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Tiananmen protest leader thrilled by ‘Occupy Boston’ demonstration

Chai Ling, former commander-in-chief of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student movement, on Wednesday visited “Occupy Boston” protesters to provide them with encouragement. “Without pressure to provide a public space for these protests to continue, the movement will not be sustained,” she said in a statement. “This lack of organization also…

Obama general counsel: Citizens United ruling a radical departure from law

Robert Bauer, general counsel for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, said Monday that the anti-election reform movement had picked up speed since the enactment of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law in 2002. “I’m very troubled that there is an extremism in the opposition to reform, a sort of reckless and…

Four ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protestors arrested

NEW YORK — New York police arrested four people Wednesday during an Occupy Wall Street rally outside a skyscraper housing JP Morgan Chase bank. About 100 people took part in the protest, chanting “we are 99 percent” and “tax the rich!” The protest quickly dispersed after the arrests, an AFP…

Ron Paul to meet French far-right nationalist leader

WASHINGTON — Republican Representative and presidential hopeful Ron Paul aims to meet with the head of France’s far-right National Front party, Marine Le Pen, during her upcoming U.S. visit, his office said Wednesday. “Madame Le Pen has requested a meeting and Congressman Paul has agreed to a meeting, if he…

Some Fed policymakers want more stimulus

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve policymakers viewed the US economy’s outlook as particularly clouded, and some wanted to ramp up large-scale asset purchases, according to the minutes of their last meeting published Wednesday. “Participants saw considerable uncertainty surrounding the outlook for a gradual pickup in economic growth,” the minutes of the…

U.S. death toll from cantaloupe rises to 23

WASHINGTON — An outbreak of listeria in farm-grown cantaloupes has killed 23 people and sickened 116 more in the United States since late July, health authorities said Wednesday. A woman who was pregnant and fell ill with listeriosis after eating a contaminated cantaloupe has also miscarried, the Centers for Disease…

‘Occupy Chicago’ crashes Mortgage Bankers Association party

On Tuesday night, a party for Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) members was greeted by “Occupy Chicago” protesters, who chanted “banks got bailed out, we got sold out.” The party was hosted by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange at Union Station. The protesters gathered at the one of the entrances of the…

California lawmaker surprised to find genre of music cannot be outlawed

A California assemblywoman on a quest to end raves was surprised to find that electronic dance music could not be outlawed. Democratic Assemblywoman Fiona Ma tried to ban the music after a 15-year-old girl died at The Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles, apparently from an ecstasy overdose. “We found…

Gary Johnson: I would have vetoed DHS after 9/11

Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson is fond of saying no. As governor of New Mexico, he vetoed more legislation that all other governors combined. On Wednesday, he told the New Hampshire Legislature that he would have even blocked the creation of the Department of Homeland Security if he had been…

Syrian man charged in U.S. for spying on protesters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Syrian-born man has been arrested and charged in Virginia with spying on anti-Syrian protesters in the United States and passing the details on to Damascus, U.S. prosecutors said on Wednesday. Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid, 47, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was accused of acting as an agent…

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