It was nice of Todd Akin to give news week such a good start. If he’d be nice enough to hang in there for another day or two, political writers would greatly appreciate it.

* The jettisoning of Todd Akin gains momentum: Scott Brown calls on him to give up Senate nomination; Michelle Malkin recommends a hard push. I figure he’ll fold by sundown.

* Who’s happiest person in Washington about Akin’s troubles, other than Sen. Claire McCaskill? Probably Kansas GOP congressman Kevin Yoder, whose skinny-dipping-in-Sea-of-Gallilee incident will be washed away.

* James Fallows dismantles Niall Ferguson’s sloppy “Obama’s Gotta Go”
NewsBeast cover essay.

* Augusta National Golf Club admits first two women, one of them Condi Rice. McCain congrats club for “joining 21st century.” Try 20th.

* Krugman kicker today is a fine one-liner: “Mr. Ryan isn’t a serious man — he just plays one on TV.”

And in non-political news:

* New research shows chocolate lowering blood pressure, improving cognition. Very happy to hear that.

Back in just a bit, after some blood pressure/cognition meds.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.