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Indy Star: Jill Biden: Iowa’s glass ceiling must be broken

A glass ceiling has hung over Iowa far too long, Jill Biden told a mostly female crowd of 320 at a private fundraiser Saturday afternoon in Des Moines.

Fourteen Democratic women have run for governor or federal office, and each has fallen short.

Biden’s message: Right this wrong by electing Christie Vilsack.

Newsweek: Tammy Duckworth Takes on the Tea Party

After Tammy Duckworth lost her 2006 run for Congress by 2 percentage points in one of the country’s most expensive House races, she swore she’d never run again. One of the few women to pilot Black Hawk helicopters in combat, Duckworth lost both legs and shattered her right arm after being downed by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq in 2004. She later emerged as an important voice against that war. Powerful Illinois politicians like Dick Durbin and Rahm Emanuel recruited her to run for Congress in suburban Chicago while she was still recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, learning to navigate the world on prosthetics.

Politico: McCain and Whitehouse take on Citizens United

Sens. John McCain and Sheldon Whitehouse are teaming up to take on Citizens United.

The bipartisan duo filed a friend-of-the-court brief Friday in a Montana Supreme Court case that upheld the state’s ban on independent expenditures by corporations. That case, American Tradition Partnership vs. Bullock, is now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, which issued a stay of the decision in February.

Albert Lea Tribune: Minnesota soldiers, others receive pay exemption

President Obama is expected to sign legislation within the next week that will help more than 2,000 Minnesota soldiers recoup paid time-off benefits promised before they were shipped overseas last year

Twin Cities Daily Planet: North Minneapolis block party celebrates, remembers

On May 22, 2011, three tornados spiraled down on North Minneapolis, killing one person and injuring 30 more, leaving homes heavily damaged and thousands without power. On Saturday, Northside residents gathered at Logan and 30th Avenue North to mark the anniversary of last year’s devastating tornados and celebrate the rebuilding effort.

PolitiFact: Chamber Medicare claims twist the truth

You can officially abandon any hope of a respite from political ads this spring and summer. The latest: a TV ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce claiming seniors could lose coverage thanks to “Obamacare.” It pins the blame on U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson…

The chamber is trying to scare the pants off Florida seniors in this one, but this statement is Pants on Fire!

WRVO: Gillibrand pushes for women and paycheck fairness

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing for the U.S. Senate to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

The proposed legislation would hold employers accountable for pay inequity among women employees. It would also make it easier for workers to pursue back pay and help women negotiate for higher salaries.

Honolulu Civil Beat: Hirono Launches Energy-Ag Plan, Picks Up Another Endorsment

U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono unveiled her ideas for “a more sustainable future for the state” at a Shell Gas Station in Kalihi Friday.

Winona Daily News: Working vacation: Walz takes a crack at fly fishing while touting conservation effort

It was a working vacation Monday for Tim Walz, who spent his afternoon in khaki-colored fishing clothing, a fishing net strapped to his back and a reel in one hand at Pickwick Creek on the farm of Bruce and Jan Harem.

Journal Times: Baldwin: My focus is breathing life into American dream

When voters go to the polls in November, U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., who is running for U.S. Senate this fall, said there is no question in her mind that people will be thinking about the economy and jobs.