Day two of fallout from news that Herman Cain settled sexual harassment claims continued largely without news until late.
The Washington Post interviewed the lawyer for one of the women, who said his client wants to talk, but feels she is bound by a confidentiality agreement. http://wapo.st/s0m77J
Joel Bennett, a Washington employment lawyer called on the National Restaurant Association to release the woman. Ahem, NRA.
Meanwhile, Cain has continued with interviews and appeared to be shooting a commercial in Washington today. He’s got meetings on Capitol Hill tomorrow.
Our main repository for Cain news is here. http://abcn.ws/slB98J
We did see our first bit of internecine criticism of Cain. It came from Rick Santorum. http://abcn.ws/rOhpfh
Scoreboard - “If we’re running such a horrible campaign,” Cain Chief of Staff Mark Block asked at a panel discussion in downtown Washington, D.C., “why do we keep moving up in the polls?” http://abcn.ws/rSg1Lg
Echoes of Clarence Thomas – Republicans and Cain-leaning PAC’s see a “high tech lynching” of Cain. They’re blaming Democrats, although its not clear Democrats had anything to do with Politico’s report.
GOP Unveils Pitch Against Obama – It doesn’t really matter who the Republican nominee is, Jon Karl predicts we’re going to see a lot more of this type of attack from Republicans against Obama. GOP Ad Turns Obama’s Words Against Him, wonders if you’re better off than you were. http://abcn.ws/vWdM0O
Gloria Cain to Speak – And we’re going to meet his wife, Gloria, for the first time, in a TV interview, according to ABC’s Susan Archer. http://abcn.ws/utwiuL
Meet the Spouses – All of the spouses of the GOP 2012 field in one place, thanks to our Sarah Parnass. http://abcn.ws/sFsSv8
Perry on Perry’s Viral Video – “I felt good, felt great,” he said of his freewheeling New Hampshire speech on Friday. http://abcn.ws/sxhuqV
Will U.S. Get Involved in European Crisis? – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney: “It remains the case that the Europeans have the capacity to deal with this crisis, and they need to implement the very important decisions they made last week to provide a conclusive resolution to it,” Carney told reporters. Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou stunned Europe and the world last Monday night by announcing that he would hold a referendum on the bailout approved for his country last week. But he could be out of a job by then. http://abcn.ws/uATNd1
Condi on Iraq: ‘Could Have Done Better’- If you missed George Stephanopoulos’ interview with Condoleezza Rice, go back to it. http://abcn.ws/rJb5a9
“Well, certainly we could have done better. And you’re right, as I look back on this, I think, ‘Well if it had been a more smoothly functioning team, mightn’t we have gotten some of these issues out onto the table and resolved?’” she said. “But you also have to remember that this was a big proposition in Iraq. It was trying to, first of all, overthrow a dictator, which was, it turns out, the easy part, and then trying to help reconstruct a country that had no fabric whatsoever after all of these years of tyranny.”
Dorothy Rodham Died Today – “”She was a warm, generous and strong woman,” the Clinton family said in a statement. “An intellectual; a woman who told a great joke and always got the joke; an extraordinary friend and, most of all, a loving wife, mother and grandmother.” http://abcn.ws/uHtRbp
Obama Saves Ft. Monroe – Jobs in VA – The latest piece of the president’s “We Can’t Wait” executive order bonanza specifically targets the swing state of Virginia, by designating Ft. Monroe, until recently one of the oldest operational military installations in the country, as an historic landmark. http://abcn.ws/rBbIua
“It will add millions of dollars to the local economy in and around Hampton. And so this is a win-win. Not only is it good for the people of that region now, but it also allows us to set aside this incredibly important site for the enjoyment and appreciation of generations to come,” Obama told reporters today.
Rich Lowrie, Rich Lowry, Top Line Faceoff – We had Herman Cain’s 999 guru on ‘Top Line’ today and offset that with National Review’s editor of the same name. http://abcn.ws/rBbIua
Iowa Subsidies Split Gingrich, Bachmann - PELLA, Iowa – Rep. Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich differed the most today on energy subsidies and tax credits at a candidates’ forum here, with Bachmann saying she believes energy industries “need to stand on their own” and Gingrich calling it a “national security issue.” Note the dateline for Shush Walshe, out on the road for ABC. http://abcn.ws/sLBnjF
Huntsman’s ‘Heroin’ Cure – While most of the other candidates displayed their different stances on energy tax credits and subsidies in Pella, Iowa, today, Huntsman chose to stick it out in New Hampshire and discuss getting rid of America’s “heroin-like addiction to foreign oil.” He’s got a 3-point plan (Remove, Level, Explore). More from Elicia Dover here: http://abcn.ws/v9mrDH
Spy Games – More from the FBI today on how they caught the Russian spies, including Anna Chapman last year. In a wide-ranging interview with ABC News, FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi said the red-headed Chapman was much more than a seductive “femme fatale.”
“This is a highly-trained intelligence officer — Chapman is new breed of illegal operative,” Figliuzzi said, describing her as “tech savvy” and capable of spying in plain sight. Chapman and her comrades were “the cream of the crop, handpicked out of the Russian intelligence academy, because of their fluency in languages, and their ability to acclimate into another society,” he said. http://abcn.ws/uVzAnu
Romney Clan Denies Ponzi Allegation – The Romney campaign today denied a published report that alleges the presidential candidate and his eldest son have business connections to three individuals who were once accused of being involved in an $8.5 billion Ponzi scheme. The report by the liberal blog Think Progress claims that Tagg Romney helped create a financial firm named Solamere Advisors with three executives from the Stanford Financial Group, a company that was seized by the U.S. government in 2009 after the Securities and Exchange Commission accused it of being “a massive Ponzi scheme.” More from ABC’s Emily Friedman. http://abcn.ws/uW90vp
Romney’s Google Problem Solves Itself – Assuming you heard about it in the first place. http://abcn.ws/rOhpfh