• Herman Cain’s advice for Mitt Romney on VP Pick, and his plans for 2016

    Spinners and Winners

    After running a memorable presidential campaign, Herman Cain is once again "firing up the Cain train" with a new bus tour and radio talk show. Never one to shy away from controversy, Cain spoke with Spinners & Winners about his take on Romney's chances, the Republican veepstakes and his own future in presidential politics.

    Since suspending his campaign in December of last year, Cain has made three separate endorsements. In May he finally endorsed Mitt Romney, after previously endorsing both Newt Gingrich and the American people. "The endorsement process is an evolution," Cain tells ABC's Jonathan Karl. "What you try to do is you endorse someone that you believe in and their ideas and their solutions align with yours."

    Despite being slow to endorse him, Herman Cain says he fully supports Mitt Romney in the fight to beat President Obama in November. He says he is in regular contact with Romney's campaign and is encouraging the presumptive nominee to take strong

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  • Poking holes in Obama lore: A new biography on the president’s life

    Political Punch

    A new biography of President Obama pokes holes in the president's own memoir. David Maraniss's "Barack Obama: The Story" takes readers on an international journey through Indonesia, Kansas, Hawaii, Chicago -- the meandering path that shaped Obama before he landed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    "The moment that overwhelmed me was actually in Indonesia, in Jakarta," said Maraniss, where 7-year-old Obama -- then called Barry Soetoro, taking the name of his stepfather -- lived. Obama, said Maraniss, didn't know the language, and wasn't a rich kid going to the international school. He was one of the neighborhood kids at the neighborhood school.

    "When I was there, in those alleys, and thinking about that Barry Soetoro becoming President Obama, that was kind of uh, an amazing moment," Maraniss said.

    The president does not show up in Maraniss 's book until chapter seven -- the first six are spent following stories from Kansas and Kenya that result in the creation of Barack

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  • Media crush Congress in grudge match…and other wins and losses on the campaign field

    Politically Foul

    On Politically Foul we call the hits, runs and errors on the campaign field — and this time is no different — but this week we also saw actual plays on an actual ball field.

    Yes, this week the women of Congress, from both the House and Senate, suited up for a softball game against the women of the Washington media, a team captained by Politically Foul's very own Amy Walter. The goal may have been to raise money for charity, but the competitive juices were flowing and so was the smack talk.

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fl, and chair of the Democratic party, told us before play started that she was anticipating the game would be a lot tougher than an appearance on a Washington public affairs Sunday talk show, where she said she usually gets "softball" questions tossed at her.

    And Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, said she found the stress of the game even more intense than being on the reported short list for Vice President. "I would say tonight, more pressure — really."

    It was a

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