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5:30 PM ET, October 31, 2011


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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Limbaugh: Politico Story An “Unconscionable Racially Charged Attack”
Discussion: Business Insider and The PJ Tatler
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
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.
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.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Limits National Media Exposure With Frontrunner Strategy
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Obama's secrets  —  The Obama administration should rethink its outrageous proposal that would allow the government to lie to citizens about whether documents exist.  —  One of the most disappointing attributes of the Obama administration has been its proclivity for secrecy.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
On the Upper West Side, an anti-Obama draft  —  Progressive disgruntlement with elements of President Obama's governance, and with his principled fondness for compromise, has not at any point seemed on the verge of a serious primary challenge, and the most serious potential challengers …
Discussion: Indecision Forever
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
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Discussion: and Reuters
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
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