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Occupy Wall Street

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The battle of Wall Street: Violence erupts as police clash with protesters after they force Bloomberg to back down over 'eviction'

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The Email Archive of the #OccupyWallStreet Movement: Anarchists, Socialists, Unions, Democrats and Their Plans


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October2011.org: Anti-War Globalists Organize Occupation Movement, Push Democrats Further Left

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Public School Marching Band Rallies #OccupyChicago Protesters
The Columbus Day protests in Chicago had anarchists, socialists, communists…and a Marching Band! Chicago’s public Morgan Park High School turned out its marching band to entertain and rally the #OccupyChicago protesters.

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MSNBC Analyst Says Donny Deutsch Occupy Wall Street Needs A 'Kent State' Moment


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Occupy Wall Street: a crowd of misfits protesting against everyone and everything

The protest group Occupy Wall Street has tapped into a widespread sense of frustration and disgruntlement in America about the financial crisis.

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Brecht Forum’s Fingerprints All Over Occupy Wall Street
Along with the many socialist and communist groups battling for  a piece of the Occupy Wall Street movement, we would be remiss to leave out the contributions from the Marxist Brecht Forum, host of well known radical speakers such as Frances Fox Piven and Stephen Lerner.

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‘Occupy’ messages, anarchy symbols scrawled on burning SUV

By Jack Moran, The Register-Guard
Eugene police on Wednesday night found a sport-utility vehicle engulfed in flames and covered with graffiti that appears to be consistent with messages of the nationwide “Occupy” movement.

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More anti-Semitism at Occupy Los Angeles
While there have been intense arguments in the media recently about hints of anti-Semitism which have erupted at New York’s Occupy Wall Street protest, very little attention has been paid to similar problems cropping up at other “Occupy” events around the country

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Union power, organizers ‘behind’ Occupy Las Vegas
Big labor steering protestors away from disrupting Democratic events, planning to ‘shut down the Strip’
Victor Joecks
Less than three weeks after its creation, Occupy Las Vegas has been occupied.

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Wall Street's Gullible Occupiers
The protesters have been sold a bill of goods. Reckless government policies, not private greed, brought about the housing bubble and resulting financial crisis.

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TEA PARTY Invades OCCUPY DC

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Hacktivist Group ‘Anonymous,’ #Occupy Activists on Collision Course?

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ACORN: Puppet Master of #OccupyWallSt
by  Matthew Vadum
The Working Families Party, an infamous ACORN front group notorious for corruption, was instrumental in organizing the Occupy Wall Street protests, according to radical journalist Laura Flanders of Free Speech TV.

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Greed & Hippies Properly Understood
Posted by Erick Erickson
About the only thing these hippies, hipsters, senior citizens who never grew up, and college trust funders out protesting can agree on is that greed is bad. They want the whole capitalist system pulled up by the root and replaced with something else because of greed.

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#OccupyBoston Ruins Food Bank Fundraiser, Conservatives Step in with $3,700 Fund Drive
by  Warner Todd Huston
The Greater Boston Food Bank intended to have a fundraising event in Boston’s Dewey Square over the weekend of the 14th of October. It was to be called the “Greenway Mobile Food Fest” and was supposed to help raise funds to feed the poor and needy. However, due to the tantrums being thrown by the Occupy Boston protestors, the event had to be canceled.

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Shepard Fairey, L.A. Street Artist, Designs Party Invite for Occupy Wall Street

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Obama plans to turn anti-Wall Street anger on Mitt Romney, Republicans
By Peter Wallsten
President Obama and his team have decided to turn public anger at Wall Street into a central tenet of their reelection strategy.

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The Union and Foreign Influence Behind the #OccupyWallSt Crowd

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Who's behind the Wall Steet protests?
By Mark Egan and Michelle Nichols
(Reuters) - Anti-Wall Street protesters say the rich are getting richer while average Americans suffer, but the group that started it all may have benefited indirectly from the largesse of one of the world's richest men.

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Overwhelming Stench and Filth at #OWS as Protesters Chant, “You Can Have Sex With Animals”


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The People of OWS: like the people of Wal-Mart, only not as smart

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Scenes from the So-Called 99%
Our third foray into the “We Are the 99 Percent” web site finds that while they still don’t represent 99% of America — who does? — some of the photo posters accidentally make sense.

