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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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Another day, another sexual harassment claim against Cain

A sexual harassment tsunami is threatening to swamp the Herman Cain campaign ship as a third worker at the National Restaurant Association is claiming the GOP presidential contender displayed aggressive and inappropriate behavior towards her while Cain served as president of the trade association. The employee contacted The Associated Press Wednesday with her story and follows Capitol Hill Blue’s disclosure Tuesday that Cain has a long and sordid history of sexually harassing female employees not only at the restaurant trade group but also at other companies he ran. The new complaint comes from a woman who said she did not
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Cain has long history of sexual harassment

GOP Presidential contender Herman Cain has a long and sordid history of sexually-harassing women — a record that began well before his tenure as president of the National Restaurant Association and one that continued long after he left. “He’s a lecherous man who sees women as sexual objects,” one former staff member of the restaurant trade group tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “He preys on women.” Cain, under fire after Politico uncovered sexual harassment complaints against Cain, backtracked Monday and admitted that he “recalled” at least one financial settlement with a female employee of the restaurant association during his tenure as
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Romney beats Obama in swing state fundraising

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is raking in far more campaign cash than President Barack Obama in key swing states. While Obama’s political cash machine is bringing in three times more funds than Romney overall the President is having trouble raising cash in the so-called “battleground states” that gave him much needed electoral college victories in 2008. “This is a ‘handwriting on the wall’ indicator,” Democratic political operative Dan Casing tells Capitol Hill Blue. “It is a sign that Obama faces problems in key states.” Romney’s campaign brought twice the campaign cash of Obama in Florida and Nevada even though
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Was Rick Perry drunk during New Hampshire speech?

Sources within the GOP confirm to Capitol Hill Blue that Texas governor Rick Perry was “blasted” when he delivered a rambling, sometimes incoherent speech in Manchester, New Hampshire Friday night. “He was wasted,” says one GOP political operative present at the event. “I’ve never seen anything like it.” Manchester Mayor Ted Getsas called the speech “different” but also said he had never seen anything quite like Perry’s performance at the podium. “It was different. That’s all I have to say about it,” Getsas said. Perry spokesman Mark Miner wouldn’t say if Perry had anything to drink or if he was
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Cain avoids direct denial of sexual harassment reports

GOP presidential contender Herman Cain refused Sunday to directly deny reports that he was sexually harassed two female employees of the National Restaurant Association while he served as the association’s chief executive officer in the 1990s. Cornered outside the CBS Washington studios after an appearance on “Face the Nation, Cain first refused comment on the report and then, instead of answering a question on whether or not he has been accused of sexual harassment, Cain shot back at the reporter: “Have you ever been accused of sexual harassment.” Cain’s campaign spokesman, however, is denying the report from the web site
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GOP insiders feel the pain of Cain

Republican presidential insiders continue to watch former Godfathers Pizza CEO Herman Cain while waiting and hoping he will self-destruct like other flash-in-the-pan GOP presidential contenders. How, the wonder, can a man with limited political experience, an ethically-challenged campaign chairman and constantly shifting positions even be in contention for the nomination. But it has been that kind of political season and the GOP political pros tell Capitol Hill Blue that they are worried. “Herman Cain is a symbol for where this party is headed,” says one veteran GOP political consultant, who asked not to be identified.  “He represents the kind of
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