Friday Morning Round Up

I’m kind of under the weather today (an incessant cough that won’t go away) so I’ve decided to collect all of my likely posts (and then some) here. Enjoy…

Senate passes parts of Obama’s jobs bill

“A+”: Fox Applauds Cain’s Defense Against Sexual Harass..

Panetta: Attacking Iran Only Briefly Delays Nuclear Program 

Cain campaign releases fishy fundraising numbers

Elizabeth Warren responds to Crossroads ad: Sorry, not backing down 

Latest Elections Hand Republicans Major Setbacks 

Herman Cain and Mark Block: The Blocktopus 

Why Obama Has a Better Chance Than Forecasts Suggest 

Group read: The Nixon testimony 

11-11-11 brings hopes of good luck

Cain’s Lawyer Warns Other Accusers To ‘Think Twice’ Before Coming Forward Or They’ll Be Smeared Too

It looks like birds creeps of a feather stick together in the case of Presidential hopeful Herman Cain and his bullying attorney, L. Lin Wood…

Think Progress

A story in today’s New York Times offers a disturbing look at the smear tactics and threats the Cain campaign is using to intimidate the four women accusing the candidate of sexual harassment, and any women that might come forward in the future:

L. Lin Wood, the lawyer hired by the Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain to fend off sexual harassment accusations, has warned that any other women who might be considering coming forward with similar allegations “should think twice.”

On Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after Karen Kraushaar identified herself as one of two women who had received monetary settlements relating to harassment allegations against Mr. Cain while working for the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s, Ms. Kraushaar faced questions about a workplace complaint she filed at a subsequent job… Hours later, Rush Limbaugh seized on that report to argue that Ms. Kraushaar has “a pattern of whining.” […]

[S]he and the others confronted the challenges of taking on a presidential candidate: intensive scrutiny of their backgrounds and motives, encouraged and amplified in this case by conservative news outlets and commentators whose support for Mr. Cain as he battles the allegations has helped him weather the crisis so far.

Cain and his defenders aren’t bothering to conceal their intention to silence would-be accusers with bullying. The campaign has hired investigators to dig up dirt on the women. Many respected media outlets are becoming willing accomplices in the diversion of questioning the alleged victims rather than investigating Cain’s conduct.

Continue reading here… 

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Michele Bachmann Walks Out On Town Hall Meeting Because Of Protesters

The Huffington Post

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann was interrupted by Occupy Wall Street protesters while speaking on foreign policy during a stop in South Carolina on Thursday.

Mount Pleasant Patch reports that Bachmann was in the middle of her remarks when the incident occurred. The conservative congresswoman was escorted off stage amid the disturbance, which was caused by demonstrators in the audience.

Mount Pleasant Patch relays part of a prepared statement read by the protesters:

“This will only take a minute. We have a message for Mrs. Bachmann. You capitalize on dividing Americans. Claiming people that disagree with you are unpatriotic socialists. And you promote discrimination. This does not help the American People.”

After the interruption, Bachmann returned to the stage. She quipped, “Don’t you love the First Amendment?”

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