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Rape As a Rallying Cry

Democrats and some Republicans are rushing to condemn the Senate candidate’s claim about rape-produced pregnancies, but abuse survivors and crisis workers charge that politicians are using a critical issue to posture, raise funds, and win elections.
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Women’s bodies are yet again at the axis of the 2012 election season. All it took was an Indiana Republican Senate candidate saying aloud what many evangelical anti-abortion activists seem to believe—that a pregnancy resulting from a rape is “something God intended to happen.

Obama ‘Confident’ on Immigration Reform

Says Republican alienation of Latinos reason he could win reelection.

What does the president really think? An off-the-record interview forThe Des Moines Register gave him a chance to say it, and on Wednesday, the president agreed it could be published. In the interview, Obama says he’s confident immigration reform will be completed next year because Republicans will be interested in the growing Latino vote.

Polls: Candidates Neck-and-Neck

New surveys show an incredibly close race.

With two weeks to go until the big day, the presidential race is closer than ever. Gone are the days of Romney’s wide lead or Obama’s wide lead—a Washington Post/ABC News poll found the race almost tied at 49 percent for Romney and 48 percent for Obama (and within the poll’s margin of error).

Obama Ads Top Romney’s

Republican outside groups are outspending their Democratic counterparts this election cycle, but fewer pro-Romney ads have aired than pro-Obama, says a new Wesleyan Media Project report—and ad spending is up 50 percent over 2008.
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Mitt Romney may be gaining in the polls, but his campaign spots trail President Obama’s, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks and analyzes political advertisement spending data.

Ohio Plays Kingmaker

It’s not just the Buckeye State. The road to the White House runs through Ohio. With only 13 days left and a slim lead for Obama, Mark McKinnon on why Mitt’s ground game matters more than ever.
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Thirteen days. The final countdown. Barring an external event of significant proportion, not much will change to affect the outcome. And it’s now all a turnout game.Forget the national polls showing President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney in a dead heat or a statistical tie in the race for the White House.

Why China Hates U.S. Elections

Chinese leaders don’t hate Americans. But many do hate the race to the White House, and how it affects China’s image in the U.S. Melinda Liu reports.
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In the third and final U.S. presidential debate on Monday, Mitt Romney once again vowed to declare China a currency manipulator on his first day in office. Most Chinese observers think this position is as extreme as it is unlikely, but ever since Romney first made that pledge a year ago, the reaction by policymakers in China has been a mix of frustration and exasperation.

Romney Campaign Stands by Mourdock

As the candidate refuses to apologize.
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Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock publicly apologized—sort of—Wednesday for comments during a debate implying that pregnancy caused by rape may be “intended” by God. “I did not intend to suggest that God wants rape,” Mourdock said during the presser, clarifying that he’s not apologizing for what he said but for how it was interpreted.

Clint Eastwood Stars in Romney Ad

The empty chair does not.
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Although he appears without his trusty empty chair, Clint Eastwood is featured in a new Mitt Romney ad paid for by American Crossroads, Karl Rove’s super PAC. “When someone doesn’t get the job done, you have to hold them accountable,” Eastwood explains.

Ginger White Writing Cain Tell-All

Hopes book will prompt Republican to be “more honest.”
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Will it outsell Rielle Hunter? Herman Cain’s former mistress Ginger White says she is writing a tell-all about her time with the onetime Republican presidential candidate. White said she hopes the book will help Cain “to be a little more honest with his wife, because the details that I share, only she would know.

Does Trump Have Obama Divorce Papers?

Says he has a big relevation.
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To be fair, he does know a thing or two about divorce. Donald Trump is inserting himself in the presidential campaign again, as rumors are swirling Tuesday that Trump has unearthed supposed divorce papers filed by the Obamas, according to a tweet this morning from Douglas Kass, a financial adviser who appears on CNBC.

Allred Exposes Mitt Documents

Teaming up with ex-wife of Staples CEO.
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Gloria Allred has an “October surprise” for Mitt Romney. Her latest client, the ex-wife of Staples founder Tom Stemberg, is ready and willing to reveal to the public a testimony Mitt Romney gave on behalf of her husband during their 1990s divorce trial.

GOP Fundraiser Charged With Rape Kills Himself

Faced life in prison if convicted.

Utah Republican fundraiser Greg Peterson escaped 25 charges of assault, rape, and kidnapping by committing suicide Tuesday in the same cabin he once used both to host political events and allegedly rape some of his victims. He’d been released from jail on Friday on a $2 million bond, but faced life in prison if convicted of all the charges.

Mourdock: ‘God Intended’ Pregnancy

Even in cases of rape.
Michael Conroy / AP Photo

Richard Mourdock recently had an epiphany. During a debate Tuesday, the Indiana Republican running for Senate explained, “I came to realize life is that gift from God. And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen.

Hacks, Flacks & Third-Party Notions

The ancient TV anchor moderates a debate of presidential candidates from the Libertarian, Constitution, Green, and other parties in a Chicago event that draws marginalized politicians, Paulistas, pro-marijuana denizens, performance artists, kids who can’t vote, and Al Jazeera.
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A severe-looking young man, sitting in the front row of a grand ballroom in the Chicago Hilton, turns to his equally severe-looking comrades and blithely says, “Virgil Goode is kind of a false prophet.” Goode, a Virginian who looks to have had all the fat burned away from his bones and speaks with a drawl that cannot be reproduced phonetically, would make a great pro-wrestling manager, but is instead running, hopelessly, for president, on the Constitution Party line.

MTV Welcomes Obama

For Q&A session with young voters.

After winning the underage vote, President Obama is hitting MTV Tuesday to court youngsters who actually can cast a ballot. The president will be filmed taking questions from young voters for a segment called “MTV’s Ask Obama Live” that will air Friday.

Stewart: Florida Does It Again!

On 'The Daily Show's first post-election episode, Jon Stewart questioned the Sunshine State's relevance. Sorry, Florida, we elected a president without you.

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