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9:30 PM ET, October 31, 2011


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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Rush Limbaugh:
We Should Not be Surprised by the Left's Racist Hit Job on Herman Cain  —  RUSH: You know, I guess I shouldn't be surprised, folks.  After all of these years, none of us should be surprised, but I still am.  Look at how quickly what is known as the mainstream media goes for the ugliest racial stereotypes …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Why This Could Be the End of Cain  —  I am willing to give Herman Cain the benefit of the doubt and assume that the sexual-harassment allegation(s) against him was entirely baseless.  —  Here is what troubles me.  Mr. Cain says: “If the Restaurant Association did a settlement …
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 …
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
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Revealed: Cain describes hand gesture that led to harassment claim; Update: Small settlement, says Cain  —  File that under “Headlines I never thought I'd write.”  —  Is this really it? … So that was part of it — an exceedingly lame part of it, if Cain's memory is accurate — but maybe not all of it.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Herman Cain at Pillsbury
Discussion: Associated Press and The Politico
The Caucus:
Cain Calls Harassment Issue a ‘Witch Hunt’
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
Va Republican party condemns Loudoun GOP e-mail with an image of Obama shot in the head  —  The Republican Party of Virginia is strongly condemning an e-mail sent by Loudoun County's GOP committee that shows President Obama as a zombie with part of his skull missing and a bullet through his head.
David Catanese / The Politico:
Obama depicted as zombie in GOP email  —  Virginia Democrats are throwing the flag on a depiction of President Obama as a zombie in an email being circulated by the Loudoun County GOP this Halloween.  —  The image is contained in a mailer inviting Republicans to a Halloween parade in Leesburg …
Rachel Quigley / Daily Mail:
. . And what's wrong with Rick?  Bizarre video shows a ‘rambling, incoherent’ Governor Perry  —  Rick Perry has got people talking - but for all the wrong reasons.  —  The GOP presidential candidate gave a speech in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Friday night which has prompted concerns from his fans and criticism from his opponents.
Regulators Investigating MF Global  —  Federal regulators have discovered that hundreds of millions of dollars in customer money have gone missing from MF Global in recent days, prompting an investigation into the company's operations as it filed for bankruptcy on Monday, according to several people briefed on the matter.
MF Global Files for Bankruptcy
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. News:
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 …
Colum Lynch / Washington Post:
UNESCO votes to admit Palestine; U.S. cuts off funding  —  NEW YORK — The board of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted Monday to admit Palestine into the organization as its newest member, and the United States promptly responded by cutting off funding for the agency.
Associated Press:
Palestine becomes member of UN cultural body
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Ex-Aide: Bachmann ‘Out of ... Ideas’  —  Michele Bachmann has “run out of money and ideas” and can no longer expect to win in Iowa, her former campaign manager told ABC News on Monday.  —  Ed Rollins, who left the campaign in September, said the Minnesota congresswoman had backed off earlier comments …
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses and HotAirPundit
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 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 …
Les Christie /
Home prices heading for triple-dip  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The besieged housing market has even further to fall before home prices really hit rock bottom.  —  According to Fiserv ( FISV), a financial analytics company, home values are expected to fall another 3.6% by next June …
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,” …
President Obama To Create A New National Monument At Fort Monroe In Virginia  —  By Tom Kenworthy, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund.  —  President Obama on Tuesday will for the first time exercise his broad land conservation authority under the 1906 Antiquities Act …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Physician declares Obama to be ‘tobacco-free’ after annual check-up  —  President Obama is in good health and is tobacco-free, according to a medical report released by the White House.  —  Obama's examination was performed by Navy captain and Physician to the President Dr. Jeff Kuhlman.
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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.
Cordell Eddings / Bloomberg:
Say What?  In 30-Year Race, Bonds Beat Stocks  —  The biggest bond gains in almost a decade have pushed returns on Treasuries above stocks over the past 30 years, the first time that's happened since before the Civil War.  —  Fixed-income investments advanced 6.25 percent this year …
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.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: I Will Never Recognize a Jewish State; The Capturing of Israeli Soldier Gilad Shalit Was a Good Thing  —  Following are excerpts from an interview with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, which aired on Dream2 TV on October 23, 2011:  —  Mahmoud Abbas: “First of all …
Ed Koch / The Huffington Post:
Some of those Making the Laws Are Corrupt, And Some of Those Enforcing the Laws Are Corrupt  —  Knapp Commission , S.E.C. , Thomas Friedman , Corruption , Nypd Drug Scandal , Nypd Ticket Fixing , Occupy Wall Street , Planting Drugs , New York News  —  What this country needs is a Congress …
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Discussion: Big Government and Hit & Run
Financial Times:
Greece calls referendum on EU bail-out
Discussion: New York Times and AMERICAN FUTURE
Carlos Maza / Equality Matters:
Report: Fox News Downplays Stories About Anti-LGBT Bullying, Suicide
Discussion: ThinkProgress
G-A-Y / Good As You:
Video: Bryan Fischer vs. NH's repeal bill. Yes, you read that correctly
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Peter Walker / Guardian:
Dean of St Paul's quits over protest camp
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
DoJ sues over S.C. immigration law
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Debates announced for presidential general election
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David Carr / New York Times:
Fighting Over Online Sex Ads
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Blotter
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Michelle Obama approval remains high, but down slightly from previous months
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and 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
Kristina Wong / ABCNEWS:
Occupy Veterans Movement Growing Across U.S.