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Romney Calls Claims Against Cain ‘Disturbing’

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney said on Tuesday that the accusations by the first woman to go public with allegations of sexual misconduct by rival Herman Cain are “particularly disturbing.”

The former Massachusetts governor addressed the unfolding scandal in an interview with ABC News and Yahoo, which are conducting joint interviews of all the Republican presidential candidates on Tuesday. Asked about the Sharon Bialek’s statements in a televised news conference on Monday, Romney said, “This woman’s charges are particularly disturbing.”

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

Why Rouse's Expanded White House Role Isn't a Vote Against Daley

If life was peachy in the White House, there would be no need to shift responsibilities. On the other hand, staff shake-ups are usually accompanied by changes in titles. 

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 2:40pm

Perry: Keep Military Option Against Iran on the Table

Texas Gov. Rick Perry sought to draw clear lines between his foreign-policy plans and the actions taken by President Obama as he pledged on Tuesday not to take any military options off the table when dealing with Iran. Perry also suggested the U.S. government should have been actively involved in trying to remove Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from power.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 2:40pm

Mark Block Being Mark Block -- VIDEO

Outside of the Jimmy Kimmel Live! studio on Monday, Herman Cain avoided the press as Mark Block ... was Mark Block. Cain's chief of staff puffed on a cigarette while giving his now-famous steely stare that was featured in the campaign's widely spoofed web ad released last month. Watch the footage from the stakeout:

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 1:40pm

Appeals Court Upholds Health Care Law

A third federal appellate court upheld the landmark 2010 health care reform law on Tuesday, ruling that Congress has the power to require people to buy health insurance.

Two out of three judges on a conservative-leaning panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the law was constitutional.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, appointed by former President George W. Bush, dissented with his colleagues., saying the Anti-Injunction Act should prevent the court from deciding the merits of the case until the insurance mandate actually hits consumers.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 1:40pm

DeMint Endorses Stenberg in Nebraska

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., is endorsing underdog Republican candidate Don Stenberg in the Nebraska Senate race, he announced on Tuesday.

Stenberg has struggled to raise any money. He had just under $22,000 in his campaign account at the end of the third quarter, and nearly $122,000 in debt. DeMint acknowledged the challenge in his statement on Tuesday.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 1:40pm

Spence Waiting on Kinder Decision

After a report indicated that he raised the possibility of running for governor even if Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder does, Missouri Republican businessman Dave Spence appears to have backed off a bit. The key nugget in Monday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch story:

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 1:40pm

White House Threatens Veto of Net-Neutrality Bill

The White House threatened on Tuesday to veto legislation that would overturn the Federal Communications Commission's network-neutrality rules aimed at creating a more “open” Internet.

“The administration strongly opposes Senate passage of S.J. Res. 6, which would undermine a fundamental part of the nation’s open Internet and innovation strategy – an enforceable, effective, but flexible policy for keeping the Internet free and open,” the White House said in a statement.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 1:40pm

Huntsman: Cain Scandal Sucking ‘All the Oxygen’

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said on Monday that the sex scandal engulfing GOP rival Herman Cain “takes all of the oxygen out of the room” and is making it difficult for the other candidates to their policy messages across.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 1:40pm

Supreme Court Hears GPS Surveillance Case

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer invoked George Orwell’s novel 1984 as he heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a case about whether attaching a GPS device to a suspect’s car violates the Fourth Amendment.

The case involves Antoine Jones, a Washington nightclub owner suspected of drug dealing. Police and FBI agents attached a GPS device to his Jeep Grand Cherokee and prosecutors used the location data to convict him on cocaine-dealing charges, which led to a sentence of life in prison.

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 1:40pm