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Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock speaks Oct. 24, 2012, during a news conference in Indianapolis to explain the comment he made during a Senate debate the previous night. Mourdock, who has been locked in a close contest with Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, said that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, "that's something God intended." (Associated Press)

Mourdock apologizes in wake of rape comments

U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock apologized Wednesday to anyone who misinterpreted his comments during a Tuesday debate that "life is a gift from God" and that "even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, it is something that God intended to happen," saying that he and the God he worships abhor violence while adding that he is a "much more humble person" today.

President Obama holds up a copy of his jobs and economic reform plan during a campaign event at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in Delray Beach, Fla., on Oct. 23, 2012, the day after the final presidential debate against Republican candidate Mitt Romney. (Associated Press)

Woodward: Obama 'not correct' on sequester

Journalist Bob Woodward, who recently published a book about President Obama's debt-ceiling negotiations with Congress in summer 2011, said Mr. Obama was "not correct" in his assertion during Monday night's debate that the idea for across-the-board spending cuts that are set to begin next year, also known as "sequestration" originated on Capitol Hill, not the White House.

** FILE ** Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican (The Washington Times)

Graham: Fort Hood shooting clearly an act of terror

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a senior Republican member of the Armed Forces Committee, on Tuesday said he sharply disagrees with the Department of Defense's characterization of the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood as a case of workplace violence, not terrorism.

Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (Associated Press)

Kerry blasts Romney's 'Rosetta Stone' foreign policy

Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, proclaimed Tuesday his "day of exorcism" after playing Mitt Romney in debate prep with President Obama — and didn't hold back on his real-life counterpart, saying that the ticket of Mr. Romney and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan has the least foreign policy experience "ever presented to the country in modern times."

**FILE** Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., Illinois Democrat, speaks March 20, 2012, in Chicago. With the November election only five weeks away, Jackson's absence from work and the campaign trail is testing patience in Chicago. (Associated Press)

Poll: Jesse Jackson Jr. has huge lead

Reclusive Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., an Illinois Democrat battling medical and legal problems, has a whopping 31-percentage point advantage over his nearest rival in his re-election bid, a new poll shows.

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speak during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama leads by 5 in Ohio, down from 10 last month

President Obama leads by 5 points, 50 percent to 45 percent, in a Quinnipiac University/CBS News poll released Monday, but Republican Mitt Romney carved into President Obama's 10-point advantage in the all-important state of Ohio he held last month.

** FILE ** Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican (The Washington Times)

Graham calls nuke talks with Iran a 'ploy'

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that Iran is taking advantage of the upcoming U.S. presidential election to buy time for its nuclear program, since the country reportedly has agreed to one-on-one negotiations with the U.S. only after the election is decided.