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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."

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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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Warren Buffett has invested big in Big Blue.

The 'Oracle of Omaha' prior to trading on Monday announced that his holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, had bought $10.7 billion in IBM common stock (64 million shares), giving him a 5.4 percent stake of ownership in the company, CNBC reported.

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So what if a new national poll shows Republican voters no longer want Herman Cain to be their nominee? The scandal plaguing Cain will not go away quite yet.

This afternoon, Gloria Allred -- the attorney representing Cain accuser Sharon Bialek -- will host another press conference related to the Cain saga, this time with Bialek's ex-boyfriend.

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A Russian Soyuz rocket successfully launched from Kazakhstan late Sunday, carrying three replacement crew members to the International Space Station, including two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut.

The launch was a critical one for both NASA and the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, as it was necessary to replace the space station's current crew of three (one NASA astronaut, one Russian cosmonaut and one Japanese astronaut), who are scheduled to return to Earth aboard a separate Soyuz on November 21.

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A new CNN poll on the issue of health care reform finds that support for the law's central and most controversial element, the individual health insurance mandate, has climbed into majority territory.

In the new poll, support for the individual mandate -- requiring people to get health insurance -- has climbed to 52%, with 47% opposed. When the last survey was taken in June, that a majority of 54% opposed it, with 44% in support.

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