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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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Good economic numbers: Bad news for Republicans

The last thing Republicans on Capitol Hill wanted to see was economic recovery. Good news on the economy is bad news for the GOP and some on Capitol Hill grumble that reports showing some improvement is sending shock waves through Speaker of the House John Boehner‘s office. “Not what we wanted to see,” grumbles a Boehner aide, who asked not to be identified. “We can’t campaign against Obama on the economy if things start to improve.” When new numbers came out this week, Boehner huddled with top aides to plot a strategy to offset the good news. The plan?  Go
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Cain’s campaign boss has questionable, criminal past

GOP presidential contender Herman Cain is basing his campaign hopes on a chain-smoking, rule-breaking political operative once banned from running campaigns and who has a history of stiffing creditors and not paying his taxes. Mark Block, twice busted for drunk driving, faced a tax warrant from the Internal Revenue Service, narrowly avoided foreclosure on his home and violated election laws by coordinating a Wisconsin judge’s campaign with a special interest group. Election officials in Wisconsin banned Block from political campaigns for three years and fined him $15,000 after he pulled that stunt. Block returned to politics and started playing his
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Many 2008 Obama donors say ‘no way’ this time

President Barack Obama rode into office in 2008 by building a record-busting list of small and large donors who funded his campaign with cash. But many of those donors have closed their checkbooks for the 2012 Presidential race. “I gave him money in 2008 but I won’t give him a dime this time around,” says Cheryl Wilson of Blacksburg, Virginia. Wilson is among thousands of individual donors who say Obama isn’t the President he promised to be. “I had never given to a candidate before,” says Sam Thomas of Marysville, Ohio.  “I may never give to another one again. If
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Motorcycle gang war started at Starbucks

The latest bloody feud among outlaw motorcycle gangs in California and Nevada grew out of a battle over which gang could hang out at a Starbucks coffee shop in Santa Cruz. “Only in Santa Cruz could you have biker wars over who’s going to control pumpkin spice lattes,” says Santa Cruz deputy police chief Steve Clark. “It was all about who could hang out at Starbucks.” The war began in January 2010 when the Hells Angels and rival motorcycle club Vagos tangled outside the Starbucks. Those participating in the melee scattered before police arrived but the war had started and
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Obama’s nightmare: Romney as the GOP nominee

At White House political meetings, strategists worry most about facing Mitt Romney in next year’s presidential election and most of the planning is going into ways to blunt the former Massachusetts governor’s march to the GOP nomination. “We had hoped Rick Perry could derail the Romney express,” says one White House insider, who asked not to be identified.  “So much for that plan.” Despite former Godfather CEO Herman Cain‘s rise to the top tier of Republican presidential contenders, Obama‘s political pros don’t consider him a serious threat to either Romney or the president. “Cain will fade,” says political strategist Allen
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Democratic supporters of Obama: A dying breed?

Democratic dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama is growing on Capitol Hill. It reached a boiling point recently when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid cut short a private lunch of Democratic Senators after one stood up to say how much he missed the “good old days” when Bill Clinton was President. “This is not going to continue,” Reid declared as he cut the lunch short, warning his colleagues that Obama is the leader of their party and will not be disrespected during his watch. But Reid, by and large, stands alone as a staunch supporter of Obama. Democratic Senators facing touch
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Obama turns to ‘executive orders’ to bypass Congress

President Barack Obama is turning to executive orders to do a political end run around Congress to try and jumpstart his stalled jobs program and promote other economic initiatives. And political insiders say the moves are more political theater than economic reality. “Any economic policy benefits are, at best, small but there are political bonuses for the president,” Don Halloway, a former Republican staff member of the House Budget Committee, tells Capitol Hill Blue. White House Communications Director Dan Pfieffer confirmed that Obama will bypass Congress by issuing executive orders to launch economic initiatives. “The President will use these tools
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Georgia went after Herman Cain for unpaid taxes

Republican Presidential contender Herman Cain may claim to have the answer to America’s tax problems but he has problems when it comes to paying what he owes. Public records show Cain failed to pay income taxes to the State of Georgia in 2006 and the state went after him for it, filing a lein in 2008 for $8,558.46 in unpaid assessments. Cain, the former Godfathers Pizza CEO and a multimillionaire, claims the whole deal was just “an oversight” and came while he was battling cancer. Cain’s campaign calls the whole affair an example of “overaggressive tax enforcement” and says it
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