Akin Praised, Reviewed Unit of Militia Group He Recently Claimed He Had Nothing to Do With

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In 1995, a month before the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people, Todd Akin sent a local militia group what he later called "a courtesy letter."

The now-defunct group, the 1st Missouri Volunteers militia, had invited Akin to speak at a rally but at the last minute he bailed--no harm, no foul. Yet Akin has been asked to explain that letter, and more broadly his relationship to the militia movement, many times since his first run for national office in 2000.

In August 2012, Akin--as he has done repeatedly over the years--dismissed any connection to the group that believed in their right to bear arms to defend against violations of the Constitution.

"I didn't know who they were, I didn't want to have anything to do with them," he told Laura Ingraham on August 9, adding that the letter, published by Buzzfeed, was really just a standard courtesy.

But that wasn't true. According to an article that appeared in the Springfield News-Leader on May 5, 1995, Akin readily admits that he is well acquainted with the 1st Missouri Volunteer Militia and personally reviewed their paramilitary "unit".

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Tea Partiers Hold Flash Mob Outside Peabody Energy; Coal Co Kicks Supporters to the Curb

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Dana Loesch in her Guy Fawkes mask almost looked like one of the Occupy St. Louis kids just up the street. Her words on the megaphone immediately cleared up any confusion.
If you were downtown yesterday evening, you might've caught red-clad Cardinals fans headed to Busch Stadium, an especially brilliant sunset and maybe a scant group of activists commemorating the one-year anniversary of Occupy St. Louis at Kiener Plaza.

Also hard to miss was a surreal and sizable group of St. Louis' most ardent Tea Partiers, holding signs in support of coal and Todd Akin on the corner of Market and Eighth streets, just outside the Peabody Energy Corporation building.

Gateway Grassroots, a local spinoff of the Tea Party led by Stacy Washington of the blog Move on Up and conservative pundit Dana Loesch, organized an after-work flash mob to protest Claire McCaskill's energy policies in front of the coal corporation that stands to suffer the most from tighter regulation.

Daily RFT caught up with Loesch, who was clad in all black, with studded leather gloves and a Guy Fawkes mask (that she says belonged to Andrew Breitbart), as the demonstration broke up.

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A Brief History of the Universe According to Representative Todd Akin

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Daily RFT was tickled by New Yorker's recent timeline of "A Conservative History of the United States". St. Louis' own Phyllis Schlafly got a thoughtful shout-out for bashing airing her concerns about high-efficiency light bulbs:

2011: Fluorescent bulbs cause epilepsy: "...broken C.F.L. bulbs allegedly cause migraines and epilepsy attacks."--Phyllis Schlafly

But otherwise, New Yorker's history overlooks Missouri's many right-of-center experts. Daily RFT decided to go further, with "A Brief History of the Universe According to Todd Akin", our favorite native son and self-avowed history buff.

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Missouri Legislature Overturns Nixon's Veto on Anti-Contraception Bill

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Government so small, it fits in your uterus.

It's official: In Missouri, employers, insurance companies or anyone else involved in a woman's health care can legally refuse to cover the Pill.

In a not-so-surprising move, both houses of the Missouri Legislature voted to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of Senate Bill 749.

SB 749 gives any "employer, health plan provider, health plan sponsor, health care provider, or any other person or entity" the ability to refuse to provide coverage for contraception, abortion, or sterilization. Naturally, SB 749 does not allow employers or insurers to deny coverage of male sterilization (because there ain't nothin' in the Bible about vasectomies).

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Monsanto to Glenn Beck: We Are Not Evil and Sinister and Manipulative, Unlike You

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Glenn, it may look like something else, but really, sometimes corn is just corn.
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As Ian noted over on Gut Check, Senate Bill 510, the food safety bill, passed yesterday morning with a vote of 72 to 25. This, despite the best efforts of Glenn Beck. Beck took to the airwaves Monday night in a desperate, last-ditch attempt to rally his faithful viewers to call their senators and put an end to the food bill nonsense.

In typically restrained fashion (that is, practically frothing at the mouth), Beck proclaimed the food bill unnecessary because America has the healthiest food in the world -- apparently he's already forgotten last summer's salmonella outbreak and egg recall -- and that the legislation was the result of an evil collaboration between Beck's current favorite punching bag, investor George Soros, and St. Louis's Monsanto.

Was this maybe an effort to appeal to the Food, Inc. crowd, a demographic that despises Monsanto as much as Beck despises Soros? Do they even watch Fox News?

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