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Rick Perry to propose flat tax as part of economic plan

Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry will unveil a national flat tax as part of his economic plan, according to the Washington Post. Perry announced his plan at the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, but gave no details. “A change election requires a new direction, and…

Perry’s insurance regulator raised money from industry for ex-boss

A fundraiser held last month in the Dallas area has come under new scrutiny after a published report revealed that Texas Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman, responsible for regulating insurers in her state, used insurance executives as a fundraising source for her former employer. That former employer is South Carolina Gov.…

New York Fed: Student loan debt now over $1 trillion

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York claimed in a published report Wednesday that student loan debt in the U.S. has now surpassed $1 trillion, for the first time ever exceeding the total amount of credit card debt held by Americans. Due to the rising cost of education across the…

Officers forced to shoot dozens of escaped animals at close range

Authorities in Zanesville, Ohio said Wednesday they were forced to kill dozens of dangerous animals — including lions, tigers and other large carnivores — after as many as 51 escaped from a local farm. “It is still not a completely secured area,” Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said at a…

Author Naomi Wolf arrested outside Huffington Post awards ceremony

Feminist author Naomi Wolf was arrested last night outside the Huffington Post’s “Game Changers” awards ceremony as she marched with about 150 members of “Occupy Wall Street” to protest New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) resistance to raising taxes on the wealthy. Cuomo, who was being honored by the AOL…

Harvard professor: Tea party, 99 Percent must unify against Wall St. abuses

Even as many in the partisan media attempt to embrace or shun the 99 Percent movement, there is another, quieter voice that’s rising, urging unity to fight the greed on Wall Street — and if polls are any indicator, that voice has already found deep sympathy with a great many…

Charlotte riot police begin training for Democratic National Convention

If the Occupy movement decides to come to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, police in Charlotte, North Carolina are planning to be ready. Nearly 1,700 officers in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area are undergoing riot training in the months leading up to the gathering of Democrats. “The point of some of the…

Apple earnings miss drags on Nasdaq futures

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nasdaq index futures fell on Wednesday after technology heavyweight Apple missed earnings expectations, while the broader market was little changed after a big run-up in the last session on a report Europe may beef up its crisis fund. * Apple Inc’s results missed estimates for the first time in years as…

GOP debate crowd cheers blaming protesters for lack of jobs

The audience at Tuesday night’s CNN Republican presidential debate loudly expressed their approval of Herman Cain’s statement that the Occupy Wall Street protesters should blame themselves for not having jobs. “Yes, I do still say that,” Cain told debate host Anderson Cooper. With that, the candidate was forced to pause…

Ohio lawmaker: Drug test bailed out bankers and politicians

Republican lawmakers across the country have called for those seeking temporary government assistance to be drug tested. One state representative wants to extend the principle one step further, and drug test recipients of corporate welfare. Ohio state Rep. Robert Hagan appeared Tuesday night on MSNBCs’ The Rachel Maddow Show to…

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