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* Todd Akin is in Tampa (but not for the convention).

* Mike Huckabee is on his side.

* Paul Ryan has a plan for getting rid of defense cuts.

* A reporter says Mitt Romney doesn't want to talk about abortion.

* And he definitely doesn't want to talk about his tax returns.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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