iOS app Android app

Laura Bassett
Laura Bassett is a political reporter at The Huffington Post focusing on women's issues. She has a Master's degree in English Literature and gender studies from Georgetown University and has previously worked for U.S. Congress, Island Press and the Washington Post. She can be reached at or on Twitter @lebassett.

Entries by Laura Bassett

Here's How Many Times The 'Woman Card' Has Helped A U.S. Presidential Candidate

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 9:27 AM

Donald Trump said Tuesday night that if Hillary Clinton were a man, she would barely get any votes. 

“I think the only card she has is the women’s card. She has got nothing else going," said Trump, a reality TV star who literally defended the size of his penis

Read Post

Bernie Sanders Says He's Lost States Because 'Poor People Don't Vote'

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2016 | 10:49 AM

Bernie Sanders said many of his primary losses to Hillary Clinton in states with the highest levels of income inequality can be chalked up to the fact that "poor...

Read Post

Charles Koch Compares Donald Trump To A Nazi

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2016 | 10:09 AM

Conservative billionaire Charles Koch called Donald Trump's support of a registry for Muslims "reminiscent of Nazi Germany" in an interview that aired on Sunday.

Koch said Trump's proposed temporary...

Read Post

Bernie Sanders: Tax Cigarettes, But Not Soda

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2016 | 9:39 AM

Bernie Sanders on Sunday came out against a plan being considered by the city of Philadelphia to tax soda as a means of paying for universal pre-kindergarten programs.

He argued on NBC's "Meet the Press" that it would be regressive, affecting the poorest families who often buy soda precisely...

Read Post

Republicans Present Mysterious Evidence Of Illegal Fetal Tissue Sales

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 2:37 PM

House Republicans claim to have new evidence that abortion providers are illegally profiting from fetal tissue donation -- but a stem-cell research company says that evidence appears to have been manipulated.  

Republicans presented documents at a hearing on Wednesday that they say show Planned Parenthood and other...

Read Post

Congresswomen Of Color Denounce 'Racist' Abortion Bill

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 2:59 PM

An all-male panel in the House of Representatives considered a bill on Thursday that would ban sex-selective and race-based abortions in the United States, saying such a bill is needed because women of color have higher than average rates of abortion.

Several congresswomen of color slammed the...

Read Post

Wage Gap Costs U.S. Women $500 Billion A Year, Report Finds

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 1:33 PM

The wage gap between full-time working men and women in the United States short-changes women by nearly $500 billion per year, according to a new report from the National Partnership for Women & Families. 

To put it in individual terms, if women earned as much as men,...

Read Post

Anti-Abortion Movement Panics Over Possible Choice Between Clinton And Trump

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 3:51 PM

A week after Donald Trump said women who have illegal abortions should "face some sort of punishment," the Republican presidential candidate tried to redeem himself on Tuesday by insisting that women should still vote for him because he will protect them from terrorists

Anti-abortion leaders balked. "My question is,...

Read Post

The Supreme Court Birth Control Case Is An Insult To Science

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sister Agnes Marie, 74, stood outside the Supreme Court Wednesday morning in a sea of protesters holding up signs about birth control and explained why she had come 600 miles to show her opposition to it. 

"I've never done anything like this before," said the...

Read Post

Should Washington D.C. Have A Vote In Congress? Donald Trump Is OK With It.

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 11:41 AM

The issue of statehood and voting representation for the District of Columbia seeped into the 2016 presidential race this week, when Republican candidate Donald Trump said he wouldn't mind allowing D.C. to have a vote in the House of Representatives. 

"I think that’s something that would be okay," Trump told...

Read Post

Donald Trump Shrugs Off Violence At His Rallies: 'I Have No Control Over The People'

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 9:36 PM

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday refused to take the blame for repeated incidents of violence at his campaign rallies, saying his supporters are justifiably angry and he can't stop them from assaulting each other. 


Read Post

Merrick Garland's Abortion Stance Is A Big Question Mark

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 2:27 PM

The ninth Supreme Court justice could determine the fate of reproductive rights for millions of American women -- but Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's nominee to fill the vacancy on the court, has not specified where he stands on abortion or whether he would uphold the decision made...

Read Post

Senate Committee Hears Abortion Bill, But Won't Hear SCOTUS Nominee

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 12:29 PM

The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee held a second hearing Tuesday on an abortion ban at 20 weeks of pregnancy -- a bill that the full Senate already voted down in September. 

Senate Democrats skewered the committee for reviving a failed abortion bill instead of allowing a hearing to fill the Supreme...

Read Post

UN Condemns Harsh Abortion Laws, Child Marriage As 'Torture'

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 9:07 AM

Child marriage and harsh abortion laws that deny options to rape survivors can amount to torture and must end, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture said in a new report released Thursday. 

The U.N.'s torture expert, Juan Méndez, called on all nations to decriminalize abortion...

Read Post

Donald Trump Descends Into Steak-Fueled Madness

(4) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 8:02 AM

WASHINGTON-- After winning the Michigan and Mississippi primaries Tuesday night, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gave what might be the most bizarre and unhinged press conference of his political career. 

The candidate spoke at Trump National Golf...

Read Post

Obama Could Help Victims Of Rape Around The World With One Simple Move

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 7:27 AM

WASHINGTON -- On International Women's Day, reproductive rights advocates sharply criticized President Barack Obama for failing to reverse a U.S. policy that blocks abortion care for women raped in conflict. 

“We know the president understands that women are being raped in conflict, he’s spoken publicly about it five...

Read Post

버니 샌더스, 총기회사들에 총기 난사 사건의 책임을 묻지 말라고 주장하다

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 12:24 AM

일요일 밤 민주당 경선 토론 중 놀라운 순간이 있었다. 버니 샌더스는 샌디 훅 초등학교의 학부모 9명이 2012년에 아이들을 죽이는 데 사용된 AR-15 공격용 소총의 제조사인 레밍턴을 고소한 것에 반대한다고 말했기 때문이다.

“이들의 말은 미친 사람, 범죄자, 끔찍한 사람이 남들에게 총을 쏠 경우, 총을 만든 회사에 책임이 있다는 겁니다....

Read Post

Bernie Sanders: Don't Hold Gunmakers Accountable After Mass Shootings

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2016 | 8:40 PM

In one of the more surprising moments of the Democratic presidential debate Sunday night, Bernie Sanders said he opposes the lawsuit that nine Sandy Hook Elementary School parents brought against Remington, the manufacturer of the...

Read Post

Here's What Happened In The World While Donald Trump Was Talking About His Penis

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 9:34 AM

While business mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump stood on a debate stage Thursday night talking about his penis, a number of significant things were happening around the world that will eventually demand the attention of whoever is elected to the White House. 

As Trump, the likely Republican nominee,...

Read Post

Supreme Court Hears Historic Case That Could Seal Fate Of Roe v. Wade

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 8:27 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard 85 minutes of oral arguments in a major abortion rights case that could forever define whether Roe v. Wade is good law, or merely dead letter without practical effect.

At the heart of the hearing was the court's own...

Read Post