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  • Former Republican Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri argues he was the victim of a "political assassination" and says he stands by point that the probability of pregnancy in the cases of rape are less than it would be otherwise. Shortly after winning his party's nomination for the Senate in August 2012, Mr. Akin said in a radio interview that women's bodies could somehow block an unwanted pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." (Associated Press)

    Achin' for Akin: Democrats praying for GOP Gaffes in midterms

    Desperately looking to fire up their base, Democrats are on the hunt for the next Todd Akin — a loose-talking Republican candidate who can be cast as being so far outside of the mainstream that they tarnish the GOP's image and dampen its chances of taking over the Senate.

  • The Duggar clan (Scott Enlow)

    Duggar clan to stump for Akin

    Rep. W. Todd Akin, make room on your campaign platform — the Duggar family is on its way.

  • Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (right) speaks Sept. 21, 2012, as she looks toward Republican challenger Rep. Todd Akin during the first debate in the Missouri Senate race in Columbia, Mo. (Associated Press)

    McCaskill hits Akin with ads featuring raped women

    Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill took aim Wednesday at Republican challenger Todd Akin with a new series of TV ads featuring rape survivors outraged by Akin's remark about "legitimate rape" and his opposition to emergency contraception.

  • Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (right) speaks Sept. 21, 2012, as she looks toward Republican challenger Rep. Todd Akin during the first debate in the Missouri Senate race in Columbia, Mo. (Associated Press)

    Akin, McCaskill trade barbs in first debate

    Besides attacking each other over Medicare, school lunches and the Iraq war, Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and GOP challenger Rep. Todd Akin spent their first debate Friday blaming each other for the gridlock in Congress that has stalled crucial pieces of legislation over the last two years.

  • Illustration Rape and Abortion by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    NAPOLITANO: Akin absurdity aside, rape never justifies abortion

    The criticisms of the recent absurd comments by Missouri Republican Rep. Todd Akin, who at this writing is his party's nominee to take on incumbent Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in November in a contest he had been expected to win, have focused on his clearly erroneous understanding of the human female anatomy.

  • Alaina Carnan of Lexington, Ky., works Aug. 21, 2012, in the Senate campaign office of Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri Republican, in Chesterfield, Mo. Akin has come under pressure to abandon his Senate campaign after his comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape." (Associated Press)

    Akin to continue Senate race despite GOP pressure to quit

    Despite being dumped by nearly every major Republican over the last 48 hours, Rep. Todd Akin said Tuesday afternoon he's made a final decision to continue his bid to unseat Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.

  • **FILE** Former Hawaii Rep. Ed Case holds a sign May 22, 2010, as he campaigns in Honolulu. (Associated Press)

    Democrats run TV ads for Republican hopefuls

    Democrats have their thumbs on Republican scales in Senate primaries in Missouri and Wisconsin this summer, hoping to improve their own chances of maintaining a majority in November. The idea isn't quite as far-fetched as it might sound.

  • **FILE** Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri Republican (Associated Press)

    Mo. Senate candidates leave recent hostility behind in GOP debate

    The Republican primary for Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's seat has grown increasingly hostile in recent weeks, but the three candidates barely attacked one another at a debate Monday night near St. Louis.

  • Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, who won her seat narrowly in 2006 and is up for re-election in 2012, has no shortage of would-be GOP challengers. (Associated Press)

    GOP challengers lining up for shot at Missouri Sen. McCaskill

    The re-election bid of Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is providing an early look at how Republicans plan to tie President Obama and his plunging job-approval ratings to vulnerable Democrats down the ballot next year.

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    Yet another member of Congress has been tripped up by an open microphone, suggesting on the House floor where a colleague who disagreed with him should "stick" his viewpoint.

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  • And because anyone could self-identify as a tea partyer, some of the candidates turned out to be downright ditzy (like Todd Akin of Missouri, who said victims of what he called "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant).

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  • Former Republican Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri argues he was the victim of a "political assassination" and says he stands by point that the probability of pregnancy in the cases of rape are less than it would be otherwise.

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