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President Obama is campaigning after being off the trail for a few days to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. On Thursday, Obama made stops in the battleground states of Wisconsin, Colorado and Nevada. (Read more)

Vote of Confidence: In a surprise announcement, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has endorsed Barack Obama. Bloomberg, an independent, has been highly critical of the president and Republican nominee Mitt Romney. He said his decision was influenced by Hurricane Sandy and the issue of climate change. (Read more)

Turning Tricks: New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat who is up for re-election, has been accused by two women of paying for sex during a trip to the Dominican Republic this year. The two women say Menendez offered them each $500 for sex, but ended up paying only $100. Needless to say, Republicans, ever forgetful of the David Vitter and Larry Craig episodes, are pouncing on this. (Read more)

More GOP Rape Comments: The list of Republicans saying idiotic things about rape continues to grow. The latest addition: Washington congressional candidate John Koster, who said at a fundraiser over the weekend, “Incest is so rare, I mean it’s so rare. But the rape thing, you know, I know a woman who was raped and kept the child, gave it up for adoption and doesn’t regret it. In fact, she’s a big pro-life proponent. But, on the rape thing it’s like, how does putting more violence onto a woman’s body and taking the life of an innocent child that’s a consequence of this crime, how does that make it better?” The “rape thing”? Number of days it’s been since a Republican has made a stupid comment about rape: zero. (Read more)

Akin’s Rape Ad: Speaking of Republicans who have made ignorant remarks about rape, Todd Akin is trying to target women with a new ad that features a rape survivor. The Missouri GOP Senate candidate has made a push for conservative female voters after his controversial comments in August in which he said women rarely get pregnant as a result of “legitimate rape.” (Read more)

IVF Exception: In Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s warped and twisted world, rape victims would not get an exception to her personhood amendment, but those who undergo in vitro fertilization would. As rapper and writer Dessa tweeted, “Bachmann seems to recognize that she’s more likely receive a vote from a rich woman in fertility treatment than she is from rape victim.” That seems to matter when you’re locked in a tight re-election battle. (Read more)

Video of the Day: Mitt Romney supporters do not believe in global warming, as evidenced by how they responded to this climate change “heckler” at a recent Romney rally.

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