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11:50 AM 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.
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 …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Karen Kraushaar, second Cain accuser wants ‘joint press conference’
James V. Grimaldi / Washington Post:
Karen Kraushaar now wants to go public with other women with allegations against Herman Cain
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
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
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.
First Read /
What last night's elections told us
First Read /
Big win for Democrats in Ohio and an abortion surprise in Mississippi
Discussion: Firedoglake, theGrio and Feministe
Amanda J. Crawford / Bloomberg:   Arizona Senate's Immigration-Law Author Pearce Loses in Recall Election
Ginger Gibson / The Politico:
Election results 2011: Democrats do well
Discussion: Daily Kos and CNN
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.
Michael Doyle /   Christmas tree farmers hope ads will stem growth of artificial trees
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 …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Bloomberg defends New York's Occupy protesters  —  Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City on Wednesday, saying that his city has not had the “the kinds of things you see in other cities where people are running in the streets and destroying commerce.”
Adam Martin / The Atlantic Wire:
Occupy Wall Street Gets Its Generators Back
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Poll shows most see deepening wealth gap
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 …
Associated Press:
Ohio Voters Reject Republican-Backed Union Limits  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state's new collective bargaining law was defeated Tuesday after an expensive union-backed campaign that pitted firefighters, police officers and teachers against the Republican establishment.
Reginald Fields / Metro:
Ohio voters overwhelmingly reject Issue 2, dealing a blow to Gov. John Kasich
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 …
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 …
Meghan Keneally / Daily Mail:
What a trip!  Time-lapse video captures 12,225-mile road journey across America... in just FIVE minutes  —  A freelance photographer took to the road for inspiration and came back from his trip with a time lapse video speeding across 12,225 miles in just under five minutes.
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 …
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.
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Joe Walsh Melts Down, Screams At Constituents: ‘Dont Blame Banks!...I Am Tired Of Hearing That Crap!’  —  Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) erupts at a constituent who asked about the bank lobby  —  Freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) is known for his anti-Obama rhetoric on cable television and his inability to pay his child support payments.
Associated Press:
Police: Downtown Molotov cocktail linked to Occupy Portland  —  PORTLAND — Portland police said an improvised incendiary device was set off outside the World Trade Center at 121 SW Salmon and they're investigating a possible link to the Occupy Portland camp.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
Melissa Allison / Seattle Times:
Voters kick state out of liquor business  —  Beginning June 1, grocery stores in Washington will begin selling liquor.  —  That's the result of a $22.7 million voter campaign that Costco Wholesale led to kick the state out of the liquor business and allow private retailers to sell spirits instead.
Discussion: Hit & Run and
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 …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Republicans offer tax deal to break debt impasse; Democrats dismiss it  —  Congressional Republicans have offered to increase tax revenue by nearly $300 billion over the next decade through an overhaul of the tax code, a significant concession aimed at breaking a long-standing impasse in negotiations over the federal debt.
Peter Orszag / Bloomberg:
About Peter Orszag  —  Orszag: Winds of Change Blow Away College Degree  —  Many parents in the U.S. are legitimately concerned about the prospects for their college-age children.  After all, today's students face three overlapping challenges: a long-term structural shift …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Crossroads GPS launches major ad buy in swing states
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Former Ariz. US Attorney admits leaking memo smearing Fast and Furious whistle-blower
Discussion: and Hot Air
Jim Morrill / The Charlotte Observer:
Anthony Foxx is re-elected Charlotte mayor
George Gilson /
Sinking with no captain  —  The European Union's shattered trust …
Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Times
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Obama nixes federal swag
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
GOP debates enter elimination round
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Michael O'Malley / Metro:
Election worker bites voter's nose outside Cleveland polling place