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Conservative Blog Answers 'the 99 Percent'

Friday, October 14, 2011

The rallying cry from Zuccotti Park has been — "We are the 99 percent" — essentially that 99 percent of the population has been disenfranchised by a slim minority. The phrase sparked a Tumblr blog where people tell their stories of despair in the economic downturn. But recently, another Tumblr blog has popped up that looks eerily similar to the 99 percenters. "We are the 53 percent" is a reference to the 52 percent of Americans who pay taxes. The blog is collecting stories from people who are frustrated by fellow citizens who the believe are asking for government handouts instead of working themselves.

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The Takeaway

Bankers Respond to Occupy Wall Street

Friday, October 14, 2011

After weeks of silence about the demonstrations in downtown New York and across the country, some of Wall Street biggest bankers are speaking up about the protests and the criticisms being leveled at them. The reaction comes just days after the protestors marched to the houses of J.P. Morgan's Jamie Dimon and hedge fund manager John Paulson.

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The Takeaway

Nicholas Kristof on Occupy Wall Street

Friday, October 14, 2011

Police have arrested at least five Occupy Wall Street protesters, who continue to march toward the New York Stock Exchange. The march began after news broke that the mayor of New York had cancelled a planned cleaning of Zuccotti Park, where protesters faced eviction after living in the park for the past four weeks. Protesters were attempting to clean it up themselves to avoid leaving. The Occupy Wall Street protest is entering its second month as the movement has spread across the country. The Takeaway hears from Zucotti Park this morning.

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On The Media

The Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street

Friday, October 14, 2011

The media have drawn a lot of comparisons between the nascent "Occupy" protests and the Tea Party. But the Tea Party–or parts of it–objects to that comparison.  Brooke spoke to Politico’s Ken Vogel, who says some members of the Tea Party have launched a media campaign against Occupy Wall Street.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Rich Kid Wall Street Protester the Symbol of a Misguided Movement

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Instead of donating her money to charity, or finding another way to help those truly in need, she is counting on the government to give her money away.

-Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Takeaway

Banks Take a Hit in Tough Economy

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A great deal of anger has been directed at the profits of the banking industry since the onset of the recession. One of the focal points of Occupy Wall Street, and of the like-minded protests that have emerged throughout the country, is precisely this discontent with the earnings of banks, particularly during a period of such economic duress for the rest of the country. But the quarterly reports from the banks have been showing that they've taken considerable losses over the past three months.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Tells Protesters Zuccotti Park Needs Cleaning

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg went to Zuccotti Park Wednesday to tell protesters that the park would be cleaned on Friday morning.

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Schoolbook

High School Student at Downtown Protest Ponders Its Purpose

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A voice from the Occupy Wall Street protest: A student at Pace High School in Manhattan expresses sympathy for the protesters, but says she is confused about their goals.

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It's A Free Country ®

Interactive Timeline | Wall Street Protests

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Track the developments in the protest on Wall Street using WNYC's interactive timeline, which chronicles the key moments from the demonstrations since they began on September 17. Here you'll find original reporting from our politics, culture and news desks, segments from WNYC's radio programs as well as opinion and analysis pieces from our team of bloggers.

What are we missing? Send your suggested news stories, photos and videos in the comments below.

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The Takeaway

Occupy Boston: A Small Business Owner, One of the 99 Percent

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Protesters affiliated with Occupy Boston, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, are outraged after police arrested over 100 people early Tuesday morning. Boston city officials have defended the raid, saying protesters were warned, but Occupy Boston contends that the police "made no distinction between protesters, medics, or legal observers." Among the protesters was Nadeem Mazen. A graduate of MIT and an owner of two small businesses, Mazen rejects the narrative that the protesters are "anti-capitalist." Among the issues he's protesting is the lack of liquidity available to small businesses after American taxpayers bailed out the banks.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ask an Occupier

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Occupy Wall Street has entered its fourth week in Zuccotti Park. Justin Wedes, an initial organizers of the protests, talks about the movement and takes listener calls.

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The Takeaway

Dispatch from Cleveland: Occupy Wall Street Moves to the Midwest

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street movement is now in its fourth week, and has spread to cities and towns across the country. Boston, Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, and even Cleveland, Ohio have seen their own protests. Mark Whitaker, correspondent for the BBC, sat down with one Cleveland protester, Kyle DeForest, a songwriter, to explore the motivations of one man confronting corporate greed in America.

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WNYC News

Occupying Wall Street and Trying to Be a Good Neighbor

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

As the occupation of Wall Street rolls into another week, protesters say they are doing their best to reduce their impact on the surrounding neighborhood. But sanitation, noise and the extensive police presence remain concerns for some residents according to Community Board 1 chair Julie Menin.

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It's A Free Country ®

Opinion: To Actually be Meaningful, Occupy Wall Street Should Move to K Street

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The problem isn't Wall Street. These people are protesting at the wrong place entirely. The problem is K Street, the capital of special interest lobby groups in Washington, DC.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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It's A Free Country ®

DiNapoli: Wall St. Tax Revenue Drops, Threatens Balanced Budgets

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Anybody that thinks this is a return to the old days, where at the end of the fiscal year overheated Wall Street profits took care of any budget imbalance, that's not happening this year.

— New York State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

App Assignment: Send Us Your Occupy Wall Street Photos

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

As Occupy Wall Street has spread from a rag tag group of protesters to a nationwide movement and media fixation, Takeaway listeners have been sharing with us their photos from the demonstrations. We want the sights and sounds of protest in your own city. Use the Takeaway iPhone app to take a picture, record video, or interview one of the demonstrators. Don't have an iPhone? Send your submissions to MyTake@TheTakeaway.org, or call us at 877-8-MY-TAKE.

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The Takeaway

Mass Arrests at Occupy Boston Protests

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Police arrested around 100 protesters early Tuesday in a downtown Boston park. The protesters were part of Occupy Boston, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Police, some dressed in riot gear, moved on the protesters in Rose Kennedy Greenway, tearing down tents and arresting scores of people. The protesters had been warned to leave the site, near their official encampment at Dewey Square. Occupy Boston claimed in a press release that the police "made no distinction between protesters, medics, or legal observers."

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The Takeaway

Your Take: Occupy Wall Street

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations are now in their fourth week, and the protests have turned into a national movement. The protests have generated many opinions, not only of the protesters and their message, but also critiques of the way the media has chosen to cover it. Takeaway listeners share some of their opinions.

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Schoolbook

Math Do-Over for State Officials on School Safety

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Did state education officials' failure to read all the tabs on an Excel spreadsheet lead to the low count of violent episodes in New York City schools? State officials concede that they listed 20,000 fewer cases than had been reported to them, and say they are now recalculating the total, as well as revising the list of "persistently dangerous schools."

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The Takeaway

Occupy Wall Street: Taking a Stand in a Soundbite Culture

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"It’s the economy, stupid." "No new taxes." "Four more years." "Change we can believe in." In modern politics, a campaign is dead in the water if it does not have a clear, concise message that can be expressed with the economy of a soundbite. One constant criticism of the movement loosely started by the Occupy Wall Street protests in Manhattan is that they lack such a coherent message. But is that a bad thing? 

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