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Cain considers dropping Presidential bid

Beleaguered, scandal-tinged GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain is “reassessing” his campaign and may drop out of the crowded Republican field, Capitol Hill Blue has learned. While top campaign aides deny the “reassessment” may result in withdrawal, sources close to the Cain campaign say paid staff are already on the phone seeking jobs elsewhere. “There’s a funeral wake atmosphere here right now,” said one Cain campaign staff member. “We’re on a death watch.” Cain, already hobbled by multiple accusations of sexual harassment during his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, now faces accusations of a 13-year
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Barney Frank calling it quits

Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, gerrymandered into a more conservative Congressional district, will not seek re-election. “I do not choose to run for Congress in 2012,” Frank said Monday. Both outspoken and articulate, Frank is one of the strongest liberal voices in the House. He served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee from 2007-2011 and remained as ranking member after the Republicans recaptured control.  He championed financial reform and was a key player in the latest banking revamping bill. The Democrat, elected in 1980, was the most openly-gay member of the House of Representatives.  He came out in 1987.
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Woman claims 13-year affair with Cain

Herman Cain says he did not have sex with that woman…Ginger White. Wait a second: This scenario has a familiar ring. Some years back, President Bill Clinton says he didn’t have “sexual relations with that woman…Ms. Lewinsky.” Turns out he was having some some of relations with the White House intern. Now GOP presidential contender Cain is issuing another denial about sex from a Georgia businesswoman who went public Monday with claims of a 13-year affair with the former Godfathers Pizza CEO and talk-show wannabe. “It was fun,” White told Fox5 News in Atlanta. “It was something that took me
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Gingrichs gains key endorsement, surges in polls

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich‘s political star continued to rise over the weekend with an endorsement from the powerful Manchester Union Leader and new polls showing him surpassing Ron Paul for second place in the key primary state. “Newt’s on the rise, there’s no doubt about that,” a veteran GOP political operative told Capitol Hill Blue Sunday. “If he can maintain that momentum he could threaten Mitt Romney.” Romney currently holds a 2-1 edge over his closest rivals in New Hampshire polls but the Union Leader endorsement of Gingrich was clearly a setback for the GOP frontrunner. Wrote
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Ohmigod! Obama, Romney, Gingrich and Santorum forget God on Thanksgiving

Memo to President Barack Obama:  When offering gratitude for Thanksgiving, don’t forget a Supreme Being. The President forgot to thank God for Thanksgiving and he’s catching hell for the oversight. Religious conservatives, right-wing talk show hosts and God-knows-who else are sounding off on the issue. But while the rabid right is pounding Obama for leaving God out in the November cold, they overlook the fact that three of the Republican contenders for president forgot the big boss upstairs as well. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum issued God-free Thanksgiving messages.  Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain and Rick Perry included some
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Why the GOP backbenchers hang on

It doesn’t matter if their candidate of choice is one of the flavors of the week in the GOP Presidential circus or a perennial backbencher, those who support and work for their favorite are adamant that this is the year for them. That’s why the second tier of GOP candidates keep soldiering on in the face of declining poll numbers, empty campaign chests and dwindling hope. At the moment, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain represent the top tier of candidates but — with the exception of Romney — GOP frontrunners have come and gone.  Rick Perry and Michelle
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Ron Paul’s niche support: Solid but not enough

Ron Paul‘s niche support among specific libertarian and right-wing voters keeps him hovering near first place in Iowa as state’s unique caucus primary system approaches but his band of rabid supporters forget one thing. A win in Iowa doesn’t translate into long-term political success or the Republican nomination for President. Just ask former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who won Iowa four years with support form the same cadres of narrow-interest voters that now flock around Paul.  A few weeks later, Huckabee was history. “Iowa is a lot of hoopla but little else,” says Michael Jander, who worked for Huckabee in
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Gingrich rolls the dice in latest GOP gabfest

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich took his shoot-from-the-lip political nature into the latest GOP presidential debate Tuesday and wandered into dangerous and uncharted territory on immigration and Social Security. It was vintage Gingrich, unleashing the riverboat gambler style that served him during is contentious days in Congress. Instead of playing it safe, Gingrich offered ways for illegal immigrants to avoid deportation and become U.S. citizens, a defiant stance to the rapid Republican right wing that wants all illegals shipped home. “I don’t see how the party that says it’s the party of the family is going to adopt
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‘Super Committee’ crashes and burns

Turns out the over-hyped Congressional “Super Committee” wasn’t so super. In fact, it was a dud. The joint House and Senate committee, charged with coming up with a plan to overcome the government’s record $15 trillion debt, threw in the towel Monday and admitted it could not overcome partisan bickering and political divides. The failure sent stock prices into the dumpster as the uber-secret committee dissolved into bitter, finger-pointing oblivion. It leaves behind another Congressional legacy of failure, a monument to gridlock that symbolizes Congress and a political system unwilling to make the tough decision to solve an economic crisis.
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Cain fades while Newt gains, mouths off

Looks like Herman Cain‘s 15 minutes of political fame are up. The former Godfathers Pizza CEO, reeling from multiple charges of sexual harassment and hobbled by gaffes, dropped to third place in the latest USA/Today Gallup poll — joining an ever-growing list of short-term frontrunners who rose to the top tier and then dropped into the political dung heap of obscurity. Republicans have a new flavor of the month — former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich who is statistically tied with the party’s only longtime frontrunner — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The poll shows Gingrich with 22 percent
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