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4:10 PM ET, October 31, 2011


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The Politico:
Exclusive: 2 women accused Herman Cain of inappropriate behavior  —  During Herman Cain's tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain …
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NBC confirms one Cain accuser received cash settlement  —  By NBC's Chuck Todd, Lisa Myers, and Domenico Montanaro  —  NBC News has confirmed that one woman received a settlement from the National Restaurant Association after complaining about inappropriate sexual conduct by Herman Cain.
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
Cain Edges Perry in New UT/TT Poll … Keywords: - Texas Republican Party, - Herman Cain, - Michele Bachmann, - Mitt Romney, - Ron Paul, - Texas Governor Rick Perry, - 2012 Presidential Race, - Perry for President, - Rick Perry Politics, - UT/Texas Tribune Poll
State firm's cash to Herman Cain may breach federal campaign, tax laws  —  Herman Cain's two top campaign aides ran a private Wisconsin-based corporation that helped the GOP presidential candidate get his fledgling campaign off the ground by originally footing the bill for tens of thousands …
The Caucus:
Cain Calls Harassment Issue a ‘Witch Hunt’  —  Updated Herman Cain called the accusations of sexual harassment against him “a witch hunt” and said he had been falsely accused while the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.  —  Declaring at the National Press Club that he …
Business Insider:
AMAZING MUST-WATCH VIDEO: Herman Cain Just Broke Into Song At The National Press Club  —  Herman Cain may be the only presidential candidate in history to actually benefit from a sex scandal.  —  Just hours after Politico broke a story about accusations of sexual harassment against Cain …
Mark Finkelstein / blogs:
Politico's Martin Dodges Question On Cain Details  —  Herman Cain has been taking heat for his response to questions about Politico's story on alleged sexual harassment.  But today on Morning Joe, it was Politico's own Jonathan Martin, lead author of the story, who was being evasive about the details of the allegations against Cain.
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Cain Says ‘Herman Is Going to Stay Herman’ as Allegations Swirl
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Herman Cain acknowledges harassment accusations
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Daily Kos
Kristina Wong / ABCNEWS:
Occupy Veterans Movement Growing Across U.S.  —  Since Occupy Wall Street protests have broken out in cities across the U.S. and abroad, support has come from what might seem like an unlikely corner: war veterans.  —  But two of the highest-profile protesters — each from opposite ends of the country — had served in wars.
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
‘Occupy Wall Street’ seeks to trademark the brand  —  Occupy Wall Street is looking to make its mark — on everything from tote bags to t-shirts.  —  The Occupy Wall Street movement applied for the trademark to its name on Oct. 24, filing for the use of the mark on its website, in periodicals and newsletters, and on clothing and bags.
Discussion: and Weasel Zippers
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
Boehner: I get OWS ‘frustrations’  —  Speaker John Boehner said Monday that he understood the “frustrations” driving the Occupy Wall Street movement - but urged protesters to be peaceful to prevent demonstrations from blowing out of control.  —  “I understand people's frustrations,” …
New York Post:
OWS camp gets really commie-cal
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Occupy Wall Street doesn't reflect American sentiment, Sen. Lieberman says
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
Harry Siegel / NY Daily News:
At Occupy Wall Street central, a rift is growing between east and west sides of the plaza  —  The Wall Street protesters determined to “Occupy Everything” now find themselves, in a sense, occupied  —  The Wall Street protesters determined to “Occupy Everything” now find themselves, in a sense, occupied.
David Frum / CNN:
How tea party could drive GOP to disaster  —  Editor's note: David Frum, a CNN contributor, was a special assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002.  He is the author of six books, including “Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again,” and is the editor of FrumForum.
Beacon Power bankrupt; had U.S. backing like Solyndra  —  (Reuters) - Beacon Power Corp filed for bankruptcy on Sunday, just a year after the energy storage company received a $43 million loan guarantee from a controversial Department of Energy program.  —  The bankruptcy comes about two months …
Mass exodus?  University of Michigan tries to fight domestic partner benefits ban as employees think of looking elsewhere  —  Andries Coetzee, left, and his partner Gary Woodall stand outside of their home in Ann Arbor on Friday.  Woodall may lose his health care coverage if the bill proposing …
Fox News:
U.S. Will Withhold Funds For U.N. Agency After Vote to Grant Membership to Palestinians  —  The United States will not pay $60 million to a U.N. cultural and educational agency after it voted Monday to accept the Palestinian mission as a full member, triggering a U.S. requirement to cut off funds.
Discussion: Pat Dollard and The Greenroom
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: Fears about inequality in income grow  —  Two-thirds of likely voters say the American middle class is shrinking, and 55 percent believe income inequality has become a big problem for the country, according to this week's The Hill Poll.  —  Only 14 percent of respondents …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bombs, Bridges and Jobs  —  A few years back Representative Barney Frank coined an apt phrase for many of his colleagues: weaponized Keynesians, defined as those who believe “that the government does not create jobs when it funds the building of bridges or important research or retrains workers …
Rasmussen Reports:
Wisconsin: Perry 46%, Obama 42%  —  Barack Obama carried Wisconsin easily in the 2008 presidential election, but he is slightly behind Texas Governor Rick Perry and runs just ahead of two other top Republican hopefuls in Rasmussen Reports' first Election 2012 look at the Badger State.
Discussion: GOP 12 and HotAirPundit
Vanity Fair:
The December 2011 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll  —  America's dogs aren't the only ones who would miss the mailman.  But we're happy to skip dinner in the dark.  —  Kindness: that's the leitmotif of this month's poll.  The kindness might not be immediately evident in each case …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Wonkette and Weasel Zippers
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
2012 presidential debates will scheduled in Denver, New York, Florida  —  Universities in Denver, New York, and Florida will host three 2012 presidential debates, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday.  —  The commission announced three presidential and one vice presidential debate.
Discussion: CNN
Carolyn N. Lerner / New York Times:
A Law Misused for Political Ends  —  THE federal agency I lead, the United States Office of Special Counsel, enforces a law that is broken and needs to be fixed.  —  The law, the Hatch Act of 1939, was intended to keep improper politics out of the federal workplace.
Discussion: The Politico
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Obama moves against drug shortages, puts blame on industry  —  President Obama took unilateral action Monday to help stem the nation's critical shortage of lifesaving drugs.  —  Obama signed an executive order that gives federal regulators more power to track shortages …
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Los Angeles Times:
Obama's secrets  —  The Obama administration should rethink …
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The American Political Parties Are Breaking Down
Discussion: The Other McCain
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Michelle Obama approval remains high, but down slightly from previous months
Discussion: CNN
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
Chris Matthews On John F. Kennedy: New Book Pulls Back Curtain On ‘Ask Not’ Speech, Nixon Debates And More
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Congressional calls for Holder's resignation more than double to 17
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Jasmine Coleman / Guardian:
World's ‘seven billionth baby’ is born
Clay Risen / The Atlantic Online:
The Problem With Guides to Beer Drinking: There Just Aren't Enough
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Joshua Miller / Roll Call:
DOJ Approves New South Carolina Map
Discussion: ThinkProgress
MF Global files for bankruptcy after deal unravels
Ann Compton / ABCNEWS:
Obama to Sign Prescription Drug Executive Order
Discussion: New York Times and Gawker
Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
Concerns Are Raised About Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.