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Cain leads Romney in New Iowa Poll

Businessman Herman Cain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are nearly tied for first place in Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus state, according to a newly released poll by the Des Moines Register newspaper. Cain edged out Romney 23 percent to 22 percent in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, reflecting a surge of 13 percentage points for Cain since the newspaper’s last poll in late June. Meanwhile, onetime Iowa favorite Michele Bachmann, a U.S. representative from Minnesota, plunged from 22 percent in June to just 8 percent in the new survey.

Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 8:40pm

How to Get Popular in Iowa

Stay away?
Herman Cain and Mitt Romney, the leaders of the pack in the latest Des Moines Register Poll have visited the state where the first votes of the 2012 presidential race will be cast Jan. 3 far less than many of the candidates who trail them, according to the newspaper's candidate tracker.

Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 8:40pm

Gingrich Calls Arab Spring 'Anti-Christian Spring’

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Saturday that the “grotesque failure” of current U.S. policy in the Middle East may have resulted in an “anti-Christian spring.”

The former speaker of the House claimed that the number of Christians in Iraq fell from 1.2 million to 500,000 since the American invasion in 2003, and that Christianity is under assault elsewhere in the region.

Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 8:40pm

Cain Says He’s In to Win, Not to Get on TV

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — At a campaign stop here, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain on Saturday took pains to reassure his supporters that he is a real candidate with a real strategy, not a celebrity-seeking opportunist.

“There’s one myth out there that I want to clarify. I am in it to win it, not to get a TV show,” Cain told a crowd of about 200 people at the Bryant Conference Center.

Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 7:40pm

Gingrich: Obama Caused ‘Anti-Christian Spring’

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Taking a new tack in challenging President Obama’s foreign policy, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Saturday that the “grotesque failure” of the president’s approach in the Middle East has resulted in an “anti-Christian spring.”

The former speaker of the House claimed that the number of Christians in Iraq fell from 1.2 million to 500,000 since the American invasion in 2003, and that Christianity is under assault elsewhere in the region.

Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 6:40pm

What We Learned: Hatch of the Day

What we at the Hotline learned this week:

Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 6:40pm

13 Americans Killed in Kabul Bombing

Thirteen Americans were killed in a blast in Kabul on Saturday morning, a U.S. official told the Associated Press.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the bombing. NATO had initially said 13 of its forces were killed in the attack, meaning all of the forces killed were American. It was later learned that eight of those killed were civilian contractors and five killed were service members.

Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 3:40pm

13 American Service Members Killed in Kabul Bombing

Thirteen American service members were killed in a blast in Kabul on Saturday morning, a U.S. official told the Associated Press.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the bombing. NATO had initially said 13 of its forces were killed in the attack, meaning all of the forces killed were American.

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Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 10:40am

Washington Week Round Table: Cain's New Scrutiny

A long shot a short time ago, Herman Cain is shaking up the GOP race. But rising polls numbers brings greater scrutiny. And what happened to Rick Perry’s surge?  Also, the President tries to bypass Congress. Plus the clock is ticking on the Deficit Reduction Committee. Joining Gwen: John Dickerson, Slate/CBS News; John Harwood, CNBC/NY Times; Jackie Calmes, NY Times; Janet Hook, Wall St. Journal.

Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 8:40am

Explaining The Glut Of Debates

Whether he's right or not, Rick Perry has a point -- there are a ton of debates planned this year. There's a reason for that: An internal agreement within the Republican National Committee means the party is using some sanctioned debates as an incentive for good behavior, and others as a tool to mollify members who might otherwise cause trouble.

Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 6:40am