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Cain: 'I Have Never Sexually Harassed Anyone'

Herman Cain acknowledged on Monday that he had been accused of sexual harassment when he ran the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, but he called the allegations “totally baseless” and said he was unaware of any settlement made with the women.

Herman Cain acknowledged on Monday that he had been accused of sexual harassment when he ran the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, but he called the allegations “totally baseless” and said he was unaware of any settlement made with the women.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 12:40pm

Today's e-Reads: Google's Influence, And Americans Keep the Cords

The San Francisco Chronicle takes a hard look at the network of academics and advocacy groups that Google uses to exert its influence.

Despite the growth in Internet movies and TV, most Americans are still paying for television subscriptions, The New York Times reports.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 11:40am

NASA Signs Lease Agreement for Kennedy Space Center

NASA said on Monday that it has signed an agreement with Florida’s aerospace economic development agency, Space Florida, to let it use several major facilities at the Kennedy Space Center, and that Boeing would use one large facility to build its reusable space capsule.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 11:40am

Halloween: A Holiday for Breaking the Rules

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. For me, growing up in a large family in Michigan, it always signified cool weather, raking and burning rustling fall leaves, football, cider mills, candy apples, and getting a pillowcase full of candy by night's end. But, I think more deeply, I loved the idea that Halloween is one of the few holidays that celebrates breaking rules.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 11:40am

Trumka Urges SupComm To Leave Entitlement Programs Alone

With the deadline for the Super Committee to come up with $1 trillion in spending cuts fast approaching, the AFL-CIO is asking 700,000 activists to call lawmakers today to ask them to protect entitlement programs from the ax. In a conference call with reporters today, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said the union, along with other progressive groups like the NAACP and MoveOn.org, is also considering an ad campaign and will publicize which lawmakers vote for cuts to the programs. 

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 11:40am

Cain Says He'll 'Take the Arrows' at Press Club Lunch

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 - 11:40am

North Dakota Governor's Race Taking Shape

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple will announce this week that he will run for his first full term, and he's already got an opponent, as Democrat Ryan Taylor offers an announcement timeline of his own.

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

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