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Silencing John Lewis Is What Democracy Looks Like
Tim Cavanaugh
Video of an Occupy Atlanta “general assembly” not allowing Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) to speak has been  going virological on the interwebs.

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#OWSPickupLines: What time do you get off not working?

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Occupy Wall Street... mansions
By Charles Riley
Protesters affiliated with Occupy Wall Street are moving uptown on Tuesday and plan to demonstrate outside of some of New York's richest residents' homes.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Occupy Wall Street is on the move ... uptown.

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Help wanted
Reader Greg Farrell writes to point out what he found on Craigslist. It’s an ad from the Working Families Party looking to hire protesters for Wall Street and offering $350-650 a week, depending on responsibility and length of time on staff: FIGHT TO HOLD WALL STREET ACCOUNTABLE NOW! MAKE A DIFFERENCE! GET PAID! Note: “Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.”

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Luxury Ice-Cream Retailer, Unit of Multi-national Corporation, Endorses #OccupyWallSt


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Meet The Anarchist Leaders Behind The ‘Leaderless’ #Occupy Movement


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If capitalism does fail, the alternative is far, far worse
Calls for greater state supervision of the economy must be resisted, however tempting they sound.

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"Hide the Decline"

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On Solyndra: President's Blackberry Off Limits
Posted by CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin
Washington (CNN) - Congress isn't getting a glimpse of what's on President Barack Obama's Blackberry - or any more internal White House communications related to the bankrupt solar company Solyndra, which received a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government.

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115-year-old electric car gets same 40 miles to the charge as Chevy Volt

By Chris Bedford - The Daily Caller
Meet the Roberts electric car. Built in 1896, it gets a solid 40 miles to the charge — exactly the mileage Chevrolet advertises for the Volt — the much-touted $31,645 electric car General Motors CEO Dan Akerson called “not a step forward, but a leap forward.”

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SunPower: Twice As Bad As Solyndra, Twice As Bad For Obama
Congressman's son lobbied for failing solar panel company
by  Neil W. McCabe
How did a failing California solar company, buffeted by short sellers and shareholder lawsuits, receive a $1.2 billion federal loan guarantee for a photovoltaic electricity ranch project—three weeks after it announced it was building new manufacturing plant in Mexicali, Mexico, to build the panels for the project.

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Solar Panels Don't Work. And No One Knows.

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War & Terror

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Surviving The Space Satellite Apocalypse
America sees long (up to five years) endurance UAVs as salvation in the event of a space satellite apocalypse. The U.S. military is concerned about American dependence on space satellites, particularly the GPS birds.

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National

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Lawmakers suggest treating drug cartels as terrorist organizations
By Shaun Waterman
Lawmakers say it is time to treat Latin American drug cartels like terrorist organizations, highlighting alarm about possible links between the two kinds of groups after Iran’s alleged efforts to recruit drug lords to kill a Saudi diplomat in Washington.

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Boffins place living creature under control of brain chip
Hooray! Monkey butlers at last! Well, rodent butlers
By Brid-Aine Parnell
Boffins at Tel Aviv University have successfully implanted an artificial cerebellum into the skull of a rat with brain damage and restored its ability to move.

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Messiah College crowd pushes back on Frances Fox Piven’s accusations of Tea Party racism
Kudos to the crowd on this one. No surprise that Frances Fox Piven would repeat the typical, brain-dead, rooted-in-unreality accusation that the Tea Party is racist — but rather a surprise that a little push-back inspired her to stop clutching her talking points quite so tightly.

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You Know That Your City Has Become A Hellhole When…

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Professor who offended power elite resigns post


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Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr: Congress Is in ‘Rebellion’ So Obama Should Go Outside the Constitution
Tyranny gets a backbench cheerleader:
Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. told The Daily Caller on Wednesday that congressional opposition to the American Jobs Act is akin to the Confederate “states in rebellion.”

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Dennis Ritchie, father of C programming language, dies

Dennis Ritchie, an internationally renowned computer scientist who created the C programming language, has died at age 70.

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Regulatory Burdens Destroying Farming Industry
The country's food growers are getting squeezed dry by inane environmental edicts.

