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GOP Congressman Channels Todd Akin: ‘The Incidence Of Rape Resulting In Pregnancy Are Very Low’

So, my question is this…are they purposely sabotaging their chances of winning a majority in the Senate or for that matter maintaining their majority in the House?  I truly hope they keep this line of dialogue going at least until the mid-term election.

Think Progress

Despite Republican strategists’ efforts to keep GOP politicians from making insensitive comments about rape victims, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) channeled former Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) infamous“legitimate rape” comment during a committee hearing on Wednesday. Defending his proposal to ban all abortions after 20 weeks with no exceptions for rape and incest, Franks claimed, “The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.”

As the Washington Post reports, Franks went on to nonsensically argue, “But when you make that exception [allowing rape victims to get abortions], there’s usually a requirement to report the rape within 48 hours. And in this case that’s impossible because this is in the sixth month of gestation. And that’s what completely negates and vitiates the purpose of such an amendment.”

Franks is the latest male Republican lawmaker to opine on the validity of rape victims’ needs. In 2012, several GOP candidates lost the election after letting slip their ignorant and offensive beliefs about rape victims and what rights they deserve. Akin set off a media firestorm when he claimed that a woman could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape” because her body “has ways of shutting that whole thing down.” Soon after, Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock told rape victims to embrace pregnancy as “a gift from God.”

These claims quickly collapse under cursory scientific scrutiny. By claiming rape-related pregnancies are “rare,” Franks is dismissing an estimated 32,101 women who get pregnant from rape per year. One study found that about 32.4 percent of victims did not find out they were pregnant until their second trimester — beyond the strict 20 week limit Franks is seeking to impose on American women seeking abortions. Half of those victims chose to undergo an abortion rather than keep the fetus or put it up for adoption. Some research suggests that rape victims are actually more likely to get pregnant, putting the number of women who became pregnant from rape in one year around 83,000.

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Do As We Say, Not As We Do

 

Well, the upside (for them) is that no one can accuse them of being another Michele Bachmann.

The Huffington Post

After Todd Akin lost the Missouri Senate race to Democrat Claire McCaskill in November, he had one final piece of business to take care of as an outgoing member of the House of Representatives — giving piles of government money to his staff. Akin nearly doubled the salaries of his House staffers in the quarter after his defeat, according to the website LegiStorm, which tracks congressional pay.

Only retiring Democrat Gary Ackerman of New York was more generous with public money, barely topping Akin’s 98 percent increase in pay, the website shows. Allen West, a Tea Party favorite from South Florida, was the fourth biggest giver of taxpayer bonuses after he lost reelection to Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.). Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) was the third most generous, according to LegiStorm.

West and Akin routinely decried wasteful and out-of-control government spending, calling for major cuts to social programs.

Of the top 10 members of Congress most generous with year-end bonuses, nine were Republicans, and 14 of the top 20 were, not coincidentally, on their way out of the House.

Republican Reps. Devin Nunes (Calif.), Steve Austria (Ohio), Steve LaTourette (Ohio), Bob Turner (N.Y.), Roscoe Bartlett (Md.) and Jon Runyan (N.J.) rounded out the top 10 in 2012.

When Democrats lost a historic number of seats in 2010, outgoing members of the party lavished their staff with unspent money, with 18 of the top 20 givers carrying a D next to their name.

House staffers typically get bonuses at the end of the year depending on how much is left in the office budget, but on average in 2012 those bumps were just 16.4 percent for Republicans and 15.1 percent for Democrats. Bonuses are not labeled as such in the congressional books, but LegiStorm is able to count them by comparing the increase in reported salary in the fourth quarter to the average of the first three quarters.

 

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11 Reasons You’re Glad Jim DeMint Is Leaving The Senate

I need only one reason to be glad to see Senator DeMint leave the Senate:  The man is nuttier than a Snickers candy bar.

Think Progress

In an unexpected move, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), an arch-conservative and leader of the Tea Party movement, is resigning his seat in order to head up the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington DC.

DeMint has been among the most extreme members of the Senate since first getting elected in 2004, drawing a hard-right line on issues from unions to LGBT rights to abortion and beyond.

