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2:25 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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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 …
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” …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Block falsely links Cain accuser with reporter
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Cain accuser open to joint press conference with other women
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
First Read / msnbc.com:
Big win for Democrats in Ohio and an abortion surprise in Mississippi
Discussion: Firedoglake, theGrio and Feministe
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 …
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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.
Irin Carmon / Salon:
How Mississippi beat Personhood  —  Will this derail a movement aiming for Roe v. Wade?  —  If Mississippi can't pass a Personhood amendment, can any state?  Those who put major political and financial muscle behind Initiative 26 — rejected last night by an astonishing 58 percent of the state's voters …
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Pema Levy / American Prospect:
Is There a “Bradley Effect” for Abortion?
Keith Ashley / Personhood USA:
Personhood USA Commentary Following Amendment 26 Vote
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
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers want out of 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 to uphold …
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Rolling Stone:
How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich  —  The inside story of how the Republicans abandoned the poor and the middle class to pursue their relentless agenda of tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent  —  The nation is still recovering from a crushing recession that sent unemployment …
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Occupy Movement Inspires Unions to Embrace Bold Tactics  —  Organized labor's early flirtation with Occupy Wall Street is starting to get serious.  —  Union leaders, who were initially cautious in embracing the Occupy movement, have in recent weeks showered the protesters with help …
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Leslie Williams / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Man found dead in Occupy New Orleans encampment
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Bloomberg defends New York's Occupy protesters
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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Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Gingrich on global warming ad with Pelosi: 'The dumbest single thing I've done in years'  —  In 2008 former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared in a TV ad created by Al Gore's Climate Reality Project with then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to urge action on anthropogenic climate change.
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Gingrich calls climate ad with Pelosi the 'dumbest single thing I've done' recently
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and GOP 12
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.
New York Times:
Italy's Debt Crisis Deepens Despite Berlusconi's Pledge to Quit  —  ROME — Italy's financial crisis deepened on Wednesday despite a pledge by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign once Parliament passes austerity measures demanded by the European Union.
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Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:   European Wheels Spin Faster, Still No Traction
Michael Scott / Metro:
Issue 3 passes by larger margin than Issues 1 and 2 failed; 66 percent of 1.8 million votes counted favor issue  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — With more than 1.5 million votes tallied, Ohio Issue 3 is winning with more than 66 percent of voters saying “Yes” to the proposal to prevent Ohioans …
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Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Anti-Obamacare Measure Sweeps All 88 Counties in Ohio
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.
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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