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Texas Governor Rick Perry produced by far the most memorable moment of Wednesday's Republican presidential debate, and his campaign likely ended in the process.

Already characterized as unready for prime time after several poor debate performances cast serious doubts on his candidacy, Perry hit a new low last night.

It's one thing to have a bad outing ... but Perry never has a good one, and in this almost comical clip, he had no idea what he was even talking about on stage:

Perry tried to name three federal agencies he would eliminate if he is elected president, but came up with just two: the Commerce and Education Departments.

Struggling to come up with #3, Perry received encouragement from one of his rivals, Rep. Ron Paul, who suggested he should actually eliminate five agencies.

Someone then suggested that maybe Perry was talking about the Environmental Protection Agency. No, he said that wasn't the third. But what was it, then?

No clue. After an awkward pause, he drew a blank, offering only a simple "Oops."

You wonder why virtual unknown Herman Cain became the Tea Party darling ...

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Karen Kraushaar was sexually harassed by Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain in the 1990s and left her job because of it, she said yesterday.

The became the second woman to come forward and put a name and face behind accusations that Cain sexually harassed her when she worked for him.

Karen Kraushaar, now a spokeswoman for the Inspector General's Office in the U.S Treasury Department and a former journalist, is pictured below:

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Kraushaar was one of the two women who received a financial settlement of about $45,000 after accusing Cain of sexual harassment in the 1990s. She worked at the National Restaurant Association while Cain headed the trade group.

Sharon Bialek, who went public earlier, offered many more details.

"She is a professional who had to leave her job because of Herman Cain. It is quite simple," a former National Restaurant Association employee said of Kraushaar.

The latest Herman Cain accuser told the N.Y. Times she hoped she and other accusers might hold a joint press conference "where all of the women would be together with our attorneys and all of this evidence would be considered together."

"These allegations can be considered together as a body of evidence."

Cain said Kraushaar's allegations were the only ones he remembered, but that they - like the rest of the salacious claims made against him - are not credible.

Will sexual harassment allegations derail the Cain Train?

 

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Herman Cain’s support for president has withstood a lot, but will new sexual harassment accuser Sharon Bialek derail the Republican's White House ambitions?

After almost a week of reports about his alleged sexual harassment while head of the National Restaurant Association, Cain remained at the top of a new poll.

That poll was taken before Sharon Bialek's Monday press conference, though.

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By adding a name and a face to publicly accuse Cain of some explicit things, with alleged details, the sexual harassment issue has become even more salacious.

The previous accusers have not accused Cain on the record, but took settlements in the 1990s that Politico says stemmed from Cain's inappropriate actions.

Bialek opened up about Cain's alleged crotch-grabbing advances, however, leading some to wonder if Cain's time at the top of GOP public opinion polls is over.

Attorney Gloria Allred held her press conference, and the known Democrat's penchant for political and high-profile scandals could actually rally Cain’s support.

Tea Party darling Cain can also preach to the proverbial choir when he calls this a smear campaign by the liberal media, so he may survive the scandal yet.

What do you think? How will the allegations impact Cain's campaign?

 

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Flanked by lawyer Gloria Allred, Sharon Bialek held a press conference Monday alleging sexual harassment by Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain.

She says he tried to touch her inappropriately after a work dinner.

Specifically, Bialek, a former National Restaurant Association employee, said Cain made a pass at her after a dinner meeting in Washington D.C., "reaching for her genitals" and "putting her head near his crotch" while promising to help her.

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Sharon Bialek says she reached out to Herman Cain when she was fired from the Education Foundation at the National Restaurant Association in July 1997.

Bialek says Cain told her to come to D.C. so they could talk.

She did, and to her surprise, Cain hooked her up with a huge hotel room, took her to dinner, and afterward, promised to show her the NRA headquarters.

Once they were in the car, though ... things got weird:

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A new woman alleging sexual harassment by Herman Cain will break her silence at a news conference ... with powerhouse attorney Gloria Allred in tow, obviously.

The embattled Republican presidential candidate has been accused of harassment by two women who worked at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

Herman Cain was president of the trade group at the time. The women both received settlements, which they can't talk about as per the terms of the settlements.

Politico has alleged that Cain sexually harassed the women.

Now, a third woman, who will be the first to go public on Monday, will say she sought Cain's help with an employment issue and was allegedly sexually harassed.

Allred and her client will discuss, in detail, what she alleges occurred with Cain, the Tea Party darling who tried, and failed, to tamp down the scandal last week.

Saturday night after a debate with Newt Gingrich, Cain refused to answer questions about the allegations, saying "We are getting back on message, end of story."

"Read all of the other accounts. Read all of the other accounts where everything has been answered in the story. We're getting back on message, okay?"

Okay. But he may not be able to determine that after today.

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Are Herman Cain's campaign commercials for real?

