- The Cain campaign tries to blame harassment leaks on Perry, which is both impossible to prove and irrelevant to the allegations.
- It loses him some conservative defenders.
- Team Perry denies any role and then, inexplicably, says Romney probably did it.
- Romney declines to criticize anyone but the DNC, probably while sketching out a
- One of Cain’s sexual harassment accusers is asking the National Restaurant Association to waive their non-disclosure agreement so she can tell her story.
- The NRA payout was a year’s salary, another fact in conflict with the Cain’s account.
- He’s worried that China might be developing nuclear capability 47 years after the nation
- Hundreds of millions of dollars went missing from customer accounts during MF Global’s final days.
- Cain changes his story on sexual harassment allegations. He explains himself to Fox.
- More pertinent: Can his organization win Iowa?
- The Tax Policy Center and Bruce Bartlett pick over Perry’s tax plan. Here it is in one chart.
- Cain and Romney lead in Iowa.
- The caucuses are wide open.
- Two female employees accused Cain of inappropriate behavior in the ’90s. The campaign denies the charge and the candidate is, uh, not taking questions:
He breathed audibly, glared at the reporter and stayed silent for several seconds. After the question was repeated
- European leaders strike a deal to write down a third of Greece’s debt, swell the bailout fund and recapitalize the continent’s banks.
- The U.S. economy grew at an improved 2.5% annual rate from July to September. (As Jim Pethokoukis points out, at this point in Reagan’s first term, it was humming along at 8.1%)
- The CBO on income
- Perry’s first TV ad debuts today in Iowa, marking the start of the 2012 air wars.
- Perry rolls out his 20% flat tax along with a Cut, Cap & Balance-esque fiscal plan.
The plan starts with giving Americans a choice between a new, flat tax rate of 20% or their current income tax rate. The new flat tax preserves mortgage interest, charitable and state and local tax exemptions for families earning less than $500,000