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UPDATE: 700 ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters arrested on Brooklyn Bridge

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UPDATE: As of 1:30 a.m. ET, MSNBC is reporting that almost 700 protesters have been arrested.

At least 400 “Occupy Wall Street” protesters were arrested on Saturday as they tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge, according to the New York Times.

The protesters have pledged to occupy Wall Street until something is done about corporate greed and corporate influence on the U.S. government. They have been camped out in New York’s old Liberty Plaza since September 17.

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As approximately 1,500 protesters walked about a third of the way across the bridge, the police corralled hundreds of them with orange netting.

The police then began slowly arresting the protesters, according to AlterNet’s Kristen Gwynne.

“They’re arresting us one by one,” she said. “I just asked a cop and they said they’re going to arrest all of us. There are hundreds of people who don’t have room to sit down. We’re just clammed in.”

The New York Police Department said it only arrested protesters who had spilled out onto the roadway and impeded vehicle traffic.

“Protesters are asking able-bodied male people to go up to the cops and accept their arrest, to speed along the process,” Gwynne added. “Boyfriends and girlfriends are kissing each other goodbye as the guys go off to get arrested.”

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Protesters claimed that New York police officers had purposefully led them onto the bridge roadway so that they could arrest them en masse.

A freelance journalist for the New York Times was among those arrested.

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Fox News reporter and right-wing conspiracy theorists planned to wiretap family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich: report

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The Daily Beast on Monday evening broke a bombshell report on a secret 2017 meeting in Texas on a right-wing conspiracy theory where espionage was discussed.

"One of their topics was responding to online critics of wealthy Texas businessman Ed Butowsky, who had recently been outed as a driving force behind a retracted Fox News story about murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich," The Beast reported. "The group that gathered at Butowsky’s home included a conspiracy theorist, a Fox reporter fighting for her career, a former private intelligence contractor married to star journalist Lara Logan, and a Democratic PR operative who lost his business in the face of sexual assault allegations."

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Maddow breaks down potential ‘direct financial connection’ between the Russian government and Donald Trump

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow read bombshell excerpts from a new book set for release on Tuesday.

The host interviewed David Enrich, finance editor at The New York Times, about his forthcoming book Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction.

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" read excerpts from the book.

"There was no doubt that Deutsche Bank had extensive business dealings with Russia, and those dealings included acting as a conduit for dirty money to get out of Russia and into the western financial system," Enrich wrote.

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Trump said he ‘loved’ the fact that America is more divided than ever: ex-GOP congressman

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President Donald Trump bragged about increasing divisions in America during a White House meeting, a former Republican congressman explained on MSNBC on Monday.

Former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) told host Joy Reid that "Donald Trump has intentionally tried to create the anxiety" that Americans are explaining.

"Garry Kasparov, the Russian freedom activist, has said the point of disinformation isn't to manipulate the truth, it's to exhaust your critical thinking," Jolly explained. "To exhaust your critical thinking, that's what we're experiencing as voters."

"I had a colleague that was in a meeting in the Roosevelt Room and he said he heard Trump say, 'Have you ever seen the nation so divided?' My colleagues and others said, 'No, we haven't.' Trump said, 'I love it that way.' This is the currency that he's peddling as political strategy, but it's not one we have to accept," Jolly explained.

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