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9:00 PM ET, August 21, 2012


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Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Steve King: I've Never Heard Of A Girl Getting Pregnant From Statutory Rape Or Incest  —  Rep. Steve King, one of the most staunchly conservative members of the House, was one of the few Republicans who did not strongly condemn Rep. Todd Akin Monday for his remarks regarding pregnancy and rape.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Akin Clarifies ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comments: Women Make ‘False Claims’ About Being Raped  —  Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) announced that he will continue with his race for the U.S. Senate, during an appearance on the Mike Huckabee radio show Tuesday afternoon, and clarified his claims that women who face “legitimate rape” cannot become pregnant.
Heather Leigh / KMEG-TV:
Rep. Steve King on the Campaign Trail  —  (LE MARS/SIOUX CENTER, IA) Representative Steve King, who's running for re-election in Iowa's 4th Congressional District, made a few campaign stops today.  —  We caught up with him in Le Mars and Sioux Center, where he spoke about gun control …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Todd Akin, Superstar  —  So the big question in Politicsland this afternoon is how and why Todd Akin was able to convince himself to defy the entire GOP establishment of his state, the GOP presidential nominee, the major national campaign funders, and nearly the entire Right-Wing commentariat, and stay on the ballot in Missouri.
Irin Carmon / Salon:
Rape exceptions aren't legitimate  —  Todd Akin's right about this much: Rape exceptions are wrong.  You either believe in bodily autonomy, or you don't  —  Todd Akin may know nothing about biology, and may have been too honest for his own good about his own contempt for women …
Fetus Vanishes From Akin Website  —  Also a few spelling problems.  But who are we to throw stones?  —  Source: @nycsouthpaw  —  Todd Akin, the Missouri Senate candidate under fire for claiming that “legitimate rape” prevents pregnancy, spent most of today doing interviews about how he's staying …
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Tainted poll by Dem outfit offers Akin incentive not to quit  —  A PPP poll, taken after Todd Akin's infamous comment about rape, puts him in a virtual tie with Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in the Missouri Senate race.  According to that poll, Akin leads McCaskill by 44-43.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Kirk Cameron defends Todd Akin
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Exclusive: Akin ad asks for ‘forgiveness’ (Updated)
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Romney Endorsed by, Praised Dr. John Willke, Leading Proponent of Idea That Rape Lowers Pregnancy Risk
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum: No, Romney and Ryan don't really want a ‘great debate’
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Huckabee to Akin: ‘Horrible’ rapes created some extraordinary people
Mark Murray / First Read:
NBC/WSJ poll: Heading into conventions, Obama has four-point lead  —  After Mitt Romney selected his vice presidential running mate, and just days before the political conventions kick off next week, President Barack Obama maintains his advantage in the race for the White House, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
New Michigan Poll has Romney ahead of Obama  —  WJBK Fox 2 -  —  Foster McCollum White Baydoun (FMW)B, a national public opinion polling and voter analytics consulting firm based in Michigan and representing the combined resources of Foster McCollum White & Associates (Troy, Michigan) …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Medicare Voucher Plan Remains Unpopular  —  Plurality Views Ryan VP Choice Negatively  —  OVERVIEW  —  Paul Ryan's selection to the Republican ticket has put the issue of Medicare squarely on the 2012 campaign agenda.  And the latest Pew Research Center survey continues to find the public …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Ryan: I've more foreign policy experience than Obama had in 2008  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the Romney campaign's vice-presidential candidate, argued that he has more foreign-policy experience than President Obama did when he ran for president.  —  “Well, most of the traveling I've done throughout …
Wall Street Journal:
In Tight Race, Romney Faces Hurdles
Discussion: CNN
Ron Paul / CNN:
Ron Paul delegates set to strike deal with RNC  —  Tampa, Florida (CNN) - A stand off between Ron Paul supporters and the Republican National Committee over convention delegates appears to be easing, and both sides are close to announcing a deal that could help avoid a potentially embarrassing moment …
James Hohmann / Politico:
GOP rejects rape exception in platform  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Even as Mitt Romney sought to quash the furor surrounding Todd Akin's “legitimate” rape comments, the Republican platform committee here approved an abortion plank that includes no exemptions for rape, incest or even to save the life of the mother.
Discussion: CNN, Mother Jones and Poliglot
CNN:   Romney says he spends ‘more wisely’ than Obama campaign
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Brown against GOP abortion language
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Oh I Think He May Be Staying  —  Snap PPP Poll shows the Missouri Senate race essentially unchanged: Akin over McCaskill 44-43.  Little changed from previous poll.  —  Late Update: Surprised?  I can't say I am.  And you shouldn't be either.  Don't underestimate partisan division and affiliation …
Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
Todd Akin Defies Mitt Romney and Stays in Missouri Senate Race
Discussion: Politico, KFVS-TV and ABCNEWS
Washington Post:
Todd Akin should drop out of Senate race, Romney says
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Todd Akin Staying Put, as Top Missouri Republicans Tell Him to Exit
Discussion: Show Me Progress
RNC Chair: Bring On Biden  —  Priebus brings the “brass knuckles.”  Secret Service agents overheard discussing Biden's trip on a flight to Tampa.  —  Image by Steven Mantilla / AP  —  TAMPA, Florida — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said the GOP will respond tenfold …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, Hot Air and Moe Lane
Rachel Weiner / Election 2012:   Joe Biden will be in Tampa during RNC
Erik Ortiz / NY Daily News:
Minn. Rep. Kerry Gauthier caught with zipper down... literally.  Admits to having ‘no strings attached’ sex with 17-year-old boy at rest stop, police say  —  The Minnesota Democrat posted Craigslist ad trolling for anonymous sex partners.  State Democratic leaders are asking him to withdraw from re-election bid in wake of scandal.
Mayhill Fowler / The Huffington Post:
Obama: No Surprise That Hard-Pressed Pennsylvanians Turn Bitter  —  LISTEN TO THE FULL OBAMA April 6.  FUNDRAISER SPEECH HERE Some highlights - Obama responds to Krugman toward the end of the audio (46:20); Obama discloses his trip to Pakistan (40:17); Obama discusses fundraising successes …
David Zahniser / Los Angeles Times:
Porn industry announces moratorium after syphilis-case reports  —  Trade group calls for a nationwide shutdown on X-rated productions while more than 1,000 performers are tested for the sexually transmitted disease.  —  The porn industry has been temporarily shut down due to a recent outbreak of syphilis …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Ryan hits Obama on defense sequestration at helicopter museum campaign stop
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Brown leads by 5 in MA-Sen race
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Romney Adviser Compares Homosexuality To Polygamy, Drug Use During GOP Platform Committee Meeting
Discussion: Mediaite, Hit & Run and Advocate
Ben Chu / The Independent:
Spending departments braced for further budget cuts after figures reveal Government borrowed …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Chad Griffin / Washington Post:
Calling out hate when we see it  —  Chad Griffin is president of Human Rights Campaign.
Still Getting the Housing Bubble Wrong
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Court strikes down major pollution rule
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Hugh Hefner: Gay rights under ‘assault’
Discussion: Advocate and ThinkProgress
Tom Shoop / Government Executive:
Best Beer-Related FOIA Ever
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