- Women make up 50.7% (+0.0%) of the United States population
- Women make up 20.0% (+3.0%) of the United States Senate
- Women make up 17.9% (+1.3%) of the United States House of Representatives
- Women make up 10.0% (-2.0%) of governors of U. S. states
- Women make up 0.0% (+0.0%) of current/past Presidents of the United States
Updated with the final results of the latest election!
Does Joe Biden know how to work a room, or does Joe Biden know how to work a room?
Who is this old bird? They are flirting up a storm, lol.
I love Joe Biden. I think he’s the best VP we’ve had in more than 30 years. Cheney was scary, Gore was creepy and boring, and Bush was, well, the introduction of Bush. But Joe, he’s such a cool cat and he seems like such fun to be around. I love Joe.
In the rush to avoid going off the fiscal cliff, the House GOP killed Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill
Democratic and Republican members of Congress found something to agree about late Tuesday when they were told the House would not be voting this week on legislation to send tens of billions of dollars in aid to New York, New Jersey and other states slammed by October’s Superstorm Sandy.
“I am stunned, stunned,” Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., told Politico. “I assume there is as tactical consideration here, that the Republican leadership didn’t want to be anywhere near a big spending bill after the fiasco of their handling the tax debate. I understand the tactics but there is a real human need here that is being ignored.”
“I stand here almost in disbelief and somewhat ashamed,” Rep. Michael Grimm, a Republican from Staten Island, said last night on the House floor, The Wall Street Journal writes. For the first time, he added, he was “not proud of the decision that my team has made.”
Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., said she felt “betrayed.”
Texas Ends Funding of Planned Parenthood, Leaving 1,000s in the Lurch
AUSTIN, Texas (Daily News) — Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood’s family planning programs for poor women, a state judge ruled Monday, requiring thousands to find new state-approved doctors for their annual exams, cancer screenings and birth control.
Judge Gary Harger said that Texas may exclude otherwise qualified doctors and clinics from receiving state funding if they advocate for abortion rights.
Texas has long banned the use of state funds for abortion, but had continued to reimburse Planned Parenthood clinics for providing basic health care to poor women through the state’s Women’s Health Program. The program provides preventive care to 110,000 poor women a year, and Planned Parenthood clinics were treating 48,000 of them.
Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit to stop the rule will still go forward, but the judge decided Monday that the ban may go into effect for now. In seeking a temporary restraining order, Planned Parenthood wanted its patients to be able to see their current doctors until a final decision was made.
“We are pleased the court rejected Planned Parenthood’s latest attempt to skirt state law,” attorney general spokeswoman Lauren Bean said. “The Texas Attorney General’s office will continue to defend the Texas Legislature’s decision to prohibit abortion providers and their affiliates from receiving taxpayer dollars through the Women’s Health Program.”
All I can do right now is facepalm.
Which looks like this
House passes fiscal cliff deal.
WASHINGTON (The New York Times) — Ending a climactic fiscal showdown in the final hours of the 112th Congress, the House late Tuesday passed and sent to President Obama legislation to avert big income tax increases on most Americans and prevent large cuts in spending for the Pentagon and other government programs.
The measure, brought to the House floor less than 24 hours after its passage in the Senate, was approved 257 to 167, with 85 Republicans joining 172 Democrats in voting to allow income taxes to rise for the first time in two decades, in this case for the highest-earning Americans. Voting no were 151 Republicans and 16 Democrats.
The bill was expected to be signed quickly by Mr. Obama, who won re-election on a promise to increase taxes on the wealthy.
Mr. Obama strode into the White House briefing room shortly after the vote, less to hail the end of the fiscal crisis than to lay out a marker for the next one. “The one thing that I think, hopefully, the new year will focus on,” he said, “is seeing if we can put a package like this together with a little bit less drama, a little less brinkmanship, and not scare the heck out of folks quite as much.”
Before relenting to pass the bill, the House engaged in almost 2 hours of debate and sent a message to Senate Leader Harry Reed asking if the senate might consider amendments. Harry Reed said he wouldn’t be entertaining that, which is exactly what he should have done.
Remember when Boehner was like, “It’s up to the Senate now”? Well, this was what they came up with, for better or worse. If y’all had better ideas ya shoulda gotten off your asses over the last 12 months, but all we got was crickets.
Yeah, the deal kinda sucks. While the tax situation is kind of resolved, the sequestration issues and the debt ceiling are still up in the air, to be kicked down the road yet again. I really sick of this.
“In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, as ‘right-to-work.’ It provides no ‘rights’ and no ‘works.’ Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining… We demand this fraud be stopped.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Look, you know, God closes a door so that he can open up greater doors. I will continue to, you know, stand up and fight for this country. That’s my goal. And always remember, Abraham Lincoln only served one term in Congress, too.
Rep. Allen West, (R-Fla.) in a recent interview with NPR. He’s also compared himself to Harriet Tubman in the past, saying, “I’m here as the modern day Harriet Tubman to kind of lead people on the Underground Railroad away from that plantation into a sense of sensibility.”
You are not Abraham Lincoln or Harriet Tubman.
And God did not open the door. The voters of Florida did. It’s labeled “Exit”
Skeptical Avenger: Things You Can't Make Up: The Onion names Kim Jong Un 'Sexiest Man Alive,' Communist Party newspaper - missing the...
BEIJING — The online version of China’s Communist Party newspaper has hailed a report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as the “Sexiest Man Alive” — not realizing it is satire.
The People’s Daily on Tuesday ran a 55-page photo spread on its…