Election 2012
8:44 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Cain Has Long Ties To Koch Brothers-Linked Group

Republican Herman Cain, facing allegations of sexual harassment, returns Friday to a familiar, and presumably friendly, venue — the annual convention of Americans for Prosperity, the conservative group founded by billionaire businessmen David and Charles Koch.

The group has a long relationship with Cain. The organization first enlisted him in 2005 to spearhead what it called the Prosperity Expansion Project. Cain went on the road, networking at state chapters of AFP. When he landed in Wisconsin, he met his campaign-manager-to-be, Mark Block.

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The Two-Way
6:03 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Census: More Grown Men Are Living With Their Parents

Census

The Census has some news for parents who thought they had an empty nest, only to find their grown child is back in the basement: You are not alone.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Income Gap Becomes Politicians' Latest Battleground

There's been a shift in the economic discussion in American politics. For months, the debate was focused on government spending, regulations, debt and taxes. Now there's something new: income inequality.

And it's not just the Occupy Wall Street protesters who are worried about the growing gap between the richest 1 percent and the rest of America. The gap has been growing for 30 years, but in the midst of the recession, it appears to have reached a tipping point.

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Sports
5:15 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

LSU-Alabama Preview: The Honey Badger As X Factor

Saturday's game between No. 1 Louisiana State University and No. 2 Alabama has been called "the game of the century." In 2010, LSU beat their SEC rivals, 24-21.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

The top-ranked LSU Tigers will be in Tuscaloosa to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide Friday, in what some college football fans are calling "the game of the century."

But it's hard to know if the clash between the nation's top two teams will live up to the billing.

"To paraphrase Kierkegaard," NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca tells Renee Montagne, "football games must be played forward, but can only be understood backward."

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Generational Politics: Silents to Millennials
4:55 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Generation Gap: How Age Shapes Political Outlook

A new survey from the Pew Research Center finds wide gaps in how different generations view politics. Older voters are more conservative, more angry at the government and less hopeful about the future of the country. Younger voters lean left, wish the government played a greater role in their lives and believe the nation's best days are yet to come.

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The Salt
4:51 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

FDA Officials In China To Plug New Food Safety Law

A worker monitors the loading of containers on to a ship at a harbor in China's Shandong province. Under a new U.S. law, Chinese food exporters will now have to share more food safety information with American food importers.
STR AFP/Getty Images

Fifteen percent of the food Americans eat is imported, including 80 percent of the seafood, and two-thirds of the fruit and vegetables. Our current food safety system can't even begin to keep tabs on the 24 million shipping containers loaded with food that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimates arrived this year from overseas. Increasingly, that food is coming from China, which has suffered a series of scandals involving tainted food.

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The Two-Way
4:36 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Scientists Unveil Fossil Of 'Saber-Toothed Squirrel' That Lived Among Dinos

Reconstruction of Cronopio dentiacutus in its native environment at La Buitrera locality, Patagonia, Argentina, during the early Late Cretaceous (approximately 94 Million years ago).
Jorge Gonzalez Courtesy of Guillermo Rougier

Imagine a critter about the size of a squirrel. Imagine it with big eyes and a long snout. Now imagine it with canine fangs about one-fifth the length of its head. That's the kind of a mammal that scientists said today was walking among dinosaurs more than 100 million years ago.

Scientists found the fossils in Argentina and the find is significant because scientists say it closes a 60-million-year gap in what they knew about mammals in South America during the late Cretaceous period.

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Politics
4:13 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

An Inside Look At The 'Dark Art' Of Politics

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain wipes his brow during a discussion on health care Wednesday in Washington. The former head of the National Restaurant Association has been under fire in recent days over sexual harassment allegations and his response to them.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

No one seems to be talking about Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan this week — including Herman Cain. Instead, he's had to deal with allegations that he committed sexual harassment when he was head of the National Restaurant Association.

On Wednesday night, he accused Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign of planting the story. Perry's campaign flatly denied it, and Cain has backed off.

Regardless, some political consultants have seen the invisible hand of opposition research during this campaign season — what's known as the "dark art of politics."

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It's All Politics
4:02 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Cain Accuser Won't Release Name As New Details Of Harassment Emerge

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain spoke in Virginia on Wednesday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

One of two women who settled sexual harassment complaints against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain when he headed the National Restaurant Association will know by Friday whether the group will release her from a confidentiality clause that prevents her from speaking about the agreement.

The woman, however, is unlikely to go public even if the lobbying group lifts the confidentiality requirements imposed as part of the 1999 cash settlement, her lawyer says.

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National Security
3:59 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

China, Russia Top List Of U.S. Economic Cyberspies

A poster warns U.S. companies of the threat of cyber-espionage. A new report released Thursday names China and Russia as the top culprits in the theft of U.S. intellectual property and technology.
Courtesy of the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive

Privately, U.S. officials have long complained that China and Russia are out to steal U.S. trade secrets, intellectual property and high technology. But in public they've been reluctant to point fingers and instead have referred obliquely to "some nations" or "our rivals."

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