The conservative outside-spending powerhouse Crossroads GPS is pulling its ads from the Missouri Senate race, three sources confirmed to POLITICO. […] Contacted about the decision to withdraw its resources from Missouri, Crossroads spokesman Nate Hodson responded: “The act speaks for itself.” [Politico]

REPUBLICAN NOMINEE Mitt Romney acted like someone who wants to lead Republicans closer to sanity on women’s issues, when he thoroughly and completely disassociated himself from Missouri’s Todd Akin. Not only was this the right move, but it was strong and unequivocal. Later this afternoon Richard Grenell tweeted that Akin’s advisors are making preparations for him to withdraw [update].

From the National Review:

In a phone interview this morning, Mitt Romney told National Review Online that Representative Todd Akin’s recent remarks on rape are “inexcusable.”

“Congressman’s Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong,” Romney said. “Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive.”

[…] “I have an entirely different view,” Romney said. “What he said is entirely without merit and he should correct it.”

If there is one thing that is worth the effort it is encouraging Republicans off the wingnut cliff, impressing on all of them that violence and brutality against women isn’t a marketing or bargaining chip to flippantly use to appease the worst of the right. Any movement off the precipice is a step I’ll gladly applaud. Unhinged people like Todd Akin and other Tea Party extremists must accept that their radical policy priorities will get them into career trouble so that some cul-de-sac representing a glimmer of mainstream Republicanism can begin to see light.

Sean Hannity on his radio show made the case to Akin that he wasn’t as important as what’s at stake if he stays in the race, which could cost Republicans the control of the Senate and Mitt Romney the White House, as Hannity sees it, though if Chicago is counting on Missouri Obama’s supporters should start worrying about them. Akin wouldn’t budge, but Hannity wouldn’t quit. His effort was herculean and hilarious, because his desperation was palpable. He cited emails to Akin he was getting as the interview progressed.

Akin was also on with Mike Huckabee, which you can hear at Buzzfeed.

Todd Akin has until Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. to make his decision, otherwise it would take a lawsuit to get him off the ballot, according to reports.