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Tina Fey is one unhappy comedian.

The 30 Rock star spoke last night at the Center for Reproductive Rights Inaugural Gala in New York City, using the opportunity to call out Todd Akin of Missouri, Richard Mourdock of Indiana and other politicians who have remarked on abortion and rape over the past few weeks.

"I wish we could have an honest and respectful dialogue about these complicated issues," Fey said. "But it seems like we can't right now. And if I have to listen to one more gray-faced man with a two-dollar haircut explain to me what rape is, I'm gonna lose my mind."

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Locked in a heated battle with Claire McCaskill, Todd Akin found himself on the campaign trail last week with unexpected supporters:

Michele and Jim Bob Duggar, the parents of 19 children and the stars of a TLC series about… the fact that they have 19 children.

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Even if Todd Akin loses, let's hope he has learned the details of the Duggars Tater Tot Casserole recipe!

Akin, of course, was leading his race for the U.S. Senate in Missouri when he talked about the concept of "legitimate rape" in response to a question about abortion a few weeks ago.

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The office of embattled Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) is pretty furious with GOP activist and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove.

For joking that Akin should be bumped off, obviously.

Businessweek reports that Rove spoke about Akin - who is facing calls to drop his bid for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat - at a GOP donors' breakfast in Tampa.

The site says Rove quipped to the audience: "We should sink Todd Akin. If he's found mysteriously murdered, don't look for my whereabouts!"

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Akin's office issued a statement calling the quote "deeply disturbing," given that the FBI is investigating real threats following Todd Akin legitimate rape controversy.

He's vowing to stay in the race despite the criticism he's endured since suggesting rape victims rarely get pregnant because the body will "shut the whole thing down."

Many influential Republicans - Rove included - wish he would bow out, believing another candidate would have a better chance against incumbent Claire McCaskill.

Should Akin drop out of the race?

 

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Embattled Missouri Congressman Todd Akin is probably staying in the state's U.S. Senate race, but left the door open for his departure in an interview today.

“I’m never going to say everything that could possibly happen," Akin, under fire for his "legitimate rape" comment, said. "I don’t know the future, but I do know this."

"I know that party voters took a look at our hearts, understood who we were, had an opportunity to meet us in many different ways and made a decision."

“And it makes me uncomfortable to think that the party bosses are going to dictate who's running as opposed to the election process.”

Republicans are lining up to ask Akin, who won a three-way GOP primary this summer, to drop out against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has distanced himself from Akin, and he's been asked not to show up at the party's convention in Tampa.

Akin, 65, says he'll skip the RNC, but insists he can still win the Senate seat and is staying in the race because of how he won the primary.

“I was outspent by a large amount in terms of media. Yet by standing on principle and putting politics aside and talking about the foundations of this country, the people of Missouri chose me to be their candidate,” he said.

In truth, while his comment was ignorant and ridiculous - he also said pregnant women rarely get pregnant because their body will "shut that whole thing down" - his political viewpoint differs little from the official Republican Party abortion position.

What do you think? Should Akin drop out?

 

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Missouri Congressman Todd Akin has apologized for a remark found incredibly outrageous and offensive by both Republicans and Democrats.

In an interview with KTVI-TV of St. Louis yesterday, the U.S. Senate candidate was asked about his view on abortion and defended his strict pro-life stance by saying:

"First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

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Two questions, of course, have arisen from this statement:

  1. What medical process of "shut down" is Akin talking about?
  2. What the heck is a "legitimate" rape?!?

Following outcry from citizens and politicians - Mitt Romney's camp said “Congressman’s Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong. Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive." - Akin quickly apologized and attempted to clarify:

"In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it's clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year," he said. "I recognize that abortion, and particularly in the case of rape, is a very emotionally charged issue. But I believe deeply in the protection of all life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action."

Of course, he didn't actually answer either of the questions posed above.

And now many are asking a different question of Akin: Should he drop out of the Senate race against Claire McCaskill? What do you think?