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Herman Cain doesn't have much to laugh about today. But his response to a British journalist at this morning's AEI discussion did provide a moment of levity.

ITN's Washington correspondent, the former BBC reporter Matt Frei, questioned Cain about his 999 plan, and noted he loved his accent.

"I like yours also, sir," Cain replied in a posh drawl. "Nine Nine Nine? It's mutual."

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Herman Cain may have helmed the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, but the trade group is leaving him to sort out reports of alleged sexual harassment on his own. In a statement, a spokeswoman for the organization said they would offer up no information on the accusations in question.

"The incidents in question relate to personnel matters that allegedly took place nearly fifteen years ago," Sue Hensley, Senior VP of Public Affairs at the NRA said in an e-mail. "Consistent with our longstanding policy, we don't comment on personnel issues relating to current or former employees."

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Speaking on Fox News on Monday morning, Herman Cain denied politically explosive sexual harassment charges stemming from a Politico story last night, but he did acknowledge that he was "falsely accused" during his 1990s tenure at the National Restaurant Association.

"It is totally baseless and totally false," Cain said.

Cain also declared that any other potential future charges against him and his campaign would be "trumped-up allegations" and "nothing else."

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Boeing on Monday announced it has struck a deal to lease an old NASA Space Shuttle hangar to build its new commercial crew capsule, CST-100, aiming to create 550 jobs by the time the facility is scheduled to be at full operations in 2015, a minor economic boost to an area that NASA estimates has suffered 4,000 job losses since 2009, when NASA began preparing to retire the space shuttle, according to the Associated Press.

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Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, prompted by a caller named Natalie, called for the occupation of Politico on Monday.

“You’re saying Occupy Politico,” Ingraham responded to Natalie. “They’re occupying Wall Street, we need [an] occupypolitico.com. I got it.”

Ingraham went on to criticize the website for publishing the story, claiming that they are “destroying a good man’s reputation.”

We don’t know who’ll be facing President Obama in next year’s one-on-one Presidential Debates. But we do now know when those debates will be held.

The National Journal reports that the Commission on Presidential Debates – a bipartisan entity – has laid down the following:

Oct. 3: University of Denver, Denver, Colo. Oct. 11 (vice presidential debate): Centre College, Danville, Ky. Oct. 16: Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y. Oct. 22: Lynn University, Boca Raton, Fla

An effort by Wisconsin Republicans to make things harder for Democrats in any potential new state Senate recalls in the coming year appears to be out of the running -- with state Sen. Dale Schultz, a moderate Republican who holds a key swing vote in the 17-16 chamber, announcing that he will vote against the measure.

The Associated Press reports that Schultz will vote against a bill that would make new recalls apply under the newly-redrawn districts -- which were passed as part of a Republican-friendly map, following a GOP takeover of state government in 2010 -- instead of the older districts:

Schultz says he opposes it because he feels voters who elected him should have the say on whether he is recalled.

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