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Herman Cain for Senate? The Inside Story of His First Insurgent Campaign


If the Republican primary is now a Mitt Romney-vs.-Herman Cain contest, Romney has an ace up his sleeve: One of his top advisers has run a winning campaign against Cain before.

Back then, Romney strategist Stuart Stevens was a consultant to Isakson. Of Cain, Stevens recalls: "He scared the heck out of us."

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Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 2:40pm

Iran Assassination Claim Could Harm Push for Atomic Deal

The incident involving the Saudi Embassy, which on Tuesday was shown Obama administration allegations that Iran supported a plot to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, could undermine efforts to peacefully resolve a standoff over Tehran's nuclear program, according to experts.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 2:40pm

Obama Deploys 100 U.S. Military Personnel to Central Africa

President Obama has authorized the deployment of about 100 U.S. troops and military personnel to advise forces in central Africa fighting to remove Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, from the battlefield.

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, Obama outlined the LRA's suspected atrocities and why he ordered the deployment to Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The first troops arrived in Uganda on Wednesday.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 2:40pm

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Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 1:40pm

Cain, Romney, and the Danger of the Sweeping Conclusion

Breaking News: Herman Cain has endorsed Mitt Romney.

If that's news to you, it's because it happened four years ago. Thanks to Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic for the reminder that everything old is new again.

Cain, who emerged this week as the latest alternative to a Romney nomination, had only good things to say about his competitor in a February 2008 syndicated column. Romney, he wrote, would "focus on the right problems."

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 1:40pm

Nelson Outraised By Bruning

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., raised $443,000 during the third quarter, his campaign announced on Friday. That's less than half of what he brought in last quarter.

His report also means that barring a surprisingly strong showing from Republican state Treasurer Don Stenberg or any of the lower tier candidates, Attorney General Jon Bruning, the GOP frontrunner, is the surprise winner of the third quarter money chase in Nebraska.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 1:40pm

Perry -- Like Obama -- Touts Questionable Job Gains in Energy Plan

Here’s something President Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have in common: Both anchor their plans for the nation’s economic recovery on energy-sector jobs.

In Obama’s case, it’s green jobs in the renewable energy sector.

In reality, neither would likely make a major dent in the nation’s unemployment level.

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Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 1:40pm

Zuckman, LaHood Departures Not Related

My colleague Fawn Johnson caught up with Jill Zuckman and filed this dispatch: 

Transportation Department spokeswoman Jill Zuckman told Influence Alley on Friday that her decision to leave her post for the private sector has nothing to do with Secretary Ray LaHood's surprise announcement yesterday that he would serve only one term in the Obama administration.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 1:40pm

Architect of Cain's 9-9-9 Plan Donated To Romney

Richard Lowrie, Jr., the Wells Fargo financial analyst who designed GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain's now-famous 9-9-9 plan, has a consistent record of donating to Republican candidates and gave $2,300 to Mitt Romney, now Cain's rival, during his 2007 presidential campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

During this campaign cycle, Lowrie has given $500 to Cain, $1,000 to Cain's leadership PAC and nothing to Romney. 
CRP's Seth Cline reports:

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 1:40pm

Group Looks to Reform Wall Street Recruiting Practices

Our Time, a nonprofit advocating for people under 30, has launched a national petition to end what it says is special treatment for banks on college campuses.

The "Say No to Wall Street" petition demands universities stop accepting contributions from Wall Street recruiters in return for preferential access to students, and instead encourage students to become entrepreneurs or enter other fields.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 12:40pm