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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

Report: U.S. Officials Were Warned of Abuse at Afghan Prisons

Top U.S. officials were given warning of detainee abuse in Afghan prisons, but continued to transfer detainees to problematic facilities, The Washington Post reports.

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

Report: Cain Accused of Inappropriate Behavior While Head of Trade Group

Two women working at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s while Herman Cain was at the helm, left their jobs at the trade group after complaining of "sexually suggestive behavior" by the Republican presidential candidate, Politico reports.

Multiple sources told Politico that the women received financial payments from the association and signed agreements not to discuss their departures.

Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 9:40pm

Perry Talks Up Jobs Plan on Fox

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry expressed confidence on Fox News Sunday that his policy proposals will win over the American people as he talked up his flat-tax proposal and defended the lower revenue rates his plan will bring in.

Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 3:40pm

Plouffe Says Romney Lacks 'Core' on Issues

  • Plouffe Denies Democrats Are the Problem
  • Plouffe Denies Democrats Are the Problem
  • Cain: 9-9-9 Plan Will Drive Down Costs
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    Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 1:40pm