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Haley Barbour: Cain scandal has ‘smell of Clarence Thomas’

Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour played the race card on Sunday while defending Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain against sexual harassment charges. “I do think you have the smell here of [conservative Supreme Court Justice] Clarence Thomas,” Barbour told NBC’s David Gregory. “Of where people thought he was clearly just…

GOP lawmaker: I didn’t agree to marry Grover Norquist forever

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) is one of 40 House Republicans who say that increased revenues must be part of the Super Committee deal to reduce the nation’s debt. Those Republicans joined 60 House Democrats in signing a letter calling on the Super Committee to “go big” and cut $4 trillion…

Maddow on Cain: ‘It’s performance art …America is being punk’d’

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow shared an “aha” moment on her broadcast Friday evening: Herman Cain is “performance art.” Ticking off a list of Cain’s numerous gaffes, unintentionally (or not!) bizarre statements and pop culture-derived policy ideas, Maddow said she’s convinced Cain isn’t seriously running for President. “It is one thing…

Cain accuser stands by complaint: ‘Several instances’ of sexual harassment

The lawyer for the woman who in 1999 accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment said Friday that the then-CEO had not told the truth about his actions, but his client did not want to relive the “series of inappropriate behaviors” by coming forward. “In 1999, I was retained by a…

Cain: ‘I’m the Koch brothers’ brother from another mother’

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain expressed his fondness for Charles and David Koch on Friday while appearing at an event partially funded by the billionaires. “There was an article in The New York Times today that has attempt to attract some more attention [to me],” Cain told a crowd at…

Michael Moore to journalist: ‘You lie’ about my wealth

In a bizarre confrontation between filmmaker Michael Moore and a local TV reporter in Denver, Moore denied rumors that he was worth $50 million, called the reporter a “punk,” and repeatedly accused him of lying. Moore was in Denver Thursday for a book signing and to participate with Occupy protesters there. As…

Palin: Protesters want bailouts just like Wall Street fat cats

Failed Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says protesters in the Occupy movement are looking for a handout just like “Wall Street fat cats.” “I would like to know that my federal government understands a vision that believes in empowerment versus entitlement,” Palin told an audience the Republican Party of…

Rachel Maddow: Romney ‘has no idea what he’s talking about’

Yesterday, in a meeting with a New Hampshire newspaper editorial board, Mitt Romney took aim at allegations that he’s a flip-flopper…and shot himself in the foot. “I have been,” the candidate maintains, “as consistent as human beings can be.” Thursday’s Rachel Maddow Show opened with a thorough debunking of that…

Sen. Udall explains anti-Citizens United amendment

Democratic Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico said Thursday that a constitutional amendment was necessary give Congress and the states the authority to legislate on campaign finance reform. He and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced a constitutional amendment on Tuesday that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial 2010 decision…

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