The Takeaway: Republican Presidential Candidates Get Heated in Vegas; Social Security Increase Coming

<strong><a href=""><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-13513" style="margin-left:5px;margin-right:5px;" title="10-18-gop-debate-zuma-cropped-proto-custom_28" src="" alt="" width="300" height="165" /></a>Stakes Up But Jackpot Elusive in GOP Debate: </strong>Maybe it was something about the Vegas air that got Republican presidential candidates so riled up in last night's CNN-sponsored debate (the fifth GOP debate since Labor Day). This debate, at Las Vegas' Venetian/Sands Expo and Convention Center, saw <strong>Herman Cain</strong> vigorously defending his 9-9-9 tax plan, which <a href=",0,938146.story">was nearly universally panned by the other candidates</a>, and Texas Gov. <strong>Rick Perry</strong>"”after a <a href="">subdued showing at last week's debate</a>"”doing his darnedest to tangle with <strong>Mitt Romney</strong> once again (though no more <a href="–republican-debate.html">Social Security talk</a>; illegal immigration was all the rage this week).

The Takeaway: Cain Wants Chilean-Style Private Pensions in U.S.; Long-Term Care Insurance Program DOA

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is touting an alternative to Social Security based on a private pensions model instituted in Chile a generation ago; HHS ditches plan for long-term care insurance.

The Takeaway: Romney, Perry Move On From Social Security Tussle At Latest GOP Debate; Activist Frank Kameny Dies

<strong>New Focus At New Hampshire Debate:</strong> If the opposite of love isn't hate, but indifference"”well, <strong>Mitt Romney</strong> really, really opposite-of-loved <strong>Rick Perry</strong> last night. For weeks, the two men have <a href="">been very-publicly tangling over Social Security</a>, health care and who's better at adhering to conservative principles. At last night's Republican presidential debate, however, Romney hardly paid Perry any mind, <a href="">instead focusing on defending </a>the healthcare plan he enacted as governor of Massachusetts and the 2008 bank bailouts.