Inside Politics: Gingrich: Akin vote would be signal to GOP establishment

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His ads slam Republican rival Richard Mourdock, the state treasurer, for saying that pregnancies resulting from rape are something “God intended.” But what they don’t mention — and what Mr. Donnelly doesn’t bring up on the campaign trail — is that last year, the Democrat twice supported a bill that would have denied federal abortion funding even in cases of rape and incest.

In fact, both Mr. Donnelly and Mr. Mourdock oppose abortion. Mr. Donnelly would support it in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is endangered by the pregnancy, which conflicts with the bill he supported. Mr. Mourdock only supports an exception for the life of the mother.

Mr. Donnelly explains that while he opposes abortion he didn’t initially realize the bill would have gone that far, yet the issue has made it difficult for him to capitalize on Mr. Mourdock’s comment, even as it reverberated in the national battle for control of the Senate. Republicans must gain four seats to win control if President Obama is re-elected; three if Republican Mitt Romney prevails. Indiana is one of a series of states in which the Senate race remains stubbornly tied.


Debt ceiling to be hit by the end of the year

U.S. Treasury officials say they still expect the government will hit the current debt borrowing limit at the end of this year. But they say they can employ “extraordinary” measures that they have used in the past to keep the government functioning until sometime early next year.

In a statement, Treasury Assistant Secretary Matthew Rutherford said that Treasury would employ the same types of procedures it has used in the past to keep borrowing under the current debt limit of $16.39 trillion. The nation’s debt currently stands $16.16 trillion.

The United States has never failed to meet its debt obligations, although the last battle over raising the debt limit in August 2011 went right to the last minute before a compromise was reached between the Obama administration and Congress.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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