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Occupy Wall Street Continues to Grow in Fourth Week

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street movement is entering its fourth week and showing no signs of slowing down. What began as a loosely organized protest against corporate greed and the growing gap between rich and poor Americans has increased dramatically in terms of supporters, media coverage, and online discussions. Thousands of people have turned out for protests in lower Manhattan, and in dozens of other places across the country, including Boston, Miami, and the District of Columbia. Many media outlets have declared the leaderless Occupy movement to be the left's answer to the Tea Party movement, and others have likened it to the Arab Spring.

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WNYC News

School Holiday Means Family Day at Occupy Wall Street

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street protests show no sign of letting up. In fact, the warm weather and a school holiday drew some new people to the protests — a large numbers of teachers, parents and kids were at Zuccotti Park on Monday. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Religion and Occupy Wall Street

Monday, October 10, 2011

Did your pastor/preacher/imam/rabbi mention Occupy Wall Street over the weekend? Is there a convergence of the political and religious among the protesters around the country? We ask what kinds of conversations were taking place during your religious ceremony this past weekend.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Washington Responds to Occupy Wall Street

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich talks about economic news from Washington over the weekend, and how politicians from right and left are responding to the Occupy Wall Street protests.

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The Takeaway

A Tea Party Activist Responds to Occupy Wall Street

Monday, October 10, 2011

As the Occupy Wall Street protests enter their fourth week, a number of media commentators have made the inevitable comparison to the Tea Party movement that has galvanized conservative politics for the last two years. But are the two movements really that similar, or is the comparison simply a convenient media narrative? Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer has been quoted dismissing the movement as "a kid having a temper tantrum because their parents won't buy them the whole ice-cream store." (Read a transcript of the interview after the jump.)

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: America Wanted a Job, but Got an Occupation

Friday, October 07, 2011

The Democrats ignored rising frustrations and let the Tea Party steal part of the story. When debt and deficit overtook jobs and economic security, the media had a completely different fable to run with.

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

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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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WNYC News

Inside Protest Headquarters: A Look at Life in Zuccotti Park

Friday, October 07, 2011

Protesters have been camped out at Zuccotti Park since September 17. As the protests have grown, so has their footprint in the park. They have transformed the public space into their operations center and their outdoor home — creating their own neighborhood within the park.

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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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Schoolbook

Labor Joins the Demonstration as School Layoffs Near

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Labor and economic unrest were in the news as the bargaining deadline neared for the city's Department of Education and District Council 37 members, and as layoffs of school aides and other school workers appeared to be nearly certain.

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The Takeaway

Occupy Wall Street Movement Gains Momentum

Thursday, October 06, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street movement is gaining momentum, and not just in New York — it's spreading across the country, to places like Boston, Miami, and Seattle. As the number of people camped out in Zuccotti Park in New York and other American cities grows, so does the amount of media coverage and the number of incidents involving clashes between police and protesters. Three protesters offer their dispatches from the demonstrations.

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WNYC News

From Unions to Anarchists, Wall Street Protests Draw Diverse Support

Thursday, October 06, 2011

The Wall Street protests have recent endorsements from interested factions — large and small — making for some strange bedfellows in Zuccotti Park, the protesters’ defacto headquarters, as businessmen, union members and anarchists are among the otherwise unlikely to rub elbows.

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WNYC News

Look | Demonstrators Gather for Wall Street Protest

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Thousands of union workers, community groups and Occupy Wall Street protesters rallied in Foley Square late Wednesday during a demonstration in Lower Manhattan where 23 people were arrested and pepper spray was used in one instance, police said.

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Schoolbook

On WNYC, Union President Says Protest Message is 'Clear'

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

On his daily talk show, WNYC's Brian Lehrer asks why established labor unions are now joining the Occupy Wall Street movement, and if the protesters even have a unified message. "The message is clear, the country's headed in the wrong direction," responds United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew.

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It's A Free Blog

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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The Brian Lehrer Show

Unions Join Occupy Wall Street

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

President of 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Mike Fishman and president of the United Federation of Teachers in New York Michael Mulgrew explain why their unions are joining the Occupy Wall Street protests today.

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WNYC News

For the NYPD, Wall Street Protests Have Hefty Price Tag

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street protests have entered a third week and show no signs of flagging, which means the police can’t either. The protests are getting expensive for the New York City Police Department.

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Schoolbook

Five City Teachers Among Arrested Wall Street Demonstrators

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

City Department of Education officials said five public-school teachers that they know of have been arrested in the Wall Street demonstrations. One of them is David Suker, who teaches G.E.D. classes in the Bronx and said his students inspired him to participate. Meanwhile, Occupy Wall Street said it will join District Council 37 at anti-layoff demonstrations at City Hall Tuesday afternoon, and the city teachers union said it plans to participate in demonstrations planned for Wednesday.

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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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The Takeaway

New York Federal Reserve Chair Responds to Occupy Wall Street

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street protests continue in lower Manhattan today. Demonstrators are protesting perceived excessive greed by the super-wealthy and economic inequality as epitomized by Wall Street. The protests have grown in popularity over the last three weeks, and similar events are happening all over the country, including cities like Boston and Miami. On Monday, The Takeaway spoke with J.A. Myerson, from the media team for the Occupy Wall Street movement, about why he's protesting and what future he sees for the movement.

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