John Avlon
August 21st, 2012
08:26 PM ET

Do Akin's comments damage the GOP's chances in November? OutFront Political Strike Team has the answer

We polled our OutFront Political Strike Team, our panel of thirty-one independent political journalists and analysts, and asked them whether the controversy over Rep. Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" comments will hurt the GOP's chances in November.

The answer? A mostly-resounding "YES." FULL POST

Filed under: Political Strike Team • Politics
August 21st, 2012
08:23 PM ET

Will the official Republican Party platform drive women and independents away?

As the Republican Party moves to adopt a platform that still includes a constitutional ban on all abortions, are they risking the independent and female vote? OutFront tonight: Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who is on the platform committee and voted in favor of the abortion amendment.

Filed under: Politics
August 21st, 2012
08:22 PM ET

China upset over U.S.-Japan military exercises as tensions mount in territorial dispute

U.S. Marines today began month-long military exercises in the Western Pacific today.

Now, some of these exercises will be done with Japan, long a U.S. ally. But this has China really, really mad.

In various editorials, Chinese media warned the U.S. that this action is akin to fanning the flames in the region.

What flames? Well, tensions are running high between China and Japan thanks to a territorial dispute over several uninhabited islands in the East China Sea. On Sunday, a group of ten Japanese activists landed on one of the islands with their country's flag.

Their actions sparked furious anti-Japanese protests across China. CNN's Pentagon Correspondent Chris Lawrence is OutFront with more details tonight.

Filed under: International
August 21st, 2012
08:08 PM ET

College student claims police brutality during skateboarding arrest

A Venice, California college junior is claiming police brutality after LAPD officers chased him down and arrested him while he was skateboarding outside his home. Ronald Weekley, Jr. comes OutFront with his family's lawyer, Benjamin Crump.

Filed under: Crime
August 21st, 2012
07:57 PM ET

Watchdog groups says wasteful spending in the federal government is still out of control

The Federal Government spends more than $15 billion on travel each year, an amount equal to half of the entire budget for the Justice Department.

Is this government waste or the cost of doing business? According to Congressional leaders, it's the former, and it's no longer sustainable.  FULL POST

Filed under: Corruption • News
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