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GOP Leaders Encourage Akin To Quit Senate Race

Rep. Todd Akin is fighting to hold onto the GOP Senate nomination from Missouri. Party leaders are telling him to step aside. Akin has until late Monday afternoon to withdraw and allow party officials to name a replacement. Akin triggered criticism from both Republicans and Democrats after he told an interviewer that women rarely become pregnant after "a legitimate rape."
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Language Approved For Seven Maryland Ballot Questions

The official language has been settled for seven issues on the Maryland ballot this November, including three constitutional amendments, three referendum petitions and a referendum on the expansion of gambling.

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Virginia, Maryland Well Represented In Convention Speakers

Plans for the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in the next month are slowly coming out, and already it appears as though both Virginia and Maryland will have familiar faces amongst the prominent speakers.


Issue Of Abortion Back In Spotlight In Swing States

An anti-abortion group has begun a swing-state bus tour meant to bring attention to President Obama's views on abortion. At the same time, the Obama campaign has launched a new TV ad — aimed at some of the same voters in some of the same states — criticizing Republican Mitt Romney on the issue.

Akin Apologizes For Rape Comments; Will Stay In Race

Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin is apologizing for comments he made yesterday about rape that touched off bi-partisan criticism and outrage. Akin, who is running for the Senate seat in Missouri held by Democrat Claire McCaskill, told a television interviewer this weekend that women's bodies are able to prevent pregnancy caused by what he termed legitimate rape. Akin now says he made a mistake, but that he wont drop out of the race. Still, republicans from Mitt Romney on down are distancing themselves from him.

Obama Defends Campaign Tone, Criticizes Romney

President Obama held an unexpected press conference Monday afternoon. The president took questions on issues ranging from Medicare to the tone of the campaign and Syria.

Republicans On Defense After Naked Romp In Sea Of Galilee

All Things Considered host Melissa Block talks to Jake Sherman of political news site Politico about the report that last August, during a fact-finding Congressional trip to Israel, freshman Republican lawmakers went for a late-night swim — one of them naked — in the Sea of Galilee. The Federal Bureau of Investigation ended up looking into what happened.