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NBC's Todd Blames 'Tea Party Effect' and GOP 'Infighting' for Akin Controversy

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<p>On Tuesday's <em>NBC Nightly News</em>, anchor Brian Williams brought on political director Chuck Todd to give a "damage assessment" for Republicans in the wake of the Todd Akin controversy. Todd attempted to blame the conservative grassroots for the uproar: "...the Tea Party effect....will maybe cost Mitch McConnell a shot at controlling the United States Senate. Their own infighting has done this."</p>