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The New York Daily News has posted an extended transcript of NBC’s interview with Jerry Sandusky, the man at the center of the awful child sex scandal at Penn State. Sandusky told NBC’s Bob Costas that many young boys would say that he had a positive influence on them, and that he “didn’t go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs that I’ve helped.”

Businessman Herman Cain remains down in a matchup with President Obama after sex allegations rocked his campaign and paved the way for a new GOP candidate’s star to rise as the next non-Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Cain is again down ten points in a matchup against President Obama, essentially leveling out his support in their polling.

From Rasmussen:



Despite the continued hammering Cain has taken in the media over sexual harassment allegations leveled against him in the 1990s, the new numbers mark virtually no change from a week ago when Obama led him 48% to 37%. That survey, however, marked a drop in support for the Georgia businessman who trailed Obama by just five points at the end of October and earlier that month had edged ahead of the president 43% to 41%.

The Associated Press reports that recordings made in the immediate aftermath of JFK’s assassination have been located and are for sale with an asking price of $500,000. From the AP:



There are incidents and code names described on the newly discovered two-plus hour recording, which predates the shorter and newer recording currently housed in the National Archives outside Washington and the Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Texas. The shorter recording was thought to be the only surviving version of the tape.

Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who is slowly recovering from a gunshot wound to the head, recorded a message to her supporters saying she is getting better and looking forward to getting back to work.

“I’m getting stronger. I’m getting better,“ said Giffords in a message released today.

Listen to the full audio message here.

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is running for the Republican presidential nomination, but you might not realize that from the debates: he’s been excluded from most of them on the grounds of low poll numbers. However, one of his constant complaints has been that there are plenty of other candidates on the stage (Jon Huntsman for instance) who are doing just about as poorly as he is. According to an email from his campaign today he’s making his most recent complaint official with the FEC and FCC.

From the email:






November 15, 2011, Santa Fe, NM -- The Presidential campaign of former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is filing complaints with both the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protest Johnson’s exclusion from Saturday’s Republican debate in South Carolina.

Citing prohibitions against corporate contributions, the campaign’s FEC complaint makes the argument that, by arbitrarily choosing who benefited from valuable air time during the broadcast debate and excluding others, CBS was “directly and significantly supporting those candidates it favors, and advocating the nomination of one of their favorites and opposing the nomination of Complainant, whom CBS evidently disfavors.”

Similarly, in a complaint filed with the FCC, the Johnson campaign asserts that “The public owns the airways over which CBS broadcasts, and the public deserves to be free from bias- favoring some candidates over others- as well as illegal support of certain presidential candidates on national network television.”

In a statement, Johnson senior campaign advisor Ron Nielson said, “As this campaign progresses, it is clear that nationally televised debates are having a tremendous impact. Candidates are moving up and down in the polls with every debate, fundraising is impacted dramatically, and Republican voters obviously remain undecided. When one looks at the inconsistent and arbitrary criteria networks such as CBS have used to decide who gets to be on the stage for the debates, it is apparent that decisions are being made in board rooms that are having the effect of ‘preselecting’ candidates.

“That is just wrong. We owe it to our supporters and to the process to take this basic unfairness and clear bias to those agencies whose job it is to insure that the power of the airwaves is not being misused in an arbitrary manner in the Republican nominating process.”

A new poll of the Iowa caucuses is the latest in a string of polls that confirms Newt Gingrich’s momentum in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Also notable is Ron Paul’s strong showing in the poll.

The poll of Iowa, released by Bloomberg News and conducted by the Iowa firm Selzer & Co.,  shows a tight race, with the top four candidates in a statistical dead heat. Herman Cain leads with 20%, Ron Paul is in second with 19%, and Mitt Romney is in third with 18%.

Gingrich, technically in 4th  place with 17% of the vote, is actually  only three points out of the lead — within the poll’s 4.4% margin of error. By comparison, Gingrich came in fifth place in Selzer & Co.’s  previous poll of the state, but with only 7% of the vote — 16 points out of first place.

In the poll released Tuesday, Rick Perry garners  7% of the vote, Michele Bachmann 5%, Rick Santorum 3%, and Jon Huntsman 1%.

In Bachmann’s new memoir, “Core of Conviction,” the Republican presidential hopeful criticizes former President George W. Bush for “socialism” for bailing out big banks in 2007, ABC News reports.

Watch Gloria Cain, Herman Cain’s wife, talk to Greta Van Susteren on Fox Monday night:





Ms. Cain stood by her husband in the face of the sexual harassment allegations dogging his campaign. It was her first TV interview of the cycle. Read the transcript here.

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