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One of the two women who filed sexual harassment complaints against Herman Cain received $45,000 from the National Restaurant Association over her claim, according to a Politico report.

This is separate from a $35,000 settlement -- one year's pay -- that the New York Times reported was handed out to a different woman whose complaint Cain has not publicly acknowledged exists.

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A new national poll from Gallup shows former Mass Gov. Mitt Romney with a one point lead on President Obama in a survey of voters in twelve swing states, while leading businessman Herman Cain by three points and Texas Gov. Rick Perry by five. A broader nationwide poll shows Obama and Romney tied at 47 percent. The intent of the poll was to measure how voters in the most important Electoral College states are stacking up the current field in the general election.

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The underlying perils for the president are particularly pronounced in these battlegrounds, presumably because they are in parts of the country that have been hit hardest by the nation's economic troubles. Four of the states have unemployment rates in double digits, well above the national average of 9.1%. Rust Belt states such as Michigan continue to struggle with the exodus of heavy manufacturing industries. Those in the Sun Belt, including Florida and Nevada, have been at the center of the home mortgage boom-and-bust.

Herman Cain’s wife, Gloria, will not appear on Fox News on Friday, the New York Times reports. As the scandal surrounding Cain has unfolded, the Republican presidential contender promised that the public would soon meet his wife.

Herman Cain's staff spent the better part of Wednesday afternoon accusing Perry campaign aide Curt Anderson -- by name -- of tipping off Politico on their report that Cain had been accused of sexual harassment. But on Thursday, Cain aide Mark Block reversed himself on FOX News and said that he no longer believes Anderson was involved.

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Relying on Herman Cain's Chief Of Staff Mark Block to investigate his own financial dealings is "like asking Willie Sutton to hire an independent counsel," a former Cain regional field staffer told TPM in an interview this week.

The staffer, who worked with Block and implemented his campaign strategy, said the famous smoker is not to be trusted to get to the bottom of whether, as documents appear to show, his company Prosperity USA footed the bill "for tens of thousands of dollars in expenses for such items as iPads, chartered flights and travel to Iowa and Las Vegas" to get the Cain campaign off the ground.

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Mitt Romney sought to defend himself on Thursday against charges of inconsistency from his Republican opponents.

“I can’t state every single issue in exactly the same words every single time,” he told the New Hampshire Seacoast Media Group. “Folks … draw great attention to something which looks like a change which in fact is entirely consistent.”

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Via Business Insider

President Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, kicked off a new push to court the youth vote at a rally in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

"What people don't focus on is there's 8 million voters who are 18 to 21 who weren't old enough to vote last time and who are going to cast their first vote for Barack Obama," Messina said at the event at UPenn promoting the campaign's new 'Greater Together' initiative. "Your older brothers and sisters started it, and you're going to complete it."

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Michele Bachmann, asked on FOX News today about Herman Cain’s travails, said that she had no comment. But she did make one thing clear: don’t expect something similar from her campaign. “What I’ve been telling people when I’m asked about it is the voters wont find surprises with me,” she said.

Day four of the Herman Cain sexual harassment story is all about the blame game. Team Cain blames Rick Perry for making the press aware of the accusations of inappropriate behavior Cain admits came his way when he was CEO of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s.

Team Perry, meanwhile, says it's the Mitt Romney campaign who sent the story to Politico. The Perry camp denies strenuously that they had anything to do with the story which is, at its heart, about accusations Cain has admitted are real -- though he says he never harassed anybody. Romney's campaign also denied they're the source of the story to TPM and other outlets Wednesday.

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Mitt Romney sought to defend himself on Thursday against charges of inconsistency from his Republican opponents.

“I can’t state every single issue in exactly the same words every single time,” he told the New Hampshire Seacoast Media Group.  “Folks…draw great attention to something which looks like a change which in fact is entirely consistent.”

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