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TOP STORY: In an Accuracy in Media exclusive, 32 year FBI veteran Rick Hahn details why Americans really should be screaming SHAME about the recent Occupy UC Davis pepper spray incident: “The protesters deserve the bulk of the blame. They provoked it by not complying with the police, hence breaking the law. In retrospect, it is easy to see that the provocation by the protesters was intentional, possibly in hopes of inciting the police to escalated physical confrontation.” Read the full article for further analysis and video.

REPREHENSIBLE, IRRESPONSIBLE AND UNACCEPTABLE: AIM Special Contributor “Senator Bob” Smith comments today that just because you can say whatever you want, does not mean it’s always wise: “Suffolk University Law Professor Michael Avery, who recently sent an email to his colleagues saying, ‘It is shameful to send care packages to U.S. troops who have gone overseas to kill other human beings’.”

MEDIA WATCH: Periodic Daily Beast columnist and author Meghan McCain (yes, Maverick’s daughter) started her first day as an MSNBC political analyst today. Don Irvine argues: “McCain, who has frequently appeared as a guest on MSNBC, will give the network some cover since she is a Republican. But she is unlikely to toe the GOP line very often, much like her father.”

IMUS THE AWFUL: It’s not often that you see two anchors of the same network trash each other for an entire segment. But then again, maybe Fox Business producers saw it as fitting punishment. Don Irvine reports: “Cavuto, who is also the senior vice president of FBN, took issue with Imus’ characterization of his viewers and told him that ‘people don’t like you’ and that it’s not their fault that his show is ‘awful.’” Yes, we have the video.

AP ARRESTS: You have to be up to no good as a reporter if you’re getting arrested at Occupy slumber parties. Don Irvine quotes a recent internal email showing that the Associated Press is going to need some bail money: “In relation to AP staff being taken into custody at the Occupy Wall Street story, we’ve had a breakdown in staff sticking to policies around social media and everyone needs to get with their folks now to tell them to knock it off.”

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WHAT WE’RE READING: Risks of home-grown terror seem to be coming out in public this morning with news of the 14th scheme to terrorize New York: “Jose Pimentel of Manhattan was described by Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a Sunday news conference announcing Pimentel’s arrest as ‘a 27-year-old al-Qaida sympathizer’ who was motivated by terrorist propaganda and resentment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said police had to move quickly to arrest Pimentel on Saturday because he was ready to carry out his plan.”

ROOT CAUSES: Listening to economic reports at home and abroad lead many to seek out root causes for our troubles. AIM guest columnist Alan Caruba offers up one answer today: “The problem the West is facing has been brought on by the profligate and often corrupt waste of the people’s wealth. This has been the result of metastasizing laws whose ultimate purpose is to keep populations from demanding more freedom from rapacious taxing, borrowing, and spending.”

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