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Top 5 Reasons Why The Occupy Wall Street Protests Embody Values Of The Real Boston Tea Party

In recent years, the Boston Tea Party has been associated with a right-wing movement that supports policies favoring powerful corporations and the wealthy. As ThinkProgress has reported, lobbyists and Republican front groups have driven the current manifestation of the Tea Party to push for giveaways to oil companies and big businesses.

However, the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations picking up momentum across the country better embody the values of the original Boston Tea Party.

Michael Steele Calls Perry’s Racist Ranch Name ‘Very Troubling’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has come under fire after the Washington Post reported yesterday that he hosted friends and lawmakers at ranch that featured a rock inscribed with the word “N[*****]head” on it. Perry’s camp has sought to discredit the story, but in an interview with Time Magazine today, former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who is African American, said the revelation is “very troubling on some many levels, for so many reasons.” “So, I’m sorry – my attitude is just remove the rock,” Steele added, “Just get rid of the rock.”

Student Pushes Back Against Anti-Abortion Protesters Outside Her High School: We’re Just Trying To Get An Education

As ThinkProgress has reported, anti-abortion protesters are increasingly targeting high schools and middle schools in their public crusade against reproductive rights, often forcing students to look at disturbing graphic images as they make their way to class.

But one Maryland student is speaking out against the protesters, calling their antics distracting and upsetting for students who are just trying to get an education. In a Baltimore Sun Letter to the Editor titled “Shocked by protest at Bel Air High,” junior Maddie Walz gives her view on how protests outside her high school are affecting her and her classmates

ESPN Pulls Hank Williams Jr. Song From ‘MNF’ Over Hitler Remark

ESPN says it won’t use Hank Williams Jr. in tonight’s Monday Night Football program, after the singer compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler. Williams made the remark Monday on Fox News while talking about Obama playing golf with House Speaker John Boehner.

‘Boycott Univision debate,’ Fla. Republicans tell RNC

Three top Florida Hispanic Republicans are calling on the national GOP and their party’s presidential candidates to boycott a proposed Univision debate amid allegations that the Spanish-language television network tried to “extort” Sen. Marco Rubio.

Pleas for drinkable water swirl the government’s drain

SEVILLE, Calif. — Turn on the tap in Seville. Sand might pour into sinks, toilets and shower stalls. Children aren’t allowed to use drinking fountains at school. Water pipes lie cracked and exposed in a murky irrigation ditch.

Pennsylvania Governor Proposes Fee on Gas Drillers

Gov. Tom Corbett announced a plan today to impose the first-ever fees on companies drilling for natural gas in Pennsylvania and to use the revenue raised to cover costs related to gas production.

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