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HERMAN CAIN–Getting Down to Business: A Conversation with Herman Cain HERMAN CAIN–Getting Down to Business: A Conversation with Herman Cain

The GOP candidate talks with the Opportunist’s Managing Editor Leslie Stone about why he’s running for the nation’s highest office, his economic plan and his ideas for reinvigorating the American Dream. Herman Cain prides himself on being the only nonpolitician among the candidates vying for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. “Whenever I give speeches at town halls, rallies or meet-and-greets and I tell people the biggest difference between my opponents and me is that I’ve never held public office, I ... Read More

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Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan Gets a Closer Look Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan Gets a Closer Look

Excerpt from John D. McKinnon | October 13, 2011 | WSJ.com | Herman Cain's surge in the polls is focusing new attention on his "9-9-9" tax plan, but also raising new questions about whether it does everything it claims. The former restaurant-company executive and Republican presidential candidate says his plan would raise at least as much revenue for the government as the current system, generally keep taxes level or even lower for low-income earners, and spur economic growth. Liberal critics, however, say it ... Read More

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Steve Forbes Endorses Rick Perry Steve Forbes Endorses Rick Perry

The following is an excerpt from Arlette Saenz | October 24, 2011 10:30 am | abcnews.go.com Texas Gov. Rick Perry received the endorsement of businessman Steve Forbes Monday morning. Forbes helped Perry craft the flat tax plan he will debut in South Carolina Tuesday, and Perry noted earlier in the campaign season that he had consulted Forbes on economic policy. Forbes made his own presidential bids in 1996 and 2000, which focused on the implementation of a flat tax. Perry’s forthcoming plan differs ... Read More

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“I Have Never Sexually Harassed Anyone!” Herman Cain “I Have Never Sexually Harassed Anyone!” Herman Cain

Video: You Tube | October 31, 2011 With accusations of sexual harassment out in the open, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is facing a some questions. ... Read More

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The Lies We Tell Ourselves About Scandals The Lies We Tell Ourselves About Scandals

The following is an excerpt from: Katie Roiphe | November 8, 2011 | Slate.com When it comes to scandals, we like to think that it is the clumsy cover-up, the lying that matters. As Maureen Dowd put it recently, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that it’s not the scandal that kills you; it’s the cover-up.” But is it really? Do we honestly believe that if Anthony Weiner had stood up on national television, right from the beginning, and admitted the ... Read More

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GOP Debate Showed Candidates’ Reality Gap on Important Issues GOP Debate Showed Candidates’ Reality Gap on Important Issues

The following is an excerpt from: Peter Beinart | November 14, 2011 | thedailybeast.com In Saturday’s GOP debate, candidates argued for bombing Iran and staying longer in Afghanistan, ignoring the threat of Asian economic power, the global financial crisis, and the financial constraints on U.S. foreign policy. It was hard to know who were worse at Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate, the candidates or the moderators. With American and European economic might in near collapse, and the world witnessing a once-a-millennium power ... Read More

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Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney Fight for Votes, and Google Searches Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney Fight for Votes, and Google Searches

The following is an excerpt from: Ned Potter | December 6, 2011 | abcnews.go.com So Newt Gingrich has taken a sizable lead in the polls with less than a month to go before the Iowa caucuses, with 33 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers currently favoring Gingrich for the GOP nomination, compared to 18 percent apiece for Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. That’s the principal finding in the newest ABC News/Washington Post poll, released this morning. If you were on the ... Read More

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Mr. Positivity Mr. Positivity

The following is an excerpt from David Weigel | December 31, 2011 |Slate.com | ATLANTIC, Iowa – Newt Gingrich invents analogies almost as often as he writes books. On this leg of his Jobs and Growth bus tour, he was comparing Barack Obama’s economic policies to an avian breakfast treat. “It’s as though we’ve tried to make hard boiled eggs by putting them in the freezer,” he told a packed, eager room at Tish’s Restaurant, a classy joint in Council Bluffs. (Try ... Read More

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A Time for Choosing A Time for Choosing

The following is an excerpt from William Kristol | January 2, 2012 | Weeklystandard.com | At this moment of great peril for our nation, you have the privilege of beginning the process of selecting the 2012 Republican presidential nominee—the individual who will save us from the ghastly prospect of an Obama second term, and who will then have the task of beginning to put right our listing ship of state, setting our nation on a course to restored solvency, reinvigorated liberty, ... Read More

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To the Moon, Newt! To the Moon, Newt!

The following is an excerpt from Lawrence Krauss | January 27, 2012 | Slate.com | Newt Gingrich described himself as a visionary when he unveiled plans Wednesday to create a mammoth new space program, including a permanent colony on the moon within the next nine years. Within eight years, he pledges a new Mars rocket program—specifically, a “continually operating propulsion system) capable of getting to Mars within a remarkably short time.” He also reiterated his plan to declare at least part ... Read More

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