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Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton said Sunday the only way for women to deal with the "double standard" in the way female candidates are treated by pundits is to "keep forging through it."

"We are still living with a double standard," Clinton told CNN's Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union." "I know it. Every woman I know knows it, whether you're in the media as a woman, or you're in the professions or business or politics, and I don't know anything other to do than just keep forging through it, and just keep taking the slings and arrows that comes with being a woman in the arena."

Clinton said she finds the discussion about her volume on the campaign trail interesting, adding, "Sometimes I talk soft, sometimes I get passionate and I get a little bit excited. I don't know any man who doesn't do the same thing."

"I'm so used to this," Clinton told Tapper, telling voters to judge her by her record.

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Aww. Thanks Bernie, I appreciated this!

*Carly Fiorina has not dropped out, but she is excluded from this debate

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On Saturday night, the GOP field will gather in Manchester, New Hampshire for the final Republican debate before the state's first-in-the-nation primary.

Those qualifying for the main stage include businessman Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

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Note to Gloria Steinem: Young women vote on the issues, not what they think boys like.

The feminist icon made an alarmingly sexist remark on “Real Time with Bill Maher” Friday night, suggesting that young, female supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders only support him because dudes do, too.

Steinem was discussing Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sanders. When Maher noted the Vermont senator's popularity with young women, Steinem responded with her theory that women get more “radical” as they get older.

“When you’re young, you’re thinking, 'Where are the boys?' The boys are with Bernie,” she said.



"Now if I said that... you'd swat me," Maher replied, though Steinem assures him that she wouldn't. (Maher then went on to crudely joke about Caitlyn Jenner having “a dick." Charming.)

But in reality, the young women who are feeling the Bern don’t sound like boy-crazy sheep.

Meg Renzelman, an 18-year-old who attended a Sanders rally in New Hampshire, told the Los Angeles Times that she supports his plan for free public college tuition. Aiyha Abdelbagi, a 19-year-old freshman at Virginia’s George Mason University, explained to Rolling Stone that it was Sanders’ comments about Black Lives Matter at the first Democratic debate that “put [her] on board.”

And Taryn Hogarth, a 22-year-old University of South Dakota student, told USA Today she has faith in Bernie Sanders to reform the criminal justice system and get money out of politics.

“I would love to have a woman president, but I’d like the right woman president,” Hogarth said. “I want this to be based on the ideas and what they’re going to do for our country.”

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You can fill out the form to ask Congress to vote on Justice reform here.

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Mods, I have no idea what to tag this (so many tags).
The kerfuffle over harassment by Sanders supporters isn’t about Bernie. Nor is it about who gets to be president or whose supporters are better. Rather, it’s about the way the Democratic primary — from TV media coverage to online debates that are only tangentially related — is just one more thing that tells American women the depressing truth about what’s it’s like to be a woman trying to do things in America today.

When Hillary Clinton gets criticized for "shouting," even though Bernie Sanders is beloved for speaking in a register that seems calculated to drown out every Goldman Sachs banker in a 5-mile radius, we know what that really means — and that it means the same thing for us. When we hear that she’s not "likable," we know what that really means — and what it means for us. When we hear that she’s bossy, we know what that really means — and what it means for us.

And we also listen to the things that people say about Bernie Sanders, and we know what they mean too. As Courtney Enlow pointed out in her viral all-caps rant, we know what it means when Sanders supporters praise his authenticity and his rejection of superficial appearances. As Enlow put it in the paragraph that launched a thousand tweets:

THE DAY MY HUSBAND TOLD ME HE LIKED BERNIE, HE SAID, "I mean, how great is it to have a president who just doesn't even care how his hair looks" AND I EXPLODED "DO YOU THINK THERE EXISTS A WORLD WHERE A WOMAN COULD EVEN CONSIDER THAT?"

There doesn't exist such a world. Women know that because we have been watching Hillary for decades and have seen what has happened to her. But we also know that because we know there isn't a world where we don't have to care about how our hair looks. We know that we have all, at some point, encountered someone who decided our hairstyle was something we did to be hurtful, on purpose, and reacted accordingly.

