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Pseudo-Adrienne has a long post on Congress’ efforts—or, at points, lack thereof—to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Worth reading. Since the trend among mainstream Democrats of late is to shy away from women’s issues—on the ironclad logic that, somehow, alienating half the population is the key to sweet electoral victory—the prospects don’t look good. But read her post, and read these two cover stories on domestic violence in the last issue of Mother Jones. And then this post by Jeanne of Body and Soul. All good pieces.

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