American Politics

Iowa Radio Host: Cain made ‘awkward’ and ‘inappropriate’ comments to staffers at the station during his visit this year

November 3, 2011

“A radio host in Iowa said that the candidate had made “awkward” and “inappropriate” comments to staffers at the station during a visit earlier this year.”

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Third woman considered filing workplace complaint against Cain at the National Restaurant Association

November 3, 2011

“A third woman considered filing a workplace complaint against Herman Cain at the National Restaurant Association over what was termed aggressive and unwanted behavior, with invitations to his corporate apartment, according to a report in the Associated Press.”

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#DrudgeDisparity – Site discredits, makes character attacks against Cain’s anonymous sexual misconduct accusers

November 3, 2011

www.DrudgeReport.com is choosing to discredit the women who made sexual misconduct allegations against Herman Cain in the 1990s although there is no evidence that these women were responsible for the leaking of the story. Defending a candidate is justified but defaming innocent women before all the facts have surfaced is unacceptable.

In addition to skewing the headlines, Drudge also misrepresents one of these stories. The real issue presented in the ‘One a ‘Registered Democrat’… story that www.DrudgeReport.com fails to publish what is featured in the title – “Third Cain Accuser Emerges”. The political affiliations and careers of Monica Lewinsky and Paula Jones (both government employees) should not have been lambasted during the Clinton sexual misconduct scandals, and neither should these accusers. Instead of siding with the victims, www.DrudgeReport.com chooses to brainlessly defend a politician.

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Herman Cain cracking under the pressure of sexual misconduct allegations?

November 3, 2011

“Herman Cain, the long-shot Republican presidential candidate turned frontrunner, has done just about everything wrong since news broke Sunday night that his former employer had paid two women to settle sexual harassment complaints against him.

Cain denied it. He said the women didn’t understand his humor. He said his accusers fabricated the charges. He said he couldn’t remember the details, then suddenly he could. He said he had no knowledge of the settlement, then suddenly recalled some details, which turned out to be vastly understated. He publicly predicted more allegations would surface. He blamed his opponents, he howled about racism, and he accused the media and the entire city of Washington of trying to do him in.

On Wednesday morning, he raised the paranoia dial another notch. “There are factions trying to destroy me personally, and this campaign,” he announced, revealing this conspiracy to a group of technology executives at the Ritz-Carlton in Tyson’s Corner.”

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Perry Campaign adamantly denies leaking the Herman Cain sexual misconduct story

November 3, 2011

“Rick Perry’s presidential campaign says it is “absolutely not” responsible for leaking the fact that Herman Cain was accused of sexual misconduct while head of the National Restaurant Association to Politico, which broke the explosive story Sunday night. “That is false, patently untrue, no one at this campaign was involved in this story,” said Perry communications director Ray Sullivan.

Sullivan then suggested to CBS News and National Journal reporter Rebecca Kaplan that Mitt Romney’s campaign is behind the allegations. “I wouldn’t put it past them,” he said, stating that blog posts have noted that Cain’s successor at the Restaurant Association “is a big Romney donor.”"

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Rasmussen Poll: Cain 33%, Romney 23%, Gingrich 15%, Perry 9%, Ron Paul 5%, Bachmann 2%, Undecided 10%

November 3, 2011

“The first Rasmussen Reports poll of South Carolina’s Likely Republican Primary Voters shows Cain with 33% support, Romney at 23% and Gingrich at 15%. Texas Governor Rick Perry earns nine percent (9%) of the likely primary vote, Texas Congressman Ron Paul five percent (5%) and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann two percent (2%). Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman each pick up one percent (1%), as does “some other candidate.” Ten percent (10%) remain undecided.”

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Democratic Senator Blumenthal introduced legislation to allow child care federal block grants to cover diapering supplies

November 3, 2011

“Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would allow federal block grants that states now use to subsidize child-care services to also allow for the purchase of diapers and “diapering supplies.”

The bill, S. 1778, would amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to allow diapers and related supplies to be bought with grant money provided to states. Under current law, the money is meant to subsidize child-care services to parents who are entering the labor force or are in job training and education programs. It also helps subsidize child-care services for certain eligible families.

Under the law, 4 percent of all funds must be used to improve the quality of child-care. A summary of Blumenthal’s bill indicates that it would allow the purchase of diapers under this provision, as it would “include the provision of diapers and diapering supplies among the activities for which funds may be employed to improve the quality of and access to child care.”

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Former Chief of Staff, current Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel allegedly involved in leaking of sexual harassment accusations against Herman Cain

November 3, 2011

“Herman Cain’s campaign is revealing suspicions about who is behind the story regarding the former unidentified employees who accused Mr. Cain of sexual harassment in the late 1990′s.

According to a source who is friends with the Cain campaign, not only is the Rick Perry campaigninvolved but also the Mayor of Chicago and former Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is likely involved with the sexual harassment accuser attacks. A friend of the Cain campaign believes a National Restaurant Association (NRA) employee out of the Chicago office leaked the story to the Perry campaign via information and influence from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office.”

