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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 [email protected]

Talk To The Hand

Apparently in this bad break-up of post-election milieu, Terry McAuliffe is getting the silent treatment from Ken Cuccinelli.

Reporting On Rape

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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The Luxury You Can Afford

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.

Learning The Lesson Too Well

When it comes to the history of judicial filibusters, it seems that Democrats may have started it, but Republicans have perfected it.

Righteous Rage

You gotta love it when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) rages on possible Social Security cuts.

After The Big Day

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.

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