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Van Jones: October to be turning point for progressives

Civil rights activist and attorney Van Jones said Thursday night on MSNBC that he planned to build a “progressive counterbalance” to the tea party movement. “I think everybody should hold on to your seats. October is going to be the turning point when it comes to the progressive fight back,”…

Sen. Bernie Sanders praises ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Thursday night to discuss the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protests. “What I appreciate about what is going on in New York right now is there is a spotlight being focused on Wall Street, we desperately need that,”…

Multiple campaigns, same goal: Ending Washington’s addiction to money

The “Occupy Wall Street” protest, “Get Money Out” campaign and a planned protest by The Coffee Party all hope to stop the government from pandering to the wealthiest Americans. As corporations enjoy near record profits and Americans face staggering unemployment, protesters have pledged to occupy Wall Street in lower Manhattan…

Russell Simmons: I will bring hundreds of thousands to ‘Occupy Wall Street’

Hip hop magnate Russell Simmons said Thursday on MSNBC that he planned on joining the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” in lower Manhattan. Simmons, who has an estimated net-worth of $340 million, noted that all his employees paid more taxes than he did. “Last time I got involved in a protest…

Unions and liberal groups to join ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest

Labor unions and liberal activist groups plan to throw their weight behind the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in New York City that has now lasted 13 straight days, according to Crain’s New York. A diverse coalition of people have pledged to occupy Wall Street until something is done about corporate…

Republicans try to block funds for health care reform

WASHINGTON — Republicans in the House of Representatives unveiled a bill Thursday that would block funding for President Barack Obama’s health care reform as long as it is contested in the courts. The measure targeting the health care reforms passed by Congress in 2010 was contained in a bill that…

Libya inspired world, but tough road ahead: McCain

TRIPOLI — Libya’s revolution has “inspired the world” but the country faces huge challenges, including the mass proliferation of weapons, US Senator John McCain said on a visit to Tripoli on Thursday. “The Libyan people have inspired the world…. We believe strongly that the people of Libya today are inspiring…

U.S. troops no longer needed in northern Iraq: general

WASHINGTON — Large numbers of US troops are no longer needed on the ground in northern Iraq to defuse Arab-Kurdish tensions and have begun handing over control to local forces, a US commander said Thursday. Army Major General David Perkins, who leads 5,000 US troops deployed in northern Iraq, said…

Rick Perry vows to oust Fed chair Ben Bernanke

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential frontrunner Rick Perry rejoined his attack on the Federal Reserve Thursday, saying he would not reappoint chairman Ben Bernanke if elected to the Oval Office. Perry, the current governor of Texas, launched a scathing attack on the former Princeton economics professor, accusing him of boosting the…

House passes bill to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved a stopgap spending bill to avert a looming government shutdown and keep key agencies open to October 4, sending it to President Barack Obama. The Senate had passed the legislation, known as a “continuing resolution” or “CR” late Monday, as…

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