Republican Congressman Sean Duffy’s idiotic comment that caring about climate change is “elitist” has inspired one of the most forceful speeches on the subject congress has ever seen.
In her passionate response, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez told Duffy and others where to take their attitude: “Wanting clean air and water is not elitist,” she said. “These are farms, towns that will never be recovered and never come back. And people are more concerned about helping oil companies than helping their own families? I don’t think so.”
Another star of the 2018 midterms, Stacey Abrams also made headlines on Wednesday when she appeared to put to rest the notion that she might run as Joe Biden’s VP: “I don’t think you run for second place.” Abrams will appear onstage at the 10th annual Women in the World Summit, April 10-12. See the full agenda here.
THEY WON’T BE MUZZLED
The entire staff of the Vatican’s women’s magazine, Women Church World, have tendered their resignation, saying the church was waging a campaign to put them “under the direct control of men.”
Not only that, but the departing journalists also say that efforts were being made to discredit their reporting — especially after they covered sexual abuse of nuns by members of the clergy.
Newly released interviews with late First Lady Barbara Bush reveal how having President Trump in the White House impacted not only her politics, but her health.
Excerpted from the upcoming book The Matriarch, Bush blamed Trump for her heart problems and reportedly refused to call herself a Republican after his win.
The most dramatic reveal? Bush kept a “Trump countdown clock” next to her bed until the day she died.
WALKING IT BACK
Women in the World was thrilled by the news that NASA would stage the first-ever all-woman spacewalk on March 29.
Now, the walk has been cancelled because the International Space Station doesn’t have a spacesuit that will fit one of the women.
Surprised? Don’t forget that in the 1970s NASA developed a special makeup kit for female astronauts to take into orbit.
We’d suggest that the astronauts explore the great void in thinking behind NASA’s snafu, but perhaps Hillary Clinton proposed the best solution in her tweet about it: “Make another suit.”
A FAIR AMOUNT OF MONEY
Yesterday, House Democrats passed the Paycheck Fairness Act to address issues left unresolved by 1963’s Equal Pay Act and 2009’s Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
In a country where women make 82 cents for every dollar that men make, the act will ban employers from asking about previous salaries, remove rules requiring employees to keep their salaries secret, and force employers to be more transparent about their wages to regulators.
Now, the bill heads to the Senate. It’s failed there in recent years, but Nancy Pelosi believes that public opinion has evolved enough on this issue to get it across the finish line.
IN OTHER NEWS
British Prime Minister Theresa May announced she’ll resign — but only if the Brexit deal she wants succeeds.
Following a victorious fight, heavyweight boxer Kubrat Pulev grabbed and forcibly kissed his television interviewer, Jennifer Ravalo. He claims they’re friends, but Ravalo says it was “strange” and that she’s “embarrassed.”
Jennifer Lopez believes all men under 33 are “useless.”