The spots for the Republican Presidential candidate resemble what you'd think were an SNL spoof of a Herman Cain ad ... like he can't believe he's leading national polls and actually running a serious campaign these days either.

Take this unintentional comedic gem, in which his Chief of Staff, Mark Block, gushes about candidate Cain and urges people to act on his behalf ... while lighting up a cigarette, as Krista Branch's "I Am America" blares in the background:

It's as if someone at Cain HQ is trying to cry out for help.

Please, vote for someone else. Running for President was fun while it lasted, but we weren't prepared for this kind of attention, and are in over our heads.

That, or it's a stroke of pure genius. We can't really tell.

Follow the jump for another of Cain's now famous campaign ads, "He Carried Yellow Flowers," as well as the official Herman Cain Train music video.

Yes, there is a Herman Cain music video. Watch:

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It's full-on bedlam in the Republican presidential primary race as Herman Cain flat-out accused Rick Perry of starting a smear campaign against him and fueling the sexual harassment allegations against Cain that have surfaced.

Cain, a Georgia businessman who has surged to the lead in many polls, claims Texas Gov. Perry is orchestrating a covert assault to destroy his presidential candidacy.

He made the accusations personally yesterday.

Cain and Perry

As he sought to contain the fallout that consumed his campaign for a third day, Cain shifted his blame from the news media to Perry, the one-time frontrunner.

He accused a top political adviser to Perry of leaking details of one allegation, saying the adviser learned of it while working for Cain’s failed 2004 Senate bid.

“We now know and have been able to trace it back to the Perry campaign that stirred this up, in order to discredit me and slow us down,” Cain said last night.

A spokesman for Perry called that suggestion “reckless and false,” and denied that the campaign was the source of the disclosures against Cain this week.

No word on whether Perry was drunk during that campaign speech.

A source close to Mitt Romney's campaign also denied any involvement. What do you think? Is Cain really being smeared, or just trying to deflect attention?

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We doubt Texas Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry was really hitting a bottle of Jack before this New Hampshire speech, but you never know.

Perry, who once led public opinion polling for the GOP nomination but now trails Herman Cain and Mitt Romney by wide margins, isn't doing himself many favors.

Slurring and gesturing like a madman while making little sense, Perry waved a blue index card (containing his tax plan), saluted Hugo Chavez and much more.

Watch the highlights below and see how loopy he looked last weekend...

To further illustrate how bad things have gotten for Rick, watch the spoof Perry campaign video below. It's not even that much worse than his actual speeches:

Rick Perry:

 

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The White House Correspondents' Association has a found a host for its 98th annual dinner next April 28, and it should be a good one: Jimmy Kimmel.

"I look forward to being a part of the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner," the host of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live said. "I love dinner."

Attended by the President and First Lady, other senior government officials, members of the press corps and Hollywood A-listers, the event offers a rare chance to let loose in the buttoned-up, polarized and combative world of politics.

Case in point: Here's President Obama's speech at this year's:

It's not all for fun and laughs - it's for a very good cause, too.

Proceeds from the dinner go toward scholarships and awards aimed at supporting aspiring journalists and recognizing excellence in the profession.

"Jimmy's humor is sophisticated and edgy while appealing to a wide audience," said Reuters journalist Caren Bohan, president of the WHCA. "We are so thrilled that Jimmy has accepted our invitation to be the featured comedian at our annual dinner."

Seth Meyers was the MC at the 2011 event.

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Jon Stewart is facing Donald Trump's wrath (been too long since we heard from him on political matters) after making what the latter calls a "racist rant" about Herman Cain.

Specifically, Trump took issue with the comedian's commentary on the GOP presidential candidate's confusing denial of sexual harassment charges during the 1990s.

Stewart likened Cain's answer to being asked "Have you ever kidnapped a baby?" only to respond, "No. Well, other than the Lindbergh baby." Funny? Not to Trump ...

Trump was upset about Stewart's imitation of Herman Cain, saying, "It's not what he said, but the way he said. The tone of his voice, the inflection. Unbelievable."

He called out officials saying they're letting Stewart "get away" with it.

"Other people get taken off the air, and when he [Stewart] says it, people smile and sort of say, 'Wow, I can't believe he gets away with that,'" Trump explained.

Trump said others are lambasted for non-political correctness, but never Stewart, even if he does "a horrible, horrible thing to the African-American community."

Whether or not this constitutes "horrible" is a matter of opinion, clearly. But maybe Don should look back at a certain pot-stirring crusade he waged not long ago.

On the flip side, Stewart does go after certain people harder than others, and with a very different style. If that's the Donald's point, it's not totally off base.

Jon's primary target seems to be media coverage of Cain, not the Republican candidate himself, though. Is Trump overreacting or was Stewart just offensive?

Tell us what you think by hitting the comments and the poll below ...

 

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