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Nov 24, 2011
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Gingrich takes heat over “amnesty”

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Electrified fences, predator drones and anchor babies were nowhere to be found when the subject of illegal immigration came up in the latest of a series of Republican presidential debates.

The softer, gentler tone Tuesday night at Constitution Hall was a contrast from when the White House hopefuls took on the subject at a debate in Las Vegas last month.

Nov 22, 2011
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Romney opens ad offensive against Obama

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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s first television commercial attacking Barack Obama’s record  hits the airwaves in New Hampshire on Tuesday — just in time to welcome the president on a  visit to the early primary state.

A discussion of jobs was on the agenda for Obama’s quick trip to a high school in Manchester. But Romney didn’t wait for the president’s arrival.

Nov 17, 2011
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Cain seeks “Cuban” lesson in Miami

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Herman Cain landed in the heart of Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood on Wednesday and tried out his signature “9-9-9″ tax proposal in Spanish — “nueve, nueve, nueve” — (just the numbers, not the details).

After sampling Cuban coffee and a croqueta the Republican presidential candidate and former pizza executive asked: “How do you say ‘delicious’ in Cuban?” Here’s video from Fox News.

Nov 15, 2011

House, Senate negotiators agree on spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional negotiators agreed late on Monday to extend funding for many U.S. government programs to mid-December in a bipartisan move to avert any shutdown of agency operations that would otherwise occur by this weekend.

The funding measure crafted by House of Representatives and Senate appropriators would keep many agencies funded until December 16 and, at the same time, fund other government programs through the rest of the current fiscal year that ends next September 30.

Nov 15, 2011
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Cain’s wife speaks out in his defense

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Herman Cain’s famously media-shy wife, Gloria Cain, steps into the media spotlight to defends her husband against sexual harassment allegations in an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.
The Cain’s have been married for 43 years and Mrs. Cain says the allegations sound nothing like her husband, who she says totally respects women.

Cain’s fundraising has grown in the wake of the accusations, hauling in $9 million since Oct. 1, according to his presidential campaign. But he’s losing ground in some recent polls as support for rival Republic presidential candidate Newt Gingrich rises.

Nov 11, 2011
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Perry does Letterman’s “Top Ten” excuses for gaffe

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Texas Governor Rick Perry wrapped up his apology, explanation, damage control (take your pick) tour where it started — on TV with an appearance on David Letterman’s “Late Show.”

Instead of sitting in the guest seat, the Republican presidential hopeful stood center stage presenting the “Top Ten Rick Perry Excuses” for an embarrassing 53-second brain freeze live on national TV at the Michigan debate.

Nov 8, 2011

U.S. candidate Cain says will address allegations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. presidential candidate Herman Cain will hold a new conference on Tuesday to confront the latest sexual harassment allegations that are threatening to derail his campaign.

“We’re going to have a press conference. We are taking this head on,” Cain said during an appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show taped on Monday evening.

Nov 8, 2011

Herman Cain says he will address allegations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain will hold a new conference on Tuesday to confront the latest sexual harassment allegations that are threatening to derail his campaign.

“We’re going to have a press conference. We are taking this head on,” Cain said during an appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show taped on Monday evening.

Nov 4, 2011
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Cain backers reprise ‘high-tech lynching’ theme

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A group of Herman Cain supporters has pulled out the heavy artillery in defense of the Republican presidential hopeful against sexual harassment allegations.

“Americans for Herman Cain” — an outside group not affiliated with his campaign — released this ad comparing the media treatment of Cain to what Clarence Thomas went through during his 1991 U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court. Thomas — who also faced sexual harassment allegations and a media frenzy — denounced his treatment as “a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks.”

Nov 1, 2011
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Rick Perry’s animated speech

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A video of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s speech Friday in New Hampshire became a popular online and cable television attraction, with viewers drawn in by the Republican presidential candidate’s animated performance.

The head of the group that hosted the event says Perry’s speech was well received by the audience and that there was nothing wrong with the governor, thehill.com blog Ballot Box reported on Tuesday.

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