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You gotta admire Herman Cain for his ability to stay on message. Asked by an NBC reporter to expand on the report that he’s “reassessing” staying in the race after an Atlanta woman said she had an affair with him for the last 13 years.

“999, 999, we’re doing fine,” Cain told Andrew Rafferty when asked “if he had plans to leave race.”

Newspapers really are a bummer, aren't they? Always informing readers of news from far-away places, of local legislatures and even governors, like Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who it turns out couldn't care less.

"I don't read newspapers in the state of Ohio," Kasich said Monday at a college in Columbus. "Very rarely do I read a newspaper. Because ... reading newspapers does not give you an uplifting experience. ... I have found my life is a lot better if I don't get aggravated by what I read in the newspaper."

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Reuters reports:

Massachusetts officials are reviewing a state court ruling to determine whether they should ban public access to paper records generated by Mitt Romney when he was the state’s governor.

So if Herman Cain were to drop out of the race, which candidate would benefit from the remainder of his support base? The answer at this point appears to be none other than the surging Newt Gingrich -- or at the very least, the general category of Anybody-But-Romney, and whoever its champion of the moment might be.

As we have often seen throughout the race, the Republican contest has gone through a cycle of one candidate or another gaining a sudden, massive amount of support against Romney, only to collapse when their various flaws have been exposed to the light of day. Previous examples of this boom-and-bust cycle have been Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and then Herman Cain. And all the while, Romney himself has been unable to catch fire.

Newt Gingrich is the latest candidate to surge. But as Charles Franklin has observed, his boom in the polls has been different, in that it does not owe to voters suddenly discovering him -- he had high name recognition to begin with, warts and all. As such, it is possible that maybe, just maybe, he might not encounter the bust part of the cycle. (But then again, maybe he could crash after all.)

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In what is perhaps an ominous sign, two New Hampshire state representatives have left the Herman Cain campaign for that of Newt Gingrich, the new Republican presidential frontrunner, WMUR reports.

After a picture perfect blast-off on Saturday, NASA's Mars Curiosity rover is now well on its way to the Red Planet for an expected landing in August 2012.

When it reaches the surface, the rover will begin the most comprehensive survey of the Martian geology to date, including searching for evidence that Mars supported, or can support, life.

But to do that, the rover will be relying on a buffet of scientific instruments, including "ChemCam," the Chemistry and Camera instrument, a combination spectrometer/laser developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory that fires an ultra-precise, extremely high-powered invisible laser beam designed to vaporize Martian rocks and soil samples a millimeter at a time for further analysis of their composition. The resulting plasma cloud left in the wake of the vaporized matter is then recorded by the spectrometer's telescope.

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Mitt Romney may think providing a path to permanent residency for illegal immigrants is "amnesty" and a "magnet" for more border crossings, but the policy's primary supporters in the GOP seem to be flocking towards his campaign anyway.

On Tuesday, Romney named three prominent Cuban-American Florida pols: Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, and former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart as foreign policy advisers on his Latin American Working Group. All three are original co-sponsors of the DREAM Act, which would allow illegal immigrants who complete a college degree or serve in the military to achieve legal status, and have pushed for comprehensive immigration reform.

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Remember when Republican senate candidate Joe Miller hired a security team for that ill-fated campaign event at a public school last fall? Well, as it turns out, the head of the security team was moonlighting as a confidential informant infiltrating the Alaska militia movement for the FBI, in an effort that eventually helped lead to the arrest of Schaeffer Cox and his followers on weapons charges and an alleged plot to kill state officials.

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In the latest installment in this season’s War on Christmas, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chaffee said that lawmakers who are upset over the statehouse’s “holiday tree” should focus their efforts on feeding the poor.

Via Associated Press.

We may not have Herman Cain to kick around anymore. This morning, the one-time Republican presidential frontrunner told his staff that he's "reassessing" his campaign in the wake of a woman coming forward and claiming she had a 13-year affair with Cain.

Cain has survived a lot, from gaffes to Gloria Allred, so it's possible he'll stick it out once he's done reevaluating his position this time. But reports of the Cain team conference call this morning suggest Cain is taking a serious look at his unlikely campaign for president.

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