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Watch Mitt Romney Get Angry While Explaining Mormonism: VIDEO

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Mitt Romney has studiously avoided getting into the specifics about his religion while on the campaign trail lest he alienate evangelicals still wary of Mormonism.

That all changed during what became a heated exchange during a radio interview in which Romney, apparently upset by an outsider's misunderstanding of Mormonism and its relationship with abortion, starts laying it all out, and gets quite angry in the process.

Watch it unfold AFTER THE JUMP.

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President Obama Censures Mourdock, Mocks Trump On 'Tonight Show': VIDEO

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President Obama touched on a whole slew of topics during his appearance on NBC's Tonight Show last night.

The commander-in-chief talked Halloween, the debates and test-driving a pal's Chevy Volt. He also poked fun at Donald Trump's offer to donate $5 million to a charity of Obama's choice if the president would unveil his college transcripts and passport application, another volley in Trump's publicity campaign to "prove" Obama is foreign.

"This all goes back to when we grew up together in Kenya," the president laughed. "We had constant run-ins on the soccer field. He wasn’t very good and resented it. When we finally moved to America I thought it would be over.”

The biggest headlines out of last night however are Obama's comments about Richard Mourdock, the Romney-backed Indiana Senate candidate who pulled a Todd Akin by saying that rape is "something God intended" and victims should keep potential babies produced by said crime.

Obama of course disagrees:

I don’t know how these guys come up with these ideas. Let me make a very simple proposition: rape is rape. It is a crime. These various distinctions about rape don’t make any sense to me. This is exactly why you don’t want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, make decisions about women’s heath issues.

Watch Obama's comments about Mourdock and Trump as well as the NBC-provided footage of Jay Leno's entire interview with President Obama AFTER THE JUMP.

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Romney-Endorsed Senate Candidate Says Pregnancy from Rape is 'Something God Intended to Happen': VIDEOS

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Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who has been endorsed by Mitt Romney in a direct-to-camera TV ad, said that at a debate this week that he opposes abortion even in the case of rape because a pregnancy from rape is  “something God intended to happen.”

Mourdock's full comment: "I've just struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from god. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."

Romney’s ad for Mourdock is the only direct to camera ad Romney’s done for any Senate candidate in the general election.

The Romney campaign is trying to distance itself:

Asked for reaction to Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's comment at Tuesday's debate, Romney spokesowman Andrea Saul emails: "Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock's comments, and they do not reflect his views."

The DNC slammed the Mourdock endorsement in a new rapid response ad:

UPDATE: Mourdock released the following statement Wednesday.

"God creates life, and that was my point. God does not want rape, and by no means was I suggesting that he does. Rape is a horrible thing, and for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick," stated Richard Mourdock.


Did Romney Pass Over Rice Because Of Abortion And Civil Unions?

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Once a presidential candidate picks his or her running mate, we, the voting public, are meant to believe there could be no other ticket. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, for example, are presented as a natural, inevitable match who can, they say, "restore America's promise". There were, according to this myth, no other potential veeps.

Of course that's not the case. Mitt Romney considered a long list potential running mates, a list that included Condoleezza Rice. Former Secretary of State Rice would have been a great fit: she's a seasoned diplomat with foreign policy experience, she could tap into the female voting bloc and she's well-respected and liked within her party. So, why didn't Rice get Ryan's spot? According to Radar Online, because Rice refused to back down on abortion and civil unions.

"Condi was fully vetted to become Mitt Romney's running mate and turned over financial records, including tax returns," a source told the site. "However, Mitt's advisers talked him out of it because Condi is pro-choice and she isn't willing to change her position on the controversial issue. Condi also supports same sex civil unions which again, put her at odds with Romney. Mitt had a hard time getting the ultra conservative support of the GOP and was told if he picked Condi that would immediately be lost and so he ultimately picked Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate."

But Rice fans should not fear, according to the source, the Stanford professor is reportedly planning a gubernatorial run in California. "She will continue to stump for [Romney] but she is very excited about the prospect of running for elected office for the first time in her life," said the source. "California still has very high unemployment and companies are leaving the Golden State because of very high taxes and regulations. Condi's position on social issues makes her a very viable candidate."

