Kay Steiger

Kay Steiger is managing editor at Raw Story and a former Prospect editorial assistant.

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CONGRESSIONAL WITHOUT AID. The WaPo has a large feature today on members of Congress who are moms. The piece focuses a lot on the guilt of being a working mother and how difficult it is to commute a long distance far away from a family, with quotes like: "It feels like someone's ripping my heart out," [ Debbie Wasserman Schultz ] said. "No matter how good your spouse is, kids want their mom when they're sick." There's been little reporting on work/family balance issues faced by members of Congress, perhaps because up to recently, members of Congress were either men or women with grown children. "Men have this fixture called a wife that's going to take care of the children," said Debbie Walsh , director of the Center for the American Woman and Politics at Rutgers University's Eagleton Institute of Politics. "We hear very often from women who are running or elected that they wish they had a wife, someone to deal with the children, have fresh food in the house, pick up the dry cleaning...


AFTER LEDBETTER. Yesterday SCOTUSblog had a follow-up to the Ledbetter v. Goodyear ruling which originally appeared in BNA's "Employment Discrimination Report." It does a good job of exploring previous case law and expresses frustration that the ruling may make fighting discrimination fuzzier. Jason Harrow says, "We face another decade (or more?) of inconsistent and contradictory court decisions, some of which will carve away at Ledbetter ." Clearly the BNA publication has an interest in representing the employer's point of view, Harrow says, "individual claimants benefit from presumptions that often require the employer to disprove discrimination," but by definition, the plaintiff bringing charges clearly bears the burden of proof in a discrimination case. But it does show that such contradictory rulings aren't in the interest of either the employer or the employee because it makes the whole process more complicated. The House bill , which passed through committee this week,...


DEBRIEFING PTSD. Newly confirmed Army Secretary Pete Geren will hear from mental health professionals about a new program today that that the DoD plans to implement to raise awareness among returning soldiers about PTSD. It includes: Two 30-minute multimedia presentations [where] soldiers will learn to identify basic symptoms in themselves and other soldiers. Afterwards, health professionals will answer troops' questions. The Army also has produced a video to make soldiers' family members more sensitive to possible warning signs and treatment options. Although this hardly eliminates the backlog of soldiers who are waiting for treatment for PTSD, the main mission of this program appears to be to spread the word that soldiers with symptoms like nightmares, flashbacks, and explosive outbursts aren't pansies, but rather that they're experiencing legitimate symptoms of a common reaction to combat stress. There's a long way to go in terms of funding, and it's too early to say yet how...


VA SECRETARY RESIGNS. The AP is reporting that Jim Nicholson , the secretary of veterans affairs, just resigned due to pressure from the Walter Reed scandal. A November 2005 Fox News interview revealed that he said he "often" visited Walter Reed with his wife, and even went so far as to say: And the thing [veterans] -- they actually tug my arm on and say, Secretary, there's one thing you could do for me. And that is, could you get me back to my unit? They have been over there. They have now seen the media coverage of this war. And they see the differences. And they have seen all the good things that are going on over there and the progress that's been made. And they feel very good about what they were doing. And they - - they want to go back. Some of them have -- wounded so badly, they will never be able to go back. But that's what they want to do. As touching as his spin is, many returning soldiers faced grossly inadequate care at Walter Reed. At least someone is resigning for...


ROCK YOUR BODY, MCCAIN. This story cracks me up: In April, the McCainiacs gathered at the Tabu Ultra Lounge ... [where] "Stunning models/servers tempt with nouveau classic cocktails. This is the forbidden world of Tabú, where only one rule applies: anything goes. Are you ready for a nightspot that's too hot to touch?" The campaign dropped nearly $30K on the nightclub scene, but to no avail. Wonder if he wore a "gay" sweater to the event? --Kay Steiger