Akin: McCaskill Not “Ladylike” in Debate

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 12:18 pm

As the Republican establishment returns to the fold in the Missouri Senate race, it’s worth reminding everyone that one of the major problems with Todd Akin is the simple fact that he’s Todd Akin. It’s not like the “legitimate rape” comments sprung out of the blue; they exist on a continuum of other extremist comments. [...]

Republican Establishment Crawling Back to Todd Akin

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 12:13 pm

Here comes the calvary. I mentioned this morning that Todd Akin passed the deadline to take his name off the ballot in the Missouri Senate race. Claire McCaskill’s campaign immediately responded with a hard-hitting ad bringing up the “legitimate rape” comments, which they had held off from using previously, before Akin’s place on the ballot [...]

MO-Sen: Akin Officially on the Ballot; McCaskill Immediately References Legitimate Rape Comments in New Ad

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 6:55 am

Yesterday was the final day that Todd Akin could take himself off the Missouri Senate ballot. But I think the national Republicans who desperately wanted this to happen gave up on the idea long ago. Clearly Akin marches to his own beat, and wouldn’t be swayed even by the cutoff of funds. Some conservative movement [...]

MO-Sen: McCaskill Avoids Antagonizing Akin Until After Ballot Deadline

By: Monday September 10, 2012 11:44 am

There are two weeks left before it becomes impossible for Todd Akin to take his name off the ballot in the Missouri Senate race. To be sure, we’ve seen no signs of him moving toward that in any way, though GOP insiders like Karl Rove have floated a bunch of potential replacements, and fellow politicians [...]

MO-Sen: Todd Akin Plans Press Conference for Later Today

By: Friday August 24, 2012 12:55 pm

Care for a Friday afternoon news dump? Todd Akin, the Missouri Senate candidate whose comments about abortion, pregnancy and rape dominated the week, will hold a press conference today at 4:15pm CT in St. Louis County. I’m not sure why this would be held if it weren’t an update to the status of his Senate [...]

Akin, Staying in MO-Sen Race, Appeals to Missourians for Forgiveness in New TV Ad

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 6:14 am

When you put out an ad that has to state clearly, up front, that “rape is an evil act,” I’d say that should be the end of your political career, but in this case, Todd Akin is clearly making a play for hanging in there in Missouri, with just hours before he needs to make [...]

Akin Struggles to Hold On to US Senate Nomination in Missouri

By: Monday August 20, 2012 9:35 am

Todd Akin is clearly taking on water for his comments about abortion, pregnancy and rape, which actually reflected a fairly common viewpoint among the anti-choice movement that rarely gets mentioned outside their little cliques. But the question becomes whether he can survive and continue to stay on as the nominee for Senate in Missouri. Let’s [...]

Akin’s Comments About Rape and Pregnancy Common Among Anti-Choice Movement

By: Monday August 20, 2012 6:19 am

By now you surely know about Missouri Rep. (and US Senate candidate) Todd Akin’s comments to a local news station about “legitimate rape” and how women have a magic pregnancy shutdown switch when in a rape situation. (I believe it activates much like the Wonder Twins, you have to yell out “form a sperm filter!”) [...]

What If Congress Didn’t Pay for the Payroll Tax Cut?

By: Tuesday December 6, 2011 12:55 pm

The question of why Congress has reached for any offsets at all to pay for an extension of the payroll tax cut, against past practice of the Republican Party and economic theory, has come to a head in recent days. And all of a sudden, it’s become a worthy point of discussion. If the point [...]

Hyping the Deficit to Distract from the Bad Economy?

By: Wednesday August 10, 2011 10:09 am

I tend to look at the available evidence from the President, that he wants to enact a “grand bargain” that cuts safety net spending far more than raising taxes, that he’s willing to put really misguided proposals like raising the Medicare eligibility age and cutting federal participation in Medicaid on the table, and I make [...]

Feingold Blasts Specific Defenders of Secret Corporate Campaign Spending

By: Tuesday May 17, 2011 11:37 am

Russ Feingold may be well-positioned to return to the US Senate if he chooses, now that Herb Kohl has retired. A normal politician in that position would not make waves with any party leaders, or take up principled causes where both parties have failed. Feingold is not that normal politician. The Hill reports that he [...]

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