Here’s a look back at some of DeMint’s Senate highlights:

1. Stood with Akin after “legitimate rape” remarks. Following Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) infamous statement that victims of “legitimate rape” can’t become pregnant, DeMint was one of the first major conservatives to stand with the Missouri congressman. DeMint even used his political action committee to donate $90,000 to Akin’s campaign and used its network to raise hundreds of thousands more. “We support Todd Akin and hope freedom-loving Americans in Missouri and around the country will join us,” DeMint’s group said.

2. Led the opposition against Obamacare. In 2009, during the height of the GOP’s opposition to health care reform, DeMint told a conference call of conservative activists that, “If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.” Ironically, DeMint once supported Mitt Romney’s health care reform in Massachusetts, the law on which Obamacare is based.

3. Wants to prevent gay or unmarried teachers from teaching in public schools.In 2010, DeMint “said if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn’t be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who’s sleeping with her boyfriend — she shouldn’t be in the classroom.” During his first Senate campaign in 2004, DeMint agreed with the state party’s platform barring gay teachers from public schools, claiming that the government shouldn’t endorse certain behaviors.

4. Pushed a bill outlawing the discussion of abortion over the Internet. Last year, DeMint proposed an amendment to an unrelated bill that would have barred a woman and her doctor from discussing abortion over the internet, even if her health was at risk and tele-conferencing was the most feasible option to receive care.

5. Wants to strip all federal employees of collective bargaining rights. Though most federal employees don’t enjoy the rights and benefits of unionization, DeMint wants to take away even the few bargaining rights they currently enjoy. “I don’t believe collective bargaining has any place in government,” DeMint told ThinkProgress last year.

6. Blocked creation of the National Women’s History Museum. Along with fellow arch-conservative Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), DeMint placed a hold on a 2010 bill to sell land near the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC in order to create the National Women’s History Museum. Coburn justified their move to block the museum by noting that there already exist museums for “quilters” and “cowgirls”.

7. Likened striking Chicago teachers to “thugs” in the Middle East. Speaking at the Values Voters Summit in September 2012, DeMint blasted Chicago teachers who were on strike for a brief period earlier this year. “On my way over, I was reading another story about a distant place where thugs had put 400,000 children out in the streets,” DeMint said. “And then I realized that was a story about the Chicago teachers strike.”

8. Threatened to single-handedly shut down the Senate. In September 2010, DeMint warned his colleagues that he would place a unilateral hold on every single piece of legislation in the Senate, bringing the entire lawmaking process to a grinding halt. Despite being in the minority, DeMint threatened to only allow bills to proceed that his office had personally approved.

9. Used a failed terrorist plot to attack unions. Following the failed “underwear bomber” plot in December 2009, DeMint went on Fox News and used the episode as an opportunity to bash unions. “I am concerned, because it’s related to another issue that we’re dealing with now in the Senate,” DeMint said. “The administration is intent on unionizing and submitting our airport security to union bosses’ collective bargaining.”

10. Argued that people with pre-existing conditions got better care before Obamacare. Speaking with ThinkProgress at a Tea Party rally this year, DeMintargued that Obamacare actually hurt people with pre-existing conditions, despite that fact that it bars insurance companies from denying them care. “I can guarantee you people with pre-exisitng conditions are going to get less health care—lower quality health care—under Obamacare,” DeMint said.

11. “Willing” to cause “serious disruptions” in the economy in order to secure draconian cuts. During last year’s debt ceiling showdown, DeMint appeared on Fox Business and said that, despite the fact that not raising the debt ceiling would cause “serious disruptions,” he was “willing to do that” in order to get major cuts to social programs like Medicare and Social Security.

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30 Really Lame Republican Excuses For Losing The Election

Excuses, excuses.

It was quite apparent to the American people that Mitt Romney was going to be a puppet for right wing extremists once they heard about Grover Norquist’s statement (illustrated above) during his speech at CPAC 2012…

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Republicans suck at math. They can’t figure out polling. They can’t figure out that pandering to only around 25% of the populace, the white and the bigoted, isn’t going to win them elections.

