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Posted on 11/01/2011

Ryan Streeter: FAREWELL AND THANK YOU

Herman Cain's misconduct allegations bring out conflicting accounts

Herman_Cain_Presidential_Candidate"Herman Cain backtracked on a central part of his story about the sexual harassment allegations leveled against him in the 1990s, telling PBS and Fox News that he recalled details of a financial settlement with one of the women involved. Changing his tune on the question of cash settlements was only the most glaring of several shifts in Cain’s comments Monday on the harassment charges leveled when he was president of the National Restaurant Association. Cain told the PBS 'NewsHour' that he recalled a financial 'agreement' with a woman who accused him of inappropriate behavior at the National Restaurant Association. Only hours before, Cain said he was unaware of any 'settlement' related to sexual harassment – a reversal he attempted to explain away through verbal hair-splitting." - Politico

  • Cain bats away allegations - and sings - WSJ 
  • "On Fox News last night, Herman Cain claimed that one of the women who filed a complaint against him wasn't "up to par" at her job." - The Hill
  • "Overall, the reactions were quite sympathetic. I counted 23 bloggers who either defended Mr. Cain or harshly critiqued the reporting in the story. There were just 6 bloggers, meanwhile, who took a largely unsympathetic position toward Mr. Cain." - Nate Silver for the New York Times
  • Herman Cain's ties to Wisconsin nonprofit raise legal questions - LA Times

Cain’s troubles help Perry and Romney - National Journal

Perry "flat tax" plan might not cut taxes across the board, Tax Policy Center finds

Screen shot 2011-07-13 at 10.39.15"Mr. Perry’s plan on its face would appear to be a no-lose proposition for taxpayers. The doubts arise from an important but little-discussed question:  What happens to the Bush-era tax cuts that are now scheduled to expire at the end of 2012? The analysis by the Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution,  assumes they will be allowed to expire on schedule under the Perry plan. That means a lot of people would actually face a tax increase compared to current tax levels, even under Mr. Perry’s seemingly generous tax plan." - WSJ

  • "No matter how you slice it, the richest Americans would do better under Rick Perry's tax proposals" - CNN Money
  • The New York Times analyze Perry's second Iowa ad
  • Pro-Perry outside group to run ads in SC - WSJ

Bizarre Perry speech video goes viralWashington Post

"He also cradled and twirled a bottle of maple syrup given to him by his hosts. Some pundits deemed the appearance “bizarre,” and television and Internet commentators speculated, without evidence, that Perry was either drunk or on medication when he spoke." - San Antonio Express-News

2012 update:

  • 2012-RACEMitt Romney helped by right-center path in New Hampshire - Dante J. Scala for Politico
  • Christie to hold fundraiser for Romney - Politico
  • Herman Cain leads Rick Perry... in TEXAS - Politico
  • Gingrich gains ground after rocky campaign start - Fox News
  • "With just nine weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses, the early-state polls are still very similar to the national polling, with Romney holding leads in each state." - Politico
  • Activists propose "shutting down" candidate offices during Iowa caucuses - CNN

Debates announced for Obama and GOP nominee

OBAMA BLUE TIE"President Obama will debate the Republican presidential nominee in Colorado, New York and Florida next October. The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced the dates Monday of next year’s general election match-ups. The first presidential debate is set for Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the University of Denver. The second will be at Hofstra University on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Hempstead, N.Y. The final debate is in Boca Raton at Lynn University on Monday, Oct. 22 — 15 days before the election. The sole vice presidential debate will happen Oct. 11 at Centre College in Danville, Ky." - Politico

New Poll: Voters evenly split on GOP House, Obama

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 16.01.13"Asked what outcome they would prefer in the 2012 presidential election, 44 percent of registered voters said they would like to see a Republican elected, while 42 percent want Obama to win a second term—a finding within the survey’s margin of error. Asked if Republicans should retain control of the House, 41 percent said yes and 43 percent said they would prefer Democrats to recapture the majority—also within the poll’s error margin. When the results of both questions are combined, 35 percent say they want Obama to win reelection and Democrats to retake the House, while 34 percent say they want Republicans to capture the White House and hold the House. The rest splinter into combinations of divided control or don’t know." - National Journal

