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8:00 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Romney Endorsed by, Praised Dr. John Willke, Leading Proponent of Idea That Rape Lowers Pregnancy Risk
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Todd Akin Staying Put, as Top Missouri Republicans Tell Him to Exit
Discussion: Show Me Progress
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum: No, Romney and Ryan don't really want a ‘great debate’
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Akin 44 McCaskill 43  —  Missouri voters strongly disagree …
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 …
CNN:   Romney says he spends ‘more wisely’ than Obama campaign
First on CNN: GOP prepares tough anti-abortion platform
James Hohmann / Politico:
GOP rejects rape exception in platform
Discussion: Poliglot
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Brown against GOP abortion language
Republican Party Makes No Abortion Exception For Rape, Incest
Discussion: Washington Post and Taylor Marsh
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) …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Ryan: I've more foreign policy experience than Obama had in 2008
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: Election 2012
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Vice President Biden to be in Tampa during Republican National Convention
Discussion: Hot Air and Moe Lane
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 …
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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