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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Romney tells Akin to go

Mitt Romney, who as the GOP's presumptive presidential nominee is his party's de facto head, called on Tuesday for Rep. Todd Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race.

** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Associated Press)

Justice Department signs off on Va. voter ID law

The U.S. Department of Justice has signed off on Virginia's voter identification law that will now require voters without proper identification to cast their ballots provisionally, rather than signing a sworn affidavit attesting to their identity.

**FILE** Rep. W. Todd Akin (Associated Press)

Akin in new ad: 'I ask for your forgiveness'

Missouri Rep. and U.S. Senate candidate W. Todd Akin is out with a new ad appealing directly to viewers for forgiveness for the remarks he made about rape and abortion as top Republicans pressure him to exit the race in the wake of the aftermath following the comments.

President Obama waves Aug. 6, 2012, as he boards Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York after attending two fundraisers in Connecticut. (Associated Press)

Obama raises $30M from 20,000 major donors

The Obama campaign raised $30 milion from fewer than 20,000 major donors in July, disclosures showed Monday, taking advantage of a setup that uses higher caps on donations to central party committees to capture up to $100,000 or more from families. The maximum anyone can ordinarily give to a candidate is $5,000.

Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent who is a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

Palin endorses Bongino in Md. Senate race

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has endorsed several successful dark-horse Republicans in this year's election cycle, and on Monday she threw her support behind her biggest underdog yet — Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Dan Bongino.