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Posted on 10/31/2011

Ryan Streeter on The Republican: Rick Perry, languishing in the single digits, still gets frontrunner treatment because of money and his non-Romney persona

Ryan Streeter on The Republican: Because faith is more likely to make you a Republican, conservatives should be worried about the growing secularism among America's younger generation and lower classes

Politico: Two women accused Herman Cain of inappropriate behavior

Herman_Cain_Presidential_Candidate"During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO. The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures." - Politico

The Cain campaign responds...

"Dredging up thinly sourced allegations stemming from Mr. Cain’s tenure as the Chief Executive Officer at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, political trade press are now casting aspersions on his character and spreading rumors that never stood up to the facts. Since Washington establishment critics haven't had much luck in attacking Mr. Cain's ideas to fix a bad economy and create jobs, they are trying to attack him in any way they can. Sadly, we’ve seen this movie played out before – a prominent Conservative targeted by liberals simply because they disagree with his politics. Mr. Cain -- and all Americans, deserve better." - Washington Examiner

Romney remains the top target of GOP rivals, White House

Romney (1)"Herman Cain may be battling with Mitt Romney atop the Republican presidential polls, but Romney remained the 'target du jour' Sunday for both his current and possible future competition. Two other rivals for the GOP nomination -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry and a fellow Texan, Rep. Ron Paul -- as well as David Plouffe, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, all accused the former Massachusetts governor of flip-flopping on major issues in a bid to strengthen his conservative credentials. The targeting of Romney on Sunday talk shows demonstrated how he remains the most formidable contender in the eyes of his rivals, even with Cain's rise to top-tier status in the Republican race." - CNN

  • Fox's Chris Wallace calls out Mitt Romney for Sunday show absence - LA Times

2012 update:

  • 2012-RACEBachmann taken to task on illegal immigrants statement - WSJ
  • Cain is opposed to all abortion, he tells CBS - WSJ
  • Rick Perry defends policy positions - National Journal
  • Perry will debate but still doesn't like it - CNN
  • Ron Paul plays down speculation he may launch third-party bid for the White House - WSJ
  • Newt Gingrich calls Arab Spring "anti-Christian spring" - National Journal
  • "Republican presidential candidates' economic teams are taking shape at a time when concerns about the recovery are increasingly dominating the 2012 presidential race." - WSJ

Election laws tightening in GOP-run states - LA Times

  • Ohio ballot measure, Va. state Senate races among those to watch - Washington Post

The battle lines of the 2012 election will be the most sharply ideological in at least a generation

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 16.01.13"President Obama and his Republican opponent will present vastly different visions of the role of government, how an economy best prospers and, still more fundamentally, what kind of nation the United States should be. Divisions between the parties on these scores are nothing new. But they have grown deeper and more central to the political debate for many reasons. ... Much of politics is about the relative merits of freedom and equality. But usually, those perhaps irreconcilable goals are obscured by passions of the moment. Not so today. The usual distractions have been scraped away. The core issues lie exposed as they rarely are." - The Hill 

Iowa vote is rising in stature

Screen shot 2011-05-22 at 09.31.10"The state's centrality was underscored over the weekend in a closely watched poll that found two former businessmen running mainly on economic platforms—Herman Cain and Mitt Romney—locked in a statistical dead heat among likely caucus-goers, just as in many national surveys. ... The results suggested that Iowa could become an important springboard for Messr. Romney or Cain ahead of voting in other states where each is showing strength. In New Hampshire, which hosts the country's first primary a short time after the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, Mr. Romney has held a commanding lead for months, while Mr. Cain now leads nominally in South Carolina, the third state on the nominating calendar." - WSJ

Deficit reduction still a devil deal

Screen shot 2011-09-04 at 8.00.33 AM"Imagine a C-SPAN version of “Margin Call” set against a trans-Atlantic debt crisis, with Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi on one shore, the hard-charging Grover Norquist on the other and an entire nation of aging baby boomers worried about their 401(k)s. That’s a little what it’s like these days in Congress as Nov. 23 approaches and with it the devil’s bargain made last August when Washington pushed the nation to the brink of default and then created an Armageddon for itself if lawmakers fail to come up with a $1.2 trillion deficit-reduction plan by Thanksgiving." - Politico

Judd Gregg: The supercommittee must reform entitlement programs

Screen shot 2011-07-11 at 4.39.51 PM"We simply cannot function long in a nation where half the households are receiving an entitlement benefit and fewer than half the people with earned income pay taxes — unless of course we wish to adopt a European-model social welfare state where growth and prosperity are stifled and the standard of living of most is reduced. The time has come to face up to these facts and recapture the energy of our culture as a place where we expect and can accomplish a better future and strong, vibrant economy. ... Let’s hope the members of Congress, the president and supercommittee see this unique opportunity as the once-in-a-political-lifetime chance that it is and act for the better good of the nation." - Former Sen. Judd Gregg for The Hill

Wall Street reform law bogged down

Screen shot 2011-07-24 at 13.29.16"President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill into law 15 months ago, saying he was anxious to put new rules of the road in place for Wall Street. But federal agencies have blown about 77 percent of the rule-making deadlines for the massive overhaul, according to a recent progress report by the law firm Davis Polk — meaning key parts of the bill are far from implementation. Some Democratic officials see a Republican plot afoot to run out the clock, in hopes that a GOP-controlled Senate and White House can overturn the reforms. But one top Treasury official said the missed deadlines are less of a concern to the administration than the possibility that a rushed process would result in poor regulations." - Politico

Obama to pitch economic program at Group of 20 summit - Washington Post

Solyndra program to be reviewed by White House

6fbcea0bdf05f004"The White House has ordered an independent review of all Energy Department loan guarantees in response to Solyndra's collapse. Chief of staff Bill Daley tasked former Treasury Department official Herb Allison to lead the 60-day review into more than two dozen loan guarantees approved since the start of the Obama administration. Allison has also been assigned to make recommendations for how to improve the troubled DOE program going forward, including creating an "early-warning system" to flag possible problems." - Politico

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