Kay Steiger

Kay Steiger is an associate editor at Talking Points Memo. She formerly worked at Raw Story, Washingtonian magazine, the Center for American Progress and The American Prospect. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, the Guardian, Jezebel, AlterNet and others. She graduated from the University of Minnesota. Contact her at

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Remember when the GOP issued that big "autopsy" report on the 2012 elections a year ago promising to do better with LGBT people, Hispanics, and women voters? Yeah, they don't either.

Lauren Rankin points out over at TPM Cafe that welfare reform, like the kind that Paul Ryan has championed, has actually hurt women the most.

This week we kick off TPM Book Club with sociology professor Jake Rosenfeld's What Unions No Longer Do. First up, Rosenfeld argues that public sector unions won't save the labor movement. We have MSNBC reporter Ned Resnikoff responding with his own critique of that argument. We'll also be joined by Rich Yeselson and Sarah Jaffe this week.

Nichole Perkins takes on one of my favorite shows today -- FX's Justified: "Legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock was known for his blonde leading ladies with their “icy sexuality,” and Raylan Givens is not immune to his own version of the Hitchcock blonde."

I've covered sexual assault in its various forms for years, and it's always astonishing to me when myths about this phenomenon come up over and over again. One of the most persistent myths about rape in the public consciousness is "but what was she wearing?"

The question, while posing as an innocent inquiry, is about investigating if perhaps somehow the victim should shoulder part of the blame. Last night, Twitter user @Steenfox, whose real name is Christina Fox, busted this myth in a very real way. After getting into an argument with another Twitter user about this, she threw out this question to her followers:

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Over at TPM Cafe today, Seth D. Michaels talks about how Paul Ryan is totally out out to lunch on poverty.

If the GOP does re-take the Senate next year, Sahil Kapur reports on which Republicans are likely to become chairmen of major committees (emphasis on the men).

If it wasn't clear that Mitch McConnell doesn't like the Senate Conservatives Fund, it should be now that he's called the tea party group a "rogue political operation."

Correction, Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner isn't the 1 percent, he's the .01 percent -- and admits it.

Today everyone reported that the unemployment rate is at 6.7 percent after employers added 175,000 jobs last month. But where did this economic indicator come from? And how did it come to have so much power over us? Zachary Karabell, author of The Leading Indicators, explains its origins in today's excerpt.

Don't forget to join us for a live chat with Karabell at noon today.