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Steve King contradicts himself in support of Todd Akin

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As he chimed in supporting embattled Missouri senatorial candidate Todd Akin, Iowa Rep. Steve King (R-IA) may have walked into his own verbal minefield.

While defending Akin, a fellow Republican, to KMEG-TV Monday, King doubled down on his defense of Akin and vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s bill that would ban federal funding of abortion except for cases of “forcible rape.” When reporter Heather Leigh noted that Medicaid currently covers abortions for victims of statutory rape or incest, King said he was not aware of any victims of that type.

“I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” he said. “I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”

That statement, however, seems to conflict with a remark he made in an online statement he made earlier this month clarifying his position on anti-dog fighting legislation.

“We need to respect humans more than we do animals,” King said. “When we elevate animals above that of humans, we’ve crossed a moral line. For example, if there’s a sexual predator out there who has impregnated a young girl – say, a 13-year-old girl – and it happens in America more times than you and I would like to think, that sexual predator could pick that girl up off the playground at the middle school, and haul her across the state line, and force her to get an abortion to eradicate the evidence of his crime, and bring her back and drop her off at the swing-set, and that’s not against the law in the United States of America.”

A spokesperson for King, Brittany Lesser, told Talking Points Memo Monday’s remark had been taken out of context.

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“What he was saying was, he personally does not know a girl who was raped,” Lesser said. “He never says, ‘I’ve never heard of that.’ There’s a fine line between ‘I’ve never heard of that’ and ‘I don’t know personally anybody who’s been raped. There’s a difference. There is a difference.”

KMEG’S report, aired Monday, can be seen below:

KMEG 14 – News, Weather, Sports for Sioux City and Siouxland |

[h/t Talking Points Memo]

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Trump elicits unintentional laughter in Oval Office meeting: My wars ‘don’t need exit strategies’

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President Donald Trump revealed on Tuesday that he does not use exit strategies when planning for war.

During an Oval Office press gaggle, the president was asked if he had a plan for ending a possible war with Iran.

"You're not going to need an exit strategy," Trump opined, possibly misunderstanding the term. "I don't need exit strategies."

Some in the room could be heard audibly laughing as the president answered.

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Republican humiliates himself at Senate hearing as his attempt to nail Instagram for liberal bias falls apart

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Tuesday fell flat on his face when he tried to get technology experts to admit that major social media platforms were biased against conservatives.

While talking with assorted experts on artificial intelligence and algorithms, Johnson said that he had his staff members go to Politico's Instagram account and record what other recommendations the app gave to them after following it.

According to Johnson, the vast majority of recommendations that came back were for news websites like the Washington Post or progressive outlets like Huffington Post, and none were for right-wing websites such as Breitbart.

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The View erupts when Meghan McCain complains her dad suffered worse than migrant kids while held as war prisoner

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Meghan McCain tempered her outrage over the Trump administration's detention of children because she feels her father endured worse treatment as a captured Navy airman during the Vietnam War.

"The View" co-host agreed migrant children were being held in inhumane conditions along the southern border, but she found it hard to summon moral outrage.

"I just want to say one quick thing," she said. "Apparently, by the way, me saying, 'Can I say one quick thing,' is now becoming a parody -- it's just how I talk, it's one of my tics, I'm sorry.

"Calling these places torture facilities -- I understand it's a humanitarian crisis," McCain continued. "It's horrific to detain -- like you said, people in jail get soap and people in jail get toothpaste -- but I know what a torture facility looks like. I've been to one."

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