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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 kay@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, a Republican Senate candidate in Michigan, said in 2010 that women are "more interested in flexibility in a job than pay." As if women have the luxury to choose.

Sheila Bapat writes that a Mets player getting slammed for taking just two days paternity leave demonstrates just how much we value fathers: "Eighty-five percent of U.S. firms and 94 percent of states do not offer any paid leave for men. By contrast, 50 percent of businesses offer paid maternity leave."

Sarah Erdreich: It's actually a huge problem when Supreme Court justices like Antonin Scalia are spouting unscientific nonsense by calling contraceptive methods "abortifacients."

Daniel Strauss has a good roundup of the conservative outrage over Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigning after criticism for his $1,000 donation to the anti-LGBT Proposition 8 campaign in California. Conservatives seem outraged that you can lose your job over your political views. They apparently are unaware of the irony that they oppose legislation that would protect your right to a job if you are actually are gay or transgender.

A veteran comments on the media coverage of the Fort Hood shooting: "But in an era where less than one percent of Americans serve in the armed forces, our collective image of 'the veteran' doesn’t come from empirical data. Rather, for most Americans who don’t know a combat vet, this image comes from pop culture. And pop culture has been especially irresponsible in its portrayal of veterans."

Nothing like a candidate running for former Rep. Trey Radel's (R-FL) seat skipping out on a vote at the statehouse because she was scheduled to go to a barbecue fundraiser with Sarah Palin. Weird thing is, her "yes" vote was still recorded.

As someone who works in a male-dominated field like political journalism, I'm constantly aware of the gender imbalance in the profession. I've been caught on endless listserv threads about why there aren't more women at a given organization and why more women don't apply for certain types of positions.

German researchers found that something as simple as how the job description is written in the listing can affect the types of candidates companies attract.

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Tea party Senate candidate state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) seems to get caught with white nationalists a lot.

Yesterday's ruling may not have completely gutted campaign finance reform, but Sahil Kapur reports that John Roberts may be laying the groundwork for doing that eventually.

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