The congressman's comment that "legitimate rape" rarely causes pregnancy attracted a lot of national attention. It wasn't the first time he has said something controversial.
For Republicans, Akin is a toxic combination of totally important to their Senate majority and totally unwilling to listen to party leaders.
How the congressman's controversial comments might actually be a net positive for the GOP in the battle for the Senate majority.
The former senator's name has been tossed around as a possible Akin replacement, but he isn't interested.
The Missouri congressman's statement about "legitimate rape" harkens back to Rep. Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign. And he faces a similar task in his race.
The social conservative just opened up a can of worms, and Democrats are smiling.
In two Sunday show appearances, the former New York mayor backed off his suggestion that Biden "isn't bright," but questioned his "balance."
The former Pennsylvania senator is keeping up the pressure on Biden's "chains" comment.