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Unlike Tea Party, Wall Street Protests Ignore Electoral Politics

Friday, October 07, 2011

Obama knows protesters at Occupy Wall Street are frustrated. Like Clinton and our pain, Obama feels that frustration.

“I think people are frustrated and the protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system work,” he said at his press conference Thursday.

It’s nothing new that the American people see the banks’ recovery in opposition to their own standing. This week, Rasmussen poll found that 79 percent of Americans agree with the statement that "the big banks got bailed out but the middle class got left behind."

As Occupy Wall Street looks to build power as it spreads across the country, the Tea Party has taken those numbers, well, right to the bank.

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Opinion: Why Republicans Should Thank Sarah Palin for Leaving the 2012 GOP Field

Thursday, October 06, 2011

For her part, the turning point probably came when Palin realized that the people she would have to fear most, if she ever got serious about a run in 2012, were the people in her own party. Party stalwarts like Dick Cheney and Karl Rove were not about to hand the GOP nomination over to a loose cannon like Palin.

-Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Naomi Klein on Occupy Wall Street

Thursday, October 06, 2011

You watch US media and the question is “why are they protesting?” where, everywhere else in the world, the question is, “what took them so long?”

—  Naomi Klein, syndicated columnist for The Nation and The Guardian and author of The Shock Doctrine  and No Logo, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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New Jersey with Governor Christie

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Politics, like budgeting, is about managing expectations. So what he’s doing is he’s dialing back the expectations.

—  WNYC senior reporter Bob Hennelly, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Opinion: Palin's Out, and Bachmann's Star Dims

Thursday, October 06, 2011

We can barely keep up with the unfolding political events in the past week.

The big panic is that with Nevada setting its caucus date for January 14 the whole calendar has been trashed. Iowa has to have its caucuses one week before New Hampshire so we are now faced ...

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Opinion: In GOP Field, Line Between Contenders and Pretenders is Now Clear

Thursday, October 06, 2011

"Tonight the light of love in your eyes, but will you still love me tomorrow?"

Primaries are exposing and embarrassing for the party involved. They inevitably lead to infighting, dirty revelations, and from the outside resemble a scrum in rugby. Who is winning is not clear until someone, finally, comes up with the ball.

Even then, the winner this week may not be the winner next week. It's all about timing.

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Sarah Palin Says She's Not Running for President

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Former Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin will not be tossing her hat into the GOP presidential ring. On Wednesday, Palin said she will not run for president.

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Flexing the Money Muscle: Candidates Disclose Fundraising Totals

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Here comes the money! Candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney have reported their earnings from the three-month fundraising quarter that ended last week.

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Opinion: While MSM Ignores Occupy Wall Street, the Movement Grows Nationwide

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

There is still no microphone, yet officials are lining up to speak. There is still a sloppy story to tell, but participants are telling it to each other - through Twitter and other social media - making their experience real and replicable in city after city.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Funding FEMA in Congress and the Irene Example

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

We have a federal government right now that sits on our economy like a stone. It does not need to be that way, so this is an expression of frustration which I fully share.

—  U.S. Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (R-NY-19), on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Matt Bai On Life After Christie Says No

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

There’s a fading obsession here among insider Republicans with trying to find some sort of white knight to come in and save that day, and I think Christie was probably the last of that genre.

—  Matt Bai, chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Process is Political: Alleging Voter Fraud in WV Special Election

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Democrat wins special election West Virginia, and Republican leader alleges voter fraud. Minnesota's news disclosure rules for groups spending on ballot questions. And Arizona Republicans feel burned by redistricted map drawn up by independent commission.  

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Opinion: What Rick Perry's Racist Rock Says About his Judgement

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

One question everyone has been asking me, since the story surfaced, is whether this story is a death knell for Rick Perry with black voters? Honestly, I don't think Rick Perry was counting the black vote.

-Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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He's Out: What Christie's Decision Not to Run Means for the Rest of the Pack

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Standing alone at a podium in his office in Trenton, Gov. Chris Christie said that he's not running for president in 2012, once and for all.

“Now is not my time,” Christie said. “I know not everyone agrees with my decision, but my loyalty to this state is what it is.” Christie said that his commitment to New Jersey was what overrode the draw toward a presidential bid.

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Why Starbucks' CEO Wants to Freeze Campaign Contributions

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The gap between the haves and have-nots is widening. The amount of revenue that state and local municipalities have is going to cut social services in America, and this is why it's so vitally important for corporations to recognize that their pursuit of profitability as a singular goal is quite shallow. It needs to be balanced with a social conscience.

— Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Wall Street Take on Occupy Wall Street

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The government is in a real pickle here, if the bank stocks continue to collapse, about what they can do. If the idea were floated that there were going to be another bailout, you would have 50 million Americans march on Washington with torches and pitchforks.

Henry Blodget, editor in chief and CEO of Business Insider, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Watch | Fed Chair Bernanke Updates Congress on the Economic Outlook

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

LIVESTREAM. Four days before the Labor Department releases its September jobs report, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke goes before Congress to present his agency's semiannual report on monetary policy.

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Video: Gov. Chris Christie Speaks at the NJ Statehouse

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Amid speculation that he will decline to run for president, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has scheduled a news conference Tuesday afternoon at the New Jersey statehouse, a last minute addition to his schedule. 

The news conference will be held at the governor's office inside the Statehouse in Trenton. Christie has avoided reporters in recent days as those close to him say he has been reconsidering his earlier decision not to make a bid. Christie has been receiving encouragement from top Republicans and GOP donors to jump into the race.

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The Process is Political: Bloomberg Testimony, Where to Count Prisoners

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Our daily look at the details that can change everything.

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