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The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Herman Cain chief of staff Mark Block over allegations his former group Prosperity USA footed the bill "for tens of thousands of dollars in expenses for such items as iPads, chartered flights and travel to Iowa and Las Vegas" to help get the Cain campaign off the ground.

The complaint, CREW said in a news release, alleges that Block "personally violated the Federal Election Campaign Act by authorizing the illegal corporate contributions as president of Prosperity USA, and then by accepting the illegal contributions as treasurer of Friends of Herman Cain." CREW says this would make Block "the first person in the history of the Act to have both given and received the same illegal contributions."

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Day five of the Herman Cain sexual harassment scandal is all about going to the mattresses -- rather than fight the scandal head-on, the campaign is hunkering down with its (seemingly umoved base) and attacking the left, the DC establishment and the media for perpetuating what they say is a "high-tech lynching" of a black conservative that they say terrifies everybody.

Here's what that strategy looks like, in a little less than 90 seconds.

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Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), whose ex-wife says he owes $117,437 in back child support, was honored by the Family Research Council Action on Thursday for his "unwavering support of the family," the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

"We thank Cong. Walsh who has voted consistently to defend faith, family and freedom," FRCA President Tony Perkins said. "Cong. Walsh and other 'True Blue Members' have voted to repeal Obamacare, de-fund Planned Parenthood, end government funding for abortion within the health care law, uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, and continue support for school choice. I applaud their commitment to uphold the institutions of marriage and family."

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Herman Cain likes numbers. I mean really likes numbers: in addition to his 999 plan there's a whole chapter of his book just devoted to how he sees the number 45 everywhere. So the date of his sexual harassment settlement is quite the cosmic coincidence.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is fighting an uphill battle in next week's referendum on his anti-public employee union legislation, triggered by a Democratic petitioning effort. And his latest effort to turn things around is -- an embarrassingly incorrect sports metaphor.

The Columbus Dispatch reports:

"We never thought (former Cleveland Browns quarterback) Bernie Kosar would bring the Browns back and win that big championship game," Kasich said.

Kasich, a Steelers fan who grew up in suburban Pittsburgh, apparently didn't know that Kosar never won a championship game with the Browns, going 0-3 in AFC title tilts with trips to the Super Bowl on the line.


Oh yeah, "that big championship game." Or to put this more simply: D'oh!

(Via Huffington Post)

Herman Cain chief of staff and infamous smoker Mark Block said he's done talking about the sexual harassment allegations against his boss.

"This is the last time I'll be addressing the issue that has swirled Washington and the nation this week," Block said. "As you know, Mr. Cain is a different kind of candidate. We have ran a different kind of campaign and we are not going to play by the rules that the media has established. The fact of the matter -- the Politico article -- if it was held up to the same standards as the code ethics for journalism, the people involved in that would be fired."

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Well, it's not a total fix, but Microsoft has finally posted a new security advisory informing users about the steps it is taking to fight Duqu, a new, troubling breed of malware that exploits a previously unknown vulnerability in Microsoft Word and has been compared by security experts to the infamous Stuxnet worm.

The company said that a full fix won't be available until sometime after the company's next regularly scheduled security release on November 8.

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