Republican candidate Herman Cain is suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination to avoid continued news coverage of allegations of sexual misconduct that is hurtful to his family.
“I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distractions and the continued hurt caused on me and my family,” Cain told several hundred supporters gathered at what was to have been the opening of his national campaign headquarters.
Cain’s announcement came five days after an Atlanta-area woman claimed she and Cain had an affair for more than a decade, a claim that followed several allegations of sexual harassment against the Georgia businessman.
“But because of these false and unproved accusations, it has paid and had a tremendous painful price on my family,” Cain said, with his wife, Gloria, standing behind him on the stage.
The liberal press, which covered up and defended for Bill Clinton and John Edwards, has taken another Republican scalp. What are your thoughts?
While the Occupy Wall Street protesters may not have accomplished much in the way political change, they are taking credit for bringing the topic of income inequality to the national stage. They are not completely wrong about incomes, either. American incomes have grown more unequal, but as AEI's Nick Schulz explained at the Los Angeles Times, there are also three inconvenient truths about income inequality for the OWS movement.
What do you think? Are there any "inconvenient truths" you would add to the list? Check out Schulz's list after the break, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Following the contemptible storming of the British Embassy in Iran by violent protestors, President Obama rightly condemned the Iranian government for not controlling the protestors and protecting a diplomatic outpost. In doing so, however, he made yet another embarrassing foreign policy gaffe: referring to the embassy as "English" instead of "British."
How do you think the media would have treated a Republican presidential candidate if he or she made the same mistake? Check out a video of the press conference after the break, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Even President Obama's supporters would agree that enthusiasm for his 2012 campaign pales in comparison to the energy generated by his 2008 campaign. The stammering of his campaign has led some to question whether his heart is even in it for re-election, especially after his recent comments on American voters, who he said have "fallen behind" and gotten "lazy."
Do you think Obama is hoping to be re-elected? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
With the Super Committee failure last week, lawmakers are considering going back to previous debt proposals proposed over the past year. The three main plans are President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform's 10-year, $4 trillion plan, Rep. Paul Ryan's 10-year, $6 trillion plan, and the Gang of Six 10-year, $4 trillion plan.
Do you think any of the previously proposed plans could be successful in Congress the second time around? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Last night, CNN, the Heritage Foundation, and AEI hosted the eleventh GOP debate of the campaign, this time on the topic of national security. Some of the biggest disagreements came with questions on the Patriot Act, immigration, and foreign aid. Did you watch the debate? Check out video highlights after the break, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
A number of states across the country are pushing voter ID measures to curb voter fraud at the polls. Unfortunately, the Republicans pushing these measures are often accused of being racist or disenfranchising toward minority groups of the population without access to government-issued identification. In fact, just last week on Nov. 14, a group of Democratic representatives met to discuss what they see as the dangers of voter ID laws. According to a Daily Caller article, though, voter fraud on election day might be the least of everyone's worries: the real fraud could be a result of absentee ballotts.
Check out a video after the break of former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama explaining how he believes voter fraud is actually accomplished, and let us know your thoughts on how to fix the problem in the comments.
The congressional supercommittee tasked with finding ways to reduce the federal deficit is looking like they will admit defeat sometime today. The failure of the supercommittee will create and end of the year battle over jobless benefits and an expiring payroll tax, among other programs set to expire at the end of December.
Democrats on the committee are seeking to extend jobless benefits, which currently supports about 3.5 million people for up to 99 weeks of unemployment, and the one-year payroll tax cut. However, extending all the programs through 2012 would add around $300 billion to the annual budget. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) explained that extending the payroll tax holiday is not the biggest problem in the face of the "greater threat" of the national debt.
What do you think will happen if and when the supercommittee fails? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
In case you haven't seen it yet, the Daily Show host Jon Stewart did a segment on the class divisions at Occupy Wall Street, while OWS protesters were supposedly protesting for a classless society. In the two months of occupation in Zuccotti Park, OWS had evolved a hierarchal system with an upper class living in one end of the park and a lower class living in the other end of the park.
Check out the segment after the break, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich has been surging in national polls lately, many of which put him in first place for the Republican presidential nomination, slightly ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
However, like any other GOP candidate could tell you, the better you are polling, the more criticism you get. Gingrich is now being scrutinized for his ties to the widely disliked Freddie Mac, which paid a consulting firm run by Gingrich more than $1.6 million over seven years.
Do you think Gingrich's ties to Freddie Mac will hurt him? Read former lobbyist Jack Abramoff's opinion after the break, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Following their eviction from Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning, Occupy Wall Street protesters were already pushing to return to their newly cleaned campgrounds. Lawyers lined up to file a temporary restraining order, and a judge granted protesters the right to return to the park between the time of eviction and the time of Tuesday afternoon's full hearing. The judge who granted the order, Justice Lucy Billings, has a number of liberal credentials: she is a 1973 Berkeley Law School graduate and spent a quarter century working for the ACLU.