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California's Kafkaesque Rent Control Laws
by Richard A. Epstein
Property rights and due process get second-class status in the courts.
In March 2011, my column for Defining Ideas carried the title, The Follies of Rent Control. In it, I took to task the Court of Appeals of the Second Circuit for perpetuating a substantive mess in takings law when, in Harmon v. Markus, it yet again upheld New York City’s Rent Stabilization Law. On that occasion, I directed my attention to the injustices that arise whenever the government may allow a tenant on a short term lease to remain on the premises, at rental rates set by the government, after the lease has run out.

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University of California teachers’ union aims to block online classes
by Tina Korbe
California’s university system — like the rest of the state — is in dire straits financially. Small wonder, then, that schools there have begun to give some thought to the expansion of cost-cutting online education programs. But predictably, the California teachers’ unions have something to say about that

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Issa subpoenas Holder, Justice for 'Fast and Furious' documents
By Jordy Yager and Daniel Strauss
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) subpoenaed Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday for documents related to the “Fast and Furious” gun tracking operation.

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Apologies Not Accepted
Leadership: Leaked cables show Japan nixed a presidential apology to Hiroshima and Nagasaki for using nukes to end the overseas contingency operation known as World War II. Will the next president apologize for the current one?

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Pipeline Explosion Highlights Incompetence, Cronyism at CA Public Utilities Commission
by  Warner Todd Huston
Another in a long line of explosions and other catastrophic safety failures occurred at the end of September when a natural gas pipeline built and owned by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) ruptured in Roseville, California. This is just of a piece of the failure of PG&E to ensure public safety, a failure that the so-called government watchdog agency set up to watch the utility, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), has seemingly done little to mitigate.

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San Francisco Restaurants Want To Make 25% Standard Tip Rate
SAN FRANCISCO – It’s a question many of us ask when we go out to a restaurant. “How much should I tip?” Whether your service is good or bad, San Francisco Restaurant workers want to implement a 25% standard tip onto your bill for you. Is this fair?

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Lingle joins U.S. Senate race
By Derrick DePledge
Former Gov. Linda Lingle announced today that she will enter the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

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Utica Shale May Be Its Own Energy Game-Changer
By Jon Hurdle
When it comes to superlative descriptions of oil and gas reserves, the Utica Shale may be in a class of its own.

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Titanium deposits on the moon discovered that are ten times the best concentration on Earth

A map of the Moon combining observations in visible and ultraviolet wavelengths shows a treasure trove of areas rich in Titanium ores.

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The allure of an Obama-Hillary ticket
LAURA WASHINGTON
Hillary to the rescue? That rumor-theory-speculation-spin-Hail Mary pass has been circulating around the political hustings for the last year.

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Alabama official says tough immigration law leading to ‘self-deportation’
Employers in Alabama’s Marshall County are hiring new workers following the stepped-up federal and state enforcement of immigration laws.

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"Joe the Plumber" files for a congressional run
By Reid Pillifant
Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, better known as "Joe the Plumber," has formed a congressional campaign committee and filed a statement of candicacy, according to the Federal Election Commission's website.

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Barnes and Noble Pulls Over 100 Titles From All Of Its Stores!!!
DC Comics plans to release over 100 of its comics and graphic novels digitally on the new Amazon Kindle exclusively.  Meaning, the only place you can download DC comics will be the Amazon Kindle.  Barnes and Noble phoned DC Comics and asked to make a deal for their own version of the kindle which is the Nook. Well, DC Comics was not interested in that whatsoever.  So executives at Barnes and Noble have put out the word to every one of their stores to pull every DC Comic brand comic and graphic novel from their shelves.

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Free the Lemonade Three!
Katherine Mangu-Ward
In recognition of Lemonade Freedom Day, Will Duffield, Meg McLain and Kathryn Dill decided to sell 10 cent cups of lemonade on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. Now they  face jail time

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Economy & Taxes

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Big Labor Boss Hoffa: Right To Work Freedom "is a conspiracy"


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Machines replacing men in the vineyard
Workers with Walsh Vineyards Management harvest chardonnay grapes by machine at a vineyard in the Carneros region early Friday.
By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
In the dark of night, the Pellenc machine rolled like a giant Transformer-like insect through the vineyard, seemingly swallowing up vines as it gently shook the chardonnay grapes free.

