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Owners of Zuccotti Park owe $139,000 in back taxes

New York City says it has spent over $13 million on Occupy Wall Street protests, but the owners of Zuccotti Park can’t seem to scrape up the $139,000 in back taxes they owe the city. The city Finance Department told The New York Daily News that Brookfield Properties still owes…

84-year-old grandmother says she was strip searched by TSA

An 84-year-old Long Island woman says she was humiliated recently when a strip search by Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) agents strip search left her with a bloody leg. While passing through John F. Kennedy Airport on her way to Florida, 4-foot-11 Lenore Zimmerman asked if she could bypass the…

Iowa poll finds Ron Paul in second, edging past Mitt Romney

Libertarian-leaning Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R) is outperforming the odd-on Republican frontrunner, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), in the key GOP primary state of Iowa, according to a new poll out on Sunday. It’s the third poll so far to confirm Paul’s emergence as a leading candidate for the…

Report: Cain to endorse Gingrich

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain may be out of the race, but his 15 minutes of fame are not over yet. Fox 5 Atlanta reported Sunday that the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO is prepared to endorse Newt Gingrich on Monday. Gingrich is planning to hold a news conference Monday…

Lehman Brothers close to naming a new board: report

(Reuters) – The bankruptcy estate of Lehman Brothers Holdings is close to naming a new board of directors to help finish winding down the collapsed financial firm, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. The new board, made up of seven experts in restructuring, real estate and derivatives who are not tied to Lehman, will…

U.S. power grid needs cybersecurity protection: panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The threat of cyberattacks on the U.S. power grid should be dealt with by a single federal agency, not the welter of groups now charged with the electric system’s security, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported on Monday. While acknowledging there is no absolute insurance…

Report: Israeli model underlies militarization of U.S. police

The extreme militarization of American police forces has been brought to public attention by the tactics employed against Occupy protesters, which often appear more appropriate to counter-terrorism operations than to the control of non-violent protest. According to investigative journalist Max Blumenthal, however, the proper term for this ruthless suppression of…

Occupy DC in standoff with police after erecting wooden structure

As many as twenty arrests were made at the Occupy DC protest in Washington on Sunday after occupiers assembled a two-story wooden structure from sections that had been constructed off-site and refused police orders to remove it. Protesters told reporters that the building was needed to provide shelter as winter…

Santorum: Gingrich puts social issues ‘in the back of of the bus’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday compared his war against reproductive rights and gay rights to the Civil Rights Movement, and attacked Newt Gingrich for putting social issues “in the back of the bus.” “In terms of social issues [Gingrich] has been married three times, he has two divorces,…

Bachmann: Occupy’s goal is ‘having other people pay for their stuff’

Struggling Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-MN) says that a recent poll showing more people disagree with the tea party is hogwash — and that it’s really the Occupy movement that is out of step with public opinion. The Pew Research Center found last month that 27 percent of Americans…

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