Mitt Romney to Todd Akin: "Exit the Senate race."

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney urges Todd Akin to withdraw from the Senate race in Missouri after the uproar caused his claims that women's bodies could prevent pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape":

"Today, his fellow Missourians urged him to step aside, and I think he should accept their counsel and exit the Senate race."

The deadline before which Akin could withdraw without incurring financial penalities has now passed, and the next date for withdrawal is 25 September, although this would require a court order.

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.