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QUICK TAKE: Fed Acts to Boost Global Money Supply

The Federal Reserve and five foreign central banks moved Wednesday morning to inject liquidity into the global financial system, responding to mounting fears over the spreading effects of Europe's sovereign debt woes - and provoking flashbacks to the 2008 financial crisis.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 10:40am

QUICK TAKE: Coburn Says Harry Reid is the Problem

Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn is so over Congress—and, in particular, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Sounding increasingly frustrated on Wednesday morning when he appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Coburn shared his aggravation over the lack of movement on any issue in Washington, blaming Senate leadership.  

But that is just the tip of the iceberg. A general lack of team leadership is stifling progress in Congress, Coburn explained.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 10:40am

Hotline Sort: Bob Casey's Dilemma

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Mark Block says Cain isn't dropping out. Meanwhile, the Romney-Gingrich battle starts to heat up, the DCCC telegraphs 30 of their top GOP targets and don't hold your breath waiting for a Mitch Daniels presidential endorsement. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 10:40am

Cain Contacted Latest Accuser Through Mid-November, Records Show -- Report

Herman Cain placed calls and text messages to Ginger White’s cell phone up until the middle of this month, ABC News’ Good Morning America reported on Wednesday.

The calls to White, who says she had an on-again, off-again extramarital affair with the Republican presidential candidate for more than a decade, were placed after news broke that Cain had faced sexual-harassment allegations during his tenure as chair of the National Restaurant Association from 1996 to 1999.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 10:40am

Perry: Cain Needs to Address Allegations

Hermain Cain “needs to address these allegations,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said of the reports that his fellow GOP presidential contender had a 13-year affair and was “reassessing” his campaign.
“That’s the bottom line,” Perry said in an appearance on Fox and Friends on Wednesday morning. “He needs to address the allegations, and if they’re true he has to address that with the people of this country.”

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 10:40am

Despite Lobbying Denials, Gingrich Connected Officials, Clients -- Report

Despite persistent denials that he lobbied for his consulting clients, GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich connected officials and executives and promoted clients he was representing to lawmakers, The New York Times reports.

When Gingrich delivered a 2006 speech in Florida's House chamber, for example, lawmakers there were given booklets featuring services offered by Gingrich's clients. 

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 10:40am

Democrats Bet the Senate on Women

If you want a sign of the gender gap in American politics, look no further than both parties’ Senate recruitment efforts.

Democrats have accomplished the rare feat of convincing more women than men to run in leading Senate races next year. Include the six women up for reelection, and it’s the largest crop running for the Senate—ever.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 10:40am

Congress’s Year-End Alphabet Soup

It’s time for jargon and acronyms, that classic end-of-the-year game on Capitol Hill where serious policy is treated as farce. Here’s an example: The fate of the SGR “fix” might or might not be tied to the timing of the AMT “patch,” and both could influence the fate of UI.

Get all that?

Deck the halls with boughs of campaign checks.

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Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 8:40am

Cain Signals that 'Reassessment' Doesn't Mean Retreat

HILLSDALE, MICH-- Don’t count Herman Cain out of the GOP presidential race just yet.

After Cain set off speculation he was about to withdraw with a Tuesday morning conference call in which he said he was “reassessing” his candidacy following one woman’s allegation that she and Cain carried on a 13-year affair, signs later in the day seemed to indicate that the ebullient Georgia businessman isn’t ready to call it quits.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 2:40am

Arpaio Endorsement Fails to Spark Enthusiasm for Perry in New Hampshire

DERRY, N.H. – About a quarter of the seats at a hall in Derry went unfilled for Rick Perry’s fourth event here on Tuesday, a fitting end to a long day of campaigning that failed to drum up much enthusiasm.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 12:40am