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6:25 PM ET, November 2, 2011


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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.
Richard Miniter / National Security:
Cain Says Perry Camp Behind Sex Harassment Leak  —  Was the recent attack on Herman Cain's presidential campaign a professional hit job?  Absolutely, says Herman Cain.  And he says he knows just where to look for the guy who did it: At 815 Slaters Lane in Alexandria, Virginia …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Uh oh: Witness found to Cain incidents?  —  So far, neither of the two alleged complainants from Herman Cain's tenure at the National Restaurant Association have come forward publicly, although it appears at least one would like NRA to release her from her confidentiality agreement to do so.
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Third worker says harassed by Cain  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.
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 …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Cain accuses former adviser Curt Anderson  —  Herman Cain accused a former consultant to his unsuccessful 2004 Senate campaign, Curt Anderson, of leaking damaging information about past sexual harassment allegations against Cain.  —  Anderson, who is now an adviser to Rick Perry …
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
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.
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.
New York Times:
Cain Accuser Got a Year's Salary in Severance Pay
Chris Usher / ABCNEWS:
Newt Gingrich Defends “Friend” Herman Cain
Discussion: The Hill
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Cain gets testy with reporters
Suzanne Garment / The Politico:
Cain reaction: Not by the book
Discussion: CNN and Althouse
Opinionator:   Is Herman Cain Finished?
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Ron Paul suggests another campaign promoted Cain scandal
Discussion: Daily Kos and Ballot Box
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Herman Cain incorrectly suggests China doesn't have nuclear capability
Steven Shepard /
Obama Gets a Bump in New Quinnipiac Poll
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 …
Christopher Robbins / Gothamist:
[UPDATE] Occupy Wall Street Kitchen Worker Arrested For Sexual Abuse In Zuccotti Park Tents
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 …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama rips Republicans for House vote on ‘In God We Trust’ motto  —  President Obama invoked God on Wednesday as he criticized Congress for voting on commemorative coins and a resolution reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the national motto in all public buildings, public schools and other government institutions.
Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
House reaffirms ‘In God We Trust’ as official U.S. motto
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Emma Hurd / Sky News:
Israel Considers Pre-Emptive Attack On Iran  —  Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu (L) is understood to be calling for military action against Iran  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to rally support in his cabinet for an attack on Iran, according to government sources.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Rod Dreher
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Iran's nuclear activity under scrutiny as evidence of weapons threat emerges
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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 …
Max Read / Gawker:
Texas Judge Beats Disabled Daughter on Video  —  Here's a video, recently uploaded to YouTube, showing a man whip his disabled daughter with a belt, apparently for downloading games and music.  The man is a Texas court-at-law judge named William Adams.  His daughter's name is Hillary.
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.
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