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Anti-Muslim training materials used by FBI and Justice Department personnel are "inconsistent" with DOJ's Muslim outreach efforts and can undermine such relationships, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.

Positions expressed in the materials -- including that all Muslims are likely terrorist sympathizers and that the Prophet Muhammad was a "cult leader" -- "do not reflect the views of the Justice Department and the FBI," Holder said.

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Herman Cain seems to have abandoned his insinuations that Rick Perry is behind the sexual harassment stories. Addressing the press at a pushback conference, he said, “the Democrat machine in America has brought forth a troubled woman” to make the accusations.

Herman Cain denied everything in the opening of his pushback presser. “I have never acted inappropriately with anyone. Period,” he told the press.

He said he saw Sharon Bialek “yesterday in that news conference for the very first time… I didn’t even recognize the name at all.”

“The charges and the accusations I absolutely reject. They simply didn’t happen.”

“Ain’t gonna happen,” he said, addressing the issue of whether he would stop running. “I will not be deterred by anonymous, false, incorrect accusations.”

Congressional Democrats weren't surprised Tuesday to learn, in a story first reported by the Wall Street Journal, that White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley had handed a big chunk of his portfolio over to senior adviser -- and former acting Chief of Staff -- Pete Rouse. Indeed, they've been living under the new regime for several weeks, and according to one highly placed Senate Democratic aide the improvement has been self evident.

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Herman Cain’s attorney took the stand ahead of the GOP candidate’s press conference to push back at yesterday’s revelations.

“Herman Cain finds himself on trial in the court of public opinion, falsely accused,” he said. “I ask that you at least afford him fairness.”

He also urged the media to “maintain your common sense” and “utilize your own life experience” when judging the story.

Herman Cain is holding a press conference in Arizona, expected to start any minute. Watch the press conference live below, via MSNBC:

As part of Herman Cain's efforts to tear down his latest accuser, Sharon Bialek, Cain has gone after her lawyer, Gloria Allred.

To be sure, Allred is a soft target. A cursory glance at Twitter Monday when it was announced that Allred would be bringing forward a Cain accuser showed few reporters and pundits with nice things to say about the woman who somehow seems to appear near the center of every sex scandal these days.

But one man is coming to Allred's defense: Karl Rove.

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This sounds like the first signs of the season’s war on Christmas: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ® refuses to call the state’s holiday-season tree anything but a Christmas tree.

The AP reports that since 1985, the tree hasn’t been associated with any particular religion. Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie tells the AP it’s a Christmas tree, and he doesn’t know what more to say about it.

While most of the Republican field is running away from Herman Cain's scandal at near-lightspeed velocity, Mitt Romney told ABC News on Tuesday that the charges are "serious" and that Cain needs to address them immediately.

"These are serious allegations," he told interviewer George Stephanopolous, "and they're going to have to be addressed seriously."

Romney said that he doesn't want "to suppose truth or lack of truth" in the case, but he indicated that any time accusers come forward it's a legitimate issue. And he said the latest charges, from Sharon Bialek, bothered him especially, saying "this woman's charges are particularly disturbing and they're serious."

By contrast, Rick Perry went out of his way to avoid the topic under the same line of questioning from ABC/Yahoo on Tuesday, saying "It's not of great interest to me."