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TOP STORY: Roger Aronoff today sounds off on the repugnant pandering to Occupy Wall Street seen last night with Keith Olbermann and David Letterman. Aronoff reports: “Two extremely wealthy white American comedians, both who ‘earn’ in excess of $10 million a year, gaggled last night about the ‘two or three percent of the people [who] have all the money’ in this country, while expressing their solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement.” We’re still waiting for them to start cutting checks to protesters out of self-loathing. http://bit.ly/sKsu6V
MEDIA WATCH: While conservatives on Capitol Hill clamor to defund NPR, it seems that the 2012 election cycle has proven to be the biggest Achilles’ heel for public radio. Don Irvine reports: “Michele Norris, co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered, is temporarily leaving her post until after the 2012 elections while her husband serves as a senior adviser to the Obama re-election campaign.” Wait, wait don’t tell me, I bet you’re outraged. http://bit.ly/vHN5du
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ELECTION 2012: As promised yesterday, Texas Governor Rick Perry unveiled his flat tax proposal that seeks to compete with the simplicity of Herman Cain’s 9-9-9: “Perry would give Americans a choice: pay a 20 percent flat tax or keep their current rate…His proposal would preserve popular tax deductions for home mortgage interest, charitable donations and state and local tax exemptions for families earning less than $500,000 a year.” We’re waiting to see if Cain and Perry will “bump plans,” as offered. http://bit.ly/upnorr
WHAT WE’RE READING: What happens when a start-up university relies on local commercial and professional talent to lead its classes? Accuracy in Academia reports that Harrisburg University puts up numbers that few can mimic in these tough economic times: “Of the 115 graduates we’ve had so far, 106 were employed after graduation in their field of study,” HU co-founder and president Mel Schiavelli said. AIA continues, “43 percent of the students are minorities and 57 percent women, although HU does not pre-ordain such enrollment results via goals and timetables.” http://bit.ly/w24BId
WITHDRAWAL SYNDROME: The Obama Administration made headlines recently with a declaration that all US Forces in Iraq will be home in time for the holidays. Sure, it makes for a good sound bite, but is it sound foreign policy? AIM guest columnist Ralph Peters argues: “A pro-Iranian regime in Baghdad outflanks our key regional partners (not allies, but partners with shared interests). Instead of providing a buffer for Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, a Shia-dominated, pro-Iranian government in Iraq becomes a threat to them.” http://bit.ly/vH0uVg
REALITY POLITICS: The people that brought the world The Jersey Shore and Millionaire Matchmaker are now starting a new project designed for America’s youth to occupy your DVR. AIM Alumna Betsi Fores has more: “Doron Ofir Casting…is casting about for ‘young hot politicos’ to star in the next big thing…An unnamed TV series, the casting agency says, will feature unabashedly opinionated young Americans interested in adding their voice to the on-screen political slugfest.” http://thedc.com/vOAiOG