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September 1, 2012 12:00 AM

Rove apologizes to Akin for joke about murder

Political operative Karl Rove apologized Friday for a joke he purportedly made about murdering U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin. Rove made a joke that alluded to killing Akin as he briefed about 70 influential Republican donors on the last day of the GOP convention in Florida. Akin has been something of a pariah within the Republican establishment since he made a remark in a television interview in St. Louis about "legitimate" rape and pregnancy.

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