing the same? More »

Todd Akin Says It’s OK For Employers To Pay Women Less Because ‘It’s About Freedom’

Todd Akin Says It's OK For Employers To Pay Women Less Because 'It's About Freedom'

I’m starting to suspect that Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin is a robot created by feminists to prove the continuing importance of outrage and activism. The guy simply cannot stop spouting hilariously/appallingly on-point misogyny. He’s almost too perfect. First he said women who are raped can’t get pregnant, then he accused his opponent of being insufficiently “ladylike” during a debate. Here’s the latest gem from feminist robot Todd Akin: It’s totally cool for employers to systematically pay women less than men because “it’s about freedom.” More »