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Reich: ‘Rising gas prices’ controlled by Wall St.

UC Berkeley professor Robert Reich explained Friday evening the real reason for rising gas prices in America, thanks to price speculation on Wall Street and not through “supply and demand.” Appearing on Current TV’s The War Room, Reich told Jennifer Graholm how President Obama could do little to control the…

DHS tracked Occupy Wall Street to ‘control protesters’

Leaked documents reveal that federal government tracked Occupy Wall Street protesters because it feared the movement could turn violent. An internal Department of Homeland Security report (PDF) titled “SPECIAL COVERAGE: Occupy Wall Street” was part of 5 million leaked documents published by WikiLeaks and examined by Rolling Stone contributing editor…

American Dialect Society names ‘Occupy’ word of the year for 2011

The American Dialect Society, an organization dedicated to the study of language in North America, has named “Occupy” its word of the year for 2011 following the proliferation of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. “It’s a very old word, but over the course of just a few months it took…

The top reasons Wall Street and Republicans are scared of Richard Cordray

By Linette Lopez After months of pushback from Republicans in Congress, President Obama has finally decided to go over their heads and appoint former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau without them. So who is he? We’ve written a lot about him at Business Insider. Partly because, no matter…

Americans say Wall St. has too much power, but CEO pay keeps climbing

Executive pay in 2010 was up as much as 40 percent in some cases, even as Americans’ approval of mega-corporations on Wall Street plunged to its lowest levels yet, data released this week reveals. In a study first examined by The Guardian, U.S. executive pay skyrocketed in 2010, up 40…

Occupy Wall Street reaches the North Pole via Internet

The Occupy Wall Street movement reached Santa’s workshop on Friday, at least in the imagination of a Miami web firm that has come up with a way to rant with wit over the Christmas holiday. Occupy North Pole (www.occupynorthpole.net) features a platoon of elves in green tights waving placards bearing…

Rove group hits Warren for being too pro-Wall Street

The Massachusetts Senate candidate Wall Street most fears is now the target of a new advertisement that attacks her for being too pro-Wall Street. Welcome to backwards day. The ad, released by former Bush strategist Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS group, suggests that Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren was somehow responsible for…

Occupy Wall Street celebrates Thanksgiving

Occupy Wall Street protesters celebrated Thanksgiving by gathering in a disputed New York square where their movement sprang up two months ago and feasting on turkey with all the trimmings. Meeting Thursday in Zuccotti Park, where on November 15 police forcibly evicted hundreds of protesters camped there, several hundred activists…

Poll: 56 percent in U.S. ambivalent towards ‘Occupy Wall Street’

The majority of Americans are ambivalent towards the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protests and are also uncertain about their goals, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed said they neither support nor oppose the two-month-old movement and 59 percent said they didn’t know enough…

Bank lobbying firm sends out memo to undermine ‘Occupy Wall Street’

In an exclusive from MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and the Huffington Post, a Washington D.C. lobbying firm has prepared a memo for its Wall Street bank clients informing them of ways to deal with “Occupy Wall Street” and the political fallout the movement may cause. The memo was written by the…

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