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Sally Yates Does Not Back Down Against Sexist Smear Campaigns, and We Are So Grateful

This is not Sally Yates' first rodeo when it comes to taking down powerful men who try to discredit her, and boy have they been trying lately. The President may have even committed a felony by attempting to bully influence Yates' testimony over Twitter. Yet, while the phrase "Nevertheless, she persisted" was introduced into the mainstream because of Elizabeth Warren, it could just as easily apply to Sally Yates. She is not having your misogynist condescension and bullying, thank you.

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U.S. Senate Just Voted to Let Internet Providers Sell Your Data and Browsing History!

You may have been too distracted with questions like, "Did our president's campaign collude with Russian operatives?" and, "Will Congress take away my healthcare and replace it with angry bees?" to even bother wondering, "Will the Senate vote to allow Internet providers to sell my private data?" Maybe you weren't even distracted, and it just seemed too absurd to think about, but it happened!

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Congress Jumps the Shark: Senator Asks Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch About Fighting Duck-Sized Horses, Horse-Sized Duck

Or is it "nukes the fridge" now?

As has been the case in politics in the United States since Donald Trump began his run, it's been a weird week for politics. One moment from yesterday's confirmation hearing (still ongoing today) for Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch stuck out, though: A Senator actually asked him whether he'd choose to fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck.

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Senate Democrats Successfully Boycott Confirmation of Two Trump Cabinet Appointees, But DeVos Moves On

Democrats in the Senate threw a bit of a monkey wrench into the Republicans' plans to confirm two of President Trump's cabinet appointees today when they refused to show up for the vote.

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U.S. House of Representatives Passes Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights in Unanimous Vote

It seems as though the Brock Turner case was the thing that finally forced the US Federal government to look more closely at the problem of sexual assault, particularly as it affects college campuses. Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted unanimously for legislation to be included in a Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights.

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U.S. Senate May Soon Have Record-Breaking Number of Female Senators

While we currently have more women in the U.S. Senate than we ever have before (20 whole women!), there's clearly room for improvement. Thankfully, the trajectory for women in the senate seems to be moving continually higher, and after the upcoming elections in November, it's possible that women will be making even more history.

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Only Women Showed Up to Run the Senate After This Weekend’s Blizzard

Who run this mother?

Yesterday, after this weekend's blizzard, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) pointed out that only women turned up to run the Senate.

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Department of Defense, Congressional Staff Forbidden From Reading Publicly Available PRISM Documents

This seems like a ridiculous thing to do, but okay, sure, these documents don't exist.

Thanks to Edward Snowden's leaked documents, everyone in the world can learn a lot about what the NSA was up to with the PRISM data mining program. Except the people who should have been overseeing it in the first place, as it turns out. Both Congressional staffers and Department of Defense employees have been instructed to not look at the documents and basically pretend they were never leaked in the first place.

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No Warrant, No Problem: U.S. Senate Drops Amendment Requiring a Warrant to Search Private Emails

Just when you thought it was safe to send your friends funny chimpanzee videos. Recently, the U.S. Senate presented President Obama with an amendment to the Video Privacy Protection Act that would allow Netflix to override the act's prohibition of disclosing one's video rentals without expressed consent and automatically posting them to the individual's Facebook timeline -- essentially letting the world know you rented Battlefield Earth on more than one occasion. In addition to this was a second amendment to a different act that, if signed, required the federal government to obtain a warrant before searching email and other content stored in the cloud. Approved not too long ago by the Senate Judiciary Committee, this amendment was cut from the legislative package, granting the feds carte blanche to continue to rummage through your private messages should it prove conducive to an investigation.

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Election Recap: U.S. Senate Will Reconvene With Record Setting Percentage of Women

And Now For Something Completely Different

Right, right, victories for women and minorities in the polls last night, but we all know that the victories of the internet come first. Ladies and gentlemen, you are looking at the majority content of the world's newest most tweeted and most Facebook-Liked post in history. This picture, with the text "Four more years." was tweeted by and posted on the Facebook wall of President Barack Obama last night. Within the first hour of the tweet's existence it generated almost 370k retweets, sitting at 661,267 retweets as of this post, while the Facebook post has a whopping 3,270,011 likes. You did it, America. You made internet history. All joking aside, let's talk about how there are going to be more female senators than ever before in history starting next term.

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Legislation Banning Employer Requests For Facebook Passwords Reaches the House of Representatives

Meddling Kids

At the end of March, we learned that members of the United States Congress -- meaning the House of Representatives and the Senate -- were officially looking into drafting a bill that would disallow employers from asking potential hires for private login information for their Facebook accounts. States had been instituting laws on their own, but after more and more stories came out about people feeling pressured to hand over their private information by someone in the position of giving them a job, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal said that enough was enough -- this is something that needs to be dealt with on a national level. And now, the Social Networking Online Protection Act has made it to the House of Representatives while the Senate continues to work on their own version. Important question: Do we get to call it SNOPA? I'm going to call it SNOPA.

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The Facebook Privacy Issue Is Heading to Capitol Hill

Meanwhile...

The cherry blossoms are a-blooming, and that means it's time for a Washington, D.C.-related post, following the inner workings of the sausage factory we call the government. And in this case, it finally doesn't involve transvaginal probing! No, this is an update to a story we brought you yesterday, concerning the issue of employers asking potential hires for their Facebook usernames and passwords. We briefly mentioned that one U.S. senator was introducing federal legislation to stop that, and now another has joined him. Which leads us to ask: "So, what do you think Chuck Schumer is really trying to hide on his Facebook profile, you guys?"

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