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Herman Cain’s spokesman is defending the Republican presidential hopeful after he responded poorly to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board question on Libya. From Cain’s spokesman, via the Washington Post’s Rachel Weiner: “He was on about four hours of sleep after flying from Atlanta to Wisconsin. He just took a moment to get his bearings.”

And more, via Chuck Todd: Cain “didn’t say anything wrong or inaccurate, it just took him a while to recall the specifics of Libya.”

(Reuters) - Google Inc offered a detailed glimpse into its secret process of ranking Internet websites on Monday, publishing for the first time a list of recent tweaks to its closely guarded search algorithm.

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To illustrate just how down to the wire negotiations of the deficit Super Committee have become, GOP leaders have gone entirely silent -- even on the question of higher taxes.

At his weekly Capitol briefing with reporters Monday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) deftly swatted away about a dozen questions about the panel's negotiations, or the likelihood that they'll reach an agreement by the November 23 deadline set forth in the debt limit bill. The committee doesn't need outside pressure from him, he said.

This included my own question about tax increases. President Obama has pledged to veto deficit legislation that doesn't match every dollar in entitlement benefit cuts with a dollar in tax revenue taken from wealthy Americans. I asked Cantor if a Super Committee report meeting that standard could pass the Republican House. He declined to answer.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s team has puchased more than $300,000 worth of air time between tonight and Sunday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The ads will run tonight during Monday Night Football, just hours before the recall effort kicks off.

Rick Perry is taking a strong stand after a ‘60 Minutes’ story on rules allowing members of Congress to use nonpublic information when making stock trades.

The story has lit up the Internet on the right and left, and Perry is seizing the moment.

“Any Congressman or Senator that uses their insider knowledge to profit in the stock market ought to to go jail, period,” Perry says in a new video:

This past Saturday, the GOP Candidates gathered in South Carolina to draw firm lines between each other on the subject of foreign policy. Military strength was debated alongside foreign aid and, whereas in previous debates we've kept hearing the number 999, in this one quite a different figure kept coming up: zero.

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In Herman Cain’s interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — the same interview in which he fumbled his answer about Libya — he also had some trouble on the issue of collective bargaining for public employees, which the new wave of Republican governors have been cracking down on:

On the issue of collective bargaining, Cain said he supported the right of public employees to bargain collectively.

"But not collective hijacking. What I mean by that, if they have gotten so much for so many years and it's going to bankrupt the state, I don't think that's good. It appears that in some instances, they really don't care."


Cain also appeared to be unclear on the issue of collective bargaining as it involves federal employees. Asked if he thought federal employees should have the ability to bargain collectively, Cain said: "They already have it, don't they?"

Told they didn't, he said, "They have unions."

The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 600,000 federal government workers in 65 agencies, says that most federal employees don't have collective bargaining over pay and benefits.

They do have collective bargaining rights over working conditions.

Herman Cain should have just refused to speak while chewing his food--and then refused to stop chewing his food.

The GOP candidate sat down with GQ correspondent Chris Heath and food critic Alan Richman at beloved DC pizza joint Seventh Hill. While you may have read about his comical conclusions concerning pizza toppings and manhood ("The more toppings a man has on his pizza, I believe the more manly he is"), Cain also made several striking statements about his opponents as well.

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Two new national polls of the Republican primary race show very different results in the horserace, but do agree on one thing: Newt Gingrich is rocketing upwards.

The new CNN poll, among Republican respondents: Romney 24%, Gingrich 22%, Cain 14%, Perry 12%, Paul 8%, Bachmann 6%, Huntsman 3%, and Santorum 3%. In CNN's previous poll from a month ago, Romney had 26%, Cain 25%, Perry 13%, and all others in single digits (including Gingrich at 8%).

And the new numbers from Public Policy Polling (D): Gingrich 28%, Cain 25%, Romney 18%, Perry 6%, Bachmann 5%, Paul 5%, Huntsman 3%, Santorum 1%, and Johnson 1%.

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