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2:55 PM ET, November 2, 2011


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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.
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 …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Cain Not Able  —  We have the starchy guy — tall, handsome, intelligent and rich, with a baronial estate — who's hard to warm up to.  And we have the spontaneous guy, who's charming and easy to warm up to — until it turns out that he has an unsavory pattern with young women and a suspect relationship with facts.
Suzanne Garment / The Politico:
Cain reaction: Not by the book  —  Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain, in handling the sexual harassment allegations recently surfaced by Politico, has already broken every rule in the book on how to deal with a political scandal.  —  As we have now learned over two days …
Discussion: CNN and Althouse
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Herman Cain brushes off harassment questions
Discussion: Mediaite
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Iowa yawns at Herman Cain allegations
First Read /
First Thoughts: Drip, drip, drip
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 …
Reuters:   Occupy Wall Street finds money brings problems too
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?!”
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: We're better off with my policies than four years ago
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Obama On Bad Economy: “I'm Less Interested In Allocating Blame”
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.
Steven Shepard /
Obama Gets a Bump in New Quinnipiac Poll
A.Killough / CNN:
Poll: Cain pulls ahead of Romney
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:   Cain: ‘Factions’ are out to get me  —  (CNN) - Herman Cain …
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
“Peace Through Strength, And Clarity:” Cain Says He Believes China May Have Nukes One Day In the Future  —  Update: Wait, Did He Just Misspeak?  Did He Mean Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carriers?  —  I'm sure this is charming, or something. … That's actually cut a bit.  The full quote from the PBS transcript:
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Herman Cain incorrectly suggests China doesn't have nuclear capability
Joel Herrick / Shanghaiist:
GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain unaware China has nukes
David Jolly / New York Times:
Charlie Hebdo, French Magazine, Firebombed  —  PARIS — The office of a French satirical magazine here was badly damaged by a firebomb early on Wednesday, the publisher said, after it published a spoof issue “guest edited” by the Prophet Muhammad to salute the victory of an Islamist party in Tunisian elections.
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.
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 …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
The Case Against David Brooks, Man of the Privileged Few  —  I don't think it's too strident to demand at this point that David Brooks be hauled up before a jury consisting of everyone else in America and forced to defend himself against several million counts of being an insufferable twat in a public place.
Robert Booth / Guardian:
Julian Assange loses extradition appeal  —  High court judges rule the WikiLeaks founder should face accusations of rape in Sweden  —  The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has lost his high court appeal against extradition to Sweden to face rape allegations.
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
Dismal Tale of Arrest for Tiniest of Crimes  —  The arresting officer came by the cell, Samantha Zucker said, to make snide remarks about finding her with a friend in Riverside Park after its 1 a.m. closing.  —  For instance:  —  “He was telling me that I needed to get a new boyfriend …
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
Plan to Leave Euro for Drachma Gains Support in Greece  —  The political upheaval in Athens has suddenly made the once unspeakable — Greek debt default — a distinct possibility.  —  So now it's time to ponder the once unthinkable: that Greece might end its 10-year use of the euro and return to its former currency, the drachma.
Daniel Hannan / Telegraph:
Financial crisis: Eurocrats are terrified of democracy
Goldline Execs Charged With Fraud  —  Goldline, a company that used endorsements from Glenn Beck and other conservative icons to sell hundreds of millions of dollars worth of gold to consumers, has been charged with theft and fraud in a 19-count criminal complaint filed Tuesday by local officials in California.
Discussion: Mediaite, Political Mojo and Daily Kos
Phil Mattingly / Bloomberg:
Lawmakers to Propose Transaction Tax for Financial Firms Modeled on Europe  —  Two U.S. lawmakers will introduce measures to impose a transaction tax on financial firms that resembles a proposal released by the European Union.  —  Senator Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, and Representative Peter DeFazio …
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Gov. Barbour May Vote Against Mississippi's Personhood Abortion Ban: It ‘Concerns Me, I Have To Just Say It’  —  On Nov. 8, Mississippi voters will vote on Initiative 26, a personhood constitutional amendment that defines a person as “every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof.”
North Georgia Men Arrested, Charged in Plots to Purchase Explosives, Silencer and to Manufacture a Biological Toxin … ATLANTA—Frederick Thomas, 73, of Cleveland, Ga.; Dan Roberts, 67, of Toccoa, Ga.; Ray H. Adams, 65, of Toccoa; and Samuel J. Crump, 68, of Toccoa, were arrested today relating …
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Evan McMorris-Santoro /
TPM2012  —  Herman Cain: I Can't Prove It, But These Allegations Are Racist (VIDEO)
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Pushing back against the GOP's ‘war on voting’
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
House Republicans, keeping the faith
Don Walton / Lincoln Journal Star:
Nelson still pondering re-election decision
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Ballot Box
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Campaign 2012: Welcome to the slugfest
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
US Marshals turned loose to collect $63,720.80 from Righthaven
Discussion: TalkLeft and Boing Boing