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Cain Adviser Says Campaign Accepts Perry Aide’s Story

The chief of staff for Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain backed down on Thursday from accusations that an aide to rival Rick Perry leaked a story about two women accusing Cain of sexual harassment when he headed the National Restaurant Association from 1996 to 1999.

The Cain campaign’s Mark Block said on Fox News that he accepts Curt Anderson’s denials that he was the source of the information that led to a story in Politico on Sunday about the women’s accusations. But Block did not apologize to Anderson, who works for Texas Gov. Perry’s presidential campaign.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 5:40pm

FDA Says It's Approving Lots of New Drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, battered by complaints that it approves new drugs too slowly, said on Thursday that it has approved 35 new drugs in the past year.

“This is among the highest number of approvals in the past decade, surpassed only by 2009,” the FDA said in a statement. It said that 37 new drugs were approved in 2009.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 4:40pm

U.S. to Europe: Do As We Did, Not As We’ll (Probably) Do

European leaders are attempting to beat back a growing economic crisis, and President Obama is urging them to take cues from America, circa 2008.

As Ben Rhodes, the administration’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, told reporters at the G-20 summit in Cannes, France, on Thursday: “What the U.S. has is a significant amount of experience in dealing with a financial crisis where we took very aggressive and robust action to rescue our financial sector and to help rescue the global economy back in 2008 and 2009. And we’ve been sharing that experience.”

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 4:40pm

Williams Didn't Learn From Aqua Buddha

Kentucky Senate President David Williams does not appear to have heeded the lessons of Aqua Buddha.

The Republican, badly lagging behind Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear in the gubernatorial race's latest polling, attacked the incumbent on Tuesday for participating in a Hindu style ground-blessing ceremony for an India-based company building a factory in Elizabethtown.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 4:40pm

Cecil Casts 2012 Senate Races as "Micro-elections"

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee executive director Guy Cecil believes the 2012 Senate races will be choice elections, or "micro-elections" as opposed to referenda on the national political climate, he told reporters at the centrist think tank Third Way on Thursday.

"2006, 2008, 2010 -- by every estimation, were nationalized elections, they were macro-elections. I think more than anything else, this election has the capacity to be a micro-election -- an election that really affects every state differently," Cecil said.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 4:40pm

Former ICANN Chairs Voice Concern With Domain Name Plan

Two key former officials with the nonprofit group that manages the Internet's domain name system are raising concerns with its plan to allow an unlimited number of generic Internet addresses, the top-level domain name suffixes that come after the dot like .com or .org.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 4:40pm

Grading Doctors With Electronic Medical Records

Dr. Brett White practices medicine differently than he did three years ago. That's when the Gabriel Park Family Health Center in suburban Portland, Ore., adopted electronic medical records.

White, who oversees the clinic, said the effect was immediate. The electronic records made data available that highlighted patients who'd been diagnosed with chronic diseases like diabetes and then hadn't been seen for a couple of years.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 3:40pm

Government Settles With First Anthrax Widow

The widow of a Florida newspaper photo editor who was killed in the 2001 anthrax attacks has settled her wrongful death suit with the U.S. government, Reuters reported on Thursday.

Robert Stevens of Florida was the first person to die in the attacks, which killed five people out of at least 22 who were infected.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 3:40pm

Democratic Jobs Bill Goes Down

Senate Republicans blocked a $60 billion infrastructure bill Thursday, making the bill the second piece of President Obama’s jobs proposal to be voted down in the Senate.

Republicans and a few Democrats filibustered the broader $447 billion jobs bill last month. The vote came is a scripted floor exchange, with Democrats expected to quickly defeat an alternative GOP infrastructure funding bill. The bill garnered 51 votes--not enough to overcome the 60-vote cloture threshold.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 3:40pm

National Restaurant Association Will Respond To Cain Request Friday

The National Restaurant Association confirmed on Thursday it had received a request from the lawyer of one of the women who had accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment in the mid-1990s, and would be making a decision on whether to release her from the terms of a confidentiality agreement on Friday.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 3:40pm