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UNESCO Accepts Palestinian Bid

Palestinians were accepted on Monday as a full member of UNESCO--even though the agency risks losing about $80 million in funding from the United States for the decision.

With 107 votes in favor, the Palestinians' bid reached the two-thirds majority needed for acceptance to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. The decision was met with loud applause, CNN reported. The U.S. and Israel were among the 14 members voting no; 52 abstained.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 10:40am

Cain's Top Aide: Herman Cain Has Never Sexually Harassed Anybody

Mark Block, Herman Cain's chief of staff, said on Monday the presidential candidate has "never sexually harassed anybody. Period. End of story."

Block's comment on MSNBC comes a day after Politico reported allegations that Cain engaged in inappropriate behavior with two women when he was head of the National Restaurant Association.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 9:40am

Gang of Six Members: Super Committee Can Still ‘Go Big’

Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va.  and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., leaders of the bipartisan “Gang of Six,” on Monday continued to push a "go big" $4 trillion deficit reduction plan, instead of the $1.2 trillion the super committee has been tasked with cutting. Such a plan would have to include a variety of measures including spending reductions and tax and entitlement reform, they said.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 9:40am

Letterman: Herman Cain Has a 0-0-0 Chance of Being President -- VIDEO

David Letterman's top 10 list on Friday focused on the reasons that Cain's campaign is in trouble.

Jay Leno had some fun with the Republican presidential candidate, too. "Cain told a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters today to go home, get a job and get a life," he said. "That's the Republican version of hope and change."

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Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 9:40am

Cain Hasn't Canceled

Herman Cain is expected to arrive at the American Enterprise Institute at 9 a.m., representatives of the think tank said Monday morning.

A swarm of media is waiting for him, following Sunday's late-night Politico report that he harassed two women when he headed the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 9:40am

An Education in Financial Aid

President Obama made a politically smart move last week when he announced a three-part plan to make it easier for people to pay their student loans. The plan includes an income-based cap on monthly payments, loan consolidation, and a consumer education campaign on student financial aid. Obama had nothing to lose and everything to gain in rolling out the changes, which can be executed without the help of Congress. He can appeal to the youth voters who helped put him in office and he can beat up lawmakers for doing nothing.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 9:40am

Paying for Roads With Drilling

If you dismissed as a political stunt House Speaker John Boehner's suggestion to fund a highway bill with expanded drilling, as I did, you and I both missed a critical development in Republicans' thinking on transportation. House Republicans now believe that current federal spending levels for roads, bridges, and runways are an appropriate use taxpayer dollars. In practical terms, that means they will accept a six-year, $300 billion surface transportation measure as long as the spending is offset.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 9:40am

Clinton Played Pivotal Role in Libya Mission

The Washington Post reports that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton played a pivotal behind-the-curtain role in the Libya operation, from convincing President Obama to intervene in the first place to keeping the mission on course when allies squabbled or threatened to back out of their commitments.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 9:40am

Obama Orders FDA to Address Drug Shortages

President Obama will call on the Food and Drug Administration to address drug shortages in an executive order on Monday, The New York Times reports. The FDA has documented increasing shortages of anesthetics, electrolytes, and cancer drugs.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 9:40am

Hotline Sort: Checkpoint Charlie

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Cain faces allegations of inappropriate behavior, and he's in Washington today to deal with what will be a swarm of media at his appearances. Meanwhile, Rangel may get a primary challenge from a former Clinton adviser, Matheson won't challenge Hatch and team Perry says he'll debate after all. Here's today's rundown:

7) Jon Huntsman meets voters -- and a goat -- in New Hampshire.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 9:40am