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One woman received $45,000 as part of her 1990s sexual misconduct settlement against Cain, much more than he recently estimated

November 3, 2011

“The woman who received the approximately $45,000 is the staffer who Cain has acknowledged formally lodged a complaint about his behavior.

Cain described her in a Fox News interview as a writer in the communications department. The compensation the woman received as part of her departure package was far more than that what a midlevel trade association employee in the late 1990s would have made over a two-to-three month period.

It was also more than the payout a second association employee received after complaining about Cain’s behavior. According to The New York Times, the second woman received $35,000 — a year’s pay.

Cain’s changing stories about whether settlements existed, and their amounts, have muddled his explanations. He has not acknowledged that there is more than one settlement.”

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Not a stranger to sexually-related political scandals, Gingrich blames the media for a sexual misconduct ‘witch hunt’ against Herman Cain

November 3, 2011

“Republican candidate Newt Gingrich is decrying media coverage of the sexual harassment claims against rival Herman Cain and says that Cain’s tax plans deserve more attention.

Gingrich has told WSB radio in Atlanta on Wednesday that he thinks it’s “disgusting” that the news media has started what Gingrich described as a “witch hunt” against Cain. It was revealed this week that Cain’s former employer, the National Restaurant Association, settled in the 1990s with two women who claimed that Cain had sexually harassed them.”

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Politico’s Ken Vogel: Cain and the Nat’l Restaurant Association should release victim from her confidentiality agreement so Cain will stop ‘smearing’ her

November 3, 2011

“I would say this sort of parlor game of trying to guess who the source was really misses what we think is the crux of the story which are these allegations, these settlements which he initially denied and is now admitting, which we have seen in documentation, that, in fact, proves that there was at least one settlement. And you have now the lawyer for the woman who signed this settlement urging the National Restaurant Association to release her from the confidentiality portion of it to allow her to talk about this to defend herself because she feels as if Herman Cain, (a), has violated the confidentiality agreement by talking about the settlement and also is smearing her by saying these are baseless charges.

Well, if the National Restaurant Association comes out and releases her from this confidentiality agreement, which we understand there is a great deal of pressure within the association to do, then I think we’re going to be able to put that face to some of these allegations and he’s going to have a harder time brushing them off as anonymous.”

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Herman Cain faces sexual misconduct accusations from a third woman

November 3, 2011

“GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain faces accusations from a third woman, who considered filing a complaint against him over sexually suggestive remarks and gestures.

The allegations are similar to accusations of unwanted behavior that led to separate settlements in the late 1990s with two other women who went on to pursue successful careers after leaving the organization Cain once headed.

The latest allegations come from a woman who said in interviews with The Associated Press that Cain was aggressive and inappropriate with her, even extending a private invitation to his corporate apartment when she worked with him at the National Restaurant Association. The woman said Cain’s behavior occurred at the same time two co-workers had settled separate harassment complaints against him while he was leading the association.”

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Oh, How the Mighty Have Fallen: Once mentioned as a possible Treasury Secretary, Jon Corzine is now under investigation by the FBI

November 3, 2011

“With the sinking of MF Global, where he now serves as CEO, former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, D, could well be remembered as the man who bet on a government bailout one time too many. (Don’t forget, Corzine was CEO at Goldman Sachs during the infamous bailout of Mexican bonds in 1995, engineered from within the Clinton White House by his predecessor.)

But don’t just think of Corzine as a bad governor who drove a multi-billion-dollar firm to bankruptcy. The Weekly Standard’s Mark Hemingway reminded me on Twitter today of this lovely November 2008 essay on Corzine as Obama’s prospective Treasury Secretary, in which The Nation’s John Nichols called Corzine “change we can believe in.” “

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United Kingdom’s military considering contingency options against an Iranian nuclear program

November 3, 2011

“The Ministry of Defence believes the US may decide to fast-forward plans for targeted missile strikes at some key Iranian facilities. British officials say that if Washington presses ahead it will seek, and receive, UK military help for any mission, despite some deep reservations within the coalition government. In anticipation of a potential attack, British military planners are examining where best to deploy Royal Navy ships and submarines equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles over the coming months as part of what would be an air and sea campaign.

They also believe the US would ask permission to launch attacks from Diego Garcia, the British Indian ocean territory, which the Americans have used previously for conflicts in the Middle East. The Guardian has spoken to a number of Whitehall and defence officials over recent weeks who said Iran was once again becoming the focus of diplomatic concern after the revolution in Libya. They made clear that Barack Obama, has no wish to embark on a new and provocative military venture before next November’s presidential election.”

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Detroit Mayor: City dealing with “extremely serious” fiscal issues

November 3, 2011

“Michigan’s largest city is facing a projected cash shortage of about $150 million by the end of March, a statement from his office said.

To avoid having a state-appointed emergency financial manager, the city needs to address pension and health-care costs and “inefficient services” such as transportation and lighting, while labor union contracts need to be renegotiated before their expiration next June, the statement said.

“City government has to live within its means,” Bing said in the statement. “Continuing to do business the same way is not an option, given our extremely serious financial condition. The last thing I want is for Detroit to be run by an emergency financial manager, whether it’s me or someone else.”

The state said it is not contemplating appointing an emergency manager for Detroit right now.”

