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Robert Costa / National Review:
Romney: Akin's ‘Inexcusable’ Comment  —  In a phone interview this morning, Mitt Romney told National Review Online that Representative Todd Akin's recent comment on rape is “inexcusable.”  —  “Congressman's Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong,” Romney said.
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Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Scott Brown calls on Akin to drop out of Missouri Senate race  —  In a rare intra-party rebuke, Senator Scott Brown called on Missouri Representative Todd Akin this morning to withdraw from the US Senate race in his state, after Akin made controversial remarks on rape.
Michelle Malkin:
The Todd Akin mess  —  Ugh.  —  Over the weekend, GOP Rep. Todd Akin — the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Missouri — said some really, really stupid things.  (Twitchy has comprehensive coverage.  Click here and keep scrolling.)  —  There's no sugar-coating or whitewashing this.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Akin Comments Could Swing Missouri Senate Race  —  In my review of Senate races last week, I classified Representative Todd Akin of Missouri, who won the Republican primary earlier this month, as a very slight favorite over the Democratic incumbent in the state, Claire McCaskill.
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
A Canard That Will Not Die: ‘Legitimate Rape’ Doesn't Cause Pregnancy  —  Republicans have been getting in trouble for asserting this since at least 1988 — but anti-abortion politicians keep hauling out this old idea for a reason.  —  Here we go again.  Trotting out the contemporary equivalent …
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
Well, They *Should* Be Defending Akin  —  I was a little disappointed that in the immediate aftermath of Akin's “legitimate rape” non-gaffe with the exception of Dana Loesch conservatives were cagey enough to criticize Akin for saying the quiet part loud.  (After all, anti-choice cranks might move them...to A BIGGER HOUSE!)
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Eric Kleefeld / Talking Points Memo:
Scott Brown Calls For Todd Akin To Drop Out Of Missouri Senate Race
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
How Todd Akin And Paul Ryan Partnered To Redefine Rape
Zerlina Maxwell / NY Daily News:
Todd Akin, Paul Ryan and the very real war on women
Politico:
Exclusive: GOP scolded after drinking, nudity in Israel  —  The FBI probed a late-night swim in the Sea of Galilee that involved drinking, numerous GOP freshmen lawmakers, top leadership staff - and one nude member of Congress, according to more than a dozen sources, including eyewitnesses.
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Exclusive: FBI probed GOP trip with drinking, nudity in Israel
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
POLITICO e-book: Obama campaign roiled by conflict  —  President Barack Obama's campaign team, celebrated four years ago for its exceptional cohesion and eyes-on-the-prize strategic focus, has been shadowed this time by a succession of political disagreements and personal rivalries that haunted the effort at the outset.
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New York Post:
See no evil  —  One of President Obama's advisers took money …
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
As a Harvard Alum, I Apologize  —  Yes, I know, you could imagine many sentences that would follow that headline.  But here is what I have in mind right now: A tenured professor of history at my undergraduate alma mater has written a cover story for Daily Beast/Newsweek that is so careless …
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Paul Krugman:
Unethical Commentary, Newsweek Edition  —  There are multiple errors and misrepresentations in Niall Ferguson's cover story in Newsweek — I guess they don't do fact-checking — but this is the one that jumped out at me.  Ferguson says: … Readers are no doubt meant to interpret this as saying …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
An Unserious Man  —  Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate led to a wave of pundit accolades.  Now, declared writer after writer, we're going to have a real debate about the nation's fiscal future.  This was predictable: never mind the Tea Party, Mr. Ryan's true constituency …
Los Angeles Times:
‘Top Gun’ director Tony Scott jumps to his death from L.A. bridge  —  Tony Scott, a director known for ‘Top Gun’ and a producer, jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro without hesitation, witnesses tell police.  —  Director and producer Tony Scott jumped to his death …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Swing-State Voters Say They Are No Better Off Than in 2008  —  Divided as to whether they would be better off in four years under Obama or Romney  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A majority of voters in key 2012 election swing states say they are not better off than they were four years ago; 40% say they are better off.
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Donald Trump gets ‘surprise’ convention role  —  The Donald is gearing up for Tampa.  —  When the Republican National Convention kicks off next Monday, Donald Trump will have a “surprise” role on its first day, people familiar with the matter said Sunday evening.
 
 
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