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Posted on 11/08/2011

Cain faces a new set of allegations. Can he weather the storm this time?

  • Screen shot 2011-07-02 at 21.11.46"Putting a face and a name for the first time to accusations of sexual harassment ... a woman stepped forward on Monday to say that Mr. Cain made an unwanted and rough physical advance on her 14 years ago when he was the chief of the National Restaurant Association." - New York Times
  • "After eight days of accusations and denials of alleged sexual harassment by Cain, the specific and explicit nature of the new allegations could threaten his position among a core group of supporters who have stood by him, or at least stayed silent." - Washington Post
  • "Herman Cain’s candidacy has reached 'a tipping point,' one Iowa conservative leader said today, as some Republicans here reacted with distaste to fresh allegations about inappropriate behavior – from a fourth accuser who isn’t anonymous." - Des Moines Register
  • "Appearing Monday on ABC’s 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' Mr. Cain... called the charges 'totally fabricated' and said he would refute them in a news conference on Tuesday in Arizona." - New York Times
  • Cain accuser has history of financial troubles, legal squabbles - Chicago Tribune

The temptation for Romney to go all-in for Iowa grows

Screen shot 2011-05-29 at 6.04.43 AM"Every day that the other Republican candidates struggle to consolidate the evangelical conservatives who could form a decisive voting bloc against Romney here, the temptation to go all-in in Iowa grows for Romney’s strategists in Boston. Competing aggressively here is risky, and while that decision could be rewarded with an unexpected win, it also would raise the stakes such that a second- or third-place finish could prove damaging." - Washington Post

  • Romney renews Iowa push - Politico
  • Erick Erickson at RedState predicts: "Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican nominee. And his general election campaign will be an utter disaster for conservatives as he takes the GOP down with him and burns up what it means to be a conservative in the process."
  • The New York Times' David Brooks praises Romney's entitlements reform plan, and says: "Romney is running in an atmosphere in which it is extremely difficult to remain serious and substantive. Yet he is doing it. Democrats should not underestimate him."

Presidential field attacks Obama administration policy towards Iran

Screen shot 2011-09-23 at 6.19.39 AM"Rick Perry of Texas was asked whether he would back a pre-emptive Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear program, and he then told CNN he would support Israeli efforts 'up to and including military action.' Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, described Iran as an 'enemy' on Friday night in Des Moines ... Broadly within the party, the focus reflects not only competition to be regarded as the strongest ally of Israel, but also a sense that projecting toughness on Iran may offer one of the few political openings on foreign policy that Republicans can use to attack President Obama." - New York Times

2012 update:

  • 2012New Gallup poll: Cain tied with Romney - The Hill
  • "New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will make his first surrogate campaign appearance for presidential candidate Mitt Romney in New Hampshire on Wednesday." - New Hampshire Union Leader
  • Perry downplays Obama role in bin Laden killing - Politico
  • Bachmann ups conservative stakes, calls GOP rivals "frugal socialists" - The Hill

Oregon, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi - what 2011 elections could tell us about 2012

Screen shot 2011-01-24 at 10.38.42"Two ballot initiatives in the Buckeye State could provide clues for how the fight for the crucial battleground state may play out in next year's race for the White House. Tons of outside money is being spent on the Issue 2 ballot referendum, which focuses on the anti-collective bargaining measure... The new national health care reform measure, passed last year ... is the center of attention of Issue 3, the other major referendum on the ballot. Since the health care act is a federal law, this state referendum is more a protest vote than anything else" - CNN

  • Politico has a full guide to the elections taking place, including mayorals, congressional primaries, and gubernatorial races
  • Ariz. immigration law author faces recall election - USA Today
  • "Ohio voters look poised to overturn a controversial law Tuesday in what would be a sharp rebuke to the state’s Republican Party—and good news for President Barack Obama." - Wall Street Journal
  • "Voters in Mississippi could approve unprecedented restrictions on abortion when they head to the polls Tuesday. A ballot initiative in Mississippi would redefine the word 'person' as it’s used in the state constitution. If the measure passes, state law would say that life begins at 'the moment of fertilization.'" - The Hill

