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Just when you thought you’d seen it all, another teabagger opens its mouth.  

Actually, we shouldn’t be surprised that this asshattery came from Todd Akin.  He was one of the many co-sponsors of 2011’s assinine “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” a bill which, among other things, introduced the country to the bizarre term “forcible rape”.  And yes, Paul Ryan was a co-sponsor too.

Actually, Paul Ryan has been at the forefront of a lot of anti-woman legislation, including a “Personhood” bill that would declare life begins at conception, thereby outlawing abortion for any reason whatsoever. 

In fact, the group UltraViolet put together a lovely graphic detailing Mr. Ryan’s positions on women’s issues:


Mitt Romney’s campaign just released a statement concerning Akin’s comment.  Apparently, he didn’t check with Paul Ryan first.

“Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape.”

But that’s not the only thing Ryan is now saying that is at odds with what he used to say.  Up with Chris Hayes uncovered some lovely video yesterday. It’s Paul Ryan on the House floor in 2002, passionately arguing for more stimulus spending because it’s needed in times of recession and recovery, as is unemployment insurance and health insurance! 

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Don’t these people realize we live in the video age?

Julian Assange made an appearance yesterday, and spoke from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. He said some things that might be hard to hear but are very true….


And, Newsweek has finally jumped the shark with this cover and the accompanying story (as in fiction, or opinion) from the non-journalist Niall Ferguson.


Thank goodness for Paul Krugman who called them out for the lies in this story

Today is Monday, and that means the second hour of the show is devoted to “Fools on the Hill“™.  Nicole Belle and her colleagues at Crooks and Liars watch the Sunday talking head shows so we don’t have to… but we get to dissect them Monday mornings.  Here’s what Nicole brought us today:

 It’s another Sunday where I am forced to wonder if I—like Carroll’s Alice—have crossed through the looking glass, because nothing makes sense any more.

If it there was any sense left in this world, why is Rudy “Mr. A Noun, A Verb and 9/11” Giuliani on my screen getting a national platform to tell America that there are serious questions about Joe Biden’s mental capacity.

And why should Rick “Blah people” Santorum be invited on to tell Candy Crowley that Joe Biden was clearly being divisive because he used the word “y’all”.

And then there is Chuck Todd, who really doesn’t think Americans will be interested much longer in Mitt Romney’s taxes. In fact, desp;ite the fact that 63 percent of Americans think he should release his taxes, Todd thinks that the notion is reaching its ‘expiration date’.

Or Jake Tapper, who led a panel helmed by Grover freakin’ Norquist, with the leading question of “Is the US heading towards bankruptcy?” Um, no, we’re not. We’re the wealthiest nation in the world. We’re just letting the wealthiest percentage abrogate their responsibility by focusing on spending instead of income. (Clip is 6 minutes…pick what part you think is most egregious. I got angry throughout).

However, all that said, I can’t imagine that any clip from one of the traditional Sunday fare is as interesting or worthy of discussion as this appearance by Republican Senate nominee Todd Akin on a local Fox affiliate, in which he told the host that “legitimate” rape victims can apparently “shut down” a pregnancy.