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Poll: Americans Are Glum About Direction of Country

Voters will go to the polls one year from today, and according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll released early Sunday, President Obama would face an uphill fight for reelection on that day, as Americans retain a glum attitude about the direction of the country.

Posted: Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 10:40am

In First Public Appearance Since Accuser Affirmed Her Story, Cain Refuses to Take Questions on Harassment Case

HOUSTON -- Herman Cain refused Saturday night to answer questions about the sexual harassment allegations that have dogged his presidential campaign for the last week. "We are getting back on message, end of story," he said.

Posted: Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 12:40am

Tribal Politics: America Today

Does the truth really matter any more in our republic?  Is the search for truth just another martyr on the battlefield of the today's polarized political discourse?  The latest news about the allegations of sexual harassment against Herman Cain is very telling.  Not in its impact on the presidential campaign, but on the question of what our political culture has become. Have we devolved into a tribal society?

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

Bachmann Slams Cain for Inconsistencies on Issues

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says she won’t comment on rival candidate Herman Cain’s sexual harassment scandal, but criticized him in a radio interview for flip flopping on a host of policy issues.

Posted: Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 5:40pm

Text of Draft Executive Memo

Here's a text of the draft executive memo, obtained by National Journal, requiring lawmakers' special funding requests to be made public.


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Posted: Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 2:40pm

Name and Shame? Obama May Go Public with Lawmakers' Funding Requests

In a move that could escalate hostilities with Congress, President Obama may be planning to use his executive authority to publicize special funding requests that lawmakers make for pet projects.

Posted: Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 2:40pm

What We Learned: How Not To Be Seen

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

--Businessman Herman Cain put on a clinic on how not to handle a public relations disaster this week. Cain didn't have much of a chance to win the Republican nomination to begin with; his confusing, tortured, ever-evolving explanations over a decade-old sexual harassment charge is only going to speed his descent to the bottom. A post-scandal ABC News/Washington Post poll doesn't show his popularity cratering yet, but keep an eye on how seriously Cain is taken in the next few debates.

Posted: Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 11:40am

In New Book, Bill Clinton Offers Economic Ideas of His Own

Former President Bill Clinton thinks President Obama has a problem explaining economic issues. So Clinton has taken matters into his own hands, and has written a book that makes the case for Obama's jobs bill, other economic initiatives, and some ideas that Clinton has.

Posted: Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 10:40am

For Perry, Problem Isn't the Planes but the Fuel

The New York Times has been having a lot of fun bird-dogging GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry's enthusiastic use of corporate jets as governor of Texas.

Posted: Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 10:40am

Washington Week Round Table: Scandal Hits the Cain Campaign

Alleged harassment scandals continue to dog Republican presidential frontrunner Herman Cain, as the other GOP candidates consider how to handle the controversy. Plus a discussion on the global economy, Greece, the G20 meetings, and new U.S. job numbers. Joining Gwen: John Harris, Politico; Chuck Babington, Associated Press; Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics; Jim Tankersley, National Journal.

Posted: Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 9:40am