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11:20 AM ET, November 8, 2011


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Washington Examiner:
Fifth woman raises questions about Cain's behavior  —  A former employee of the United States Agency for International Development says Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain asked her to help arrange a dinner date for him with a female audience member following a speech he delivered nine years ago.
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Witness: Cain accuser hugged him during Tea Party meeting a month ago  —  The Cain Encounter ...  They hugged each other backstage in a full embrace like old friends.  —  She grabbed his arm and whispered in his left ear.  —  She kept talking as he bent to listen, and he kept saying “Uh, huh.
Lisa Black / Chicago Tribune:
Cain accuser has history of financial troubles, legal squabbles  —  Her father, fiance say they stand with her  —  The emerging portrait of Herman Cain's most recent accuser shows a suburban homemaker with a history of financial and legal troubles, but one who supporters say has the guts to do the right thing.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Report: Cain sought dinner date with fifth woman  —  A former USAID worker claims Herman Cain asked her to set up dinner with a woman who attended a speech he gave in 2002, the Washington Examiner is reporting tonight.  —  The worker - 40-year-old Donna Donella, of Arlington …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Accuser urges Cain to ‘end this’ as candidate denies charges
Discussion: CNN
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Woman: Herman Cain put hand up my skirt
Report: Sarkozy calls Netanyahu ‘liar’  —  Microphones accidently left on after G20 meeting pick up private conversation between US, French presidents.  Sarkozy admits he 'can't stand' Israeli premier.  Obama: You're fed up with him?  I have to deal with him every day!  —  Ynet
Yann Le Guernigou / Reuters:
Sarkozy tells Obama Netanyahu is a “liar”  —  (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “a liar” in a private conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama that was accidentally broadcast to journalists during last week's G20 summit in Cannes.
Microphones pick up Sarkozy and Obama's Netanyahu gaffe  —  French president called Israeli PM a liar in exchange with US president inadvertently shared with journalists  —  The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, described the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, as a “liar” …
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Unfogged
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
On a hot mic (or not), no love for Bibi  —  They're just waking up in Paris, so it's understandable that a White House spokesman I reached just now didn't have any comment in the report in a French publication that Presidents Obama and Sarkozy had been overheard by a half-dozen reporters during the G20 …
Carol E. Lee / Wall Street Journal:
Top Obama Aide Takes Step Back  —  WASHINGTON—William M. Daley was hired to help resuscitate Barack Obama's presidency after deep Democratic losses in 2010.  Ten months into his tenure as chief of staff, Mr. Daley's core responsibilities are shifting, following White House missteps …
First Read /
First Thoughts: Four storylines you shouldn't miss  —  Four storylines you shouldn't miss in from our new NBC/WSJ poll: 1) Perry's candidacy is in serious trouble... 2) Obama still enjoys incredible support among African Americans... 3) Obama's weakness with the middle of the country... 4) …
Discussion: theGrio, Mediaite and Saint Petersblog
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Bill Daley, White House chief of staff, to hand off some responsibilities
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Mitt Romney as the Nominee: Conservatism Dies and Barack Obama Wins  —  Mit Romney will not go on Special Report with Brett Baier to answer the tough questions as the other candidates have done.  No worries.  Conservatives will bitch and moan for a few days and Romney will claim it was a scheduling issue …
Jana Winter / Fox News:
House Oversight Chairman Calls for Probe into ACORN Role in Occupy Wall Street  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is calling for an investigation into allegations that ACORN-related group New York Communities for Change “engaged in fraud through its participation in the Occupy Wall Street protests.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb / New York Times:
End Bonuses for Bankers
Chika Oduah / theGrio:
Poll: Black Americans more optimistic, enthused about 2012 … Nearly half of African-Americans remain optimistic, despite a stubbornly high black unemployment rate.  And African-Americans are more enthusiastic about voting in 2012 than in previous elections.
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Poll Finds Voters Deeply Torn
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: Most Americans Say U.S. Economy Favors ‘Small Portion of the Rich’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Campaign 2012
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Bill Clinton: Let presidents serve three terms  —  Three times could be a charm - but not for him.  —  Former president Bill Clinton said Tuesday that presidents should be able to run for a third term so long as they take off some time after their second term.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem leaders set to drive a harder bargain than Obama on deficit  —  Democratic leaders are signaling to worried colleagues and their party's base that they are now in charge of deficit-reduction talks and will be tougher negotiators than President Obama.  —  Senate Democratic Policy Committee …
Conn Carroll / Washington Examiner:
FOIA reveals NASA's Hansen was a paid witness  —  “We're going to punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends,” President Obama famously told Hispanics in a Univision interview before last year's midterm election.  And as Dr. James Hansen has just learned, your status as Obama's “friend” or “enemy” can flip fast.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and
Gideon Rachman / Financial Times:
Saving the euro is the wrong goal  —  As the European ship heads for the rocks, so the officers in charge are being thrown overboard.  This week could see the departure of the prime ministers of both Greece and Italy.  But while politicians may come and go, European leaders insist that one thing will remain eternal - the euro.
Robin Harding / Financial Times:
European crisis hits US bank lending
Discussion: Free exchange
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Serious One  —  In the Marx Brothers movie that is the Republican presidential race, Mitt Romney is Zeppo.  He doesn't spin out one-liners.  He's not the rambunctious one.  He's just the earnest, good-looking guy who wants to be appreciated.  —  But Romney continues to run an impressive presidential campaign.
Meredith Somers / Washington Times:
Police will get tough on Occupy D.C. protesters  —  Chief Lanier cites five injuries last week  —  William G. Estrella, living in McPherson Square on K Street beats a drum as protesters, upset by multiple hit-and-run incidents last Friday during a protest of the American for Prosperity Conference outside …
Discussion: Hot Air and Pat Dollard
Scott McCabe / Washington Examiner:
Occupy DC becoming increasingly violent, police say
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and The Daily Caller
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