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Kirsten Gillibrand

'She Has Spunk. She Is Not Afraid'

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who helped force the military to allow gays in its ranks, is determined to upend laws governing how the armed s...

Senator Gillibrand's Purple Coalition on Sexual Assault in Military -- Why Isn't President Obama Supportive?

Lanny Davis | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Lanny Davis

Some things that happen in Washington, D.C., have come to be expected, such as hyperpartisanship in the Congress along sharp "red" vs. "blue" lines. ...

'Unfair' Attack Ads Leave Dem Senator Surprised

AP | JIM SALTER | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics

ST. LOUIS — Sen. Claire McCaskill has long been a vocal advocate for victims of sexual assault in the military, so the Missouri Democrat said sh...

Shahien Nasiripour

Elizabeth Warren Calls Student Loan Profits 'Morally Wrong' As Federal Student Debt Tops $1 Trillion | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

The Obama administration and Congress are not helping students, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) charged Wednesday, reaping record profits off the fede...

The Voices of the Victims of Sexual Assault in the Military Must Be Heard

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

The military has pledged "zero tolerance" for sexual assaults spanning over two decades and they have failed to solve the problem on their own. And while the sexual assault provisions that were passed out of committee last month are a step forward, it was not the leap forward required.

Not a Line Item, A Lifeline

Stephanie Schriock | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Stephanie Schriock

Food stamps are not just a line item on a budget; they are a lifeline to American families. One that has existed since the 1930s. This is not an extravagance of the American government.

Tea Party Favorites

Reuters | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics

* Gillibrand sees 51 votes for bill * Conservatives back shift away from chain of command By Patricia Zengerle ...

GOP Senators Throw Support Behind Dem's Big Proposal

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has been slowly but surely working toward a bill removing military sexual assault cases from the chain of command. It...

President Obama Vows to Cut Pollution

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

I was live tweeting the speech, which had a distinct "call to arms" tone, as Obama underscored the need for each citizen to do his/her part. He said, "I'm going to need all of you to educate others. Speak up for the facts, Broaden the circle. Make yourself heard."

Danielle Schlanger

A League Of Their Own | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

The congressional women's team almost had it. Going into the 6th inning at the 5th Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game Wednesday evening,...

Are Single Women Discriminated Against At Work?

Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 08.26.2013 | Women
Margaret Wheeler Johnson

As employers have gotten used to working parents leaving at a reasonable hour and not working weekends, they've gotten used to single staffers, particularly single women, picking up the work that employees with kids won't get to.

Shahien Nasiripour

Finally, An Idea To Help Student Loan Borrowers | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

U.S. households struggling with expensive student debt would be able to refinance into cheaper loans at no cost to taxpayers under legislation to be p...

GOP Group Vows To Halt Hillary's 2016 Chances

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

With more than three years of 2016 speculation left to go, Hillary Clinton's presidential plans are anything but finalized. The chance of her runni...

Leaning Our Own Way

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 08.19.2013 | Women
Robin Amos Kahn

We do not all want seven-figure salaries with bonuses if it means our life becomes a 60+ hour work week, insane amounts of stress, no pleasure and the idea that we have to know the football scores if we are going to sit in a room full of men.

Friday Talking Points -- War On Women Continues Apace

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week's announcement that the Justice Department is going to drop its appeal against providing the morning-after birth control pill to anyone who needs it comes as such a welcome change that we feel the award is deserved.

Pentagon Should Get Only One Year To Fix Sexual Assault Problem

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The claim from every head of the armed services that the military can solve this problem and leave intact the chain of command issues is about to be tested. Issue your orders to your subordinates. Let it be known that the "look the other way" and "boys will be boys" culture is over.

Hagel Undercuts Dem Senator's Effort On Military Sexual Assault

AP | RICHARD LARDNER and DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Siding with the Pentagon's top brass, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved legislation Wednesday to keep commanders involve...

Sen. Gillibrand: Equal Pay 'Is Not Only About Women'

Posted 06.10.2013 | Women

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, a 1963 law which aimed to eliminate the wage gap between male and female workers. Fifty years l...

More Women, More Progress

Ellen Malcolm | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Ellen Malcolm

Adding women to our legislative democracy can make Congress work better. We would never see the partisan game-playing that horrifies us if half the members of Congress were women. And certainly those who abuse women... or allow it to continue... would be held accountable.

Mad Men Mores Run Rampant at Military Sexual Trauma Hearing

Christine Pelosi | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Rather than give lip service to victims and continued power to victimizers, the leaders must remove commanders from convening rape prosecutions.

Molly O'Toole

Military Brass Pushes Back Against Congressional Reforms To Reduce Sexual Assault | Molly O'Toole | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The witness table stretched across the front of the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing room Tuesday, ready for testimony from 20 pe...

Military Sexual Assault Gets Hearing On Capitol Hill

Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

By DONNA CASSATA AND RICHARD LARDNER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Determined to stop sexual assault in the military, Congress is spelling o...

Laura Bassett

Congress Takes On Military Sexual Assault In New Bipartisan Bill | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

In the midst of a growing crisis over sexual assault in the U.S. military, a bipartisan group of senators and representatives proposed a bill on Thurs...

Pulling Rank: Women Lead the Charge Against Military Sexual Assault

Barbara Lee | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Barbara Lee

While women's numbers in the military -- and in elected office -- may be dwarfed by their male counterparts, women in Congress are giving new meaning to the phrase "pulling rank."

Dem: Sexual Assaults Allow Military 'Culture To Continue'

AP | MICHAEL HILL | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics

ALBANY, N.Y. — Charges that an Army sergeant secretly photographed and videotaped women at West Point are part of a military-wide pattern of sex...