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Jerry Bohnen /
Oklahoma Consultant Claims He Witnessed Cain Harassment  —  Predicts end of Cain Presidential campaign if woman is allowed to talk publicly.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Attorney says Cain violated deal, allowing accuser to speak  —  The lawyer for one of the women who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment said his client may get a chance to speak publicly about the allegations because the GOP presidential candidate violated the confidentiality agreement between the two.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Cain's noxious racial politics  —  Herman Cain risks losing his charm.  His initial appeal was as an optimistic, business-oriented outsider.  He ridiculed those African Americans who were herded into the Democratic Party by naked racial politics.  But now he sounds like Barack Obama's …
Rasmussen Reports:
South Carolina: Cain 33% Romney 23% Gingrich 15%  —  In South Carolina, businessman Herman Cain leads the GOP field with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney ten points behind.  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is the only other candidate in double digits.
New York Times:
Cain Accuser Got a Year's Salary in Severance Pay  —  WASHINGTON — The National Restaurant Association gave $35,000 — a year's salary — in severance pay to a female staff member in the late 1990s after an encounter with Herman Cain, its chief executive at the time, made her uncomfortable working there …
Evan McMorris-Santoro /
TPM2012  —  Herman Cain: I Can't Prove It, But These Allegations Are Racist (VIDEO)  —  Herman Cain is pretty sure that the attacks on him coming this week are racist.  But he can't prove it.  —  It's just a sense he has.  And it's a growing theme from his friends.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Cain gets testy with reporters  —  Alexandria, Virginia (CNN) - All of the questions may be getting to Herman Cain.  —  The GOP presidential candidate was a bit touchy Wednesday when questioned by reporters about claims he sexually harassed two women in the late 1990's during …
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Regarding Herman Cain: It's Not Racism.  It's Opposition Research.  —  “Herman Cain had ten days to get in gear and prepare a response.  He did not do it.  Regardless of the facts or merit of the case, that's a problem.”  —  I have had fun with it too.  I think it is hilarious that the same …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Associated Press:
Third worker says harassed by Cain  —  WASHINGTON — A third former employee says she considered filing a workplace complaint over what she considered aggressive and unwanted behavior by Herman Cain when she worked for the presidential candidate in the 1990s.
Suzanne Garment / The Politico:
Cain reaction: Not by the book
Discussion: Althouse and CNN
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Uh oh: Witness found to Cain incidents?
Discussion: American Spectator and GOP 12
Steven Shepard /
Obama Gets a Bump in New Quinnipiac Poll
First Read /
First Thoughts: Drip, drip, drip
Joel Herrick / Shanghaiist:
GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain unaware China has nukes
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Herman Cain brushes off harassment questions
Discussion: Mediaite
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In GOP Field, Only Cain's Image Better Than Earlier This Year
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Herman Cain incorrectly suggests China doesn't have nuclear capability
Will Rahn / The Daily Caller:
NYC arrest records: Many Occupy Wall Street protesters live in luxury  —  Many “Occupy Wall Street” protesters arrested in New York City “occupy” more luxurious homes than their “99 percent” rhetoric might suggest, a Daily Caller investigation has found.  —  For each of the 984 Occupy Wall …
Jonathan Lemire / NY Daily News:
Bloomberg strikes tougher tone on Occupy Wall Street  —  City may take “action” against protesters disrupting quality of life  —  NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg strikes his toughest tone yet against the Occupy Wall Street protesters.  —  Mayor Bloomberg struck a tougher tone …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Joel B. Pollak / Big Government:
NYPD Officer: Crime, Sexual Assault at #OccupyWallStreet ‘More Widespread Than Even They Think’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Verum Serum
Adam Serwer / Political Mojo:
Four Senior Citizens Plotted Killing Spree At A Waffle House  —  Four senior citizens walk into a Waffle House planning to go on a killing spree in order to “save the Constitution.”  —  That's not the beginning of a joke, it's the scenario outlined by the FBI in a criminal complaint filed …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
‘Are you kidding me?’  Boehner says US not better off under Obama  —  It's safe to say Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) does not agree with President Obama's suggestion on Tuesday that Americans are better off now than they were when he took office.  —  “Are you kidding me?!”
Bruce Crumley / Global Spin:
Firebombed French Paper Is No Free Speech Martyr  —  A police officer stands in front of the headquarters of satiric French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, where a fire broke out overnight, November 2, 2011.  (Photo: Thibault Camus / AP)  —  Okay, so can we finally stop with the idiotic, divisive …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama rips Republicans for vote on ‘In God We Trust’ motto  —  President Obama invoked God Wednesday as he criticized Congress for voting on commemorative coins and a resolution reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the national motto.  —  “That's not putting people back to work,” Obama said.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
House Republicans, keeping the faith
New York Times:
Mr. Corzine's Big Bet  —  Why did Jon S. Corzine make the risky bets that have now plunged MF Global Holdings into bankruptcy court?  We don't know, but the likely explanations are disturbing.  —  Over the past year, most investors have been fleeing the sovereign debt of Spain, Italy and other euro-zone basket cases.
Kevin Drum / Political Mojo:
A Conversation About Greece  —  Here's a cleaned-up version of a conversation I just had about Greece's sudden U-turn on the rescue deal negotiated just last week.  Enjoy.  —  Are the Greeks crazy?  —  No, they're just at the end of their tether.  Europe is asking them to adopt more austerity than they're willing to bear.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in September indicates that economic growth strengthened somewhat in the third quarter, reflecting in part a reversal of the temporary factors that had weighed on growth earlier in the year.
Boston Herald:
Rick Perry's giddy speech raises eyebrows, questions  —  FORT WORTH, Texas — A spirited and giggling Texas Gov. Rick Perry showed up to deliver a speech in Manchester, N.H., on Friday and the resulting video became a YouTube hit Monday.  —  His campaign insists Perry was simply “being passionate …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
The One Question You Should Never Ask Chris Matthews  —  Chris Matthews reading a passage from his new book about John F. Kennedy  —  Be it known: Chris Matthews does not use a ghostwriter.  The “Hardball” host does all his own writing, and he resents the idea that anyone would ever think otherwise.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Lawmaker says ‘1 percent’ responsible for deadly West Virginia mine disaster
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Chairwoman of Arizona Redistricting Commission Ousted
Discussion: Indecision Forever and USA Today
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Rick Santorum Announces Major Policy Roll-out As He Hits 99-County Milestone In Iowa
Discussion: GOP 12 and TBogg
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Pushing back against the GOP's ‘war on voting’
 Earlier Items: 
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Gov. Barbour May Vote Against Mississippi's Personhood Abortion Ban: It ‘Concerns Me, I Have To Just Say It’
Goldline Execs Charged With Fraud
Discussion: Political Mojo, Mediaite and Daily Kos
Don Walton / Lincoln Journal Star:
Nelson still pondering re-election decision
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Ballot Box
Phil Mattingly / Bloomberg:
Lawmakers to Propose Transaction Tax for Financial Firms Modeled on Europe
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
Dismal Tale of Arrest for Tiniest of Crimes