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Don't Overreact to U.N. Nuclear Report on Iran, Says White House

The Obama administration insists that a major new U.N. report on Iran’s nuclear program does not imply that Iran is significantly further along in its efforts to manufacture or obtain a nuclear explosive. But officials on Tuesday challenged Iran to respond to evidence that it continues to work clandestinely to build an atomic bomb.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 6:40pm

Cain Won't Withdraw From Presidential Race

Herman Cain insisted Tuesday that the women who have accused him of sexual harassment are not telling the truth, and said he will continue his run for the Republican presidential nomination. "I have never acted inappropriately with anyone. Period."

Speaking against a backdrop of American flags at a hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz., on the same day a second accuser went public with accusations of sexual harassment against him, Cain said he has no intention of withdrawing from the race.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 6:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Pa. Lawmaker Asks Education Department to Investigate Penn State

Rep. Pat Meehan, R-Pa., a former U.S. attorney, sent a letter on Tuesday to Education Secretary Arne Duncan asking the department to investigate Penn State University in the wake of a 40-count indictment against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky for allegedly sexually abusing eight young boys over a 15-year period.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 6:40pm

Cardin Says He's Not Optimistic Panel Will Spare Feds

A senator with a large federal employee constituency said on Monday that he would not be surprised if the super committee decides to cut federal workers' retirement benefits as part of its deficit reduction plan.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 6:40pm

Gingrich: Cain Owes Woman and Public an Explanation

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Tuesday that fellow Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain owes the public and his most recent accuser, Sharon Bialek, an answer to her charges that he made an unwanted and aggressive sexual overture to her 14 years ago.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 6:40pm

Are Cain Charges True? ‘That Is a Decision the Public Has to Make,’ Santorum Says

Rick Santorum on Tuesday joined the growing chorus of GOP presidential candidates expressing concern about the sexual-harassment allegations against rival Herman Cain, calling them “very troubling” and declining to offer an opinion on their veracity.

“I think that is a decision the public has to make,” Santorum said in an interview with ABC and Yahoo. He was one of several presidential candidates who broke their silence on the story one day after the emergence of Cain's first accuser who was willing to be publicly identified.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 6:40pm

Rockefeller and Grassley May Huddle on FCC Nominees, but Will It Matter?

Senate Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said on Tuesday that he’s willing to sit down with Sen. Chuck Grassley and work out the Iowa Republican’s opposition to two nominees for the Federal Communications Commission, but it's not clear how much Rockefeller can do.

Grassley has said he plans to put a hold on the confirmations of Rockefeller’s senior communications counsel, Jessica Rosenworcel, to fill a Democratic seat on the FCC and of Ajit Pai, a former commission aide, to fill a Republican seat.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 6:40pm

Scott Brown Courting Democrats In Re-Election Campaign

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass, warned his finance team at a Boston meeting last Friday that he's facing a tough electorate and won't be able to capitalize on the conservative energy that fueled his upset victory in 2010.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 6:40pm

Bipartisan Group Expected To Drop Senate Net Sales Tax Bill

Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., are expected to introduce legislation on Wednesday that would close a loophole that now allows some Internet retailers to avoid collecting sales taxes from out-of-state customers.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 5:40pm

Senate GOP: Willing to Accept Up to $300 Billion in Net Tax Increases

Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the amount of net tax increases Republicans said they were willing to accept. It is $300 billion over 10 years.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 5:40pm