Reporter's Note: Each day I write a letter to the president. As far as I know, he has never seen even one of them, and he has certainly never responded, but that is no reason to give up hope, is it?.
Dear Mr. President,
As I write this I am riding down a remote highway in Canada on assignment, so as you might guess my thoughts are somewhat removed from the whole DC political scene.
Rather, I am on the lookout for moose, bears, or whatever other critters we might scare up. (As an aside, a fellow I met this morning told me all about the time he saw a wolverine! Can you imagine?)
It is a tad cold here, but if the wind were not blowing it would be quite tolerable. Still, winter is not yet really on the land, so I suppose we should be grateful for the relatively mild weather.
Heaven knows I have been in much worse, much chillier spots, so I won't complain.
What's all this ruckus I keep hearing about Herman Cain? Sounds as if the loud crowd is hot on his tail over...well, whatever it is that he did years ago which seems to have displayed some questionable judgment.
If you get a moment, give me a call and let me know any developments. Otherwise, I hope your week is going well.
(CNN) - Herman Cain may very well bounce back and remain a popular contender for the GOP presidential nomination, but the normal rules of politics would say that he has about 48 hours to get his campaign under control.
As he struggles with the allegations swirling around him, it is worth remembering that so far, there is no hard evidence that he has done anything wrong. It is also worth recalling that in sexual harassment cases, perceptions of men and women can differ and lines can be blurry. That was especially true in the 1990s when the alleged events took place. He deserves the benefit of the doubt until we know more.
His fortunes have been bolstered as well by the way conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter have rushed to his defense. Limbaugh has sparked a familiar cry among tea partiers about "liberal media witch hunts." On Wednesday, Politico - the news organization that broke the story - reported that voters in Iowa aren't paying much attention: Cain still rides high there.
Editor's note: AC360's Gary Tuchman spoke with Sam Mullet, the Bishop of a breakaway Amish group. Three of his sons are suspected of perpetrating the beard-cutting attacks. Tune in at 8 p.m. ET for his report and a fascinating discussion about the significance of the crimes.
Bergholz, Ohio (CNN) – Members of the Amish community in eastern Ohio are the subject of a federal investigation following a wave of Amish-on-Amish incidents, FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson confirmed to CNN Wednesday.
Five men have been arrested and charged with kidnapping and burglary stemming from an incident at the home of Myron and Arlene Miller in early October in which the group of men pulled Myron out of the home by his beard, held him down, and cut off large portions of the beard. An Amish man's beard is a significant symbol of his faith.
According to Jefferson County Sheriff Fred J. Abdalla, the incident at the Millers' home was one of a handful of incidents throughout several counties in which as many as 30 men and women carried out similar attacks.
Additional arrests stemming from the other attacks aren't likely, Abdalla said, because the other victims have not pressed charges. It is Amish tradition to solve conflicts by means of their faith and church, without the involvement of law enforcement.
The perpetrators are believed to be followers of a breakaway Amish group led by Sam Mullet. Of the five that have been arrested, three are Mullet's sons.
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