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The morning sun begins to rise in front of the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty)

Why we need more women on Capitol Hill

12/05/14 03:33PM

The good news is the number is better than the percentage of women at the top of corporate America. But the reality remains that we still have a long way to go. In the 113th Congress, 24% of U.S. Senate chiefs of staff are women while in the U.S. House of Representatives, 31% of chiefs of staff are women. read more

Women walk down Broadway with shopping bags on Feb. 7, 2013 in New York, N.Y. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty)

Krystal Clear: 12 days of shopping liberally

11/26/14 12:33PM

It's that time of year again, your shopping list is long and your time is suddenly short. In the spirit of the season, why not support businesses that contribute to the greater good? Forget Wal-Mart and Amazon -- there are plenty of companies out there with great products that are also doing positive things for workers, the community and... read more

A college student fills cups of beer. (Photo by Brian Finke/Gallery Stock)

Campus sexual assault crisis: Is it time to ban fraternities?

11/25/14 11:11PM

The deep-rooted problems of sexual assault at the University of Virginia are not isolated. And while it is, in some sense, inherently an institutional-level question -- How are schools adjudicating cases of students who choose to press charges? -- it’s also a question about the Greek community at large -- How long can we keep quiet about the... read more

Then Senate candidate Jim Webb, D-Va., addresses his supporters after watching election day results in Vienna, Va., Nov. 8, 2006. (Photo by Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP)

Is Jim Webb 2016’s Barack Obama?

11/20/14 03:58PM

Just when we thought the 2016 Democratic presidential primary would turn into a bloodless coronation of Hillary Clinton, the race got a whole lot more interesting. Jim Webb, former Virginia Democratic senator and Secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan, just announced he’s forming a presidential exploratory committee. read more

A volunteer hands out stickers to voters in Carson City, Nev., on Nov. 4, 2014. (Photo by Cathleen Allison/AP)

Is Nevada the new North Carolina?

11/12/14 11:00AM

Just two short years after Barack Obama turned North Carolina blue, Republicans turned it back to red in a big way. Now, the same conservative forces that transformed the Tar Heel State could be coming for Nevada, too. read more

A shopper carries a Victoria's Secret bag as she walks along Market Street on July 29, 2011 in San Francisco, Calif.

Victoria's Secret pulls 'perfect' label

11/07/14 11:29AM

Victoria's Secret removed the phrase "The Perfect 'Body'" from its new bra campaign after facing backlash for ads that critics said promoted negative female body images. read more

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Krystal Clear is a web-only live show on msnbc.com, Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Krystal Ball tackles trending topics through the lens of economic justice and modern feminism with an eye on social impact.