It was more sophisticated than we had imagined: new documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall – so mystifying at the time – was not just coordinated at the level of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and local police.
The infamous James Carville quote, “Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find,” seems more applicable to official Washington than the much-maligned Paula Jones.
The Occupy Wall Street camp has many of the features of a village, or even a household. The park is surprisingly clean and life there is surprisingly orderly, even after being occupied by protesters for four weeks.
One of the common complaints about Wall Street is that it sucks up a lot of Ivy League talent that could be going toward more productive endeavors. The common assumption is that the students are just following the money. But, my friend, an anonymous Harvard graduate who spent some time on Wall Street says that's not always the case. An edited transcription of our conversation follows:
You went to Harvard. Then what happened?
The dearth of women in high-powered positions in the financial industry is far from secret. For the last two decades, ideas regarding how to increase the number of women in the corner office have bounced around think tanks, business schools, and even the industry itself. The notion that women simply do not have the hard edge necessary to succeed in finance is certainly a thing of the past.
[AP] - Almost 90 minutes into his commute from the New Jersey suburbs, Michael Devaney has nearly reached his job on Wall Street. But first he threads through a sea of occupied but stone-still sleeping bags, around bleary-eyed protesters crawling from under blue plastic tarps in search of cigarettes and coffee, and past a sign on a pole protruding from a suitcase.
As the protests against Wall Street enter their third week, community groups and unions are beginning to join the movement. The diverse group that has occupied Zuccotti Park and staged almost daily marches has been pretty much spontaneous and leaderless. NPR's Margot Adler examines whether this movement could have an impact like the Tea Party has had.