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Todd Akin Not Sorry for Rape Comments After All

Former GOP rep says he regrets apologizing for 'legitimate rape' statement

(Newser) - First Todd Akin said "legitimate rape" victims rarely get pregnant . Then the Missouri rep apologized for the rape comment in a commercial for his 2012 Senate run and the world moved on (but not before opponent Claire McCaskill soundly defeated him). Now he’s back with a new book... More »

At Center Stage in Midterms: Abortion

Both parties look to capitalize on issue

(Newser) - With the midterm elections ahead, both parties are looking to use abortion rights as a rallying issue. Republicans are hoping related state ballot initiatives will bring voters to the polls. Meanwhile, they're looking to avoid another Todd Akin "legitimate rape" embarrassment, instead emphasizing a fiscally conservative take on... More »

Want to Talk Intelligently About Rape? 5 Rules

It's appalling how many people are incapable: Katie McDonough

(Newser) - Citing the 30-day sentence received by a teacher who raped a student, the Washington Post column arguing that teacher-student sex is sometimes OK , the sympathy extended to the Steubenville rapists, and of course, Richard Cohen's quite controversial Washington Post column about Steubenville, Katie McDonough comes to this depressing conclusion:... More »

GOP Lawmaker Backs Akin's 'Legitimate Rape' Theory

Phil Gingrey: remarks weren't 'so horrible'

(Newser) - Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" remarks may have sparked a political firestorm and cost him his job, but they were "partly right," a GOP lawmaker said today. Speaking at a function in Smyrna, Georgia, US Rep. Phil Gingrey supported the former House member's distinction: "Look,... More »

The Best Quote of 2012 Is...

Mitt Romney's '47%' remark

(Newser) - Mitt Romney's comments about 47% of the population being dependent on the government and "binders full of women" topped this year's best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian. "Debate remarks and gaffes actually seemed to play an important role in the ups and downs of... More »

GOP Donors Rally Behind Mourdock in Indiana

But new poll shows Democratic challenger with lead

(Newser) - After Todd Akin made his controversial "legitimate rape" comments in August, he quickly became a pariah in the Republican party. Indiana's Richard Mourdock, on the other hand, is seeing a rush of GOP support, despite his own controversial rape and pregnancy comments , reports Politico . The final days will... More »

Todd Akin Closes In on Claire McCaskill

Missouri voters really don't like either candidate

(Newser) - Todd Akin has dramatically cut into Claire McCaskill's lead in the hotly watched race for her Missouri Senate seat, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . In a new poll commissioned by the paper, McCaskill holds a slim 45% lead among likely voters, with Akin polling just behind at 43%. Akin'... More »

Akin in '08: Docs Give Abortions to Women Who Aren't Pregnant

Video of old speech surfaces

(Newser) - It's getting to be quite the week for years-old videos to come back and bite candidates , and the latest victim is one Todd Akin, the would-be junior Missouri senator of "legitimate rape" fame. Seems Akin gave a speech in 2008, in which he compares abortion to slavery and... More »

Roy Blunt: I'll Campaign for Todd Akin

Senator had asked Akin to quit after 'legitimate rape' flap

(Newser) - Seems like Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt's call for Todd Akin to step aside wasn't, ahem, "legitimate." Blunt asked Akin to quit the Senate race in August after the House lawmaker defended his flawed science of "legitimate rape"—but now that Akin's officially still... More »

Santorum, DeMint Throw Weight Behind Todd Akin

'Simply put, we cannot afford six more years of Senator McCaskill.'

(Newser) - Seems like only last month that Republicans were fighting each other over who got to throw Todd Akin under the bus first, but today the embattled Senate candidate has picked up endorsements from Jim DeMint and Rick Santorum. The über-conservatives are throwing their support to Akin, urging supporters to... More »

Naomi Wolf Whiffs Badly With New Vagina Book

Her 'Vagina' tome makes it an even stranger time to be female: Meghan Daum

(Newser) - With women's issues and rape definitions in the national conversation, this would be the perfect time for a prominent feminist voice to come forward, writes Meghan Daum in the Los Angeles Times . Too bad Naomi Wolf chose to write Vagina: A New Biography instead. Let's see, she wrote... More »

Congrats, Todd Akin: 83% Now Know Who You Are

And more stumbles in the 'legitimate rape' controversy

(Newser) - Todd Akin certainly upped his profile when he made his now-infamous comments about "legitimate rape" : A full 83% of registered voters are aware of the comments, despite the fact that Akin wasn't a national name before he made them, according to a new Public Policy Poll. And 85%... More »

Pregnancy From Rape Like Illegitimate Kid: GOP Hopeful

Tom Smith is running for Senate in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - Well, it turns out that if legitimate rape could result in pregnancy, it's basically the same thing as an unmarried woman being pregnant, at least according to the latest ill-advised Republican to touch the subject with a 10-foot pole. The Republican in question is Tom Smith, who is running... More »

Akin's New Logic: McCaskill Should Drop Out

Camp says McCaskill's 10-point lead shows weakness

(Newser) - The "legitimate rape" controversy has turned conservative Todd Akin from frontrunner to a 10-percentage-point trailer—48% to 38%—in the Missouri Senate race, reports ABC News . But despite the pounding in the polls and losing the support of the Republican Party, Akin is not about to drop out. In... More »

Akin to Skip GOP Convention

But he still insists he will stay in the race

(Newser) - Todd Akin will honor Reince Priebus' request that he skip the Republican National Convention, he told George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America today. When asked if he'd also heed GOP leaders' calls to exit the race, he left the door open the barest crack, but appeared adamant about staying... More »

Todd Akin: I'm Staying in Race

Missouri Senate candidate tells Mike Huckabee he won't quit

(Newser) - "Legitimate rape" brouhaha or no, Rep. Todd Akin said again today that he's staying in Missouri's Senate race. Akin has been under intense pressure from fellow Republicans to drop out, but he told Mike Huckabee that those pleas seemed like "a little bit of an... More »

Akin's Next Move: TV-Ad Apology

Senate candidate asks 'for your forgiveness'

(Newser) - Todd Akin has been backtracking all over the place since he said that "legitimate rape" victims don't get pregnant , but now he's offered a mea culpa in the form of a new campaign ad. "Rape is an evil act. I used the wrong words in the... More »

Piers Morgan Slams 'Gutless' Akin After No-Show

And RNC chief doesn't want Akin at convention

(Newser) - Facing a firestorm over his rape comments , GOP Rep. Todd Akin backed out of a planned appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight yesterday, leaving the angry host addressing an empty chair. "Congressman, you have an open invitation to join me in that chair whenever you feel up to it,"... More »

Huckabee: Rapes Create Some Amazing People

He tries to make Todd Akin feel better

(Newser) - Rapes are "horrible," but sometimes they produce "extraordinary" people, one-time GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told Missouri Rep. Todd Akin during his radio show yesterday . “Ethel Waters, for example, was the result of a forcible rape,” Huckabee said of the late singer. “I used... More »

Politico Yanks Reporter Over His Todd Akin Defense

Can some agree not all reported rapes are rapes, asks Catanese

(Newser) - Politico has yanked a reporter off coverage of controversial Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin after the writer defended the congressman's comments about "legitimate rape" victims, reports the Washington Post . Akin claimed—then apologized for his comments—that some mysterious biological mechanism stops "legitimate rape" victims from... More »

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