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Everybody has advice for the protesters at Occupy Wall Street –What do these people want, anyway? They need to explain their demands! BETSY REED, executive editor of The Nation, says progressives have plenty of policy ideas. Occupy Wall Street provides something new: a spark.
Also: RUSSELL BANKS is one of our best writers – in his new novel, Lost Memory of Skin, his protagonist, “The Kid,” is a registered sex offender forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of a school or park – and thus forced to join a homeless camp under a Florida freeway bridge.
Plus: The rise of a new American security state: Pulitzer-Prize winner DANA PRIEST of the Washington Post reports on a world so vast no one knows how many people it employs, how much money taxpayers spend on it, or whether “counterterrorism” and “homeland security” accomplish anything worthwhile. Dana is co-author of the new book Top Secret America.
and Your Minnesota Moment: remember the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul? Remember how Amy Goodman and two DemocracyNow producers were arrested while reporting on protests outside the convention in downtown St. Paul? Amy won a significant settlement: details on air.