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Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 11:40am

Cain Campaign Launches Internal Investigation on Possible Illegal Donations

Herman Cain strategist Mark Block said on Tuesday that the campaign has retained outside counsel to examine reports that a charity illegally donated to the campaign.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Monday that a tax-exempt charity founded by Block donated more than $40,000 worth of goods to the Cain campaign, which could be illegal.

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 10:40am

Cain's Message May Be Up in Smoke

Herman Cain's campaign manager says the sexual harassment story has run its course, but he may be blowing smoke.

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Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 10:40am

That River in Egypt Won't Get You Anywhere

"Let's talk about what the American people want to talk about."
Those words from Herman Cain campaign strategist Mark Block said it all. It's what politicians always say when they don't want to talk about what reporters are asking about. In this case, whether there might be more shoes to drop in the story about Cain's record as a boss.

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 10:40am

Rove: Obama Is Riding Bush's Foreign Policy Coattails

President Obama is just riding on President Bush’s foreign policy coattails.

At least, that’s how former Bush strategist Karl Rove put it on the Fox News show Fox and Friends Tuesday.

Obama’s “biggest accomplishments, the stimulus bill and the Affordable Care Act, are widely unpopular,” Rove said. But “his pursuit of the Bush foreign policy, for example, staying on the offense against the terrorists and targeting terrorist leaders are popular. So the president has been given a boost, if you will, by adopting Bush foreign policies.”

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 10:40am

Cain Campaign Manager: 'End of Story'

Herman Cain strategist Mark Block reiterated Tuesday that his candidate never sexually harassed anyone, bristling when questioned about whether more women will come forward with allegations that the Republican presidential candidate acted inappropriately toward them.

“If we have to spend every hour every day responding to these ridiculous accusations, it would take us off our message, and our campaign,” said Block, speaking at National Journal’s Election Preview event. “So my statement will stand. Mr. Cain has never sexually harassed anybody, end of story.”

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 10:40am

National Polls Count More than Handshakes in Iowa, N.H.?

Early-voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire that traditionally emphasize retail politics are starting to adhere more to national trends, top political journalists from those states said on Tuesday.

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 10:40am

Rice: U.S. Could Have 'Done Better' In Iraq Without Distrust Among Bush Officials

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended the American invasion of Iraq, but said that the U.S. could have “done better” without a cycle of distrust and dysfunction among Bush administration officials.

When George Stephanopoulos of ABC News asked Rice whether the cost of the war in Iraq had been worth it, she responded that “every international-relations class starts with the Middle East as the most volatile region in the world. We also now know that it was the cradle of al-Qaida and extremism.”

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 10:40am

GOP Senate Supermajority? Fuggedaboutit, Says Charlie Cook

Republicans eyeing a 60-seat supermajority in the Senate need to set their sights lower, political analyst Charlie Cook said on Tuesday.

“It is impossible,” said Cook, speaking at National Journal’s Election Preview event, joking that pundits rarely speak in such black-and-white terms.

“The underlying seats just aren’t there for Republicans to get up to 58, 59, 60 seats,” he said. “It would be really, really extraordinary for that to happen.”

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 10:40am

GOP Senate Super-Majority? Fuggedaboutit, Says Charlie Cook

Republicans eyeing a 60-seat super-majority in the Senate need to set their sights lower, political analyst Charlie Cook said Tuesday.

“It is impossible,” said Cook, speaking at the National Journal’s Election Preview event, joking that pundits rarely speak in such black-and-white terms.

“The underlying seats just aren’t there for Republicans to get up to 58, 59, 60 seats,” he said. “It would be really, really extraordinary for that to happen.”

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 9:40am