Reader: Cain camp denies sexual harassment charges, U.S. prefers Reagan over FDR, KC paper refuses ad defending bishop

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on.

  • Two women had accused Herman Cain of inappropriate behavior when he was head of the National Restaurant Association.
  • The Cain campaign denies any allegations of sexual harassment.
  • Not all unwanted advances are “sufficiently severe or pervasive” to automatically constitute sexual harassment under U.S. law, says Curt Levey of the Committee of Justice.
  • There’s hope yet: Americans would choose Ronald Reagan over Franklin D. Roosevelt to lead us during these trying times 36% to 29%.
  • Student loan debt has hit the $1 trillion mark and this bubble is starting to burst. Glenn Reynolds offers some ideas on how to deal with this crisis.
  • Unreal: The Kansas City Star newspaper turned down a $25,000 ad from the Catholic League which defended Bishop Robert Finn.
  • Only the Vatican has more relics than this Pittsburgh parish.
  • 34 days into the current 40 Days for Life and so far 417 babies have been saved. Praise God!



    Dear Joshua – Hmmmm. If someone applied for a position and you believed that person, especially a married person, engaged in ““[S]exual flirtation or innuendo, even vulgar language that is trivial or merely annoying” towards a coworker or subordinate at a prior job, would you hire them. Back when I owned my company, I wouldn’t have. ~ Pat tecum, Greg

    • Joshua Mercer

      I agree with you, Greg. Perhaps when I publish articles critical of candidates, I wrongly publish a counter-point — worried too much that people will say I’m in attack mode. But it is likely true that the standards that you and I have on this matter are higher than the rest of the American electorate. Americans might be willing to forgive (too easily I would say) a married man for boorish behavior. But they might draw the line at if it constitutes actual legally-defined sexual harassment.

      • Joe M

        “Americans might be willing to forgive (too easily I would say) a married man for boorish behavior.” — As evidenced by Bill Clinton. In the case of Cain, I don’t think it’s a matter of forgiveness as much as not wanting to judge someone when the details aren’t well understood.



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