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Maddow: Rep. Akin’s ‘fake science’ is ‘the new Republican normal’

Monday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow looked at Missouri candidate for U.S. Senate, Rep. Todd Akin (R)’s comments regarding what constitutes a “legitimate rape” and his assertion that a woman’s body has a way of stopping a pregnancy that results from an assault. As extreme as…

Akin ad begs voters: ‘I ask for your forgiveness’

As the Republican Party’s chance for a majority in the U.S. Senate hangs in the balance, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) appears determined to stay in his race despite Tuesday’s withdrawal deadline, releasing an ad begging for forgiveness and calling rape “an evil act,” even has his prior words and acts…

Letterman: Yoder’s naked swim puts the ‘junk’ in congressional junket

On Monday’s edition of The Late Show, host David Letterman trained his Top 10 list on the Kansas Congressman who was revealed to have taken a naked dip in the Sea of Galilee last year. Though Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) has already taken to the press to explain his actions…

Ohio suspends election board members who pushed for extra voting hours

On her show Monday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow talked with two Democratic election board members in Ohio who were suspended after they pushed to get extra voting hours on the weekends. Dennis Lieberman and Tom Ritchie faced an administrative hearing Monday for refusing to comply with an order from…

White House hopeful Jill Stein: Time to empty prisons of non-violent marijuana users

Speaking at Seattle’s Hempfest last week, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein voiced her support for marijuana legislation. Stein, a long-time physician and teacher, said the first thing she would do as president would be to direct the Drug Enforcement Administration to declassify marijuana as a Schedule I substance, the…

Romney team releases new version of widely discredited welfare ad

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign on Monday released a new advertisement that repeats claims that have been widely been denounced as untrue. “Since 1996, welfare recipients were required to work. This bipartisan reform successfully reduced welfare rolls. Only July 12, Obama quietly ended the work requirement, gutting welfare reform. One of…

Romney wishes to live in New Hampshire and ‘save some tax dollars’

Mitt Romney may have a lower effective tax rate than many middle-class Americans, but he’s still dreaming of ways to pay even less. At a town hall-style event in Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee told supporters that he could “save me some tax dollars” if…

Akin apologizes: ‘I was talking about forcible rape’

The Republican Senate candidate from Missouri on Monday said he had made “serious mistakes” by claiming that women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape.” In his first interview since telling KTVI-TV that “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Todd Akin expressed his…

Obama admonishes Akin: ‘Rape is rape’

Update (below): House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) condemns Republicans for partnering with Akin Speaking to reporters during Monday’s daily press briefing, President Barack Obama admonished Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) for suggesting that women do not get pregnant in cases of “legitimate rape,” seizing on the comments as a chance to…

Bill Kristol: ‘Kinda weird’ Romney pays lower tax rate than middle-class people

Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol on Monday admitted that it was “kinda weird” that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s tax rate was only around 13 percent when most middle-class people paid significantly more. “The custom over the last 20-30 years, I suppose, has been to release at least a…

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