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Report: Obama Administration considered Bailout for Solyndra days before bankruptcy

November 3, 2011

“Days before a solar panel maker collapsed, the Obama administration considered a bailout that would have provided an infusion of cash and made the federal government a part-owner of the company.

Officials rejected the plan, which was recommended in August by the investment banking firm Lazard Ltd. Lazard was paid $1 million for analyzing options related to the faltering company, Solyndra Inc.

Details of the bailout plan were among nearly 1,200 pages of documents released by the government Wednesday, hours before a House subcommittee was set to vote on a plan to subpoena White House documents related to Solyndra.

The Republican-controlled House Energy and Commerce Committee said a subpoena was necessary because the White House has denied or delayed requests for thousands of documents related to Solyndra. The California company received a $528 million federal loan before filing for bankruptcy protection and laying off 1,100 workers.

An Energy Department spokesman said the administration was cooperating with House investigators and has provided more than 80,000 pages of documents. The administration turned over more than 15,000 pages of documents to the committee this week, including about 1,200 pages of communications between the White House and the Energy Department, Energy Department spokesman Damien LaVera said.”

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U.S. Debt increased $203 Billion in October — $650 for every person in America

November 3, 2011

“The federal government’s debt increased by $203,368,715,583.63 in the month of October, according to the U.S. Treasury.

That equals about $650 per person for each of the 312,542,760 people the Census Bureau now estimates live in the United States.

At the end of September, the total national debt stood at $14,790,340,328,557.15, according to the Bureau of the Public Debt. By the end of October, it had risen to $14,993,709,044,140.78.”

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Food stamp rolls increased 8.1% over the past year; 15% of Americans now use food stamps

November 3, 2011

“Nearly 15% of the U.S. population relied on food stamps in August, as the number of recipients hit 45.8 million. Food stamp rolls have risen 8.1% in the past year, the Department of Agriculturereported, though the pace of growth has slowed from the depths of the recession.

The number of recipients in the food stamp program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), may continue to rise in coming months as families continue to struggle with high unemployment and September’s data will likely include disaster assistance tied to the destruction and flooding caused by Hurricane Irene.

Mississippi reported the largest share of its population relying on food stamps, more than 21%. One in five residents in New Mexico, Tennessee, Oregon and Louisiana also were food stamp recipients.”

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House Republicans moving towards Judiciary Committee subpoena of White House immigration data

November 3, 2011

“House Republicans are moving to subpoena a list of all immigrants whom the Obama administration has flagged under its secure communities program but failed to arrest for deportation, after the Homeland Security Department missed a congressionally imposed deadline to produce the information this week.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, said he wants the data so he can see who is among the 300,000 people theadministration has deemed too low a priority to detain under new deportation guidelines. He has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday for the immigration subcommittee to vote to authorize the subpoena.”

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FBI looking into regulatory probe of Jon Corzine’s MF Global

November 3, 2011

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation is interested in the investigation of MF Global Holdings Ltd, a person briefed on the matter said on Tuesday. The person declined to give details. Regulators said on Monday that the company reported possible “deficiencies” in customer futures segregated accounts. MF Global, which filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, is the biggest U.S. casualty of Europe’s debt crisis, and the seventh-largest bankruptcy by assets in U.S. history.”

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Senator Bill Nelson (FL) called on the Justice Department to investigate new voting laws in 14 states

November 3, 2011

“U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson called on the Justice Department today to investigate whether new voting laws in Florida and 13 other states are part of a coordinated effort to suppress voting nationwide.

The letter sent by Nelson — a Florida Democrat up for re-election in 2012 — echoes a similar request he recently sent to the Senate subcommittee with oversight of civil rights.

Nelson and other Democrats are concerned new voting restrictions — such as a reduction in the days for early voting or the ability to change voter information at the polls — will disproportionately affect college students and minorities, who tend to lean Democratic.”

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Pelosi’s Press Secretary attacks Washington Examiner for speculating that the former Speaker had plastic surgery

November 3, 2011

“In Wednesday’s Yeas & Nays, [the Washington Examiner] wrote an item speculating about whether House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi might have had some work done. An area plastic surgeon chimed in, saying that, in his opinion, it appeared as if that might be likely. We reached out to the Pelosi camp asking for comment, and while we didn’t hear back from them by deadline, press secretary Drew Hammill did respond Tuesday evening with some choice words — “You are a disgrace to journalism.” A bit sensitive perhaps? That doesn’t exactly sound like a denial either now, does it? You be the judge.”

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Federal Court asks U.S. Marshals to seize assets from Righthaven LLC to satisfy a creditor’s judgement and costs

November 3, 2011

“Las Vegas copyright infringement lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC’s financial problems grew Tuesday when the federal court in Las Vegas commanded the U.S. Marshals Service to seize more than $63,000 in Righthaven assets to satisfy a creditor’s judgment and costs.

Lance Wilson, clerk of the court, signed a writ of execution requested by attorneys for Wayne Hoehn, who was sued for copyright infringement by Righthaven — but then defeated Righthaven in court when his case was dismissed this summer.

Righthaven since March 2010 has filed 275 lawsuits against websites, bloggers and message board posters claiming they infringed on material from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post by posting their content online without authorization.”

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