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4) A new Franklin & Marshall College poll, conducted for a number of Pennsylvania media outlets, shows slightly higher job ratings for Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., who is facing a tough reelection campaign next year: 38 percent of Keystone State voters think he is doing an "excellent" or "good job," up from 32 percent in August. Just 9 percent of voters think Casey is going a "poor" job, while 38 percent rate his performance as only "fair." A similar number of voters -- 37 percent -- rate President Obama as "excellent" or "good," but 31 percent rate him as only "fair," and 32 percent say he is doing a "poor" job in office. 3) Republicans in the Ohio state House will try this afternoon to pass a revised congressional district map to avoid a ballot referendum on the previously-proposed map that passed and angered many Democrats. Here's what's at stake: Republicans hope they can get enough Democratic support to pass the map as an emergency measure to be put into effect, thereby averting referendum on the map passed earlier this year. But it's not clear whether Republicans will get the votes they need. The Columbus Dispatch has the complete details here. 2) Voters are very pessimistic about the supercommittee's prospects to develop a plan to reduce the federal budget deficit, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released early Thursday that shows less than a quarter of voters think Obama and the Super Committee will agree on a debt-reduction framework. The Q poll also tested the favorability of both the tea party movement and the Occupy Wall Street movement, finding pluralities of voters with similarly unfavorable impressions of both. Most polls have shown slightly higher ratings for the nascent Occupy movement, but the nation's perception of those protests may be changing. 1) Up until Wednesday, Herman Cain's sexual harassment charges were Herman Cain's problem. But now, the entire Republican field threatens to be engulfedin a series of messy nah-nah, so's-your-mother charges and counter-charges. Cain is accusing Rick Perry's campaign of dropping the dime on him, and Perry's camp is pointing the finger at Mitt Romney. It's enough to put a smile on the face of an otherwise beleaguered President Obama.

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