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A scheduled meeting with the New Hampshire Union Leader’s editorial board was canceled about an hour before it was to begin. There was disagreement over whether the meeting would be videotaped. The Union Leader typically allows taping of its meetings with presidential candidates; Mr. Cain’s campaign refused to allow it.

The development came several days after Mr. Cain appeared to struggle to respond when questioned about Libya during an interview with a Milwaukee newspaper, which was videotaped and went viral after it was posted on the Internet.

Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon said the Union Leader canceled.

“We would like to do something with them in the future,” he told the Associated Press.


Court orders Texas’ use of Democrat-friendly maps

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal court on Thursday issued temporary political maps for the 2012 election in Texas that some say will give Democrats a greater chance of winning seats in the Legislature.

The maps, which still must be given final court approval, will remain in place for state House and Senate districts until there is a resolution to lawsuits filed over the Legislature’s proposals — likely through the 2012 elections. The court is expected to also release a proposal for new congressional districts.

Republicans have acknowledged they are not likely to hold on to the 101-49 supermajority they have in the Texas House. Still, Democrats argue that the GOP map drawers went too far in trying to preserve their power.

Lawyers were still analyzing the maps Thursday evening. The court order from a three-judge panel in San Antonio requested that parties file comments and objections by noon Friday. A spokeswoman for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is representing the state, said the office is reviewing the maps.


Cain is first GOP candidate to get Secret Service aid

Herman Cain on Thursday became the first Republican presidential candidate to receive Secret Service protection.

Mr. Cain asked for the security, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano and congressional leaders approved his request Thursday, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan confirmed.

Elite agents were expected to begin protecting the former pizza company executive sometime Thursday.

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