Missouri Republican Congressman Todd Akin won the nomination for a US Senate seat without the support of the party establishment. Now he's defied Mitt Romney's request that he step aside. Will Democrats keep talking about the "Republican war on women" all the way to November? Also, the Congressional Budget Office warns about avoiding the "fiscal cliff," and Julian Assange of WikiLeaks is holed up in Equador's London embassy. Will the rules of diplomacy allow British authorities to take him out?
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In January, the Congressional Budget Office, which advises both parties, said failure to cope with looming tax increases and spending cuts in January would trigger a mile recession. Today, it upped the ante and predicted that the recession could be "significant." Lori Montgomery is financial reporter for the Washington Post.
Missouri Republican Congressman Todd Akin now says he knows that rape can make a woman pregnant. Although he's backed away from saying the rape must be "legitimate," he also say he does "not apologize for being consistently pro-life." But he's defied party leaders, including Mitt Romney, by insisting on staying in the race for the US Senate. That decision guarantees continued attention to facts Republicans don't want to talk about. Paul Ryan's voting record on women's issues is much like Akin's. The platform for next week's convention calls for banning abortions, even in cases of rape. Mitt Romney's now keeping his distance from that language. Democrats won't let voters forget, but will it really matter when Republicans and Independents go to the polls?
Jonathan Weisman, New York Times (@jonathanweisman)
Carol Tobias, National Right to Life Committee (@NRLC)
Sarah Posner, Nation Institute (@sarahposner)
Ann Stone, Trump campaign / Republicans for Choice (@aews)
Julian Assange of WikiLeaks fame has been holed up in Ecuador's London embassy. Diplomatic principle and British law say a foreign embassy is equivalent to the soil of another country. Ecuador says Britain is threatening to break the rules. Britain wants to send Assange to Sweden, and Assange fears that could mean extradition to the United States. We update the stalemate with John Burns, London Bureau Chief for the New York Times and Charles Crawford, former British ambassador to Sarajevo, Belgrade and Warsaw.
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