The Republican whine fest since losing the Presidential election on Tuesday has been a source of amusement to many on the left. They’re scrambling; trying to figure out why it happened. Where did they go wrong? Michael Hammond at RedState.com thinks he has the answer. Actually 30 of them, to be exact. Since it would probably be called plagiarism for me to copy/paste his post into mine, I’ll simply interpret his 30 reasons. You can read them for yourself, if you’d like. In fact, I’d recommend it.

  1. The Democrats picked Mitt Romney. Republicans would have won with Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich. Huh?
  2. Only conservative Republicans win – the first example, Nixon. The word “conservative” has changed so dramatically that the environmentalist Richard Nixon would still have been to the left of Romney. Argument: FAIL
  3. Republicans in Congress should have shut down the government and stopped funding the IRS in case they want to fine people for not paying Obamacare premiums. Sorry but Obamacare’s mandate doesn’t kick in till 2014. This one’s just dumb.
  4. Paul Ryan voted to fund Obamacare during the campaign. Okay, I sort of get how this could piss some Republican voters off.
  5. Some rambling passage about Obamacare and the debt ceiling. 
  6. Congress didn’t hate on Obamacare enough. 
  7. Romney invented Obamacare. Duh.
  8. Mitch McConnell doesn’t love guns enough. Harry Reid does.
  9. Job-Creators don’t create jobs. Okay, he didn’t say that, exactly, but he did say the term was terrible.
  10. Obamacare and taxes. Blah blah blah.
  11. They didn’t go negative enough. I’ll let you ponder that one.
  12. Democrats are mean to Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann (who would supposedly cut into the Democratic base, if given a chance), but Republicans aren’t mean enough to Joe Biden. 
  13. Mitt Romney didn’t give giant bear hugs to Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock.
  14. Abortion doctors are evil and Obama burns babies in China. 
  15. Romney was pro-choice (or something).
  16. Republicans tried too hard to appeal to pro-choice, female Democrats. Huh?
  17. Mitch McConnell was mean to Todd Akin. 
  18. Republicans overestimated the amount of influence the unemployment rate would have on the election. He’s right.
  19. They forgot to tell people that Obama’s the reason they don’t have a job. Oh, and that he’s done a lot of historical things. Or maybe he meant that Obama’s black.
  20. Being a business man isn’t enough and Romney’s an arrogant jerk. I gotta agree with him here.
  21. Mitch McConnell forgot to make sure the Senate only voted on God, Guns and Gays.  
  22. John Boehner wasn’t obstructionist enough. 
  23. Boehner didn’t throw away more resources on Fast and Furious.
  24. They didn’t talk about the fact that Obamacare gives free abortions to everyone. Because it doesn’t.
  25. They don’t hate on John Roberts enough. Cause, you know, he didn’t overturn Obamacare.
  26. Something else about Obamacare.
  27. Romney flip-flopped on Obamacare. 
  28. They dropped the ball after the first debate. 
  29. “Libya, Libya, Libya” didn’t work. I could have told you that.
  30. Obama’s a nice guy. Only he’s not a nice guy. He’s actually an arrogant, socialist, Kenyan, Maoist, fascist, communist and Republicans forgot to tell all the stupid people who thought he was a nice guy. 

I really have to wonder if Hammond witnessed the same election I did. Mitt Romney lost because Republicans have no ideas. They tried to alienate more than 50% of the population. Their candidate was a stiff-as-a-board plutocrat and, most importantly, Obama is, and has always been, the moderate most of the country is looking for.

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Todd Akin in a ditch, still digging

Rachel Maddow Blog

Rep. Todd Akin, the right-wing U.S. Senate candidate in Missouri, made matters worse for himself last week when he complained about Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D) capacity to be “ladylike.” It led the usually understated Chris Cillizza to marvel at Akin’s “devastatingly bad candidacy.”

It can, however, get worse.

In this undated clip, we see Akin fielding a question from a voter who asked about the congressman’s vote against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. “Why do you think it is okay for a woman to be paid less for doing the same work as a man?” the audience member asked.

