Election News: A constitutional amendment that would have defined a fertilized egg as a person failed on the ballot in Mississippi, while Ohioans voted to repeal a Republican-backed law that restricted collective bargaining for public workers. In Virginia, a Republican takeover of the state senate hinges on a lead of 86 votes. All in The Washington Post.
Another Name: Herman Cain, the embattled Republican candidate for president, convened a nationally televised news conference Tuesday in which he insisted that he is innocent of all sexual harassment accusations, even as another woman put her name to allegations that he had approached her inappropriately, The New York Times reports.
Ad Alliance: Yahoo Inc, Microsoft Corp and AOL Inc have set up an advertising partnership meant to take on the growing dominance of Google and Facebook in the online ad sector, Reuters reports.
Patent Portfolio: Ericsson AB, the world’s largest maker of mobile-phone networks, aims to increase revenue from its more than 27,000 patents as devices from toys to energy meters get wireless access, according to Bloomberg.
No Swag: On Wednesday, Obama will sign an executive order directing agencies to limit costs on a number of things — like travel, smartphones, printed documents and, wait for it, “swag.” The White House defines swag as “the plaques, clothing, and other unnecessary promotional items that agencies purchase” with tax dollars, Politico reports.