Two republican candidates who sparked a furore with comments about rape have been lost their election bids as the Democrats look set to defend their majority in the US senate. Missouri Republican US senate candidate Todd Akin, who was criticised in August for comments about "legitimate rape," has been defeated by Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. Until the rape comment, Mr Akin was considered the favourite to beat Ms McCaskill in a state that has trended Republican and voted for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But the race reversed course after
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Abortion is a sacrament among liberal and single women. And making a stupid comment about rape has the same effect as praising the KKK in the inner city. These were self inflicted and unnecessary mortal wounds. I understood what they were trying to convey but they opened themselves up for their own defeat. Just like Mitt's 47% comment.
Look ...... the left expects democrats to say stupid things and lie to them. They do however hold republicans to a higher standard because we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Its a fact of life.
We are going to have to come to grips with the fact that women, when they think they or their daughters may lose any part of their "reproductive rights" will vote for those that will protect them. Abortion is the law of the land and it will not change. Want to scare a woman, tell her that her daughter has been raped but can't get an abortion. Until we get candidates that can talk about the issue without coming across as knuckle dragging, slobbering, idiots we will lose.
These moron need to learn: The Supreme Court has ruled abortion legal under the Constitution and as a US Senator I will swear to uphold the Constitution. I will vote against tax payer funded abortions.
When will Republican men stop being dense and falling into the abortion trap. When asked instead of some stupid remark, why can't we find candidates that just say it is legal and that is all I can say. That doesn't mean they approve or support it, but to keep allowing dems to be elected is not going to change things.
Abortion is the lease of our worries. I am sick of republicans throwing the game by freaking women out over abortion. The middle east is going to explode. He's going to unilaterally cut our nuclear arsenal. The UN is going to enforce gun control on us. The government continues to print money to hand out to free loaders.
Akin and Mourdock lost because they didn't have the sense to shut up. If they had said they were opposed to abortion in all cases, and then refused to elaborate, they would have had a chance. But they had to open their big stupid fressers.
I personally would have a problem voting for a candidate that could make such foolish remarks and judgements about a crime that is so horrifying and life changing. And yes I think there are more urgent things going on in this country to debate about, but the lack of understanding about rape creeps me out.
These were not stupid men..they made ONE slip of the tongue and the press ran with it. Unlike the black president, who shoved his foot in his mouth every day. NOT to mention that braindead VP who can't open his mouth without proving how stupid he is. OUR OWN turned on these candidates like pack animals..democrats circle around and protect theirs. THERE is the difference.
Problem is, #20, this is a chronic pattern. We all know what the press is and does; the GOP does not know how to deal with it. Gingrich gave us a hint, but Mitt's team ignored it. Time for a new party that is not afraid of the big, bad media.
Yes, these two idiots were roundly criticized by Republicans for WHAT THEY SAID and deserved to lose, BUT when do libs get defeated for things they DO? JJJr, Menendez, Warner and, most sadly of all - Obama. I weep for America.
The reality is that damocrats can say anything and get away with it because of the media. Republicans on the other hand don't even have to specifically say something and the damocrats and media will provide the interpretation of it to suit their needs. Until Republicans, especially stupid ones like these two get that through their heads, we will continue to come out on the short end.
Akin and Mourdock are two very good men. I sent them contributions, though I knew it was probably a lost cause. God speed to them.
Look at what has come to pass: A candidate can no longer speak the truth about abortion; or even utter a thought about it that is clumsily phrased, no matter how innocuous, without being crushed.
That such a thing can make such a difference, in a momentous national election, is deeply saddening. Those of us who are pro-life thought we had finally, finally made some progress in recent years in rolling back the culture of death ... now I am not so sure.
A reckoning is coming, I fear, and am reminded today, more than ever, of the words of Thomas Jefferson:
"I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever."
A 31-year-old West Price Hill mother is accused of viciously abusing and starving her young daughter over an extended period of time. Christina Sturgill’s 7-year-old child was found this week with new and old black eyes and old bruising over her entire body, bite marks and loss of hair due from the hair being yanked out, Cincinnati police wrote in a sworn statement filed in Hamilton County Municipal Court.
India’s Apollo Tyres Ltd. is buying Ohio’s Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. for about $2.22 billion, boosting its presence in North America and other key markets around the world. Apollo said Wednesday that the combined company will be one of the world’s largest tire makers, with a strong presence across four continents and combined 2012 sales of $6.6 billion. Their tire brands include Apollo, Cooper, Roadmaster and Vredestein. Under the terms of the deal, Cooper shareholders will receive $35 per share in cash.
Let´s talk about the mom who regrets her children. Last week, the Daily Mail published a first-person story by Isabella Dutton, a 57 year old mother of two who declared her children to be "the biggest regret of her life." Since the Daily Mail is possibly the internet´s leading purveyor of "human interest in hating other humans" stories, it goes without saying that the article incited (and was intended to incite) a monstrous tsunami of scorn.
