Nov 9, 2011

Cheat Sheet - Voters Strike Back at GOP Overreach

Today: Cain Accusers May Hold Joint Presser , Ahmadinejad: Nuke Charges 'Absurd' , Arizona Boots Anti-Immigration Leader
The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet: Morning

November 09, 2011

Not so fast, Republicans. Populists came out swinging at the ballots yesterday, defeating key Republican initiatives in multiple states. Ohio voters struck down an anti-union law that would have restricted collective-bargaining rights for hundreds of thousands of public employees. Meanwhile, in Mississippi, the anti-abortion "personhood" amendment to the state constitution, a dramatic measure would have defined life as starting at conception, was decisively defeated. The Daily Beast's John Avlon writes that conservatives' 2010 landslide has hit a wall—but Democrats were still denied a clear-cut victory.


How would Cain react if all four of his accusers ganged up on him in a joint press conference? The idea was proposed on Tuesday by Karen Kraushaar, the second woman who came forward with allegations of sexual harassment. Kraushaar confirmed to CBS News that she was interested in convening with the other women in public and that she had indeed filed a complaint against Cain. Her lawyer followed up with an email saying Kraushaar wanted to hold a presser "with as many of the women who complained of sexual harassment as will participate." Cain's camp continues to deny all allegations, and his campaign manager even went on the attack, accusing Kraushaar of having a son who worked at Politico. Politico maintains that the man in question, John Kraushaar, was a former reporter who transferred to another media outlet in 2010. Kraushaar himself later tweeted that while he shares Karen's last name, the two are not related.


The International Atomic Energy Agency's report on Tuesday said Iran is working on nuclear weapons, but Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad refuses to hear it. He pledged Iran "won't retreat one iota from the path it is going." He then attacked the IAEA report as absurd, asking "Why are you ruining the prestige of the agency for absurd U.S. claims?" He insisted that Iran was not building nuclear weapons. "The Iranian nation is wise," he said. "It won't build two bombs against 20,000 bombs you have."


Arizona voted Tuesday to recall Senate president Russell Pearce, the architect of the state's controversial immigration law. He lost 53-45 to fellow Republican Jerry Lewis, a conservative Mormon who opposed the state's anti-immigration crackdown. It's the first time in U.S. history that a sitting Senate president has been recalled, and Pearce is the first Arizona legislator to ever lose a recall election. One Pearce ally, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, predicted Pearce would run again next year.


Joe Paterno canceled his weekly press conference Tuesday as The New York Times said he will resign as Penn State's head football coach after 46 years. But Paterno stepped out of his home briefly to speak with reporters Tuesday evening about the sex-abuse scandal engulfing Penn State. "I've lived for this place. I've lived for people like you guys and girls. As you know, the kids that were the victims, I think we ought to say a prayer for them." Paterno would not answer questions about his future at Penn State. The Times said the timing of Paterno's exit is still under discussion but that he will not coach another season.

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