The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, December 1, 2011

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HERMAN CAIN: ABC News’ Huma Khan: “ Herman Cain: Decision to Stay in Race Depends on Wife” Herman Cain said today he will make a decision about whether to stay in the Republican presidential race in the next few days, and it would hinge on what his wife says. The former businessman took to Fox News this afternoon saying that he is reassessing his family’s feelings, but he wouldn’t answer the question of whether he will still be in the race a week from now. LINK

The Hills’ Justin Sink: “ Cain to make decision on race within a week” Herman Cain said he will decide within a week whether to remain in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, and plans to consult with family this weekend after allegations of an extramarital affair surfaced earlier this week. “A week from now I will have made a final decision,” Cain said on Fox News Wednesday afternoon. LINK

USA Today’s Martha T. Moore: “ News media gives up on Cain campaign” The verdict was swift and merciless: The Cain Train has reached the terminus. “Everybody knows this candidacy is basically dead,” NBC political director Chuck Todd said Tuesday on the Today show, the morning after an Atlanta woman said she had had a years-long affair with married Republican candidate Herman Cain. “Except the campaign.” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Aliyah Shahid: “ Herman Cain: I’m still reassessing my 2012 campaign  despite Ginger White affair allegations” Herman Cain is playing the victim card. The Republican presidential candidate -accused of carrying on a 13-year affair with a Georgia woman -said Wednesday that he was still reassessing his campaign and that he was the target of “character assassination.” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Herman Cain: “ In New Hampshire, Herman Cain vows ‘it ain’t over yet’” Stridently denying allegations of an extramarital affair, Herman Cain returned to New Hampshire on Wednesday night telling supporters he was a victim of character assassination and would make a decision about whether to stay in the race within a few days after sitting down face-to-face with his wife Friday. LINK

NEWT GINGRICH: The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “ The Up-Close-and-Personal Candidate? A Thing of the Past” The aspiring Republican presidential candidates have logged countless hours in the living rooms of voters, pitching their platforms and firing jabs at President Obama. LINK

MITT ROMNEY: The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen and Chris Cillizza: “ Romney backers launch ‘super PAC’ to raise and spend unlimited amounts” A group of prominent Mitt Romney backers has quietly started a “super PAC” to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money in support of his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, according to organizers and others involved in the effort. LINK

Politico’s James Hohmann: “ Chris Christie: Barack Obama and his ‘henchmen’ fear Mitt Romney” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie believes the onslaught of Democratic National Committee attacks on Mitt Romney is “the greatest thing in the world” for the former Massachusetts governor’s campaign. “Let’s let the president and his henchmen keep doing it,” Christie said Wednesday at the Republican Governors Association meeting here. “That shows he’s the person they’re most afraid of. And that’s good news for us from a political perspective.” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “ Romney Strategy in Question” Mitt Romney finds himself on familiar turf yet again, trading the top spot in Republican primary polls with a lone challenger. But in his newest competitor, Newt Gingrich, the former Massachusetts governor may face a greater threat to his five-year quest for the presidential nomination: a seasoned rival with substantive policy ideas to back up his energetic style. LINK

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