Niall Ferguson publishes embarrassing defense of Newsweek article
The Business Insider's Joe Weisenthal writes on Niall Ferguson's weak defense of his Newsweek cover story.

Paul Ryan Has a new abortion stance

Adam Martin at The Atlantic Wire analyzes Paul Ryan's stance on abortion in light of comments made by Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.). 

R.I.P. Tony Scott, director of Top Gun, Days of Thunder, and Enemy of the State
At Reason, Peter Suderman mourns the death of director Tony Scott, creator of Top Gun and Enemy of the State.

At Lawyers, Guns, and Money, Scott Lemieux has some fun with Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) attempts to walk back his remarks. Read Lemieux's post here


Obama engages White House press corps for the first time in weeks
President Obama addressed the press during the daily White House briefing for the first time in weeks, according The Hill's Jonathan Easley.

Rep. Akin: I'm staying in the Senate race
The Hill's Alexandra Jaffe reports that Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) plans on staying in his race to oust Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), even as pressure by conservatives for him to drop out increases.