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Paul Ryan redefining rape as ‘forcible rape’ was just ‘stock language’

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Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan on Monday insisted that wording in a bill that he co-sponsored with Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), which Democrats say would have redefined rape as “forcible rape,” was just “stock language.”

Under the proposed “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” only victims of “forcible rape” would have qualified for federally funding abortions. Victims of non-violent rapes like statutory rape and incest would have been on their own.

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The language became a problem for Republicans after Akin, who co-sponsored the bill with Ryan, recently said that women could not get pregnant through “legitimate rape.” The Republican Senate candidate later apologized by explaining that he was actually talking about “forcible rape.”

Since then, Ryan has tried to distance himself from Akin by insisting that “rape is rape.”

But more than a week after the “legitimate rape” comments, even Fox News anchor Brett Baier felt the need to ask Ryan to explain why he “co-sponsored legislation seeking to distinguish between statutory and forcible rape.”

“All these bill were bill to stop taxpayer financing of abortion,” Ryan argued. “Most Americans agree with us — including pro-choice Americans — that we shouldn’t use hardworking taxpayer dollars to finance abortion.”

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“Rape is rape, period,” he continued. “This is language that was stock language used for lots of different bills, bills I didn’t author. And that language was removed to be very clear, and I agree with that — removing that language so we are very clear. Rape is rape, period, end of story.”

While Ryan seems to have changed his tune on so-called “forcible rape,” he recently said that he still opposes any exceptions to bans on abortion because rape is just another “method of conception.”

“I’m very proud of my pro-life record, and I’ve always adopted the idea that, the position that the method of conception doesn’t change the definition of life,” the Wisconsin congressman told WJHL reporter Josh Smith last week.

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“But let’s remember, I’m joining the Romney-Ryan ticket. And the president makes policy.”

Watch this video from Fox News’ Special Report via Mother Jones, broadcast Aug. 27, 2012.

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate

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Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.

In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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