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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Occupiers nothing but angry, greedy mob

    While the 10th Commandment may be the last commandment of the Decalogue, "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods" is still a commandment. As such, the message and methods of the Occupy Wall Street movement should be an anathema to both Christians and Jews.

  • With the U.S. Capitol in the distance, singer Jackson Browne performs for a small crowd at Freedom Plaza, the site of a protest encampment, on Monday. (Rod Lamkey Jr/ The Washington Times)

    The Pretender? Jackson Browne not the only one cashing in on Occupy Wall Street

    Jackson Browne is hardly alone in seizing the opportunity that lies in Occupation. The Occupy Wall Street movement, a font of outrage and resistance against big business, commercialism and the wealthy, has nearly from the beginning managed to attract elements of all those things.

  • Illustration: Joe the Puppeteer by John Camejo for The Washington Times

    GOLDBERG: Courting Joe the Puppeteer

    Earlier this month, the left-wing magazine the Nation highlighted Joe Therrien as a symbol of the Occupy Wall Street movement. A New York City public-school drama teacher, Mr. Therrien was frustrated with the shortcomings of the school system. So he quit his job and "set off to the University of Connecticut to get a Master of Fine Arts degree in his passion - puppetry." Three years and $35,000 in student-loan debt later, Mr. Therrien returned home, only to find he couldn't land a full-time job. Apparently, a master's in puppetry doesn't provide the competitive edge in the marketplace he'd hoped for.

  • Protesters jump on police barricades on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, in New York's Zuccotti Park, where the Occupy Wall Street movement began two months earlier. Demonstrators from coast to coast joined their call for economic justice. (Associated Press)

    Smithsonian museum collects Occupy Wall Street memorabilia

    Well, that didn't take long. Early in October, staffers from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History went through the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York's Zucotti Park collecting hand-made posters and other material to build up a record of the embryonic movement in case the protesters end up in the history books — and not just in jail for unlawful assembly and messing up public spaces.

  • Protesters jump on police barricades on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, in New York's Zuccotti Park, where the Occupy Wall Street movement began two months earlier. Demonstrators from coast to coast joined their call for economic justice. (Associated Press)

    YOUNG: Democrats' buy-in to Occupy is a risky bet

    A re Democrats about to buy a political pig in a poke? When it comes to the Oc- cupy Wall Street movement, some appear to be leaning that way. Aside from pro- found substantive differences with the conservative Tea Party, there also are ones entailing great political risk. When the Occupy Wall Street movement began recently, it must have seemed only fair to Democrats that a break finally was coming their way. Little has gone right for them since they seized Washington's big prizes in 2008. The economy remains poor, the federal deficit historically high, and their signature accomplishment, health care reform, remains unpopular. They suffered deep losses in the 2010 elections, and their candidate, who won with the largest popular-vote percentage of any Democrat since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, has approval ratings in the low 40s.

  • University of California, Davis Police Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray to move Occupy UC Davis protesters while blocking their exit from the school's quad in Davis, Calif., on Nov. 18, 2011. Two campus police officers involved in the pepper-spraying incident were placed on administrative leave two days later. (Associated Press/The Enterprise)

    Univ. police chief on leave after pepper spraying

    A rally is planned at the University of California, Davis to express outrage over the police pepper-spraying of peaceful anti-Wall Street protesters that was captured on video.

  • Illustration: Uncle Sam by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

    BENTLEY: Don't feed the lazy

    With the Tea Party, the issues were clear. Government was too big, taxed too much and needed to rein in its out-of-control spending. Its message was a clarion call for limited government coupled with fiscal responsibility.

  • Lauren Belski, 31, of Brooklyn reads in a newly tent-free Zuccotti Park during the early morning hours, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Democrats see minefield in Occupy protests

    The Republican Party and the tea party seemed to be a natural political pairing. But what may have seemed like another politically beneficial alliance — Democrats and Occupy Wall Street — hasn't happened.

  • Labor aligns with Occupy at some risk

    Labor's alliance with the fledgling Occupy Wall Street movement takes another step Thursday as the two groups join in pro-jobs rallies. It's a courtship that is simultaneously understandable, risky and perhaps a little disappointing.

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