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Herman Cain is not worried about the stories connecting him with the progressive movement’s Enemy Number 1 (and 2), the Koch Brothers.

Speaking at a Koch-funded Americans For Prosperity summit in DC Friday, Cain embraced the Kochs — and then some. Cain said he was “very proud” to know the Kochs.

“I am the Koch brother’s brother from another mother,” Cain said.

Herman Cain on Friday aligned himself with the Koch brothers, saying “I am the Koch bros brother from another mother, and proud of it,” TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro reports.

More Mainers disapprove of President Obama’s job performance than approve, but that doesn’t mean they’re ready for a Republican President just yet. All of Obama’s major challengers are bested in matchups against him in the Pine Tree State, as former Mass Gov. Mitt Romney makes it the closest at 49 – 38. The President is over 50 percent against everyone else.

From PPP:



Though 17% of his party disapproves of his handling of his duties, and 13% of Republicans approve, and independents disapprove by a three-point spread, Obama improves on all those marks against every single GOP foe. He earns 13% (against Romney) to 19% (versus Paul and Bachmann) of the Republican vote and cedes only 8% (Gingrich and Perry) to 11% (Paul) of his own party, while winning independents by margins of 13 (Romney) to 34 points (Cain). “Barack Obama probably doesn’t need to worry about actually winning Maine,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But his being under water there in his approval numbers speaks to the difficulties he’s having even in states that he won by wide margins in 2008.”

More Mainers disapprove of President Obama’s job performance than approve, but that doesn’t mean they’re ready for a Republican President just yet. All of Obama’s major challengers are bested in matchups against him in the Pine Tree State, as former Mass Gov. Mitt Romney makes it the closest at 49 – 38. The President is over 50 percent against everyone else.

From PPP:



Though 17% of his party disapproves of his handling of his duties, and 13% of Republicans approve, and independents disapprove by a three-point spread, Obama improves on all those marks against every single GOP foe. He earns 13% (against Romney) to 19% (versus Paul and Bachmann) of the Republican vote and cedes only 8% (Gingrich and Perry) to 11% (Paul) of his own party, while winning independents by margins of 13 (Romney) to 34 points (Cain). “Barack Obama probably doesn’t need to worry about actually winning Maine,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But his being under water there in his approval numbers speaks to the difficulties he’s having even in states that he won by wide margins in 2008.”

We’ve already seen polling that suggests the Herman Cain base is unfazed by the growing sexual harassment scandal surrounding the former Godfather’s CEO.

Now we’ve got some anecdotal evidence. At the Americans For Prosperity ‘Defending the American Dream Summit’ in Washington today, Cain was given a huge standing ovation when he hit the stage, and began working his way through a standard stump speech.

Politicians love to talk about jobs. Democrats, of course, have one approach to creating jobs, while Republicans have ... well, another.

So, Jon Stewart challenged Congress Thursday, "let's see you guys put the money we're not making where your mouths are."

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Mitt Romney at the Defending the American Dream Summit on Friday called for budget cuts to Amtrak, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro reports.

In one sense, a new poll from ABC News and the Washington Post shows something that's been known for weeks: businessman Herman Cain is a top contender for the GOP nomination nomination according to the numbers. But the ABC/WaPo survey, conducted after a Politico article appeared detailing sexual harassment allegations made against Cain while he was running the National Restaurant Association (claims he has denied) also shows something new about his support -- it's showing real strength.

Cain is within one point of the lead in the GOP primary, with former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney at 24 percent of the GOP electorate and Cain at 23. Texas Gov. Rick Perry is at 13 and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 12. The rest of the field is in single digits.

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