GOP supercommittee members may allow additional tax revenue

Supercommittee"The Republicans met Monday to consider a proposal that would raise additional revenue by limiting some income tax deductions that primarily benefit higher-income households. Republicans cited the proposal as evidence that they were open to ideas that would raise revenue and thus help reduce the federal budget deficit" - New York Times

  • "Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), a member of the supercommittee, acknowledged the need to include revenue in any proposal, telling POLITICO: 'I have said from the beginning that the way to get to a deal is through tax reform that is pro-growth and can generate revenue.'" - Politico
  • "The full Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction hasn’t met to negotiate behind closed doors since last Monday — and for now, that’s OK with the panel’s Democrats, who are beginning to seek ways to blame potential failure on the GOP." - Roll Call

Senate passes segment of Obama's jobs plan

Screen shot 2011-02-24 at 09.58.31"The Senate voted 94 to 1 to take up the bill to end a new tax withholding program on government contractors after the House easily passed the measure last month. Democrats also intend to make the Senate bill the vehicle for a package of tax breaks to spur the hiring of veterans after Mr. Obama promoted that effort on Monday with the approach of Veterans Day." - New York Times

A bipartisan group of Senators is trying to revert to the old ways of backroom deals

"Downtown Washington’s Alibi Club ... hosted a dinner gathering last week of an ideologically diverse group of 10 Democrats and nine Republicans, allowing the likes of conservative Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and liberal Michigan Sen. Carl Levin to share stories... If this sounds like the old Senate of yore — the exclusive, deal-cutting, back-slapping place from your history books — that’s exactly what a group of senators are aiming for. It’s the new Senate — backbiting, gridlocked and even downright nasty at times — these senators are trying to change." - Politico

House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa calls for investigation into ACORN's role in Occupy Wall Street

Screen shot 2010-11-28 at 12.12.22"In an Oct. 26. report, quoted sources within NYCC who said that the group -- run and staffed by nearly all former ACORN employees -- was asking for donations for specific charitable purposes... those donations were being rerouted to pay for Occupy Wall Street protests, the sources said." - Fox News

  • ACORN heirs deny diverting cash to Occupy Wall Street - Politico
  • White House not expected to comply with Solyndra subpoena from House GOP - The Hill

Joe Scarborough: Obama's approach to Wall Street is "breathtaking"

Joe-scarborough-msnbc"Obama seems capable of effortlessly floating between demonizing Wall Street gambling one day and profiting from it the next. The audacity is breathtaking. The president has raised more money from Wall Street through the Democratic National Committee and his campaign account than any politician in American history. This year alone, he has raked in more cash from bank employees, hedge fund managers and financial services companies than all Republican candidates combined." - Joe Scarborough for Politico

Obama and France's Sarkozy caught badmouthing Israeli PM Netanyahu

OBAMA BLUE TIE"The pair were still wearing microphones, and some journalists who still had their headphones on for translation caught the remarks ... As the two leaders' discussion turns to Israel and the Palestinians, Sarkozy is first to express his distaste for the conservative Israeli Prime Minister. 'I cannot bear Netanyahu, he's a liar,' the French president was heard to say. In response, according to the account by Arret Sur Images, Mr. Obama sympathizes with Sarkozy's frustration, saying, 'you're fed up, but I have to deal with him every day.'" - CBS News

White House Chief of Staff relieved of duties

Daley"William M. Daley was hired to help resuscitate Barack Obama's presidency after deep Democratic losses in 2010. Ten months into his tenure as chief of staff, Mr. Daley's core responsibilities are shifting ... On Monday, Mr. Daley turned over day-to-day management of the West Wing to Pete Rouse, a veteran aide to President Obama, according to several people familiar with the matter. It is unusual for a White House chief of staff to relinquish part of the job." - Wall Street Journal



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