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Issue: "Border bandits," Dec. 3, 2011

Cain falling

The campaign of Herman Cain came out fighting on Nov. 8 against accusations of sexual harassment dating back to when he led the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. "The charges and the accusations I absolutely reject," Cain said at a news conference. "They simply didn't happen." Six days later, Cain's wife, Gloria, who has not had a high-profile role in the campaign, came to her husband's defense on FOX's On the Record: "I know the person that he is, and I know that the person that they were talking about, I don't know who that person is."

But whether it was fallout from the accusations, a series of gaffes during interviews, or a combination of both, Cain began to see his stock fall in the polls. He dropped to under 20 percent in the RealClearPolitics averages of national polls for Nov. 6 to Nov. 15, putting him third behind Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

Stemmed research

The California company behind the first government-approved human trials using embryonic stem cells announced Nov. 14 that it is halting its tests. Geron Corp. cited costs as the reason behind the decision to shut down its embryonic stem-cell projects. The company will now devote all of its resources to cancer research. Many analysts, however, doubted that financial limits were to blame and suggested instead that embryonic stem-cell research was not getting the results in medical breakthroughs its advocates had expected. Dr. Daniel Salomon, associate professor in the department of molecular and experimental medicine at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, sounded a skeptical note to ABCNews.com: "This company would not walk away from this trial in the absence of an unexpected complication or safety concern, if there was any evidence that it was working."

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