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Akin Stands Ground After 'Legitimate Rape' Comment

Facing a deadline to withdraw from the Missouri Senate race, Representative Todd Akin says he will not step aside. Akin has been under fire for days for his controversial comments about so-called "legitimate rape." Many members of the Republican establishment, including Mitt Romney and Mitch McConnell, have put pressure on Akin to pull out of the Senate race against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. On Tuesday, Missouri's Republican U.S. Senator and four former Republican senators issued a joint statement calling on Akin to step aside. Audie Cornish talks with Brian Naylor.
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Akin's Remarks Highlight Political Cynicism

After Rep. Todd Akin's remarks about rape, the Washington Post's Ruth Marcus posed a question: "Is it any wonder Americans hate politics?" Republicans, she says, reacted just strongly enough to serve their own interests. And Democrats, Marcus argues, do their own part by driving voter cynicism.
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Romney's VP Pick Puts Focus On Medicare

Paul Ryan's controversial plan to reshape Medicare has provoked conversation, some of it confusing, about entitlement reform. Traditionally a campaign rallying cry for Democrats, Republicans seem to be putting President Obama on the defensive about Medicare and the new health law.
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Preview Of The Democratic Party Platform And National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets under way in Charlotte, N.C. Diane and her guests talk about what to expect as the president and his supporters make the case for four more years.

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Both Sides Can Claim Some Money Advantage In Presidential Race

New reports from the presidential campaigns show that Republican Mitt Romney last month widened his cash advantage over President Obama. But the numbers reported to the Federal Election Commission paint a more complex picture of the race and the vast amounts of money fueling the campaign.
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Has The Damage Been Done For Todd Akin?

U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin apologized for his remarks about rape and pregnancy, but calls have intensified for him to withdraw. Plus, a new e-book claims the Obama campaign is in a constant state of conflict. Guest host Viviana Hurtado speaks with Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America and Joy-Ann Reid of TheGrio.com.
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Ryan Takes His Workout On The Road

On the campaign trail in Pittsburgh this morning, NPR's Ari Shapiro stopped into the hotel gym for an early morning workout. The other person working out in the tiny fitness center had two things of note: an iPad app for the intense P90X exercise routine, and a Secret Service escort.
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Update: Akin Vows Again To Stay In Missouri Senate Race

Under fire for his comments about rape and abortion, the Missouri Senate candidate is under pressure from his own party to drop out before the end of the day. His Democratic opponent is one of the few voices urging him to stay in.

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