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The Politics Of Late-Night TV

The couches of late night TV shows have become the new must do on the campaign trail for a presidential candidate. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's political junkie Ken Rudin about how getting a laugh on Leno or Letterman could help a candidate's image.

5 'Lowlights' Of Herman Cain's Campaign

From the Libya brain freeze to the "smoking ad," we look back at some of the Cain campaign's most excruciating moments.

Campaign Over, Cain Vows To Go With 'Plan B'

Dogged by allegations that he cheated on his wife of 43 years and sexually harassed other women, a still-defiant Herman Cain left the race to the White House on Saturday.
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Herman Cain Suspends Presidential Campaign

Republican candidate Herman Cain said he is moving on to "Plan B," and is suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.


Herman Cain's Big Announcement

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has been dogged by allegations that he sexually harassed several women. This week, an Atlanta woman claimed she and Cain had a 13-year affair that ended earlier this year. Now Cain has scheduled an event Saturday afternoon, where he is expected to announce the future of his candidacy. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Don Gonyea.

Congress Tries, But Still Can't Save Payroll Tax Cuts

People who are lucky enough to have jobs could still see a cut in their paychecks next month unless Congress votes to extend a payroll tax cut. NPR's Scott Horlsey and Tamara Keith join host Scott Simon to talk about the status of the cut.

Complicity In Crisis: Can We Trust Ratings Agencies?

The current world economic crisis has raised hard questions about the assessments made by the big three ratings firms, S&P, Moody's and Fitch. It's also brought charges that they not only missed the onset of financial crisis, but helped fuel it with faulty judgments. Host Scott Simon talks with Roben Farzad, a senior writer for Bloomberg-Businessweek.