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Second victim goes public as Cain remains in denial

A second former employee of the National Restaurant Association went public today, confirming sexual harassment by GOP presidential contender Herman Cain when he served as head of the trade association in the 1990s. Karen Kraushaar, now a spokeswoman for the Treasury Department, worked in the communications department and said she was a victim of Cain’s sexual harassment. “When you are being sexually harassed in the workplace, your are extremely vulnerable,” Kraushaar said in an interview with The New York Times.  You do whatever you can to quickly get yourself into a job some place safe and that is what I
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Cain attempts to smear reputation of accuser

GOP Presidential contender Herman Cain, his campaign stalled by mounting allegations of sexual harassment, turned to an old political ploy Tuesday — attacking his accuser with smears and charges that she is a chronic lawsuit filer with a history of financial problems. “The fact is that Ms. Bialek has had a long and troubled history, from the courts to personal finances – which may help explain why she has come forward 14 years after an alleged incident with Mr. Cain, powered by celebrity attorney and long term Democrat donor Gloria Allred,” the Cain campaign said today in an email to
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Bachmann: Republicans are socialists too

GOP Presidential contender Michelle Bachmann, and the tea party that holds her so dear, have long maintained that President Barack Obama and the Democratic party are socialists. But Bachmann also thinks the socialist menace also runs in her own Republican party. Said Bachmann Monday at a speech to the Family Research Council in Washington: Unfortunately for too many Republicans, they also aspire to be frugal socialists. We cannot preserve liberty if the choice is between a frugal socialist and an out-of-control socialist. Her comments brought guffaws from some GOP political operatives. “It’s too late to say Bachmann has gone over
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‘Herman Cain reached for my genitals’

A fourth former employee of the National Restaurant Association has come forward — this time publicly — to offer details of GOP presidential contender Herman Cain‘s pattern of sexual harassment during his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. Sharon Bialek says Cain wanted sex in exchange for helping her find a new job after she was laid off from the association, groped her, reached for her crotch and tried to force her head into his crotch. “I was surprised and shocked and I said, what are you doing? You know I have a boyfriend. This
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Sexual harassment charges start to hurt Cain in polls

Sexual harassment claims from the past and a history of harassment of women are taking their toll on the once-rising campaign of Presidential contender Herman Cain. A new poll from Reuters shows Cain’s support dropping five percent since the charges surfaced a week ago.  The poll also shows most of those surveyed believe the reports are true. “It’s starting to sink in that Cain is a damaged candidate,” Democratic operative Jonathan Langstrom tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “He might have had a chance to rebound from this but he has changed his story too many times and ignored the basic rules
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Sexual harassment is part of life in schools

At least 48 percent of school students in grades 7-12 are sexually-harassed in school, a new national survey released by the American Association of University Women says. The report, released Monday, says sexual harassment is “pervasive” in American schools and starts as early as the seventh grade. The harassment comes in many forms: in person, via texting and on social networking sites. Says the report: Sexual harassment has long been an unfortunate part of the climate in middle and high schools in the United States. Often considered a kind of bullying, sexual harassment by definition involves sex and gender and
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Cain uses power, money to buy his way out of trouble

Republican presidential contender Herman Cain is used to buying his way out of trouble. His past is littered with payoffs, bribes and financial incentives to buy employee loyalty, fix problems and curry favor. As President of the National Restaurant Association in Washington, Cain racked up huge travel and entertainment bills that angered members of the association’s board of directors, drew attention from auditors and fostered a reputation that money was no object. Cain hosted drunken parties where lobbyists for the association used lots of booze to influence both members of Congress, state legislators and members of his own board. He
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Herman Cain is a damn liar

Herman Cain is a liar. He is a damn liar. Forget the fact that the former Godfathers Pizza CEO is a puppet of the Koch brothers and their rabid right-wing plan to seize control of the American government. Forget the fact that he is inept and unprepared for the presidency. He’s a liar. He’s also an abuser of women. He doesn’t belong in the White House. He belongs in prison where predators like him are given a whole new education in sexual abuse. So far, three former employees of the National Restaurant Association have confirmed Cain is a sexual predator
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Obama says God supports his jobs bill

President Barack Obama is trying an old Republican trick: When in trouble, bring God into the campaign. On the stump Wednesday to try and sell his struggling jobs program, Obama said even God wanted to pub Americans back to work. “That’s not putting people back to work,” Obama said after the House passed a GOP-sponsored bill reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the official U.S. motto. “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.” Bringing God into public debate was a tactic used often by Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush. 
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The slow, piece-by-piece death of health care reform

Like a terminally-ill patient, President Barack Obama‘s signature health care “reform” bill, promoted and passed with so much hoopla early in his struggling presidency, is dying a slow, painful death. The fatal blows come as more and more of the plan prove unworkable. “The trouble began even before the bill was passed,” says Democratic strategist Peter Nelson. “The health insurance lobby wrote the bill and that doomed it from the start. The president backtracked on public option. That was the beginning of the end.” Supreme Court justices meet this month to consider whether or not to hear various legal challenges
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