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Who Besides Solyndra Got Loan Guarantees?
By Megan McArdle
Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison just resigned, as the controversy stubbornly refuses to go away.  Seems worth revisiting the loans once again, since I've spent a little time looking more deeply at the program over the past few days.

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Slovak Libertarians Reject the Euro Bailout
By Marian L. Tupy
The Slovak parliament’s rejection of the European Financial Stability Facility and the collapse of the Slovak government on Tuesday shocked much of Europe. The vote’s outcome should not have come as a surprise, since the ruling center-right coalition never had enough votes to pass the unpopular measure. One of the coalition members, the libertarian-leaning Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS), refused to vote for the EFSF, arguing that poor but reform-oriented Slovakia should not have to bail out richer but stagnating Greece.

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SF Bankers Become First TARP Recipients To Be Charged With Fraud
United Commercial Bank executives charged with defrauding the federal government

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California revenues down by $705 million

Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
Sacramento -- - Revenues flowed into state coffers at a lower rate than projected in September, short about $302 million, putting California a total of $705.5 million below expectations for the first three months of the fiscal year, Controller John Chiang said Monday.

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Time for Another Harding?

How a much-derided Republican president actually succeeded in cutting the budget and fixing the economy.

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Obama Jobs Council Stacked With Democratic Donors

The group of private-sector business leaders advising President Obama on how to create jobs and grow the economy is full of deep-pocket Democratic donors and high-profile financiers of Obama’s re-election campaign, a review of Federal Election Commission data shows.

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New Nobel Laureate Warned Against Obama Stimulus Package, Calling It ‘Surprisingly Na´ve’

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
No matter how skeptical one is of the authority of “experts,” it’s hard to avoid paying at least some attention to the people who award the Nobel prize — especially when they give one to someone who tends to support some things one tended to believe already.

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German push for Greek default risks EMU-wide 'snowball'

Germany is pushing behind the scenes for a "hard" default in Greece with losses of up to 60pc for banks and pension funds, risking a chain-reaction across southern Europe unless credible defences are established first.

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International

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German states defend use of 'Federal Trojan'
Skype-snooping Bundestrojaner legal, insists gov

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Bloody Sunday in Cairo
By Samuel Tadros
Sunday’s bloody attack on Coptic demonstrators left some 25 Christians dead and hundreds wounded. It also left foreign observers confused, as was reflected in a very disturbing White House statement.'

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U.K.: Annals of Government Medicine
An investigation reveals that under socialized medicine in the U.K., the death panel process has been delegated to hospital staff who designate patients “do not resuscitate” without the knowledge of the patient or his family and occasionally through clerical error

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Biggest four UK ISPs switching to 'opt-in' system for pornography

David Cameron unveils deal with big four providers based on report's proposals to protect children from sexual content

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Prime minister says Egypt 'scrambling' after at least 23 killed in clashes
From Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, for CNN
Cairo (CNN) -- Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf said Monday that clashes hours earlier between army forces and pro-Coptic Christian protesters had "brought us back" to the tense, violent period at the onset of the recent revolution.

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Egypt descends into chaos
by David P. Goldman
Sunday’s massacre of protesting Copts is heartbreaking; from the initial reports, several thousand Christians marched to protest the military government’s blind eye towards Muslim violence when they were “were attacked by thugs carrying swords and clubs,” according to one Copt. The Egyptian government says that the Christian protesters began firing live ammunition at soldiers. That stretches credibility.

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Children to be banned from blowing up balloons, under EU safety rules
Children are to be banned from taking part in traditional Christmas games, from blowing up balloons to blowing on party whistles, because of new EU safety rules that have just entered into force.

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Opinion

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Mitt Romney and Latin America

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Australia commits suicide

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The Left's Nervous Breakdown
Obama has failed, and his supporters are turning to nihilism.

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Economic Illiteracy, Thou Art Obama's Defense of Solyndra
By John Tamny
Dissembling about the capital destruction debacle that was his Administration's loan guarantee to bankrupt green-energy firm Solyndra, President Obama told ABC News last week that "if we want to compete with China, which is pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into this space...we've got to make sure that our guys here in the United States of America at least have a shot."

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The 1960s radicalism of Occupy Wall Street will help elect a Republican in 2012

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