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Rep. Jackie Speier: U.S. military punishes rape victims

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) for the ninth time on Tuesday called on Congress to address the pervasive problem of sexual harassment and rape in the U.S. military. To call attention to the problem, she has been telling the stories of woman who were sexually harassed and assaulted while serving in…

Rep. Speier delivers eighth House speech on rape in the military

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) called on Congress to address the pervasive problem of sexual harassment and rape in the U.S. military for the eighth time on the House floor Thursday morning. “It is a black eye on this country that must be erased,” she said. “Nineteen thousand rapes a year…

Giffords cleared to view shuttle launch: husband

WASHINGTON — Astronaut Mark Kelly says his wife, US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, has been cleared to attend his space shuttle launch after recovering steadily from a brain injury sustained in a shooting. The Democratic lawmaker was shot once through the head during a January 8 shooting rampage that killed six…

Tucson gunman pleads not guilty on all charges

TUCSON, Arizona — Jared Loughner, the gunman accused of trying to assassinate a US congresswoman and killing six people in Tucson, pleaded not guilty to all 49 new charges against him Wednesday. He entered the pleas in his first court appearance in Tucson itself, after prosecutors announced new indictments against…

Tucson tea party founder says Giffords to blame for getting shot

One tea party leader says that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) has herself to blame for getting shot in the head Saturday. The Arizona congresswoman shouldn’t have attended an event “in full view of the public” if she had security concerns, according to Tucson Tea Party co-founder Trent Humphries. Giffords warned…

Giffords making “spontaneous movements,” doctor says

TUCSON (Reuters) – Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, gravely injured in a shooting rampage, is “making more spontaneous movements” and is able to feel her bullet wounds with her hands, a doctor treating her said on Wednesday. Giffords was shot through the head by a gunman who raked a meeting with semi-automatic…

Person who saved Rep. Giffords’ life is openly gay

The person credited with saving the life of a US congresswoman who was shot at point-blank range Saturday morning is openly gay, according to a published interview. “She’s been a great ally to the LGBT community,” Daniel Hernandez Jr., a 20-year-old college student intern, told the Dallas Voice Sunday. Hernandez,…

GOP congresswoman photographed in compromising situation with wealthy donor

Suggestive photos have surfaced of a Republican congresswoman from California getting cozy with a wealthy campaign contributor. Radar Online published several photos Friday, where former billionaire Edra Blixseth is seen licking the breast of Rep. Mary Bono Mack. The photos were reportedly taken taken four years ago in Rancho Mirage,…

Bachmann says Bill Clinton trying to ‘take me out’

The Minnesota Republican congresswoman who claimed that President Barack Obama nationalized “51 percent” of the economy has concocted a yet stranger fiction. She believes former President Bill Clinton is trying to “take me out.” “Because I’m using a statement like ‘gangster,’ I’m responsible for creating the climate of hate that…

Congresswoman won’t share ‘showering habits’ with Washington Post

Oddly enough, the often-whimsical Dana Milbank didn’t author this bizarre Washington Post article. Philip Rucker writes, “It’s no secret that members of Congress broker deals on the treadmill or in the weight room of the House and Senate gyms. But former congressman Eric Massa’s accusation that White House Chief of…

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