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Jim Talent says he won’t replace Todd Akin in Missouri

Rep. Todd Akin says he will stay in the Missouri Senate race and former senator Jim Talent does not want to replace him, President Obama holds a press conference, and the DSCC raises $5.84 million in July. 

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* In both a tweet and an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) has reiterated that he intends to stay in the Senate race against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D).  ”I’m announcing today that we’re going to stay in,” he told Hannity. ”I will continue to apologize.” Akin's comment that “legitimate rape” rarely causes pregnancy has prompted calls from within his own party for the congressman to end his Senate bid. Mitt Romney said Akin "should spend 24 hours considering what will best help the country at this critical time."

* Former Missouri Republican senator Jim Talent said he will not run for the Senate in Missouri, if Akin exits the race. But businessman John Brunner  appears to be keeping his options open. Brunner, who lost to Akin the GOP primary, has been making exploratory phone calls, says a Missouri GOP strategist.

* In a White House news conference, President Obama criticized Republicans' positions on taxes and women's rights. "Rape is rape and the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn't make sense to the American people and certainly doesn't make sense to me," Obama said, regarding Akin's controversial comments.

* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had its best July ever, raising $5.84 million and ending the month with $32.4 million in the bank. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has not yet released its July numbers.


* At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, Romney avoided talking about Medicare and instead attacked Obama on other issues, like foreign policy and national security. Romney was stumping with his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who in his own remarks briefly defended the GOP ticket's Medicare plan and criticized Obama's plan.

* The Obama campaign has released state-specific radio ads in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia hitting the Romney-Ryan budget. The Virginia ad says Ryan "put forward a budget plan that slashes investments in road and infrastructure projects."

* Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is driving his well-known pickup truck in his latest TV ad, a 30-second spot in which the Republican says his humble upbringing "helped me build character. It made me who I am today."

* Former secretary of state Condoleeza Rice is one of the first two women to be invited to join the previously all-male Augusta National Golf Club, home of The Masters golf tournament.


Lights, please!

WIth Aaron Blake and Rachel Weiner

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.



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