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Herman Cain will sit down for a videotaped interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader after all, CNN reports.

This comes days after the Cain campaign pulled out of an interview with the very influential paper, over their last-minute demand that it not be videotaped by C-SPAN (who will in turn tape the new interview).

Days Before that event, Cain infamously fumbled an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in which video was posted online of him struggling to explain his stance on President Obama’s intervention in Libya.

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Federal authorities take terrorism cases pretty seriously, even when those plots are pretty far fetched. So when the FBI declines to take a case handed to them on a platter by local authorities -- on multiple occasions -- it suggests something isn't quite right.

Sources familiar with the case against Jose Pimentel -- accused of planning an attack with pipe bombs -- told TPM Sunday night that federal law enforcement declined several times to take the case out of local authorities' hands. The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal also report that the FBI passed because of issues with the case, setting up the rare occurrence of a local district attorney handling a terrorism prosecution case.

At a press conference at City Hall on Sunday night -- featuring a video of police blowing up a car to show television viewers what could have happened -- NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly suggested that the Justice Department was aware of the case. Despite the fact that his investigators had been on Pimentel for two years, he said they had to act without the feds because the case, involving a bomb constructed out of a clock, elbow piping and Christmas lights game provided by the NYPD's source, came together quickly at the end.

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University of California-Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi told NPR affiliate KQED that “as a human being,” she was “outraged” by the pepper-spraying incident on campus last week. Katehi told the radio station that it’s time for the university to move on and heal. “We need to come together and make our campus a better place,” she said.

Katehi said she takes responsibility for the incident on campus. Many have called for her resignation, but so far she’s staying put. Asked why she wasn’t present at the demonstration, Katehi said she “doesn’t go to demonstrations.”

The New Hampshire Union Leader has a new editorial criticizing Herman Cain, for his campaign’s refusal to have him interviewed by the newspaper with a C-SPAN camera present:

Cain continues to do television and radio. He's not afraid of being recorded. He just doesn't want to be recorded while newspaper journalists are interviewing him. We are hardly offended by that decision, as some might think. On the contrary, we'll take it as a compliment.


The difference between television and newspaper interviews is not that cameras are present, but that newspaper interviews tend to be longer and more in depth. The Cain campaign knows this. It seems that Cain is fine with everyone seeing him give short, prepared answers, but not with everyone seeing him try to answer questions in which he has more than 30 or 60 seconds to respond. He would do well to rethink that decision, for it gives the impression that he's got something to hide.

Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) is the latest Republican candidate to sign the Family Leader’s controversial marriage pledge, The Des Moines Register is reporting. The pledge incorporates several issues, including the Defense of Marriage Act, personal fidelity to the signee’s spouse, appointment of “faithful constitutionalists” as judges, and reformation of anti-marriage elements in divorce, tax and welfare laws.

Bob Vander Plaats, the leader of the group, has said that signing the pledge is a prerequisite for the group’s endorsement. Perry, Bachmann and Santorum have already signed the vow, while Gingrich has indicated that he would sign it if he could make a few modifications.

“Occupy” protesters at the University of California-Davis are planning a demonstration at 12 p.m. PT Monday, in response to a pepper-spraying incident on campus last week. The university’s chancellor is under growing pressure to resign, and she is expected to address the university later this afternoon.

Via Washington Post.

The Guardian reports that Bradley Manning, the soldier suspected of leaking documents to Wikileaks, will appear before a military hearing on December 16 in Fort Meade, Maryland.