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Original air date: 8/26/12
Total run time: 1:59:57
File size: 57.6 MB

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Newsroom

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Election 2012
* 10 weeks, two days
* Convention weeks begin Tuesday
* Outcome still in doubt

Akin forces abortion rights to the fore
* GOP establishment apoplectic
* Huckabee, religious right rally behind Akin
* McCaskill strategy looks awfully smart
* Renews interest in Romney/Ryan extremism on the issue
* Ryan on “method of conception”
* Dr. John Willkie

2012 lines of attack
* Welfare
* Medicare
* Birther joke
* 2008 quotes
* Obama stresses education

Convention
* Romney’s platform
* Failure of a theme

SPSST
1. Rush Limbaugh
2. Tom Head, a county judge in Lubbock, Texas
3. Rep. Todd Akin (R), a U.S. candidate in Missouri
4. Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky
5. Alex Castellanos, a Republican media consultant
6. Kevin Williamson, writer for National Review