Social Security appears on deficit panel agenda

Screen shot 2011-09-04 at 8.00.33 AM"In private conversations, and now in public, the idea of changing the social program as part of a deficit-reduction deal is gaining some traction — a move that has been politically unthinkable for years. In a speech Monday in Louisville, Ky., House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) appeared to raise the stakes on a grand bargain that would include major entitlement changes. Standing with his Senate counterpart, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), at the McConnell Center at the University of Lousiville, Boehner said such action would show markets that Congress can tackle the deficit." - Politico

  • Awkward hearing set for the committee - Roll Call
  • Capitol Hill power player Fred Upton switches ideological gears as his clout grows - Washington Post

Cantor meets protesters in Michigan, rips "Occupy" for "ire and hatred"

Screen shot 2011-01-08 at 09.11.21"House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), met by an organized protest before his planned speech on economics at the University of Michigan Monday, afterwards criticized demonstrators of the Occupy movement for showing 'ire and hatred.' 'To me if you’ve got a problem you ought to go about trying to fix it in a constructive manner,' Cantor said at a press conference following his speech, according to local news site AnnArbor.com." - The Hill

Harry Reid invokes Occupy Wall Street on Senate floor - Politico

  • "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared Monday that Democrats are the only ones “fighting to create good-paying American jobs.” But he again could face a handful of defections from his own party when he brings the next jobs bill to the floor this week." - Politico

Reince Priebus: Obama means hope and change for the worse

Screen shot 2011-01-14 at 17.31.39"The president has clung to a liberal ideology so rigid it never bends to the practical demands of good policymaking. As it turns out, then-Sen. Biden was right when he said the presidency is not a place for 'on-the-job training.' After nearly three years, the president’s record is devoid of accomplishment, and his inexperience has dramatically compounded the effects of an economic disaster to devastating effect." - RNC Chairman Reince Priebus for Politico

Another energy company goes bankrupt, $39 million borrowed from taxpayers

Solar"Beacon Power Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The company, which develops energy storage systems based on what are known as "flywheels," had received the federal guarantee for a 20-megawatt energy storage plant in Stephentown, N.Y., back in August 2010." - Fox News

  • Second green flop stokes controversy - The Hill

Top Justice official expresses regret for failure to warn on "gun walking" - CNN

White House: no legalization of marijuanaWSJ

UNESCO aid cut off by United States

World"The United States will stop paying $80 million in dues and voluntary contributions to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in response to the body’s vote Monday to grant membership to the Palestinian Authority, but the fight over U.S. funding policy may not be over yet. UNESCO voted 107-14 in favor of granting status to the Palestinians, triggering existing U.S. laws that prohibit American support of U.N. agencies that give the Palestinian Authority membership." - Politico

Real Inequality: not between the 99% and the super-rich, but between college graduates and high school graduates

Brooks"This is the kind experienced in Scranton, Des Moines, Naperville, Macon, Fresno, and almost everywhere else. In these places, the crucial inequality is not between the top 1 percent and the bottom 99 percent. It’s between those with a college degree and those without. Over the past several decades, the economic benefits of education have steadily risen. In 1979, the average college graduate made 38 percent more than the average high school graduate, according to the Fed chairman, Ben Bernanke. Now the average college graduate makes more than 75 percent more. Moreover, college graduates have become good at passing down advantages to their children. If you are born with parents who are college graduates, your odds of getting through college are excellent. If you are born to high school grads, your odds are terrible." - David Brooks in the New York Times

  • "As for the 'top one percent' in income that attract so much attention, angst and denunciation, there is always going to be a top one percent, unless everybody has the same income. That top one percent has no more monopoly on sainthood or villainy than people in any other bracket." - Thomas Sowell at RealClearPolitics
  • Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac executives get big housing bonuses - Politico

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