Ordinarily, the standard line from far-right officials is that women aren’t paid less than men, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding. Akin, however, seemed to suggest wage discrimination simply isn’t a problem for government to address.

“I believe in free enterprise,” Akin said. “I don’t think the government should be telling people what you pay and what you don’t pay. I think it’s about freedom. If someone wants to hire somebody and they agree on a salary, that’s fine, however it wants to work. So, the government sticking its nose into all kinds of things has gotten us into huge trouble.”

In other words, we don’t need anti-discrimination laws at all. As far as this U.S. Senate candidate is concerned, if a woman takes a job and gets paid less than men doing the same work, it’s her fault — laws just aren’t necessary.

Unless Missouri Republicans have a plan to disenfranchise women between now and Election Day, I suspect there will be quite a gender gap in this race.

Incidentally, an Akin campaign consultant last week also compared Akin to cult leader David Koresh. It was apparently intended to be complimentary.

Update: How tarnished is Akin’s reputation at this point? Democrats have begun using him against other Republicans as far away from Missouri as New York.

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Politico’s: Week in one liners: Clinton, Romney, Frank

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The top quotes in politics …

“I have no earthly idea what she’ll decide to do.” — Former President Bill Clinton on whether his wife will run in 2016.

“And by good day, I mean F— Off.” — State Department spokesman Philippe Reines getting frustrated with a reporter.

“I told folks I’m just supposed to be eye candy here for you guys.” — President Barack Obamachatting with the women of “The View.”

“He’s gotten to be a better dancer.” — Ann Romney naming one way her husband has changed since high school.

“It’s a great day for America.” — White House press secretary Jay Carney noting the deal reached between the NFL and its referees union.

“She had a confidence and was much more ladylike.” — Rep. Todd Akin on what Sen. Claire McCaskill was like in 2006.

“This is somebody who kind of makes Michele Bachmann look like a hippie.” — Missouri Sen.Claire McCaskill  responding to Akin.

“I did have a brownie once. It made me sleepy.” — Rep. Barney Frank on his experience with marijuana.

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Todd Akin – Does he not look sort of confused?

Yikes!  “The Stupid”…it hurts my head!  Looks like Todd Akin wants another shot at making “news”.

The Raw Story

Embattled Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) on Wednesday reacted to the death of a U.S. ambassador in Libya by accusing President Barack Obama of not liking the very country he is leading.

On Tuesday, U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and at least three members of his staff had been killed during protests over a film that mocked that the Prophet Muhammad and was promoted by Terry Jones, a U.S. pastor who had previously sparked deadly riots threatening to burn Qurans.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday had used the death of Stevens to score political points by accusing Obama of “sympathizing” with the enemy after the U.S. embassy in Libya released a statement condemning the anti-Muslim film.

“First of all, apologizing to all people, [to] a lot of countries who are enemies, and apologizing to them and everything,” Akin said during a campaign stop in Kansas City, according to KMBC. “You know, if we did something wrong that’s one thing, but he’s just apologizing because he didn’t like America? I think that’s the wrong thing to do.”

As The Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel noted, the president never apologized for the United States in the statements he made about attack in Libya.

Akin, who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, is facing calls from Republicans to drop his bid to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) after he suggested last month that women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape.”

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Meet Rep. Steve King, Romney’s New ‘Partner’ In Congress

 

Talk about “bat crap crazy”, Steve King and Michele Bachmann are neck and neck for the championship of “craziest Congressman ever!”

Now, imagine King partnering with Mitt Romney on important issues.   To me, it’s unfathomable.

Think Progress - 9-7-12

Today, Mitt Romney enthusiastically endorsed Rep. Steve King (R-IA), saying “he needs to be your Congressman again. I want him as my partner in Washington!” If Romney were elected, then, he’d be partnering on legislation with one of the most radical members of Congress:

1. King is the leading defender of dog-fighting and animal torture in the United States. King recently suggested “there was something wrong” with the priorities of people who wanted to criminalize dogfighting while boxing was legal. When challenged on that assertion, King went on a bizarre diatribe about how the kidnapping, rape, and forced abortion of an underage girl wouldn’t be illegal under current law. King’s prodogfighting statements are consistent with a long legislative record of defending the inhumane practice as well as his recent sponsorship of legislation that would enable the torture of animals on farmswhile critically weakening food safety standards.

