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Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 08/24/2012

Todd Akin and GOP hopes in 2012, our political dysfunction and more [AM Briefing]

“The voice of Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), claiming that women rarely get pregnant when they are the victims of “legitimate rape,” is now being featured in its first campaign advertisement of the election season.. . But the ad is not on behalf of Democrat Claire McCaskill, whom Akin is challenging for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat. Instead, it’s a radio spot airing in Massachusetts for Elizabeth Warren, who is challenging Sen. Scott Brown (R). (Washington Post)

Todd Akin’s idiocy appears to be infectious. . . The evil genius of the Missouri congressman’s comments is that they lend themselves to such broad interpretations — and misinterpretations,” writes AEI’s Jonah Goldberg. (National Review)

Todd Akin threats under investigation by Capitol Police, FBI. (Washington Post)

Nancy Pelosi: Todd Akin’s views are ‘the doggie doo’ on GOP shoe. (Washington Post)

CAP’s Eric Alterman reviews our political dysfunction. (Huffington Post)

“The new concept of American overseas military operations known as “Air-Sea Battle” has come under scrutiny and criticism. Popular with the Air Force and Navy, it has been construed as an aggressive policy, and some in the Pentagon see it as a way for those two services to grab budget share away from the Army. Across Asia, especially in China, many view it as a way for the United States to challenge a rising People’s Republic,” write Michael O’Hanlon and James Steinberg. (Washington Post)

Room for Debate asks: Israelis and Arabs alike assume that the U.S. will take a side in Mideast conflicts, and that the U.S. will side with Israel. Are they right? (New York Times)

Major victory for voting rights advocates as California legislature approves election day registration. (ThinkProgress)

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