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CAMPAIGN

‘Herman Cain’ dropped as part of PAC’s name

An independent group formed to support Herman Cain changed its name to the Beat Obama PAC Tuesday, signaling that its creators are giving up on the beleaguered candidate and no longer view him as a cash draw.

The Washington Times had earlier reported that the group, Draft Herman Cain, was likely to spend little on behalf of the candidate despite pledging that donations would go toward getting the former corporate executive elected because treasurer Randy Goodwin and associates have a history of cashing in on hot causes, with proceeds going largely to companies they control and not to campaigning.

The move nonetheless indicates the Cain apparatus fleeing rather than fighting as sexual allegations against the candidate mount.

IMMIGRATION

House votes down caps on skilled-immigrant visas

The House voted Tuesday to end per-country caps on worker-based immigration visas, a move that should benefit skilled Indian and Chinese residents seeking to stay in the United States and the high-tech companies who hire them.

The legislation, which passed 389-15, was a rare example of bipartisan accord on immigration.

The measure would eliminate the current law that says employment-based visas to any one country can’t exceed 7 percent of the total number of such visas given out. Instead, permanent-residence visas, or green cards, would be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Similar legislation is pending in the Senate.

Sponsor Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican, said the bill encourages “high-skilled immigrants who were educated in the U.S. to stay and help build our economy.”

WHITE HOUSE

Obama re-election campaign launches first TV ads

With an eye on recruiting volunteers, President Obama is launching the first TV ads of his re-election campaign.

Campaign officials said Tuesday the ad buy is “tiny” on national satellite-TV stations but aimed at learning whether television is a good way to find volunteers.

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