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Feb 6, 2012

Police clear DC Occupy site, protesters look to a new day

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. police officers cleared tents from an “Occupy” protest site in downtown Washington on Sunday, but demonstrators said even without the camp they would continue to fight for economic equality and other issues.

About two dozen protesters in Freedom Plaza, just blocks from the White House, watched calmly as the National Park police and sanitation workers in hazmat suits dismantled protesters’ tents, packed bedding and personal belongings into plastic bags and cardboard boxes, citing violations of rules against living in the park. Police cruisers, police officers outfitted with shields and riot gear, and an armored vehicle waited on the outskirts of the plaza.

Feb 6, 2012

U.S. police clear DC Occupy site, protesters look to a new day

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – U.S. police officers
cleared tents from an “Occupy” protest site in downtown
Washington on Sunday, but demonstrators said even without the
camp they would continue to fight for economic equality and
other issues.

About two dozen protesters in Freedom Plaza, just blocks
from the White House, watched calmly as the National Park police
and sanitation workers in hazmat suits dismantled protesters’
tents, packed bedding and personal belongings into plastic bags
and cardboard boxes, citing violations of rules against living
in the park. Police cruisers, police officers outfitted with
shields and riot gear, and an armored vehicle waited on the
outskirts of the plaza.

Feb 5, 2012

Police, some on horseback, clear Occupy DC protesters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Police removed protesters as they confiscated bedding and most tents on Saturday from an “Occupy” protest site just blocks from the White House, enforcing a no-camping rule for the public McPherson Square they had ignored for months.

Dozens of mounted police and police on foot in riot gear earlier sealed off the square, which is administered by the National Park Service, and moved in before dawn to enforce the no-camping regulation.

Feb 2, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

Bad Lip Reading’s Rick Santorum: “I’m crazy and I’m right…”

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Presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who already has something of a Google problem, is the latest honoree of Bad Lip Reading, an anonymous music and video producer from Texas that has taken to spoofing this year’s presidential candidates by dubbing over their television appearances.

Watch the video here from their YouTube channel:

Feb 1, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

Why did Romney quote Thomas Paine?

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When White House seeker Mitt Romney told Obama to get out the way in his Florida primary victory speech on Tuesday, he evoked the words of Thomas Paine, an early American revolutionary who is in many ways a far cry from the archetypal role model for modern-day conservatives.

After beating his Republican rivals by a wide margin, an exuberant Romney told a crowd of cheering supporters: “In another era of American crisis, Thomas Paine is reported to have said, ‘Lead, follow, or get out of the way.’ Mr. President, you were elected to lead, you chose to follow, and now it’s time for you to get out of the way!”

Jan 31, 2012

Bid to halt no-camping rule for DC protesters denied

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge denied a petition on Tuesday that would have allowed anti-Wall Street protesters to keep camping – at least temporarily – in two parks in the nation’s capital where they have lived for months.

The National Park Service had banned protesters with the Occupy DC movement from camping in McPherson Square, a few blocks from the White House, starting at noon on Monday.

Jan 31, 2012

Protesters in capital pledge to stay despite ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defiant anti-Wall Street protesters in Washington vowed to remain peacefully entrenched in two parks near the White House on Monday despite a police order to stop camping on federal land, raising the specter of possible confrontation.

The U.S. National Park Service, in its first challenge to the demonstrators, said last week it would start enforcing a ban at noon on Monday against camping in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza, where protesters have camped out since October.

Jan 30, 2012

Deadline nears for “Occupy” camp near White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Anti-Wall Street protesters were divided on Monday over whether to resist police efforts to halt overnight camping at two parks just blocks from the White House.

The National Park Service said they would enforce a ban at noon on “Occupy” protesters camping overnight in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza.

Jan 27, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

Ad connecting Romney to company in Medicare fraud case “mostly true”

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Last week a public workers union launched a television ad that raised an old question about presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s connection to Damon Corp, a company that defrauded Medicare by the millions while under the watch of Romney’s private equity firm Bain Capital. Thursday, the Super PAC Winning Our Future, which supports Romney’s Republican rival Newt Gingrich released the trailer for a campaign video titled “Blood Money” that echoes the same criticism.

The ad created by AFSCME equates Romney with Florida Governor Rick Scott whose approval rating is one of the lowest in the country. Scott is the former CEO of the hospital chain Columbia/HCA that became embroiled in a Medicare fraud case in the late 1990s.

Jan 25, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

Obama’s State of the Union in a word cloud

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Obama uttered the words “tax” or “taxes” 34 times as he called for higher taxes on the rich, echoing a recent partisan theme of Democrats accusing Republicans in Congress of favoring tax breaks that favor the wealthy.

The Democratic president, who faces reelection in November, emphasized a fair tax code just a day after Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, his potential rival, released tax returns that showed he pays a lower effective tax rate than many top wage-earners.