MUMBAI — India hanged a man on Saturday who had been convicted of involvement in the 2001 attack on Parliament that killed nine people. The hanging of Afzal Guru, a 43-year-old militant with the group Jaish-e-Mohammad, came more than a decade after the Dec. 13, 2001, suicide attack on India’s Parliament in which five gunmen opened fire, killing nine people, including security officials and a journalist. The execution drew protests from human rights groups concerned about the growing use of capital punishment in such cases. Headline split, source corrected.
What Gerard Depardieu is to France, Tina Turner may be to the United States. The Nutbush, Tenn. native is giving up her US passport, in favor of a Swiss one. "I´m very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here. ... I cannot imagine a better place to live," Turner told the German newspaper Blick. Turner has lived in the Zurich suburb of Kuesnacht since the mid-1990s. The local Zuerichsee-Zeitung newspaper said on its website the local council announced its decision to grant the 73-year-old Turner citizenship in an official notice published in Friday's edition.The decision still requires formal approval from state and federal authorities.Turner's rep told Zuerichsee-Zeitung the singer wanted to "clarify her situation." Content added by staff.
COIMBATORE - The investigation wing of the Income Tax (I-T) department in Coimbatore has seized US treasury bonds worth about Rs 27,500 crore from a 45-year- old man claiming to be a financial broker-cum-business consultant in Dharapuram in Tirupur district. I-T sleuths here said the bonds were seized in a raid on December 31 at the residence of T M Ramalingam on Dharapuram-Palani Road near Upputhurai, about 80 kms from Coimbatore, in Tirupur district. The bonds are worth $5 billion. Staff split headline.
Here’s the latest in the Hostess no more Twinkies saga: The company has asked the bankruptcy judge to approve $1.8 million in bonuses for its top executives for their part in liquidating the business, the Associated Press reported.The bonuses are needed to retain 19 managers to help with the process, the report said. Headline split by staff.
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- A Hungarian far-right politician urged the government to draw up a list of Jews who pose a "national security risk", stirring outrage among Jewish leaders who saw echoes of fascist policies that led to the Holocaust. Marton Gyongyosi, a leader of Hungary´s third-strongest political party Jobbik, said the list was necessary because of heightened tensions following the brief conflict in Gaza and should include members of parliament. Headline split and link repaired by staff.
Pune: After nearly four years, Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving Pakistani gunman involved in the Mumbai attacks, was hanged to death at the Yerawada central prison here this morning in a top-secret operation. Kasab was buried inside the premises of Pune´s Yerawada Central Jail shortly after he was hanged, Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said. "Ajmal Kasab was hanged at 7.30am," Maharashtra home minister R R Patil said in Mumbai shortly after the hanging. Pakistan government was kept informed about the execution. The execution in the Mumbai attack trial
DUBLIN: Thousands of people rallied outside Ireland´s parliament on Wednesday to demand strict abortion rules be eased after a pregnant Indian woman repeatedly denied a termination died in an Irish hospital. Savita Halappanavar, 31, admitted to University Hospital Galway in the west of Ireland last month, died of septicaemia a week after miscarrying 17 weeks into her pregnancy. Her repeated requests for termination were rejected because of the presence of a foetal heartbeat, her husband told state broadcaster RTE.
If the U.S. government ends up careening off the "fiscal cliff," Republicans in Congress stand to shoulder most of the blame, according to a new poll released Tuesday. A majority of Americans said in a new, post-election poll that they do not expect President Barack Obama and members of Congress to reach an agreement to avoid the effects of the fiscal cliff, the combination of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes set to take effect at the beginning of the year.
Updated 6 p.m. ET - Republicans' efforts to undo President Barack Obama's health care reform law appear to have come to an end, as House Speaker John Boehner described it Thursday as the "law of the land." In an interview with ABC News, the nation's top elected Republican seemed to indicate that Congress wouldn't engage in the type of repeated repeal votes the way it had in the past two years. Boehner's office provided a transcript of the exchange: Sawyer: A couple of other questions about the agenda now. You have said next year that you would repeal the healthcare vote.