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Cain’s Campaign accuses the Perry Campaign of leaking the sexual harassment claims against Cain

November 3, 2011

“Herman Cain’s top aide accused Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign of being behind the recent stories about sexual harassment allegations against Cain from the 1990s that have rocked the former pizza company executive’s presidential campaign.

“This is one of the actions in America that is the reason why people don’t get involved in politics,” Mark Block, Cain’s campaign chief of staff, said in an exclusive interview with Fox News’ “Special Report.” “The actions of the Perry campaign are despicable.”

“Rick Perry and his campaign owe Herman Cain and his family an apology,” Block added.

Cain has been grappling with the allegations since Politico first reported Sunday night that at least two women who worked for the National Restaurant Association when Cain was its head had received financial settlements after they complained about his behavior.”

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U.S. “Kill Team” in Afghanistan that treated Afghani people like “savages” facing court martial

November 2, 2011

“The so-called “kill team” led by Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs was “out of control,” prosecutors added as grisly photos of soldiers posing with a corpse were shown in court. Gibbs, who sat expressionless in a tiny courtroom where the week-long case is being heard, also allegedly brandished fingers cut off dead bodies in a failed attempt to silence members of his team. The 26-year-old faces life in prison if convicted on charges including three counts of premeditated murder, in a scandal that has threatened Abu Ghraib-style embarrassment for the US military.

Gibbs, the fourth member of the rogue unit to face court martial, is accused of staging killings between January and May 2010 to make them look like legitimate combat casualties. Jeremy Morlock, described as Gibbs’ “right hand man,” said his former boss had frequent conversations about “drop weapons,” or weapons found on the battlefield which could be planted on a body.

“He had a general disdain for Afghans, and called them savages,” Morlock — who agreed to testify against Gibbs as part of a deal in which he pled guilty in March — told the court martial, expected to last a week. Morlock told how Gibbs took over the platoon, stationed in volatile Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan, in November 2009, after its previous leader suffered serious injuries in a roadside bomb attack.

“We talked about payback,” Morlock said, adding that the first “opportunity” took place on January 15, 2010 during a patrol of a village called La Mohammad Kalay. Morlock said he and another soldier, Private Andrew Holmes, came across a teenage farmer alone in a field. They waved him over, and when he approached Morlock threw a grenade, and Holmes opened fire to make it look like a real firefight. Photographs of the boy’s bloody corpse were shown to the jurors, a five-member military panel. One of the pictures showed Morlock posing with the lifeless body.”

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Three Technology Industry Groups urge members of Congress to oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act

November 2, 2011

“The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would give US authorities more tools to crack down on websites accused of piracy of movies, television shows and music and the sale of counterfeit goods. The legislation has received the backing of Hollywood and the music industrybut has come under fire from digital rights and free speech groups. It also came in for criticism on Monday from the powerful Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and NetCoalition, whose members include Google and Yahoo!.

In a letter to members of Congress, they said the legislation “has been framed by its sponsors as a vehicle to protect US trademarks and copyrights from foreign ‘rogue’ websites. “While we support this concept, (the bill) puts lawful US Internet and technology companies at risk,” the letter said.

“Under this bill, a foreign or domestic Internet site that has broken no US law can nevertheless have its economic lifeblood cut off upon a single notice from a copyright or trademark owner,” it said. “As currently drafted, we believe SOPA is an alarming step backwards” that would create a “litigation and liability nightmare for Internet and technology companies and social media,” the letter said.”

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Longtime Democrat Toby Keith makes $2500 donation to Rick Perry’s campaign

November 2, 2011

“In spite of his longtime identification with the Democratic Party, country music superstar Toby Keith donated $2500 to Rick Perry last quarter according to FEC records.

Keith reportedly was a lifelong Democrat until registering as an Independent in 2009.”

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Lawyer: Herman Cain’s accuser wants to tell her side of the story

November 2, 2011

“Joel P. Bennett, a lawyer representing one of two women who made the claims against Cain, said Tuesday that his client is barred from publicly relating her side because of a non-disclosure agreement she signed upon leaving the National Restaurant Association, where Cain served as president from 1996 through 1999.

Bennett is calling on the association to waive the agreement so the woman, a federal worker living in suburban Maryland, can rebut Cain’s statements this week that the allegations were false and baseless.”

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Democratic Senator and Representative propose transaction tax for financial firms modeled on European Union proposal

November 2, 2011

“Two U.S. lawmakers will introduce measures to impose a transaction tax on financial firms that resembles a proposal released by the European Union.

Senator Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, and Representative Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat, will introduce the bills tomorrow in their respective chambers. The bills will give the United States an increased role in the international debate over a transaction tax, which is likely to be discussed at the Group of 20 summit this week in Cannes, France.”

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Former Secretary of State Rice on CBS’ Early Show: Herman Cain should not play the “race card”

November 1, 2011

“I don’t care much for incendiary language. And, I actually am someone who doesn’t believe in playing the race card on either side. I’ve seen it played, by the way, on the other side quite a lot too and it’s not good for the country,” she said. “We ought to be able to look at people and say, ‘All right, maybe this is a disagreement about policy.’ Everyone goes though their time in the barrel, if you will, if you choose to put yourself forward. And so, I’m not much for the race card.”

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