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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.
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CNN:
First on CNN: GOP prepares tough anti-abortion platform  —  Tampa, Florida (CNN) - The Republican Party is once again set to enshrine into its official platform support for “a human life amendment” to the Constitution that would outlaw abortion without making explicit exemptions for rape or incest …
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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Kirk Cameron defends Todd Akin  —  TV star-turned-conservative activist Kirk Cameron came to the defense of embattled GOP Senate hopeful Todd Akin Tuesday, saying that the Missouri congressman's controversial comments about “legitimate rape” came in the context of his opposition to abortion.
BuzzFeed:
Republican Party Makes No Abortion Exception For Rape, Incest  —  No changes despite Akin controversy.  Social conservatives dominate platform committee.  —  Image by Christian Gooden / AP  —  TAMPA, Florida — The Republican Party's platform will include language calling …
Discussion: Washington Post and Taylor Marsh
Dennis Prager / Townhall.com:
The Pro-Life Movement Must Disavow Akin Comment
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
G.O.P. Approves Strict Anti-Abortion Language in Party Platform
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Akin 44 McCaskill 43  —  Missouri voters strongly disagree with the comments Todd Akin made about abortion over the weekend, but it hasn't moved the numbers a whole lot in the Senate race.  Akin leads Claire McCaskill by a single point, 44-43.  That's basically identical to our last poll …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Exclusive: Akin ad asks for ‘forgiveness’ (Updated)  —  Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin has recorded a television ad asking for “forgiveness” from the voters of his state and acknowledging that he used “the wrong words in the wrong way” when he suggested last weekend that rape rarely leads to pregnancy.
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Missouri GOP Godfathers Act As One to Force Akin Out  —  Missouri Senator Roy Blunt and former Senators John Ashcroft, Kit Bond, John Danforth, and Jim Talent put out this joint statement: … This applies more pressure than the national folks can, but this heavyweight group wouldn't put …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
NRSC sends out list of conservative pundits calling for Akin to step down  —  The National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee on Tuesday released a list of conservative columnists and pundits around the country calling for Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) to step down.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum: No, Romney and Ryan don't really want a ‘great debate’  —  Ever since Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan, it's been widely claimed that this ensures a “great debate” pitting two starkly different ideological visions over the future against one another.
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Akin vows to stay in race as GOP amps up pressure on him
Discussion: Booman Tribune
New York Times:
Ignoring Calls to Quit, Akin Appeals to Voters in Ad
Discussion: BuzzFeed and ABCNEWS
Talking Points Memo:
Todd Akin: I'm Staying In The Race
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Embattled Rep. Akin apologizes again in new TV ad
Discussion: Feministing, Mediaite and The Agonist
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney slightly ahead in Wisconsin  —  PPP's first Wisconsin poll since Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate finds him taking a small lead over Barack Obama in the state, 48-47.  That represents a 7 point shift from PPP's last look at the state in early July, which found Obama ahead 50-44.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Here's Your Beltway Pundit Constituency  —  As part of a series of Pre-Convention Front-Pagers based on a new WaPo-Kaiser Family Foundation survey, Jon Cohen and Dan Balz deliver a solid assessment of political independents that is most impressive for its succinctness.  Here's all you really need to know from the piece:
Discussion: Eschaton
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Washington Post:
Independents favor cooperation, are dissatisfied with political system
Justin Sink / The Hill:
RNC ad: Obama ‘ignores the truth’ over ‘felon’ comment  —  The Republican National Committee released a new web ad Tuesday slamming President Obama for his suggestion at a White House press conference on Monday that “nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a felon.”
Discussion: The Rightnewz
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Emily Heil / Washington Post:
New Obama regulatory chief's Bain consulting tenure goes unmentioned: ‘Bain’ as four-letter word
BuzzFeed:
GOP Votes Down Civil Unions In Platform  —  A social conservative hard line in Tampa.  —  TAMPA, Florida — The GOP platform committee overwhelmingly voted down an effort to include recognitions of civil unions in the party's manifesto.  —  The measure, offered by Rhode Island delegate Barbara Fenton …
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Mitt Romney: Honor Students Do It All Themselves  —  In his town hall appearance in New Hampshire this morning, Mitt Romney celebrated the individual, who clearly needs no support system to succeed in RepublicanLand.  —  Speaking to a crowd of FreedomWorks devotees and other New Hampshire residents, he said this:
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
In Praise of Fact-Checkers  —  In the wake of Niall Ferguson's dishonesty, Dylan Byers decided to contact Newsweek to see what controls the magazine had in place to prevent authors from lying to them.  As it turns out, none: … More accurately, Newsweek has unwittingly outsourced its fact-checking to the web.
New York Times:
Romney Gains Huge Cash Advantage Over Obama  —  Mitt Romney's cash advantage over President Obama and the Democrats more than doubled in July, as intense Republican fund-raising and heavy spending by Mr. Obama and his allies left Mr. Romney and the Republican National Committee with $62 million …
 
 
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