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Herman Cain Responds to Allegations of Sexual Harrassment

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

On Monday, Politico reported that Herman Cain was accused of sexual harassment by two female employees while he was head of the National Restaurant Association. The women left their jobs after reaching settlements with the industry group. Cain vehemently denied the accusations later in the day at the National Press Club in Washington, but went on to make contradictory statements about the incidents on Fox News.   

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Herman Cain's Long Odds Get Lengthier After Sex Harassment Report

Monday, October 31, 2011

Obviously, we can't know now how this will all play out. There's evidence some conservatives are rallying around him, seeing the revelation as a dirty trick by liberals. Some see similarities to sexual harassment bomb that went off during the Senate confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence ThomasBut there's also the suspicion that Cain is on the receiving end of oppo research by one of his rival Republican candidates.

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The Takeaway

Rick Perry Revives Debate on Flat Taxes

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

When Herman Cain introduced his 999 plan, it put him in the spotlight and helped vault him to the top of the polls. It was just a matter of time before another Republican presidential contender offered something similar. Within days, Newt Gingrich proposed a 15 percent flat tax. Now Governor Rick Perry has responded with a flat tax plan of his own. Perry's plan centers around a 20 percent flat tax, and offers a choice. Taxpayers can either file under the current system, or opt to use Perry's flat rate.

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Herman Cain's Campaign Sends Up Strange Smoke Signals

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

If you thought the whole Herman Cain phenomenon couldn't get any stranger, think again. A new Cain campaign video shows Mark Block, his campaign chief of staff, delivering a soliloquy into the camera, saying in part how unique the candidate and campaign are before he then takes a drag from a cigarette.

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Will Cain's New '9-0-9' Tax Plan Really Help The Poor?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Even with the latest change to Cain's tax reform plan, the lowest-income Americans would see their tax bills rise because they'd face a trickle-down effect from business taxes and they would still face the 9 percent sales tax, analysts say.

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The Takeaway

A Look at GOP Voters in South Carolina

Friday, October 21, 2011

In South Carolina, Republican voters are trying to sort out the constant back-and-fourth between the leading GOP candidates. Mitt Romney is still floating in the background as the standby front-runner and presumptive nominee. Two weeks ago the big name on the trail was Rick Perry and last week all the hype was about Herman Cain. It is unclear whether each debate and the intense horse race we're watching is actually influencing voters. 

where Republican voters are trying to sort out the constant back and fourth between the leading GOP candidates. 
Mitt Romney is always floating there in the background as the standby frontrunner...and two weeks ago the big name on the trail was Rick Perry.  Last week all the hype was about Herman Cain.
It's unclear whether each debate and the intense horse race we're watching is actually influencing voters...to find out Anna Sale, reporter for WNYC's political website It's a Free Country went to a particularly Red state to talk to voters.  

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The Takeaway

Is the GOP Losing the Latino Vote?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Immigration was a hot topic at the GOP debate on Tuesday. First, Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney attacked each other on the issue. Representative Michele Bachmann also jumped into the fray to attack President Obama. "I think the person who really has a problem with illegal immigration in the country is President Obama," she said. "It’s his uncle and his aunt who are illegal aliens who’ve been allowed to stay in this country despite the fact they're illegal." 

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The Takeaway

The Conservative Divide Over the Border Fence

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The extension of border fences has been a hot topic at recent GOP presidential debates. Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann has signed a pledge urging the completion of a fence by by 2013. Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain also supports a full-border fence, but he backed away from his comments over the weekend that the fence should be "20 feet high, with barbed wire, electrified." Of the nine candidates, only two say they think the fence is a bad idea — Congressman Ron Paul and Texas Governor Rick Perry. But what would it really mean to build a wall from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico? And do the perspectives the GOP candidates reflect most Republican's views on the fence?

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From 9-9-9 To Immigration: Fact-Checking The GOP's Nevada Debate

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas: PolitiFact offers a reality check on squads some of the candidates' statements from the GOP debate.

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The Takeaway

What Was It Like to Work for Herman Cain?

Monday, October 17, 2011

When Herman Cain announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, many analysts didn't anticipate his campaign would gain the momentum. The former CEO of Godfather's Pizza has come a long way from August, when he had the support of just 5 percent of Republican primary voters. Today, Cain enjoys the support of 27 percent of Republicans, and discussion of his "999" tax plan dominated the last GOP debate.

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Rick Perry Offers His Version Of 'Drill, Baby, Drill'

Friday, October 14, 2011

Ask yourself what sort of energy plan you would likely get from a conservative governor from the oil and gas patch who gets a lot of political and financial support from the fossil-fuel industry and who is openly hostile to the federal government and that's pretty much the energy plan Texas Gov. Rick Perry proposed Friday.

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The Takeaway

Herman Cain's Unlikely Rise to the Top

Friday, October 14, 2011

Is America ready for the first black Republican president? That's a question being asked following the surge in popularity of GOP candidate Herman Cain. A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has Cain beating Mitt Romney with 27 percent to Romney's 21 in the Republican primary. Cain refuses to believe he is the latest GOP "flavor of the week" and has not shied away from talking about race during the campaign.

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Fact-Checking The GOP Debate: What Candidates Said About The Economy

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

PolitiFact examines how the GOP candidates' statements on taxes, spending and borrowing rate on the Truth-O-Meter.

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Debate Does Nothing To Derail Romney's 'Kudzu Campaign'

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mitt Romney continued his dogged, incremental pursuit of the White House on Tuesday night, dominating the GOP presidential debate on the economy. The man once touted as his most formidable opponent was barely a factor.

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Report: Romney Campaign Urged Nevada To Pick January Date

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Interesting tidbit from the Las Vegas Review-Journal report on Wednesday's decision by the Nevada Republican Party's decision to move its caucuses to an earlier date, Jan. 14 to be exact. Mitt Romney's campaign urged the move.

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Top Donors Use Super PACs To Sidestep Money Limits To Candidates

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Nineteen wealthy Republicans gave presidential hopeful Mitt Romney the maximum legal contribution — and also sent between $100,000 and $1 million each to an independent committee supporting the former Massachusetts governor.

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What Chris Christie Can Learn From Rick Perry's Latest Travails

Monday, October 03, 2011

Rick Perry's troubles hold good news and bad news for Chris Christie. Good news in that Perry has failed to capture the imagination of the base, and bad news that the intense scrutiny of a presidential campaign can unnerve even a confident campaigner who was wooed to enter.

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Report: Obama's Stock Falls With Wall Street Execs

Friday, September 30, 2011

Just because Wall Street officials didn't get skewered by Obama as much as they feared they might apparently doesn't mean they still don't have hold a few things against him. There's the signing of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation, for instance, and his occasional public criticisms of Wall Street. Not to mention his recent call for higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires.

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Early Supreme Court Review Of Health Care Law Could Impact 2012 Race

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Affordable Care Act always promised to be a hot button issue in the 2012 presidential campaign. But it promises to loom even larger, now that the Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to take the case, making very likely a high-court decision in June just months before the general election.

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Romney Ensures Perry Has Long, Hard Night At Orlando GOP Debate

Friday, September 23, 2011

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made the most of his opportunities not only to raise doubts for voters about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's hostility towards Social Security as a federal entitlement but Perry's character.

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