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Missouri GOP lawmaker wants to require women to get their abuser's permission for abortion

Todd Akin has an intellectual heir in Missouri. Hi there, patriarchy! Women in Missouri could soon have to get permission from their sexual partners in order to get an abortion, if state Rep. Rick Brattin gets his way. Brattin has filed...Show More Summary

Todd Akin's new excuse: 'Legitimate rape ... is a law enforcement term'

A very weird interview this morning on MSNBC with a very weird man: Former Congressman and failed Senatorial candidate Todd Akin. MSNBC's Chuck Todd, who conducted the interview, began by asking Akin about his infamous "legitimate rape" comment and Akin offered up a new and bizarre explanation for what he said: Legitimate rape is a law enforcement term [...]Show More Summary

Todd 'Legitimate Rape' Akin is back, and he's steamed

Todd Akin has a new book. Like most books by politicians, it is about how awesome he is and how terrible all the people who are not him are. You know, a summertime light read. For now, Akin says one of his main missions is to shed light...Show More Summary

Todd 'Legitimate Rape' Akin no longer sorry he's a jackass

Way back in the day—actually, two years ago—Republican Todd Akin made his infamous comment about rape and pregnancy: "... the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." At the time, Akin offered a mumbled apology and then went on to lose his senate race against Claire McCaskill. Show More Summary

How to pick your opponent: A guide to gaming Republican primaries

Democrats successfully gamed the Missouri GOP Senate primary to convince Republicans to nominate Rep. Todd Akin in 2012. The rest is history. In August 2012, Republican primary voters threw endangered Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill a lifeline: Rep. Show More Summary

'Legitimate rape' and 'Abortion Barbie' bring in the bucks for Democrats

Todd "legitimate rape" Akin Republican candidates have done themselves a lot of damage in recent years with their persistent inability to avoid making incredibly sexist comments and offensive rape references. And rather than gettingShow More Summary

Georgia's version of Todd Akin gets tea-flavored endorsement

After gifting Democrats senate seats in Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Missouri, and Nevada—enough to cost Republicans control of the Senate—teabagger groups are now hard at work gift-wrapping Georgia for us. The pretentiously...Show More Summary

Republican campaigners adding tax issue to their anti-abortion framing for the 2014 midterms

After the electoral wreckage generated in 2012 by Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" and Richard Mourdock's "God-willed" pregnancy-via-rape comments, Republican leaders got the message that they need to change their message if they have any hope of narrowing the gender gap at the polls. Voilà! For the midterm races, they're focusing on the money. Show More Summary

Republicans want to dial back the 'war on women' talk ... by focusing on abortion

If Republicans want to make Todd Akin their poster boy on abortion, they should go right ahead. Here's something to watch for at the Republican National Committee meetings: A group of RNC members is introducing a "Resolution on Republican...Show More Summary

Texas Republican finds cure for rape!

Move over, Todd Akin, because believe it or not, someone has actually surpassed his "legitimate rape" idiocy. Meet Texas Republican (of course) Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, who had this to say while denying an exception for rape in the draconian...Show More Summary

The Republican Party's clueless caucus is pretty much their entire caucus

Alexander Burns and Jake Sherman of Politico take a look at what they call the GOP's "clueless caucus" — the Todd Akins and Allen Wests and Steve Kings and Michele Bachmanns of the Republican Party who just can't stop saying stupid things. Show More Summary

Rep. Trent Franks is no Todd Akin. He might be worse, though.

You would think that Republicans would just stop talking about rape. You really would. But they don't, and they don't because so much of their party agenda continues to revolve around ladyparts and what should or should not be done with those ladyparts, and so we get people like Rep. Show More Summary

Non-Todd Akin GOP congressman: 'The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low'

Rep. Trent Franks After the 2012 elections, Republicans vowed not to be tripped up by any more Todd Akin-style comments alienating women voters by minimizing rape, defying science, and sheer force of idiocy. Apparently Rep. Trent Franks did not get that message, though. Show More Summary

Republicans have awesome new plan to avoid those awkward 'Todd Akin moments'

If only there were a way to fix the stupid If only Republicans could unlock the secret to not saying stupid shit about rape. Over and over again. For years and years. But gosh, it is just so tricky! How are you supposed to keep candidates...Show More Summary

Alabama Republican says a baby 'is the largest organ in a body' because she's a moron

Infantem organum Forced birthers aren't really known for their science acumen. Just ask former Rep. Todd Akin, the deep thinker who gift-wrapped the Missouri Senate seat for Claire McCaskill by 'splaining that women have magic lady parts to detect rape sperm and prevent pregnancy. But Alabama state Rep. Show More Summary

Another Republican explains how 'legitimate rape' is sort of a thing. And he's a doctor!

Rep. Phil Gingrey, MD. No, seriously, this guy's a doctor. Were you longing for the good old days of 2012, when House Republican Todd Akin explained that women have magic lady parts capable of detecting and deflecting rape sperm in cases of "legitimate rape"? Of course not. Show More Summary

GOP did, in fact, spend big on Todd Akin's behalf

Truth! Here's me, back in August, arguing why Todd Akin shouldn't drop out of the Missouri Senate race at a time when establishment Republicans had vowed to cut him loose: The NRSC and Karl Rove's Crossroads have promised to quit the state of Akin stays in. Show More Summary

Have conservatives found their new face-of-the-party hero? Oh, how we hope so.

Here we go again. Move over Joe Walsh, Steve King, Michele Bachmann, Allen West, Bobby Jindal, Todd Akin, Jan Brewer, Sarah Palin and Zombie Ronald Reagan. The far-right has a new national hero, and it's Virginia Republican Ken Cuccinelli. Show More Summary

GOP to itself: No more Todd Akins!

Hahaha: Read their lips: no more Todd Akins. In the wake of the GOP’s Election Day beatdown, influential Republican senators say enough’s enough: Party leaders need to put the kibosh on the kind of savage primaries that yielded candidates...Show More Summary

Even Todd Akin's adviser thinks Karl Rove is a 'colossal failure'

Between all the failing and the ridiculous levels of denial about Ohio Tuesday night, Karl Rove's reputation has taken quite a hit in the last week. I mean, really: Congrats to @KarlRove on blowing $400 million this cycle. Every race @CrossroadsGPS ran ads in, the Republicans lost. Show More Summary

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