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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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The Dirty Guts of the Commodities Game The Dirty Guts of the Commodities Game

The following is an excerpt from Andrew Snyder | October 26, 2011 | resourceinvestor.com Chances are, you've never heard of a company named Vitol. It rarely makes a headline, yet it plays a larger role in the oil market than Exxon, and its annual sales last year were twice as strong as Apple's. ... and it just got a lock on the Libyan oil market. How do you invest in this company? You can't... it's owned by just 330 share-holding employees. They are very ... 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 Real ‘1 Percent’—Beyond the Class-War Myths The Real ‘1 Percent’—Beyond the Class-War Myths

The following is an excerpt from: Michael Tanner | November 7, 2011 | nypost.com So just who are those top 1 percent of Americans that we’re all supposed to hate? If you listen to President Obama, the protesters at Occupy Wall Street, and much of the media, it’s obvious. They’re either “trust-fund babies” who inherited their money, or greedy bankers and hedge-fund managers. Certainly, they haven’t worked especially hard for their money. While the recession has thrown millions of Americans out of ... 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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Beat the Clock on These 6 Soon-to-Vanish Tax Breaks Beat the Clock on These 6 Soon-to-Vanish Tax Breaks

The following is an excerpt from: Sheryl Nance-Nash | December 2, 2011 | Dailyfinance.com They say good things come to those who wait. They also say he who hesitates is lost. But when it comes to half a dozen juicy tax breaks, it's the second "they" you should listen to, because he who waits until Jan. 1, 2012, to take advantage of them will be out of luck. Here are six tax deductions and credits that will expire at year's end -- ... Read More

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Congress Approves Payroll Tax Cut Congress Approves Payroll Tax Cut

The following is an excerpt from: Adam Samson | December 23, 2011 | foxbusiness.com | The House approved a two-month extension to the payroll tax cut on Friday after quick pre-approval in the Senate following weeks of heated debate and political posturing. The Senate met shortly after 9:30 a.m. ET and pre-approved the measure in less than two minutes. The House met at roughly 10:00 a.m. ET and also quickly approved the move as well. The Senate could not technically approve the ... Read More

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