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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,”…

CNN and Arizona GOP to host December presidential debate

CNN announced on Thursday it was teaming up with the Arizona Republican Party to host a presidential debate on December 1. “Arizona is a key state that will play a pivotal role in helping Republicans choose their presidential nominee,” said Sam Feist, CNN Washington bureau chief and senior vice president.…

Scarlett Johansson says leaked nude photos ‘wrong’

LOS ANGELES — “Lost In Translation” star Scarlett Johansson defended her right to privacy in an interview Thursday, weeks after her smartphone was hacked and someone posted semi-nude pictures of her on the Internet. “Who doesn’t want to protect their own privacy? Just because you’re in the spotlight, or just…

Ralph Nader: Palin should be commended

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader said Thursday on CNN that Sarah Palin should be commended for recent speeches in which she was critical of corporations’ influence on the government. “Judging by her comments, she is squarely in the camp of conservative populism, opposed to corporatism and its corporate state,” Nader previously…

Ralph Nader: U.S. is a two party dictatorship

Ralph Nader appeared Thursday on Fox News to discuss a democratic primary he was organizing against President Barack Obama to “hold his feet to the fire.” “The important thing here is if he’s not challenged from the progressive-liberal wing of his party, that elected him, it’ll be a very dull…

Gov. O’Malley: GOP prolongs economic woes to hurt Obama

Democratic Governors Association Chair and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Thursday that Republicans were opposed to any plan proposed by President Barack Obama that could lead to job creation. “I firmly believe that Republicans in Congress, driven by a concerted group, have decided that it is not in their party’s…

Bernie Sanders: Poverty is a death sentence

During the “Brunch with Bernie” segment of The Thom Hartmann Show Thursday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) discussed a recent congressional hearing he held on poverty in the United States. “We now have some 46 million Americans living in poverty,” he said. “And what a lot of people think about poverty…

Boehner: ‘Hell, no! I’m not having any fun’

Following a Thursday speech unveiling his plan to “liberate” the economy, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was asked if he enjoyed his job. “Hell, no!” he exclaimed. “I’m not having any fun.” “But I am glad I’m there… I wanted to be Speaker because I wanted to lead an effort…

IMF urges euro action as Merkel tempers summit expectations

German Chancellor Angel Merkel talked down the chances Tuesday that a eurozone summit will deliver the silver bullet to resolve the debt crisis as the IMF pressed leaders to take urgent action. While senior eurozone finance officials met in Brussels to craft a second Greek bailout for Thursday’s summit, Merkel…

Google+ social network membership tops 10 million

SAN FRANCISCO — Google chief Larry Page said Thursday that the Internet giant’s freshly launched Google+ social network already has more than 10 million members. “Over 10 million people have joined Google-Plus,” Page said during a quarterly earnings conference call. “That is a great achievement for the team.” He added…

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