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Herman Cain said he recalled one of the women who formally accused him of sexual harassment at the National Restaurant Association getting “somewhere in the vicinity of three to six months’ severance pay.”

Politico reports it was quite a bit more than that.

POLITICO has learned that one of the women who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s received a payout of about $45,000 as part of her settlement – significantly more than the two or three months’ salary Cain initially recalled the woman obtained.

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The New York Times already reported another accuser received $35,000.

An international team of scientists has pinpointed more than 3 million new gene segments that are highly similar between 29 mammals--suggesting that they're vital to survival. Many of the genes are found in the so-called "dark matter" of the genome, areas whose function is not fully understood.

The new discovery can help scientists who are combing through lists of possible disease-causing genetic mutations, since it stresses genetic bits of highest importance.

"This data can be used to prioritize which disease mutations should be looked at first," says Kersten Lindblah-Toh, the Scientific Director of Vertebrate Genome Biology at the Broad Institute of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an author on the new study.

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Only a quarter of Americans think that the Super Committee tasked with coming up with a deficit reduction plan for the federal budget will reach a deal, a new Quinnipiac poll shows. 67 percent say that no deal will be reached, which would trigger cuts in the Defense Department and to entitlement programs.

The poll also shows that Americans have less appetite for tax increases as part of the package, which runs counter to a number of findings from the summer. When asked, "From what you know so far, do you think the deficit-reduction proposal should include some increases in tax revenue or should it include only cuts in government spending?" only 39 percent were in favor of any tax increases to offset the debt, while a near majority of 48 percent said that only spending cuts were needed. Independent voters closely mirrored that split.

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Herman Cain has trouble getting things out right the first time. And the latest example of a classic Cain misspeak apparently came earlier this week when Cain said pretty clearly that China doesn't have nuclear capability.

"I may have misspoke," Cain told the Daily Caller. "What I meant was China does not have the size of the nuclear capability that we have."

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GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is claiming bragging rights by being the first contender to visit each of Iowa’s 99 counties in this years primary race. Santorum visited his 99th county, Jackson County, on Wednesday night. Most observers, however, doubt that his excessive traveling in the state will guarantee success at caucus time.

Historically, other candidates have completed the same feat and gone on to defeat. John Edwards visited all 99 counties in both 2004 and 2008, failing to win either time. Bill Richardson took home only 2% of the vote in the 2008 caucus after visiting each county as well.

Santorum is currently polling in the mid single digits in Iowa. History seems to be repeating itself.

Florida on Thursday filed a notice of appeal of a ruling against the state’s welfare drug testing law, according to a Florida ACLU release.

A judge late last month issued an injunction on the law, and a spokesperson in Gov. Rick Scott’s office indicated the state would consider an appeal.