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Poll: More Than Half of GOP Primary Voters Unconcerned by Cain Allegations

More than half of Republican primary voters are unconcerned by the accusations that GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain allegedly sexually harassed several women in the 1990s, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

Still, his likability has taken a hit, with 35 percent of those polled saying they have somewhat or very negative feelings toward Cain, up from 18 percent last month.

Posted: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 3:40pm

Supreme Court to Hear GPS Surveillance Case

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday in the case of a Washington nightclub owner convicted of dealing cocaine in part based on evidence from a GPS device attached to his SUV without a warrant.

Posted: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 3:40pm

Judge Blocks FDA's Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels

A federal judge blocked a U.S. rule requiring tobacco companies to display graphic images on packs of cigarettes on Monday, saying cigarette companies were likely to win their argument that the law violates free speech rights, Reuters reported.

Posted: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 3:40pm

Hellmann Leaving ITI to Run Firm with Lugar

Ralph Hellmann, who announced he was leaving the Information Technology Industry Council last week, is joining the Lugar Group as a partner. The shop will now be known as the Lugar Hellmann Group, according to an email David Lugar sent to clients.

Hellmann is leaving ITI by the end of the year, he wrote in an email to the organization last week.

Posted: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 3:40pm

Five Job Initiatives for Veterans That (May) Fall Flat

It’s easy to spot the likely spike in unemployment among veterans that will come with the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. As of October, the unemployment rate among vets who served in post-9/11 operations was 12.1 percent, compared to 9 percent among non-vets. That rate is particularly bad news for the 1 million servicemen and women expected to return home between now and 2016. The White House, the Senate, the House, and even the first and second ladies have the issue under their wings.

Posted: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 2:40pm

Ames Jones Ends Texas Senate Bid

The GOP field in the race for retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's, R-Texas, seat is shrinking, as railroad commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones is abandoning her bid in favor of a state Senate run.

The Houston Chronicle reports that Ames Jones plans to leave the race and run against Republican Sen. Jeff Wentworth.

Posted: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 2:40pm

In Fight for Jobs Bill, Are Americans Tuning Obama Out?

President Obama's call to action on his jobs plan hasn't yet drawn the same concentrated response as when he asked voters to put pressure on lawmakers to vote on the debt-ceiling deal. His summertime appeal yielded a flood of calls to the Hill, jamming phone lines. The people spoke and, because of that and a plethora of other reasons, Congress voted.

Posted: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 1:40pm

Kirkpatrick For Bivens in Arizona

As party leaders wait to see whether former Surgeon General Richard Carmona will make a Democratic Senate bid in Arizona, former state Democratic Party Chairman Don Bivens is working to coalesce support from the state's Democratic establishment.

Today he announced that he's secured the backing of former Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick is running for her old seat in Arizona's 1st District, and could face a rematch against Republican Rep. Paul Gosar, if he decides to run there in 2012.

Posted: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 1:40pm

Washington Ballot Referendum Divides McKenna, Inslee

Washington state voters will decide whether they'd like to see liquor sales privatized and state liquor stores shuttered when they vote on Initiative 1183. The measure has also become an issue in the governor's race, splitting the two frontrunners.

Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna came out for the measure on Friday, saying "the state does not need to be in the business of hard liquor sales."

Posted: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 1:40pm

Today's e-Reads: Wall Street Hearts Groupon; Big-Screen Prices Keep Dropping

Groupon's IPO mad a splash last week, but the next wave of initial public offerings isn't so exciting, The Wall Street Journal says.

It's a buyers' market for big-screen TVs this holiday season as retailers look to slash prices by up to 40 percent, Reuters reports.

Posted: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 1:40pm