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Cain Accuser of a Decade Ago Stands By Complaint

One of the women who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment during his time as head of the National Restaurant Association stood by her complaint on Friday, saying in a statement read by her lawyer that she was the victim of “a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances” by Cain.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 4:40pm

Ring Around the White House Illustrates Obama's Political Bind on Keystone

Say “yes,”  and we drop the grassroots organizing.

Say “no,”  and we’ll come out for you like we did in 2008.

“If President Obama denies the permit, it will unleash a wave of enthusiasm,” Tiernan Sittenfeld, senior vice president for government affairs at the League of Conservation Voters, told National Journal.

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Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 3:40pm

Previewing the Mississippi Governor's Race

When Mississippi voters head to the polls Tuesday to elect a new governor, they will participate in an election that is equal parts historic and uneventful.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 3:40pm

Phased Licensing Programs Cut Teen Auto Deaths

New programs that phase in driving privileges over several years have cut the rate of fatal crashes among 16- and 17-year-olds by 8 to 14 percent, National Institutes of Health-funded researchers reported on Friday.

These graduated licensing laws, adopted by all 50 states and the District of Columbia between 1996 and 2011, limit driving at night and with other youths. Some don’t grant full, independent driving privileges until age 18.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 2:40pm

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Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 2:40pm

Officials Prepare For First National Emergency Alert Test

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission are preparing for the first nationwide test of the emergency alert system

The familiar alert is often tested at local levels, but it has never been tested across the entire nation at once. The test is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

The test will send an approximately 30-second signal on all broadcast radio and television stations, cable television systems, satellite radio and television systems, and wireline video service systems.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 2:40pm

Romney, Gingrich Stealing Prominent Texan Supporters From Perry

Texans have elected Rick Perry as governor three times — with almost 55 percent of the vote in 2010 — but that does not mean Texas’s Republican establishment is falling in line to help elect him president.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 1:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Iraqi Prime Minister Scheduled to Visit White House

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will visit the White House on Dec. 12 to discuss the ongoing partnership between the U.S. and Iraq as American troops withdraw from the region. The White House said al-Maliki would be visiting at some point in December when President Obama announced the withdrawal last month.

The strategy going forward, according to the president’s national security advisers, is to keep only private contractors and Marines guarding embassies, working with the Iraqi forces in Iraq after the New Year.  

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 1:40pm

Crushing Greek Democracy, Crushing Ours

Ode on a Grecian Yearn.

The world's democracies gathered to stop the citizens of world's oldest democracy from voting.

After lots of pressure, Greece has canceled its referendum on bail-out-austerity measures because the leaders in Paris, Berlin, Washington and everywhere else in the less-indebted world thought the Greeks might actually vote down slashing their own budgets to pay off bond holders.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 1:40pm

DCCC Chair: All Politics Is Local

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel's advice for the party's recruits next year: "Run like mayors."

House Democratic leaders have put renewed emphasis on recruiting nontraditional candidates, like doctors, police chiefs and military veterans. They've avoided going after candidates who've spent most of their career in politics.

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 1:40pm