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1:35 PM ET, November 9, 2011

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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Cain aide wrongly insists they've ‘confirmed’ accuser's son works for POLITICO  —  Herman Cain campaign manager Mark Block, in an appearance with Sean Hannity on Fox News just now, insisted that a relative of the second woman to publicly accuse the candidate of sexual harassment in the 1990s works at POLITICO.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Mark Block: Did you know that the son of Cain's accuser works for Politico?  —  I did not know that.  He's, er ... not thinking of Josh Kraushaar, is he? … Josh Kraushaar is tweeting in disbelief tonight: … Could a man who accused Rick Perry on national television of a “despicable” …
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Accuser filed complaint in next job  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman who settled a sexual harassment complaint against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in 1999 complained three years later at her next job about unfair treatment, saying she should be allowed to work from home …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Block falsely links Cain accuser with reporter  —  (CNN) - Herman Cain's chief-of-staff Mark Block on Tuesday wrongly claimed that the son of a woman who accused Cain of sexual harassment worked at POLITICO, a news outlet that first broke the story.  —  “At the press conference it was brought …
James V. Grimaldi / Washington Post:
Karen Kraushaar now wants to go public with other women with allegations against Herman Cain
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Karen Kraushaar, second Cain accuser wants ‘joint press conference’
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
A Very Good Night for Democrats  —  In state elections across the country Tuesday, voters rejected Republican attempts to pursue a far right-wing agenda  —  Democrats had a very good election night on Tuesday.  —  Their cherished causes prevailed, they kept their statehouses …
Discussion: The Reaction
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Arizona Republic:
Russell Pearce on verge of historic loss in recall  —  Russell Pearce, one of the most influential state politicians in the nation and a powerful voice on illegal immigration, was on the verge of losing his Senate seat in Tuesday's unprecedented recall election.
Jeff Biggers / The Huffington Post:
Arizona Topples Senate President Russell Pearce, SB 1070 Immigration Law Architect, in Historic Recall Vote  —  Arizona , Jan Brewer , President Obama , Tea Party , Jerry Lewis , Randy Parraz , Citizens For a Better Arizona , Immigration Reform , Russell Pearce , Sb 1070 , Politics News
First Read / msnbc.com:
Big win for Democrats in Ohio and an abortion surprise in Mississippi
Discussion: Firedoglake, theGrio and Feministe
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up big in Ohio  —  One person who should be feeling particularly good about last night's election results in Ohio is Barack Obama.  On our weekend poll, which got the final result of Issue 2 correct to within a point, Obama led all of his Republican opponents in the state by margins ranging from 9-17 points.
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Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Why Gingrich Could Win  —  Herman Cain's prospects were good until this week brought accusatory testimony from a woman who showed up in person, with detail.  —  Newt Gingrich's rise in the polls—from near zero to the third slot in several polls—should come as no surprise to people …
David S. Addington / The Heritage Foundation:
Obama Couldn't Wait: His New Christmas Tree Tax  —  President Obama's Agriculture Department today announced that it will impose a new 15-cent charge on all fresh Christmas trees—the Christmas Tree Tax—to support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama administration proposes 15-cent Christmas tree tax
Discussion: Business Insider
Sarah Gantz / San Francisco Examiner:
Occupy Oakland makes $20K deposit at Wells Fargo  —  Last week, one or more Occupy Oakland protesters smashed the windows of a Wells Fargo branch.  —  This week, the group's general assembly agreed — in a near-unanimous vote Monday — to temporarily place $20,000 of the group's money …
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ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Occupy Oakland Makes $20K Deposit At Wells Fargo Less Than a Week After Protesters Smashed Windows At Same Bank...
Discussion: Big Government
Washington Post:
Va. elections: GOP Senate takeover hangs on 86 votes  —  Virginia Democrats' hopes of maintaining their party's hold on the Commonwealth's upper house were very much in doubt late Tuesday, hinging on a razor-thin count in a single Senate district.  —  When the ballot-counting ended for the night …
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Michael Barone / Campaign 2012:
A few thoughts on the November 8 elections
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Don Surber
Washington Post:
GOP poised to take over Virginia Senate
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Anti-abortion ‘personhood’ amendment fails in Mississippi  —  A constitutional amendment that would have defined a fertilized egg as a person failed on the ballot in Mississippi on Tuesday, dealing the so-called “personhood” movement another blow.  —  Amendment 26 supporter Sandy Comer puts …
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Pema Levy / American Prospect:
Is There a “Bradley Effect” for Abortion?
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
House Republican lawmakers want out of Norquist tax pledge  —  Grover Norquist's grip on the House Republican Conference is loosening.  —  A growing number of GOP lawmakers have disavowed Norquist's pledge against supporting tax increases in recent days, telling The Hill they no longer feel bound …
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Rolling Stone:
How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich
Discussion: Washington Post
Leslie Williams / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Man found dead in Occupy New Orleans encampment  —  A 53-year-old man was found dead Tuesday inside a tent pitched at the Occupy New Orleans encampment at Duncan Plaza across from City Hall.  He appears to have been living in the tent inside the occupation zone, said John Gagliano …
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Occupy Movement Inspires Unions to Embrace Bold Tactics
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Bloomberg defends New York's Occupy protesters
Wall Street Journal:
Generation Jobless: Students Pick Easier Majors Despite Less Pay  —  Biyan Zhou wanted to major in engineering.  Her mother and her academic adviser also wanted her to major in it, given the apparent career opportunities for engineers in a tough job market.
Tyler Durden / zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml:
Barclays Says Italy Is Finished: “Mathematically Beyond Point Of No Return”  —  Euphoria may have returned briefly courtesy of yet another promise for a resignation that will likely not be effectuated for weeks or months, if at all, and already someone has done the math on what the events in the past several days reveal for Italy.
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Obama nixes federal swag  —  As a part of President Barack Obama's efforts cut down on spending, here's what you'll be seeing less of: swag.  —  On Wednesday, Obama will sign an executive order that will direct government agencies to, among other things, “stop using taxpayer dollars to buy swag.”
Discussion: Wonkette, Reuters and The Hill
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Associated Press:   Obama to cut federal swag, wasteful spending
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Anti-Obamacare Measure Sweeps All 88 Counties in Ohio  —  A ballot measure that StateImpact Ohio (a creation of local public media and NPR) describes as “a referendum on a constitutional amendment...aimed at keeping the national health care reform law from taking [e]ffect” won in all 88 counties in Ohio.
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RealClearPolitics Video Log:
David Gregory: No “Grand Wizard” In GOP To Force Cain Out  —  On Wednesday's “Today” show, host of NBC's “Meet the Press” David Gregory says there is no “Grand Wizard” right now in the GOP to “force” Cain out of the primary.  Transcript below: Ann Curry, NBC News: “He's not stepping down …
 
 
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