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Indiana GOP Senate candidate, tarnished by rape remark, loses election

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At least one of the Republican Senate hopefuls who made headlines with controversial remarks about rape and pregnancy will be heading home, as news outlets reported Tuesday night that Richard Mourdock had lost his bid to represent Indiana.

The news is a blow to Republican hopes of retaking the Senate, as they’d counted on holding the seat currently held by Richard Lugar (R). As of 10 pm, Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) was projected to take over that seat.

Mourdock, a Tea Pary favorite who defeated Lugar in a divisive primary by challenging him from the right, led comfortably for most of the race. Yet in the closing month of the campaign, he stumbled mightily over women’s issues, making controversial remarks that drew widespread criticism.

In late October, Mourdock said during a debate that pregnancy as the result of rape was part of God’s plan, and that would-be mother’s should therefore keep unplanned children. That statement sparked unfavorable comparisons to Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) comments about “legitimate rape,” and to Republican policies toward women in general.

“I believe life begins at conception,” Mourdock said in the debate. “The only exception I have for to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen.”

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Donnelly joined Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts as the second Democrat to unseat a Republican incumbent this year.


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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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