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5:00 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 …
First Read /
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
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 …
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 …
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Cain details gesture that led to sex accusation  —  Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain for the first time has offered a detailed recollection of what led an employee of the National Restaurant Association to lodge a sexual harassment charge against him when he was CEO of the organization.
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Cain: “I was falsely accused” of sexual harassment at trade group
Discussion: Gawker and The Crawdad Hole
Alexander Burns / The Politico:   Herman Cain acknowledges harassment accusations
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Cain Says ‘Herman Is Going to Stay Herman’ as Allegations Swirl
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.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Occupy Wall Street doesn't reflect American sentiment, Sen. Lieberman says
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
New York Post:
OWS camp gets really commie-cal
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.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Second Energy Dept.-backed company goes bankrupt  —  A Massachusetts company that received a $43 million Energy Department loan guarantee last year filed for bankruptcy Sunday, a step certain to fuel criticism of federal green energy financing in the wake of the solar company Solyndra's collapse.
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 …
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 …
Jasmine Coleman / Guardian:
World's ‘seven billionth baby’ is born  —  Danica May Camacho, a girl born in Philippine capital Manila, is chosen by UN to symbolically mark global population milestone  —  The world's seven billionth baby has been born in a packed government-run hospital in the Philippines.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Michelle Obama approval remains high, but down slightly from previous months  —  Voters' approval First Lady Michelle Obama remains high but a new poll found that her approval ratings have fallen slightly.  —  According to the Marist Poll released Monday, 63 percent of Americans hold …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CNN
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
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Limbaugh: Politico Story An “Unconscionable Racially Charged Attack”  —  Rush Limbaugh opines on the Politico article accusing Herman Cain of sexual harassment in the 1990s.  Cain responded to the charge earlier today.  Transcript from Limbaugh's opening monologue: The Politico …
Discussion: Business Insider and The PJ Tatler
Police break up Occupy Richmond protests  —  RICHMOND, VA (WTVR-TV) - Police cleared out the public park in downtown Richmond where members of Occupy Richmond were camped since October 15.  —  At 1 a.m., Halloween morning, police on foot and on horseback told Occupy Richmond demonstrators to leave Kanawha Plaza.
Ann Compton / ABCNEWS:
Obama to Sign Prescription Drug Executive Order  —  Using the legal force of an executive order, President Obama is taking action on the health care front as part of his pressure on Congress for action on his jobs plan.  —  White House officials say at a midday signing ceremony in the Oval Office …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
2012 presidential debates 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
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
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
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
On the Upper West Side, an anti-Obama draft
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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
Rasmussen Reports:
Wisconsin: Perry 46%, Obama 42%
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
Chris Matthews On John F. Kennedy: New Book Pulls Back Curtain On ‘Ask Not’ Speech, Nixon Debates And More
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Obama moves against drug shortages, puts blame on industry
Discussion: Reuters and
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Congressional calls for Holder's resignation more than double to 17
Discussion: NO QUARTER
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
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Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Seattle Central CC teachers to begin classes in support of Occupy Seattle
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
Concerns Are Raised About Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes
Discussion: ThinkProgress