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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Overall I think Politico has been doing a really good job of tracking congressional efforts to curb sexual assault in the military, reporting on it even as attention turned to other issues like Syria and pointing out that the military has been dragging its feet on any accountability of this issue for decades.

But man, this story today makes me lose my faith. It includes sentences like this:

Even as the problem of military sexual assault has gotten more attention, there's been no drop-off in women signing up to serve. In fact, all four branches of the military say they've hit their recruitment marks in recent years, with the number of enlisted women holding steady at roughly 15 percent.

Let's try not to express astonishment at women entering the military despite sexual assault statistics. There are many problems with this framing, but here are just a few:

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If you've ever caught yourself rolling your eyes at someone who looks too poor to be buying an iPad or other luxury goods, read this thoughtful post by Tressie McMillan Cottom that might make you think differently about that judgment.

Nothing gets a group of feminists more riled up than arguing over how to have a "feminist wedding," but it's it's the thing after the wedding -- an equal marriage -- that we should be really worried about.

Things got heated at TPM Cafe this week when Cathy Reisenwitz made the libertarian argument against criminalizing "revenge porn."

That prompted feminist writer Amanda Marcotte to weigh in against skeezy guys who respond to rejection in such a nightmarish way. And it got the attention of Mitchell J. Matorin, an attorney who's represented victims in these cases.

Americans for Tax Reform Leader Grover Norquist slammed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his fellow tea partiers who pushed a defund-Obamacare strategy in an interview with the National Review.

"It’d be a good idea if they stopped referring to other Republicans as Hitler appeasers because they opposed the strategy they put forward which failed," Norquist told National Review's Betsy Woodruff. "I think if you make a mistake as big as what they did, you owe your fellow senators and congressmen a big apology — and your constituents, as well, because nothing they did advanced the cause of repealing or dismantling Obamacare."

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On the Senate floor on Wednesday, just before the body took to vote on the deal brokered between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, leader of the defund-Obamacare movement Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) stood to announce his resolve against the Affordable Care Act.

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House Speaker John Boehner released a statement on Wednesday afternoon about the coming vote in the House of Representatives on the deal brokered between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Miniority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

The House has fought with everything it has to convince the president of the United States to engage in bipartisan negotiations aimed at addressing our country's debt and providing fairness for the American people under ObamaCare.  That fight will continue.  But blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us.  In addition to the risk of default, doing so would open the door for the Democratic majority in Washington to raise taxes again on the American people and undo the spending caps in the 2011 Budget Control Act without replacing them with better spending cuts.  With our nation's economy still struggling under years of the president's policies, raising taxes is not a viable option. Our drive to stop the train wreck that is the president's health care law will continue.  We will rely on aggressive oversight that highlights the law's massive flaws and smart, targeted strikes that split the legislative coalition the president has relied upon to force his health care law on the American people.