Likewise, there doesn't exist a world in which Hillary could be running the kind of campaign that Bernie is running, even if she wanted to. As Rebecca Traister pointed out in New York magazine this week, "Here is a truth about America: nobody likes a woman who yells loudly about a revolution."

Indeed. And it's tempting to think that if we've learned anything from the Bernie Bro controversy, it's that America doesn't like a woman who types a quiet request for better treatment, either.


But perhaps there's a gentler lesson to be had here for the Sanders supporters so eager to protect their candidate: that not everything is about Bernie Sanders versus the establishment. The issue of online harassment predated Sanders's campaign, and it will still be around when it's over. The sexism that Clinton faces today wasn't invented especially for her, and it won't disappear if she's elected president — or if she isn't. These are problems for women because they affect our lives, not just because of which presidential campaign's supporters they might happen to make look better or worse on the internet.

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Hillary Clinton is not the first progressive Democratic woman to be challenged by Bernie Sanders. He ran against me in 1986 when I was running for my second term as governor of Vermont. At that time he had little affinity for the Democratic Party. When advised that his third-party candidacy might result in a Republican victory, he saw no difference between Democrats and Republicans, saying: “It is absolutely fair to say you are dealing with Tweedledum and Tweedledee.”

Voters did not agree. Sanders received 14 percent of the vote, the Republican candidate, Peter Smith received 38 percent, and I won with 47 percent.

By any measure I was regarded as a progressive governor. If I was vulnerable, it was for being too liberal. As a legislator, my maiden speech on the floor of the Vermont House was in favor of ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. My first priority as governor was universal access to kindergarten. I set a record for a Vermont governor’s appointees; women filled half of my cabinet. I sought out talented women, many of whom were the first women to head their agencies.

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Virginia House Panel Endorses Discriminatory Transgender Bathroom Bill



Legislation that would require students to use bathrooms based on their biological sex, which gained some notoriety this year as the "genital check" bill, cleared a House subcommittee Thursday.

House Bill 781 would require school systems and state agencies to adopt bathroom policies meant to keep transgender people from using the bathroom of the gender they identify with. These policies wouldn't affect unisex bathrooms


The Republican majority on the House General Laws subcommittee that heard this bill Thursday listened to emotional pleas against it from the parents of transgender students, and one high school student, before moving the bill along.

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Va. Transgender Student’s Case Could Have National Implications


Gavin Grimm and his mother

A transgender teen’s fight to use the boys’ bathroom at his high school in a rural corner of Virginia could shape how schools across the country deal with the question of whether transgender teens have the right to use bathrooms in accordance with their gender identities.

Gavin Grimm, 16, and his attorneys on Wednesday took the teen’s case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, where judges will determine whether banning Gavin, who was born a girl, from the boys’ bathroom constitutes sex discrimination and violates federal law. Gavin sued the Gloucester County School Board in the fall, asking for a preliminary injunction to allow him to use the boys’ bathroom.

Fights over whether transgender students should be allowed to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity have sprouted around the country. But this is the first time a federal appeals court has taken up the question of whether bathroom restrictions for transgender students violate Title IX — the federal law barring discrimination based on gender in schools — and the case is being closely watched by activists on both sides of the issue. Four states and two governors have filed amicus briefs supporting the school board.

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I have no words for these fucking idiots and their tired ass justifications for discrimination. Surprised they didn't use the "it's for your own protection" argument, at least in the articles I read. This situation honestly sickens me. My state needs to get their shit together.

Gavin is so brave and I really hope he wins his appeal.


The Kansas statehouse is a very Second Amendment kind of place, and one provocative bill under consideration this session proposes the unusual step of protecting the firearms industry from discrimination.

In short, it would be illegal to refuse to do business with someone just because that person deals in guns or ammunition.


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Her 30 point lead evaporated after the Iowa caucus. Now she leads him by only 2%, nearly tied, according to the latest poll done by Quinnipiac. Hillary, 44% : Bernie, 42%.

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