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‘Legitimate rape’

What you might have missed over the weekend:

* Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), who just won the primary to take on Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), said Sunday that abortion in cases of rape is not a major issue, because “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” (As Post alum Garance Franke-Ruta points out, this pseudoscience has been around for a while.) Obviously, Republicans are not thrilled. Akin says he misspoke, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan say they "disagree" and Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) -- a Senate candidate in Montana -- calls the comments "offensive and reprehensible."

* Ryan campaigned with his mother in Florida, telling a retirement community, "when I think about Medicare, it’s not just a program. It’s not just a bunch of numbers."

* Some House Republican leaders were reprimanded for skinny-dipping in Israel.

* Democrats released their list of convention speakers, and Republicans reveal more about their convention plans.