2. King compares immigrants to dogs, proposes keeping them out with electrified fence. Describing immigrants as birddogs, King said that we should only take “frisker” people, “not the one that’s over there sleeping on the corner.” This makes his remedy for illegal immigration, an electric fence, unsurprising, which he justified by saying “we do this with livestock all the time.” He also thinks that multicultural groups are about self-pity and that immigrants who “love taxes” aren’t real Americans.

3. King believes states can ban birth control and that contraception may destroy America. King, who adheres to a revisionist interpretation of the 10th Amendment, disagrees with well-established Supreme Court precedent guaranteeing a woman’s right to control her own body. This may be because King thinks that access to birth control may “let our birth rate get down below replacement rate we’re a dying civilization. Hypocritically, King has proposedthat it is unconstitutional for states to ban foie gras. King, like Todd Akin, has “never heard of” a rape-induced pregnancy.

4. King tends birther. King personally searched for and discovered Obama’ birth announcement in Hawaii newspapers, he remains unconvinced that Obama was born inside the United States, positing the notion that “they might’ve announced that by telegram from Kenya.”

5. King sympathized with a terrorist and secessionism. After being informed of an attempted right-wing suicide attack on an IRS building, King expressedempathy with the terrorist’s motives, saying “It’s sad the incident in Texas happened, but by the same token, it’s an agency that is unnecessary and when the day comes when that is over and we abolish the IRS, it’s going to be a happy day for America.” Further, after the passage of the health care law, Kingintimated that parts of the country may need to secede from the Union,claiming that “we wouldn’t have to do that” if his audience could beat “the other side” to a pulp and chase them down.

And there’s much, much more where that came from.

 

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Politico’s Week in one liners: Yoder, Rubio

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The top quotes in politics …

“Regrettably I jumped into the water without a swimsuit.” — Rep. Kevin Yoder describing his late-night swim in the Sea of Galilee.

“Don’t be a stranger!” — ABC’s Jake Tapper encouraging President Obama to make more appearances in the White House briefing room.

“…then you are what we would call in Britain, a gutless little twerp.” — CNN’s Piers Morgan  lashing out at Rep. Todd Akin for backing out of an interview.

“This is an individual who sits on the House Committee on Science and Technology but somehow missed science class.” — President Barack Obama mocking Akin.

“I’m vice president, and let me tell you, I’d trade it all to go back and play my senior year again.” Vice President Joe Biden recalling his football days.

“Gov. Romney’s just sort of a guy that you never want to play pick-up basketball with.” Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley criticizing the GOP presidential candidate.

“That’s really good news because I just bought a four-day cruise.” — Sen. Marco Rubio recalling his reaction to not being selected as Romney’s running mate.

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Steve King: Multicultural Groups Are ‘People That Feel Sorry For Themselves’

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Rep. Steve King 

I have a headache…

Think Progress

At a recent town hall, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) explained his concern over discovering that Iowa State University has multicultural groups. King characterized minority students as people “who feel sorry for themselves,” and worried about impressionable students being “brought into a group that have a grievance against society.” King said:

I went to the Iowa State website and [...] I typed in “multicultural” and it came back to me, at the time, 59 different multicultural groups listed to operate on campus at Iowa State. It started with Asians and it ended with Zeitgeist, so from A to Z, and most of them were victims’ groups, victimology, people that feel sorry for themselves and they’re out there recruiting our young people to be part of the group that feels sorry for themselves. [...]

And then, you’re brought into a group of people that are–have a grievance against society rather than understand there’s a tremendous blessing in this society.

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King has a long history of controversial remarks. The Iowa congressman has compared immigrants to dogs, sponsored legislation that designates English as the national language, and wanted to sue the government to deport children. Yesterday, he came to Rep Todd Akin’s (R-MO) defense over his “legitimate rape” comments.

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