Morning Briefing: November 29, 2011

Bolstered by a polling memo that indicates income inequality is viewed as a significant problem by a majority, Senate Democrats will continue to push for legislative measures that focus on the issue. “We are going to keep at the payroll tax cut, and we are going to continue to put other jobs measures, as well as measures that help reduce income inequality, on the floor,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said.

In an interview yesterday, an Atlanta woman named Ginger White alleged that she had a 13-year affair with GOP candidate Herman Cain. The Cain campaign has been crumbling after four women accused Cain of sexual harassment. White is the fifth woman to accuse him of improper behavior. Trying to get ahead of the story, Cain denied the accusations in a CNN interview, saying, “I have nothing to hide. I did nothing wrong.”

Fellow GOP contender Newt Gingrich, who has his own prominent personal baggage and multiple extramarital affairs, had no comment on the latest allegations against Cain. Gingrich had previously offered words of support for Cain when the accusations surfaced, but when asked for comment yesterday said, “No. Nope, nope, nope. No comments.

Gingrich slammed the Obama administration for suing South Carolina over its radical anti-immigration law, which requires proof of citizenship if pulled over by law enforcement. “President Obama sided with Mexico, I would side with South Carolina,” Gingrich said, adding, “We should have a very clear rule that the people of the U.S. do not want a president who’s confused about whose right they’re defending.”

Psychiatrists declared Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik insane, believing that he was “in a psychotic state during the twin attacks” this summer “that led to the deaths of 77 people and injured 151.” Breivik, who pleaded not guilty, is slated to stand trial on April 16 and, while it is unclear whether the report will prevent the trial from proceeding, it will “certainly mean that Breivik is detained into psychiatric care rather than receiving a lengthy jail term.”

Both Pakistani and Afghan military officials say they were engaging insurgents in the lead-up to a NATO attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. The incident has caused a major disruption in diplomatic relations between Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the United States.

Egyptians turned out in large numbers to vote in the country’s first parliamentary elections since the fall of president Hosni Mubarak. The election comes after a major crackdown by the country’s military government against activists, resulting in at least 40 deaths among protesters and thousands of injuries.

And finally: For a trip down memory lane, here’s Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) joining a holiday sing-along of “Winter Wonderland” in 1992. Frank and his then-partner Herb Moses participated in the ABC News special, singing the portion “He’ll say: Are you married? We’ll say: No man.”

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