Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast. To contact him, visit his website.
Statuary Hall. The new Republican leadership in the House of Representatives has ordered the construction of a new women's bathroom closer to the House chamber. At the moment, women have to take a two-minute walk across Statuary Hall to reach the nearest ladies' room.
On this week's podcast from The American Prospect: Tim Fernholz, Monica Potts, and Jamelle Bouie discuss the debate going on in Congress over what to do with Bush-era tax policy: Are tax cuts for the wealthy the trade-off for anything?
TV host Rachel Maddow, who today gave the Obama administration props for pushing for a "don't ask, don't tell" repeal during the lame-duck session of Congress. "This is a sign that the president's been doing a lot," she said.