For those of you who may have missed Rice's speech at the Republican National Convention this week, I've included it AFTER THE JUMP.

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Flashback To 2002 Speech Revisits 'Socially Moderate' Romney

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During his speech at the Republican National Convention last night, Mitt Romney tried yet again to prove to his party's most conservative voters that he's one of them. As part of that mission, he spent a considerable time discussing his parents, though mostly glossed over both of their political achievements: Romney's father was Michigan's governor and mother Lenore tried to run for that state's U.S. Senate seat.

Their political story may not have gotten big play last night, but Jeremy at Good As You reminds us that Romney's parents were instrumental in his 2002 gubernatorial campaign in Massachusetts. The following excerpt comes from a speech he gave that year, and the remarks bear little resemblance to the politics Romney has been touting this campaign:

Like [my parents], I am fiscal conservative and a social moderate.

Believing in people is fighting prejudice and bigotry where ever it exists, while extending an open hand to each other, regardless of color, faith, or lifestyle.
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Believing in people is protecting their freedom to make their own life choices, even if their choice is different than yours. Accordingly, I respect and will fully protect a woman’s right to choose. That choice is a deeply personal one, and the women of our state should make it based on their beliefs, not mine and not the government’s.

My position has not changed. The truth is there is no candidate in this race from either party who would deny the women of our state abortion rights. So let’s end an argument that does not exist and put to rest these cynical and divisive attacks made simply for political gain.

If only the same could be said for this year's presidential race.


NEWS: The Doubt Of Dawkins, Ageless Madge, Hip-Hop Improves, Brian Brown's A Jerk (VIDEO)

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Towleroad-roadicon Playboy's Chip Rowe's excellent interview with Richard Dawkins.

 Towleroad-roadicon In California, kids will soon be protected from "reparative therapy" -- but aren't their parents churches often just as dangerous?

 Towleroad-roadicon For legal purposes, Arizonians may be pregnant up to two weeks before conception

 Towleroad-roadicon Lynyrd Skynyrd bails on RNC.

 Towleroad-roadicon The best bit of political writing last week came from Gawker, and included these lovely lines:

It's a pernicious bit of false piety in America to assume that wealth confers goodness and goodness wealth; that the two evidence an indivisible value to anything other than profit. Asking how Romney became wealthy and how he manages wealth transgresses nothing. It is not an unreasonable intrusion or a heretical line of inquiry. There is not and will never be a minimum number of zeroes to your net worth that confers either absolution or immunity.

MagicJammeh Towleroad-roadicon Last week, the nutso Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who claims to cure AIDS with magic and wants to chop off gay people's heads, pledged to execute all his country's death row inmates before September.

 Towleroad-roadicon It seems nine death row inmates have been executed so far. The EU responds:

"I strongly condemn the executions which have reportedly taken place on Thursday 23 August 2012, following President Jammeh's stated intention to carry out all death penalties before mid-September," EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement.

"I demand the immediate halt of the executions," she added.

The European Union has previously condemned death sentences passed in Gambia, but Sunday's statement went further by indicating that action might follow.

"In light of these executions, the European Union will urgently consider an appropriate response," 

 Towleroad-roadicon Brian Brown's "civil" description of those GOP legislators who voted for marriage equality in New York: "Slippery" "slithery" "traitors."

 Towleroad-roadicon Hip-hop's long journey to acceptance:

"People are learning how to live and get along more, and accept people for who they are and not bash them or hurt them because they're different," Snoop Dogg said in a recent interview ... 

"When I was growing up, you could never do that and announce that," Snoop said of [Frank Ocean's recent public acknowledgment of his homosexuality]. "There would be so much scrutiny and hate and negativity, and no one would step (forward) to support you because that's what we were brainwashed and trained to know."

 Towleroad-roadicon FOX News correspondent thinks Neil Armstrong's death provides an excellent opportunity to attack Barack Obama. 

 Towleroad-roadicon Madonna has been singing "Holiday" for a really long time. How long? Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...

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