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About 80% of the money given to the Super PACs - groups whose massive spending is expected to heavily influence the outcome of the 2012 elections - has come from just 58 individual donors. http://www.salon.com/2011/09/29/2012_gop_money/

This video is worth watching - a clear introduction to the Citizens United case and the reasons why fixing election financing is the key to solving so many other problems of corporate power run amok: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=k5kHACjrdEY.

This article discusses the significance of Obama's recent speech in Kansas - a speech which shows that the politicians in Washington can no longer ignore Occupy's demands for greater equality - and explains why equality isn't just a moral issue, but one of great practical importance. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/harlan-green/equality-is-good-for-ever_b_1136705.html?ref=occupy-wall-street

OccupyMN is now carrying out an extended occupation in the home of a Vietnam vet facing foreclosure. This action is gaining national attention. How can we fight unfair bank foreclosures in Northfield, or support those sharing our struggle in the Cities? http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2011/12/06/occupy-sit-in-at-vets-house-provides-window-into-new-protest-ta/

November 22, 2011: Where does Occupy go from here? Michael Moore

The Occupy movement is unique because it doesn't have just one demand or set of demands. And without a formal leadership or uniform demands, there has been controversy - inside and outside the movement - about what we're fighting for. This is an analysis of OWS tweets - a look at what people talking about the movement from all parts of this country are saying they think it should be about: http://www.nmincite.com/?p=5726

This isn't a news piece, but it is important and useful background. It's a brief article, written by a well-respected sociologist of wealth and power in America, that outlines that seeks to use quantitative indicators of wealth, power, and social networks to answer the question: Who rules America? Does there exist a homogeneous ruling class with disproportionate control over both economic and political power? http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html 

December 2, 2011: Once again, comedians are a better source of news than much of the media. This clip, from the Daily Show, discusses the Fed's secret, taxpayer-funded bank bailout 10 times the size of TARP - and how the banks that wrecked our economy took advantage of our charity (without which they would have gone bankrupt) to rob us of billions more dollars: http://on.cc.com/tD89WP

September 12, 2011: Occupy Wall Street posted this piece on their website, with one take on what is wrong with our current economic system and why we need to Occupy: http://occupywallst.org/article/why/

December 1, 2011: the Daily Kos reports that, that Hank Paulson gave private briefings to Wall Street executives: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/02/occupy-wall-street-un-envoy_n_1125860.html

November 26, 2011: Al-Jazeera's Paul Rosenberg writes about the US descent into neoliberal dominance through the lens of UC-Berkeley. "Pepper-Spray Nation"

 

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