New survey examines why women don’t run for office, but misses looking at women of color

More than half of the population in the United States is female (and, let’s face it, this number probably doesn’t account for transgender women) but women are woefully underrepresented in public life. In fact, women account for less than 25 percent of elected leaders at all levels of office—despite research that shows that when they do run, they win at the same rates as men in comparable races. A new study finds that even though Trump’s election has mobilized more women than ever before to consider running for office, women are still significantly less likely to run than men. So what’s stopping them? 

Two keys to cultivating girls’ interest in running for office later in life are parental encouragement and sports. Political scientists Jennifer Lawless and Richard Fox have found that college students who played varsity or junior varsity sports were much more likely to have considered running than

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Trumpites bully congressional Republicans, Politico helps

Aw, the poor babies! Congressional Republicans have run to Politico to complain about how mean the Trumpites are to them. The big bullies.

It’s little wonder that Capitol Hill Republicans have papered over their not-insignificant policy differences with Trump, shying away from any statement about the president-elect that might possibly be construed as critical. They’re terrified of arousing the ire of their tempestuous new leader — or being labeled a turncoat by his army of followers. […]

Since the election, numerous congressional Republicans have refused to publicly weigh in on any Trump proposal at odds with Republican orthodoxy, from his border wall to his massive infrastructure package. The most common reason, stated repeatedly but always privately: They’re afraid of being attacked by Breitbart or other big-name Trump supporters. […]

An editor at Breitbart, formerly run by senior Trump adviser Steve Bannon, said that fear is well-founded.

“If any politician

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Politico publishes silliest ‘both-sides’ article of the 2016 presidential cycle. Good god, why?

This Politico effort may be the most egregious ode to both sides-ism to yet be produced this election cycle. Subtitled “Trump and Clinton feed the rigged-election charge to their peril,” it provides next to no justification for the and Clinton premise. It directly compares Donald Trump’s campaign website assertions that “Crooked Hillary” is “Rigging This Election,” his own suppositions of the same, and Alex Jones/Roger Stone-peddled lunacies not to equivalent Clinton theories, but to the American government’s own intelligence suspicions of Russian hacking.

And the maddening thing is, it’s by and large a good, well-written story. It reads exactly as if the reporter turned in a piece on the Trump-peddled notion that our entire election system might be too crooked to trust come November, only to have some mewling editor refuse to run it unless and until he wedged in some comparable claim about Hillary Clinton—no matter how silly

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Media damns Hillary Clinton if she does, damns her if she doesn’t

Which is it, Politico? Two headlines, just hours apart, give rather different pictures of Hillary Clinton’s campaign strategy. According to “Hillary Clinton’s run-out-the-clock strategy,” Clinton doesn’t plan much of a response to the media’s efforts to turn Republican attacks on her email or the Clinton Foundation into real news. According to “Clinton mounts full-court press against media,” the campaign is aggressively responding to the latest Clinton Foundation attack.

Give the BS edge to the first story, which is replete with quotes from unnamed “allies” and “insiders” and “confidants” and “sources close to the campaign.” By contrast, the story about the campaign’s response to a remarkably bad AP story has quotes from people actually in the campaign, so, you know, there’s that. But it’s fascinating to see the response to one AP story turn into a “full-court press against media.”

The Clinton campaign points out that the story, which claims

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Marco Rubio wants to declare third place a victory, and CNN is happy to go along

Something about Marco Rubio really does excite the traditional media to no end. Because we just keep seeing stories like this one from CNN, in which third place means “victory.” Seriously, the headline says Another 3rd place victory.

Just like Iowa, Rubio wants a third place finish in South Carolina to be perceived as a big win.
The logic is that once Rubio can knock the other establishment candidates out of the GOP primary by putting enough distance between them, their support will coalesce behind him and finally push him ahead of front-runner Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz — as long as he can stay close enough to them in the delegate count.

The campaign is exuding a quiet confidence amid standing-room-only crowds across the Palmetto State, especially after snagging arguably the highest-profile endorsements up for grabs in the state, Haley, Scott and Gowdy.

He

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Marco Rubio wants to declare third place a victory, and CNN is happy to go along

Something about Marco Rubio really does excite the traditional media to no end. Because we just keep seeing stories like this one from CNN, in which third place means “victory.” Seriously, the headline says Another 3rd place victory.

Just like Iowa, Rubio wants a third place finish in South Carolina to be perceived as a big win.
The logic is that once Rubio can knock the other establishment candidates out of the GOP primary by putting enough distance between them, their support will coalesce behind him and finally push him ahead of front-runner Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz — as long as he can stay close enough to them in the delegate count.

The campaign is exuding a quiet confidence amid standing-room-only crowds across the Palmetto State, especially after snagging arguably the highest-profile endorsements up for grabs in the state, Haley, Scott and Gowdy.

He

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Politico previews how it intends to help Republicans attack Hillary Clinton if she’s the nominee

Politico is at it again, deciding that Hillary Clinton will be “haunted” in the general election, should she get the nomination, by six “choice remarks and positions” she’s taken in 2015. Because you know, unlike Clinton, the eventual Republican nominee will have never said anything controversial.

They start out by making sure that Third Way gets their say: 

“Hillary has kept her powder dry,” said Jonathan Cowan, a former Clinton administration official who is the president of the moderate think tank Third Way, “refusing to embrace the most liberal ideas, like more Social Security benefits for all and raising taxes on the middle class. She is wisely avoiding [Mitt] Romney’s fatal error of tacking so far towards the base that you win the nomination but lose the general election.”

Never mind that raising the payroll tax to do things like the guarantee of paid time off for family leave,

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