The number of Republican presidential debates might seem excessive to some viewers, but through the debates, the Republican candidates might also be strengthening their debating skills and ability to respond to loaded questions from liberal moderators.
Do you think the candidates are, for the most part, improving? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Yesterday's election saw three especially controversial ballot measures, two in Ohio and one in Mississippi. Ohio voters voted on a measure to restrict collective bargaining rights, similar to the Wisconsin law passed by Gov. Scott Walker earlier this year, and on a measure to opt out the national health care mandate imposed by Obamacare. Mississippi voters voted on a ballot initiative to declare that life begins at conception, seeking to ban abortion altogether. However, the only measure to pass was the health care mandate opt out in Ohio.
What are your thoughts on the three ballot initiatives? Are you surprised by the outcomes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
When microphones were accidentally left on following a G20 meeting, they picked up a private conversation between President Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy during which Sarkozy muttered he "can't stand" Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to which Obama replied, "You're fed up with him? I have to deal with him every day!"
Could Obama's disparaging remark hurt U.S. relations with Israel? Read more about their conversation after the break, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
With a number of GOP presidential contenders hitting snags on the campaign trail, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is being pushed to take more conservative positions than his once more moderate ideas. After having been attacked repeatedly from the right for Romneycare, Romney might be shifting to a more conservative stance on healthcare.
Will taking more conservative views help Romney? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
The tally now comes to 30 members of Congress calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to resign following Operation Fast and Furious.
The latest congressman to call for Holder's resignation was Rep. Connie Mac (R-FL). Mack, who just last week announced he will be running for Senate, indicates that calling for Holder's resignation is a widely shared and politically popular view.
Do you think Holder will step down soon? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Despite allegations of sexual harassment during his time at the National Restaurant Association, conservatives are still rallying around GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, likening attacks against Cain to attacks against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991.
Cain has labeled the charges as a baseless witch hunt, denying sexually harassing anyone. Some are even suggesting that since Cain has become such a target of the left and the media, the attacks could actually bolster Cain's support among conservatives. Do you think the "high-tech lynching" of Cain draws parallels to the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
In the grand scheme of things, student loans from the government are at least well intentioned. Perhaps they even encourage students who would not otherwise attend college to do so. However, with President Obama's latest expansion of the student loan program, we are again reminded whether he is unable to learn from history or is completely indifferent to the government waste incurred by student loan programs.
Obama announced last week a plan to ease the burden of student loans by only requiring graduates to pay a maximum of 10% of their income toward their monthly federal loan payments. However, as Rep. John Kline explained, "We simply can’t keep providing money from the federal government in the form of subsidized or actual loans and Pell Grants when we don’t have the money." Do you think easing student loan payments is just another way for Obama to ensure he still has the youth vote to back him in 2012? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Nationwide, Tea Party groups are upset by the double standard applied to their rallies and Occupy Wall Street protests. While Tea Party groups typically are required to pay a fee to use a park for a one-day rally, OWS protestors have set up camp in the same parks for days at no cost.
One Tea Partier, Colleen Owens of Richmond, VA, is taking action, demanding that the Richmond City Council refund the $10,000 that the Richmond Tea Party was charged for their Kanawha Plaza rallies, the same venue Occupy Richmond protestors have been using at no charge.
Owens is not the only Tea Partier demanding fairer treatment. Do you think any of the Tea Parties will be successful in having their money reimbursed? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Last week, the New York Post reported on the irony of wealth redistribution at Occupy Wall Street protests. While many of the protestors have gathered to protest the ideas of free markets and capitalism and promote the ideas of wealth redistribution and socialism, when wealth redistribution personally affected them, they were outraged. Protestors were complaining that their expensive computers, phones, and cash donations were being stolen. Now, kitchen staffers are revolting due to the number of freeloaders, primarily homeless people and ex-cons, masquerading as protestors to get free food.
Do you think any of the OWS protestors will realize the flaws of socialism based on their bad experiences with socialist principles at OWS protests? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Besides stopping by for an appearance with Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" yesterday, President Obama held an undisclosed meeting with high-level Hollywood executives and celebrity representatives.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the event was not a fundraiser and attendees were not expected to donate to Obama's campaign, but those in attendance were all previous Obama supporters and are considered "'influencers' with the ability to help Obama shape the national political conversation heading into...2012."
What do you make of the secretive Hollywood meeting? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
As of late, the topic of bullying in schools against certain types of people seems to be making headlines with increasing frequency, but the story is not new. According to Thomas Sowell, "[b]ack in the 1920s, the intelligentsia on both sides of the Atlantic were loudly protesting the execution of political radicals Sacco and Vanzetti, after what they claimed was an unfair trial. Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote to his young leftist friend Harold Laski, pointing out that there were 'a thousand-fold worse cases' involving black defendants, 'but the world does not worry over them.'"
Today's media crusade against bullying likewise only cares about which groups are "in vogue" at the moment, currently focusing on "bullying directed against youngsters who are homosexual." Do you think bullying in schools has become a media driven story? Or do you think the level of bullying requires political action to prevent? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.