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Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has released a scathing new ad hitting Todd Akin for his comments on “legitimate rape.”

The ad, titled “Prosecutor,” is airing statewide in Missouri.

“As a prosecutor, Claire McCaskill put hundreds of predators behind bars, fought on behalf of victims, counseled survivors of sexual violence. It’s why Claire understands that survivors of rape deserve the option of emergency contraception whether they accept it or not,” the ad’s narrator says.

“But Todd Akin opposes emergency contraception for victims of rape and incest. So it’s not what Todd Akin said. It’s what he believes.”

McCaskill has taken a clear lead in recent polls, and ads like this one will make it difficult for Akin to mount a comeback before Election Day. McCaskill, who raised $5.8 million in the last fundraising quarter, can and will blanket the airwaves with reminders of Akin’s extremist views. Without financial support from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, it’s hard to see how Akin can combat the negative onslaught.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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Kathy Barnette, a Trumpist conspiracy-peddling Republican candidate in the Pennsylvania Senate race who has been rising through the ranks, speeding even past big-spending rivals, is facing waves of criticism and public backlash for her past anti-Muslim tweets.

On Sunday, in an interview with Fox News Sunday host Shannon Bream, after bobbing and weaving on questions probing her military service, Barnette tried to downplay the gravity of Islamophobic tweets that she had penned.

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