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Ms. McCaskill’s ad aired as Mr. Akin teamed up with Oklahoma Sen. James M. Inhofe for a series of campaign events in the St. Louis area. Mr. Inhofe was attending an energy round-table discussion and fundraiser, then touring an aerospace and defense firm with Mr. Akin. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Mr. Akin was to campaign in the Kansas City area with former House speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

Ms. McCaskill’s latest ad begins with a woman proclaiming: “Todd Akin is scary.” The ad then features a video clip from mid-August in which Mr. Akin says women rarely get pregnant from rape. Mr. Akin is shown saying: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Another woman in the ad says: “He has no idea how it even works, and he wants to legislate about it?”

Mr. Akin has repeatedly apologized for his remark and said he was wrong, but the suburban St. Louis congressman has continued to campaign on his staunch opposition to abortion in all cases except when a woman’s life is endangered.


Obama shares music taste with Ohio radio station

President Obama’s iPod could pass for a voter-outreach tool.

Mr. Obama ran through his musical tastes Monday during an interview on Cincinnati radio station WIZF-FM. The list is eclectic and all-encompassing and reflects the varied coalition of voters he is seeking to attract.

Mr. Obama said old-school artists include Stevie Wonder, James Brown, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. More recent tracks are from Jay-Z, Eminem and the Fugees. Jazz artists John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Gil Scott-Heron are also represented. Mr. Obama said there probably isn’t a group the interviewer plays that isn’t on the president’s iPod.

No mention of the Boss, Bruce Springsteen, who has been campaigning for Mr. Obama.

Or country music. Much of that vote tilts to the other guy.


PAC launches $180,000 attack against lawmaker

NASHVILLE — A national political action committee on Monday launched $180,000 worth of television ads against Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who is pro-life, for reports that he once urged a mistress to terminate a pregnancy.

“The bottom line is this: Scott DesJarlais shouldn’t be in Congress,” Alixandria Lapp, executive director of House Majority PAC, said in a statement to The Associated Press.

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