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Cain’s Troubles Help Perry, Romney

It certainly wasn’t just me; a lot of analysts got some push-back for being so definitively sure that the 2012 Republican presidential nominee wouldn’t be former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain. As Cain surged in the polls, with many conservatives loving both his message and delivery, many people wondered how we could be so dismissive.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 10:40pm

Tune Inn Bar Returns After Fire

Four months after a kitchen fire, the Tune Inn Restaurant and Bar on Capitol Hill is scheduled to reopen Friday morning at 8 a.m., according to The Washington Post and Washington City Paper. 

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 10:40pm

Cain Offers Sexual-Harassment Claim Details

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain continued to deny allegations of sexual harassment in a series of interviews on Monday. However, the former Godfather's Pizza executive  offered more details on the incidents that he said he believes triggered the complaints and on a resulting settlement deal that he said was inked without his knowledge.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 10:40pm

Perry Super PAC Going Up In Iowa, South Carolina

An outside group of big donors who back Texas Gov. Rick Perry will start running advertisements in Iowa and South Carolina tomorrow, the first in a coming barrage of independent spending on behalf of specific presidential campaigns.

The group, Make Us Great Again, will spend a total of $382,000 on broadcast and cable spots in the two states, according to Jason Miller, a Washington-based Republican strategist who is helping run it.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 10:40pm

White House Taps New FCC Commissioners

The White House announced its intention to nominate new officials at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday, tapping two longtime Washington telecom hands who had been reported as the most likely choices.

To fill a Democratic seat at the agency, to be vacated soon by Commissioner Michael Copps, the administration selected Jessica Rosenworcel, the senior communications counsel for Senate Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. Before heading to Capitol Hill, she worked at the FCC for as a top aide for Copps and as a bureau-level staffer.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 10:40pm

Coalition Pushing To Save Conservation Funding

A coalition called America's Voice for Conservation, Recreation and Preservation is pushing a new study commissioned by one of its members that shows that outdoor recreation, natural resource conservation and historic preservation supports 9.4 million jobs, raises $107 billion in tax revenue and generates $1.06 trillion in economic activity each year.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 10:40pm

Outside Groups May Open Door to Lifting Spending Caps

The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision has stirred favorable rumblings about a campaign finance proposal once favored only by GOP lawmakers: Unlimited donations and full transparency.

Even some Democrats are starting to wonder if such a move is better than the current system, despite credible fears that lifting the donation limits would favor corporate leaders and their political cousins in the GOP.

Control is the key word here.

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Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 10:40pm

Hotline Spotlight: Be Afraid

The spotlight is The Hotline's (subscriber) take on the day's leading political news:

Dressing up as something you're not, scaring your associates and knocking on doors demanding handouts -- is it just us, or was Halloween made for D.C.? There's plenty for politicians to fear on the spookiest night of the year:

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 10:40pm

Doctor Confirms President Has Quit Smoking

It’s official. President Obama has stopped smoking. Or as his doctor reports Monday, he is “tobacco free.”

This is the first official confirmation of what the president’s spokesmen have been saying for much of the past year and what the president himself told the nation last week when he appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

The president's blood pressure would raise envy among other 50-year-old men with loads of responsibility, at 107/71. 

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 10:40pm

McCaskill's Obama Approach

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., makes clear to the St. Louis Beacon that she won't be running and hiding from President Obama, even as she faces a tough reelection bid in a state the president's almost certainly not going to win.

McCaskill said she will be asking Obama to stump for her and help her raise money, but added that she doesn't always agree with him.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 4:40pm