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9:05 AM ET, August 20, 2012


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Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Republican Senate Nominee: Victims Of ‘Legitimate Rape’ Don't Get Pregnant  —  This post has been updated.  —  Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape …
Romney and Ryan disagree with Akin rape remark, says campaign  —  (CNN) - A spokeswoman for Mitt Romney wrote late Sunday that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee and his running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, did not share Rep. Todd Akin's sentiments on rape.
Dana Loesch / BREITBART.COM:
AKIN ON ‘LEGITIMATE RAPE’: “I MISSPOKE”  —  Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin appeared on a local St. Louis television show (below) and discussed his thoughts on abortion, even in the instance of rape or incest, which accounts for less than 1% of abortions received.  (More.)
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Romney campaign criticizes Akin remarks on rape, abortion  —  Mitt Romney's campaign on Sunday quickly condemned a comment from Republican Rep. Todd Akin (Mo.) claiming that pregnancy from forcible rape was rare and said the presumptive GOP nominee and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Akin On ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment: ‘I Misspoke’  —  Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) said late Sunday that he “misspoke” when he claimed that women who are victims of “legitimate rape” have biological defenses that fend off a pregnancy and therefore do not need legal abortion rights.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
DNC email ties Romney to Todd Akin  —  In an email to supporters sent overnight, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz went after Missouri Rep. Todd Akin's comments about whether women get pregnant from “legitimate rape,” and attempted to discredit the whole Republican Party and GOP presidential ticket in a condemnation of Akin's views:
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
A Canard That Will Not Die: ‘Legitimate Rape’ Doesn't Cause Pregnancy
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Akin Outburst Will Put Pressure On Romney-Ryan
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Balloon Juice
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Rep. Todd Akin: No pregnancy from ‘legitimate rape’
Discussion: The Page
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.
Niall Ferguson / The Daily Beast:
Niall Ferguson: Hit the Road, Barack  —  The president has broken his promises, and Romney-Ryan's path to prosperity is our only hope.  —  I was a good loser four years ago.  “In the grand scheme of history,” I wrote the day after Barack Obama's election as president, “four decades is not an especially long time.
Paul Krugman:
Unethical Commentary, Newsweek Edition
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.
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 …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Romney Campaign Works Feverishly to Project Relaxed Image  —  TAMPA, Fla. — They hail from the Broadway stage, the control rooms of NBC and the design studios that created sleek sets for Oprah Winfrey and Jon Stewart.  —  Their craft is slick packaging and eye candy that audiences consume by the millions.
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.
Discussion: Politico, Ballot Box and
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Obama Opens Up to ‘Moneyball’ Writer for Vanity Fair  —  The White House has granted Michael Lewis, the best-selling author of “Moneyball” and “The Big Short,” extensive access to President Obama for an article in the October issue of Vanity Fair.  —  The magazine confirmed that Mr. Lewis …
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine
Justin Sink / The Hill:
New Romney ad decries Obama welfare changes as ‘nuts’  —  Mitt Romney's campaign released a new ad Monday citing a newspaper editorial that decries President Obama's recent change to welfare policy as “nuts,” doubling down on the presumptive Republican nominee's tough attacks on the shift.
Discussion: CNN
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