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Herman Cain's Long Odds Get Lengthier After Sex Harassment Report

Obviously, we can't know now how this will all play out. There's evidence some conservatives are rallying around him, seeing the revelation as a dirty trick by liberals. Some see similarities to sexual harassment bomb that went off during the Senate confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence ThomasBut there's also the suspicion that Cain is on the receiving end of oppo research by one of his rival Republican candidates.

Update: Herman Cain Says He Has 'Never Sexually Harassed Anyone'

The Republican presidential contender said allegations of inappropriate behavior during his time at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s are "baseless."

Week In Politics: Updates On Cain, Perry, Romney

Renee Montagne and NPR's Cokie Roberts look at the political landscape this week.

Politico Reporter On Cain's Alleged Misconduct

Steve Inskeep speaks with reporter Jonathan Martin of Politico. The publication is reporting that presidential candidate Herman Cain was accused of inappropriate behavior by two female colleagues while he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s. The women later left the organization and are said to have received five-figure payouts and signed nondisclosure agreements about the incident.

Black, Latino Shifts In Chicago Lead To Map Flap

It's map-drawing time as cities and states create new political districts. In Chicago, where blacks left in droves during the past decade and the Latino population rose, city leaders are redrawing the boundaries of the 50 wards. What's at stake is representation and political clout.

Obama's Economic Trip Across The Pond

Efforts to solve the European debt crisis are sure to be front and center when leaders of the countries that make up the G20 meet in France later this week. President Obama arrives in France on Thursday to meet with European leaders, and NPR's Scott Horsley joins host Audie Cornish to talk about the president's trip.

Where Europe's Bailout Falls Short

European leaders have a big task ahead of them. They have to begin fleshing out that big debt plan unveiled to so much fanfare in Brussels this week. The plan represents the most comprehensive effort so far to resolve Europe's grinding debt problems, but some issues may require a global effort to solve.

Cain's 9-9-9 Plan A Hard Sell In Anti-Tax N.H.

Herman Cain's tax plan has helped boost him to the top of the Republican presidential field. But talking taxes in New Hampshire — the first state on the primary calendar and one with no sales or income tax — has long been considered taboo.
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Garagiola To Seek Nomination In Maryland

In the midst of acrimony over Maryland's newly drawn 6th Congressional District, State Sen. Rob Garagiola is expected to seek the Democratic nomination for the seat this week.