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Things We Saw Today: Sen. Tammy Duckworth Just Became the First Sitting Senator to Give Birth While in Office

There are plenty of trolls, of course, who still think that motherhood is incompatible with politics, or any other career for that matter. Those people don't know Tammy Duckworth (or, I'm guessing, many women at all).

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All 22 Female Senators Demand to Know Why It’s Taking So Long to Address Sexual Harassment on Capitol Hill

Early last month, the House passed a bill that would overhaul the process by which representatives and Congressional staffers file workplace harassment and discrimination complaints. Now the bill has stalled in the Senate and women are demanding to know why.

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[UPDATED] Another Terrible Man Has Inspired a Capable Woman to Run for Office

Thank you, Leslie Gibson and all terrible men like you, for encouraging capable women to run for office themselves. Most of us would be perfectly content remaining members of the community, if not for your total commitment to poisoning us all with your awfulness.

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NY Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter Was Everything We Wish All Politicians Could Be. She Will Be Deeply Missed.

Slaughter was the kind of person we wish all politicians could be. A fighter for the public good, committed to her constituents, who entered politics to make a real difference, and was never corrupted away from that goal.

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Things We Saw Today: The Original Pitch for Star Trek: TNG Sure Was Different

Some new documents for the original pitch for Star Trek: The Next Generation have surfaced, and they reveal a very different take on the Enterprise's crew, including a Vulcan captain who dies in the pilot but lives on in hologram form, able to be summoned by the acting captain.

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Betsy Devos Gets 80,000 F’s From Teachers Around the United States

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the National Education Association, shared their thoughts with education secretary Betsy Devos in the most appropriate way: report cards.

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Rachel Crooks Accused Trump of Sexual Harassment & No One Listened. Now She’s Running for Office.

"I think my voice should have been heard then, and I'll still fight for it to be heard now. Americans are really upset with politics as usual, and I want to be a voice for them."

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Hillary Clinton Addressed Sexual Harassment in Her Campaign & I Wish I Weren’t So Disappointed

As a huge fan of Hillary Clinton, I want for this statement to not disappoint me. I want to find ways to justify it, to fill in the gaps and take it upon myself to presume what she must have really meant in the bits that fall short. But we can't do that.

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Tonight’s State of the Union Boycott Might Be the Largest of its Kind

Good trouble.

Twelve lawmakers are planning to make a statement with their absence tonight, and many more have protests planned for the event itself.

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Is Calling Out Hypocrisy in How Washington Politicizes Sexual Abuse

Gillibrand says the silence from Republicans is "deafening" when it comes to the allegations against Steve Wynn.

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Oprah Dashes Our Hopes of a 2020 Presidential Run—So Who Should We Be Backing?

There was a very hype segment of the public that was game for the idea of Oprah Winfrey running for office after her impressive and inspiring Golden Globe speech. But Oprah has made it clear, once again, that she has no intention to run for office.

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Where Do Republican Women Fit in the Women’s Movement?

"There are Republican women running for office for all different reasons, and no one is telling their story."

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Vanity Fair’s New Year’s Resolution Suggestions for Hillary Clinton Are Sexist AF

Why is no one telling Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden to take up freaking knitting?

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Former Bernie Sanders Staffer Erika Andiola and Six Other DACA Recipients on Hunger Strike

The deadline for the U.S. federal government to pass spending legislation in order to avoid a shutdown is December 22nd. Among other things up for debate is the question of whether any spending bill should be passed without a clean DREAM Act. In order to stress the importance of this, seven "Dreamers" are on a hunger strike.

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Things We Saw Today: Jada Pinkett Smith Calls Out the Hollywood Foreign Press For Refusing to Even Watch Girls Trip

There were plenty of snubs in the Golden Globes nominations, but Jada Pinkett Smith has some words for the Hollywood Foreign Press specifically regarding Girls Trip. Not only are a lot of people upset over the lack of nominations for the movie and Tiffany Haddish–"hands down the funniest person on screen in 2017"–in particular, but Pinkett-Smith says she couldn't even get voters to watch the movie.

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No Woman Owes You Her Story of Sexual Harassment, Not Even Sarah Huckabee Sanders

It is completely inappropriate to ask a woman–any woman–if she's ever been harassed. Especially in public. Especially by a man who is not engaging in any sort of empathetic reciprocal sharing, but instead demanding the story as if he's journalistically entitled to it. No woman owes anyone her story, not even Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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It’s Giving Tuesday! Some Suggestions for Putting Your Money Where Your Values Are.

Today is Giving Tuesday, the day after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Sunday and Monday where we forget about being capitalist consumers for five minutes and remember that there are amazing causes that need our help. Here at TMS, there are many issues about which we're passionate, and we love supporting the organizations entirely devoted to helping those causes and communities.

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Things We Saw Today: Google Sure Is Excited About the Hole Puncher

Happy birthday to a seriously undervalued device with roots in Rennaisance engineering!

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It’s National Run For Office Day!

#RunforSomething

There's one guaranteed way to make sure your elected representatives are as passionate as you are about the issues you care about: be that representative! 

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This Documentary on Danica Roem’s Campaign Will Warm Your Heart and Remind You We Can Win

This Broadly documentary about Danica Roem captures both the mundane political practicalities of a state legislature run and the far-reaching significance of Roem's candidacy.

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