Questions have been raised over financial dealings within the Clinton family charity that may cause problems for Hillary Clinton´s possible 2016 presidential run. New reports have revealed that the Clinton Foundation has been ´in the red´ for years even though the charity has raised hundreds of millions of dollars each year, showing the high cost of running the worldwide charity. Former President Bill Clinton called in a team of lawyers to help examine the charity´s financial standing over a year ago and they drew some unsettling conclusions. A scathing article in The New York Times tells how the ´rotating board
Oprah Winfrey and her co-star in Lee Daniels’ The Butler Forest Whitaker appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 Thursday night to promote their film. During the interview, Anderson Cooper asked Winfrey to relate the historical themes of the movie to the modern day struggles for African-Americans, including the Trayvon Martin case. Winfrey said she “loves” the film in light of the discussion on race, because it “brings context” to the conversation. She described how the film begins with a lynching scene and ends with walking into President Obama’s office, showing how much has “happened in the span of one man’s lifetime
Former Obama "body man" Reggie Love spoke with interviewer Jim Newton during a lunch at UCLA´s Luskin School of Public Affairs on July 18, 2013. Highlights of this interview were briefly posted on YouTube Wednesday (August 13) before being removed because the audio embarrassingly noted that Love and Obama played 15 hands of spades during the bulk of the raid on the bin Laden compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Love also commented on the release of Obama´s long-form "birth certificate," as follows:
The former CIA contractor, who is currently in Russia with temporary asylum, handed over an internal audit and other top-secret documents detailing the illegal behaviour. Most of the infractions involved unauthorised surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by law and executive order, The Washington Post said. They ranged from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of US emails and telephone calls, it said. The Post said the documents it obtained were part of a trove of materials provided to the paper by Mr Snowden
Sandra Fluke, a former "reproductive justice" advocate at Georgetown Law School, has a new mission: getting more women to run for elective office. In a brief interview on MSNBC Friday morning, Fluke was asked if Republicans are remiss in not asking more women to run for office. "I think there are a variety of concerns about how we get women into office," she responded. "It´s not only about asking women, which is something we need to do -- but also about making sure that the party leadership and those in elected office are looking for women to succeed them." Fluke,
Americans continue to harken to the call of the bodacious, idyllic, post-war, big-finned, fabulous ‘50s. Given a choice of any decade in the century, the public would most want to live in the 1950s, this according to a new YouGov/Economist poll. The 1980s comes in second - with some interesting partisan divides between Republicans and Democrats over the decades. And the numbers: 18 percent of Americans would live in the 1950s if they could go back in time; 20 percent of Republicans and 14 percent of Democrats agree. 15 percent of Americans overall would chose to live in the 1960s;
Ten days after claiming the premeditated lynching of Emmett Till almost 60 years ago was the same thing as George Zimmerman shooting Trayvon Martin in what jurors determined was self-defense, Oprah Winfrey Thursday continued to inject racism into this issue. Appearing on CNN´s Anderson Cooper 360, Winfrey said, "It´s ridiculous to look at that case and not to think that race was involved" (video follows with transcript and commentary): ANDERSON COOPER, HOST: I spoke at length to Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey about the film and about race in America, particularly after the Trayvon Martin case. Here´s part of that interview. (BEGIN
Four West Pensacola juveniles and a 19-year-old attacked a 77-year-old man Monday night, according to an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office news release. Demetrius Wilson, 12, Javontae Wilson, 13, and Keyon Black, 16, are each charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery on a person older than 65 years of age. Alicia Wilson, 15, and Shaknee Golay, 19, are each being charged with aggravated assault on a person older than 65 years of age. The incident happened about 9 p.m. Monday when dispatchers received a report of several teenagers chasing a man with a stick, the news release said. The victim,
Climate change will lock the world into more frequent and severe heatwaves in the next few decades, researchers have claimed. They say there will be a ´several-fold´ increase in heatwaves up to 2040, regardless of how much carbon dioxide goes into the atmosphere, but future efforts to slash pollution could stem the rise in extreme heat events later on in the century. The last decade has seen an exceptional number of extreme heatwaves around the world, hitting the U.S. in 2012, Russia in 2010, Australia in 2009, and Europe in 2003 with damaging impacts on health, the economy, agriculture and
President George W. Bush’s daughter Barbara said she would like to see Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016. Barbara Bush, 31, called Clinton “unbelievably accomplished” in an upcoming interview with People magazine, saying she wants to see the former first lady mount a campaign. The former Republican president’s daughter said that her respect for Clinton wouldn’t necessarily mean she would vote for the former secretary of state, however.
BOSTON — With 82 days until his likely reelection as governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie laid out his clearest rationale yet Thursday for an almost-certain 2016 presidential campaign: He can win. Speaking privately to Republican leaders here for the party’s summer meeting, he touted his crossover appeal and presented himself as the party’s most electable option to win back the White House in 2016. “We are not a debating society,” Christie said. “We are a political operation that needs to win.” The 41-minute luncheon speech was closed to reporters at Christie’s insistence, sources said, but an attendee at the meeting offered a
WASHINGTON- Haven´t had a raise in a while? Well, neither has your member of Congress. This month, congressional salaries slid to their lowest inflation-adjusted levels since December 1990. When congressional approval ratings are at historic lows, congressional pay - $174,000 for rank-and-file senators and House members - may seem high. But some argue that shrinking paychecks for public service perpetuates a political culture where mostly the rich can afford to serve in office. Members of Congress have to maintain households in two locations, one being Washington, one of the most expensive housing markets in the country even for rentals.