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Journalists, Flacks Host Charity Event for War Spox

NJ's Hotline is joining with the National Beer Wholesalers Association and Emergent BioSolutions to host a charity event tomorrow night at Bullfeathers that benefits communications officers serving in Afghanistan.

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

Bachmann Jabs at Rivals, Ducks Cain Controversy

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Tuesday took some jabs at her rivals for the GOP nomination on policy issues, but steered clear of the sex scandal that threatens Herman Cain’s candidacy. 

“You won’t find me on a YouTube clip saying that I support the individual mandate on health care,” she said, in a reference to the health care plan that front-runner Mitt Romney signed into law while governor of Massachusetts. 

Bachmann was among the eight GOP presidential candidates to give interviews to ABC News and Yahoo today.

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

Cain Says Accuser Is Lying About Alleged Sexual Advance

Embattled Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said on Tuesday that he does not recall the woman who has accused him of making a crude sexual advance in 1997, and accused her of lying about the alleged encounter.

Cain dismissed Sharon Bialek’s allegations as “baseless, bogus, and false” in an ABC News/Yahoo interview streamed online. He accused opponents of his outsider, tea party-blessed campaign were hoping to frustrate him into dropping out of the race.

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

Texas Democrats Win Redistricting Battle

A Washington, D.C. federal court blocked the Republican-drawn Texas redistricting maps in a ruling Tuesday afternoon, clearing the path for a three-judge panel to draw new congressional lines expected to benefit Democrats.

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

QUICK TAKE: Kerry Downplays GOP Proposal

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said on Tuesday the 12-member super committee still has significant differences on a deficit reduction package and he downplayed reports of a GOP proposal floated to eliminate certain itemized deductions and loopholes in exchange for making the Bush tax cuts permanent.

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

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