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Why Herman Cain's Influence May Outlast his Campaign

Was Herman Cain ever going to win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination? No. But much to the surprise of political veterans and pundits, he may have permanently changed the way the prize will be won.

Posted: Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 5:40pm

Requiem For Herman Cain

It would have been nice if Herman Cain "suspended his campaign" for:
(1) demonstrating no particular depth or understanding of foreign policy at time when we''re in two wars
(2) using taxpayer money to hire the U.S. Secret Service to keep him away from reporters
(3) realizing that, as charismatic as he is, there is a difference between being a talk radio host and a presidential candidate. (Yes, he was a CEO and appointed a "CEO" instead of a campaign manager. But he ran the thing like a reality TV show.)

Posted: Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 5:40pm

Race on for Cain Nod

Now that Herman Cain is out of the Republican presidential race, the race is on for the endorsement of the retired restaurant executive whose ability to articulate anti-Washington fervor at one point rocketed to the top of the polls.

Posted: Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 4:40pm

Cain Suspends Campaign

ATLANTA -- Herman Cain suspended his campaign for the presidency on Saturday, citing the "painful price" his family has paid for the allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against him.

Though he continued to deny the allegations, he said the "cloud of doubt" they have created left him unable to continue the campaign.

In the hours before he made his planned midday announcement about the future of his presidential campaign, Cain reached out to some of his rivals.

Posted: Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 4:40pm

What We Learned: The Nelson Effect

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

-- Looking for signs that Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., is going to run for reelection after all? Majority PAC is airing ads on his behalf, something they wouldn't do if he has already thrown in the towel. National Republicans, meanwhile, are trying to coax Gov. Dave Heineman to run, anticipating a competitive race if Nelson runs.

Posted: Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 2:40pm

In Hours Before Big Decision, Cain Makes Calls to GOP Rivals

In the hours before he made his planned midday announcement about the future of his presidential campaign, Republican candidate Herman Cain reached out to some of his rivals.

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Posted: Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 1:40pm

Washington Week Round Table: Unemployment Rate Drops

The unemployment rate fell last month to the lowest since March 2009. Is this a sign of the economy stabilizing? Also, Herman Cain faced allegations of an extramarital affair, Rick Perry had another “oops” moment, and Newt Gingrich surged in the polls. Joining Gwen: Jim Tankersley, National Journal; Greg Ip, The Economist; Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post; Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times.

Posted: Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 11:40am

George McGovern Hospitalized After Hitting His Head

Shortly before he was scheduled to appear live on C-SPAN, former South Dakota Sen. George McGovern tripped and fell, hitting his head, USA Today reports. McGovern was flown from Mitchell, S.D., where the accident occurred, to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Posted: Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 1:40am

Verizon Cable Deal Worries Regulators - Report

Verizon has made a deal to pay $3.6 billion to Comcast, Time Warner and Brightline Cable to use a stretch of unused cellphone airwaves, and inked a cooperative marketing arrangement that has raised the hackles of regulators, the Washington Post reports.

The spectrum deal would keep Verizon No. 1 at a time when AT&T is, apparently, failing in its bid to take the crown by joining forces with T-Mobile USA.

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 11:40pm

Perry and Allies Blanketing Iowa with TV Ads

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is spending $80,000 on new advertising in Iowa just a month before the first votes of the 2012 presidential campaign are cast there.

In an overt move to drum up favor with evangelical voters in Iowa, the Perry campaign released an ad in the state today talking about the role that faith plays in his life.

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 10:40pm