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Voters in Maine have approved a ballot measure on allowing same day voter registration. The state had previously moved to require voters register no later than two days before an election. The state Republican Party had run ads urging the issue’s defeat, by suggesting that pro-gay rights groups supported it.

Sharon Bialek may have some company at the podium soon.

Karen Kraushaar, who received a settlement from the National Restaurant Association over her complaints about Herman Cain's behavior, now says she may come forward to tell her story. Previously she had said through her lawyer, Joel Bennett, that she wanted to stay anonymous and instead offered only a brief statement confirming that she stands by her original complaint, the details of which are still not known. But after The Daily, an iPad only publication owned by Rupert Murdoch, published her name on Tuesday, she told the New York Times that she's ready to go public.

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All day long ABC News reporters have been interviewing the various GOP presidential candidates. Each reporter has ended with the question: "Who should be the fifth President on Mount Rushmore?"

Most of the candidates gave the obligatory nod to Reagan. TPM thought Michele Bachmann had the weirdest answer of the day, at first suggesting it should be James Garfield but then changing her mind to Calvin Coolidge.

However, we hadn't reckoned on the awesome ego of Herman Cain.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday voiced skepticism about arguments from the Justice Department in favor of allowing police officers to attach GPS devices to suspects' cars without a warrant in order to track them remotely, but has yet to rule on the matter.

When it does though, the court will be offering an important clarification of the Fourth Amendment right to be protected against unlawful search and seizure in the information age, and will effectively set precedent as GPS and other remote-tracking technology becomes more widespread and cheaper and find their way into the caches of more and more law enforcement agencies.

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Despite trying to avoid it, Herman Cain is still in the spotlight for his sexual misconduct allegations. But, worry not, because what, to one person, might seem like sexual harassment, to another can seem like overblown victimizing by a loose woman with a political agenda. Running for president brings a lot of scrutiny, but for the "right" candidate, there will always be a home to put out your message where everything is smiles and sunshine.

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has won re-election.

With 51% of precincts reporting, Beshear leads Republican state Senate President David Williams, by a margin of 58%-32%, and Beshear has been projected as the winner by the Associated Press.

Polls throughout the race showed Beshear heavily favored to win re-election. During the final week of the campaign, Williams mounted a series of attacks against Beshear for having taken part in a Hindu religious ceremony, at the groundbreaking for a factory owned by an Indian company.

Not only is Herman Cain flatly calling his accuser, Sharon Bialek, a liar, he says he doesn't even remember her at all.

"I reject all accusations," he said in a defiant interview with ABC/Yahoo. "I don't remember that. And also I don't remember knowing her."

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Rush Limbaugh has some strong words to say about the new claims against Herman Cain of unwanted sexual contact with a woman when he was head of the National Restaurant Association. As Limbaugh explains it: "Political correctness, which is censorship, has now spread to behavior -- not just speech. It's spread to behavior."

This certainly seems like an odd statement from any empirical or epistemological standpoint, as a normal assumption of society is that behavior should be more subject to regulation and restrictions than speech, which by itself is less prone to harm another person.

Also on the subject of speech, Limbaugh previously attacked the woman, Sharon Bialek, by mocking her name on Monday. He pronounced it as "Buy-A-Lick," making a slurping sound, seemingly imitating oral sex.

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