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10:35 PM ET, November 19, 2011


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Crank / UCDavis Bicycle Barricade:
Open Letter to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi  —  I am a junior faculty member at UC Davis.  I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, and I teach in the Program in Critical Theory and in Science & Technology Studies.  I have a strong record of research, teaching, and service.
Davis Faculty Association:
DFA Board Calls for Katehi's Resignation  —  The DFA Board calls for the immediate resignation of Chancellor Katehi.  The Chancellor's authorization of the use of police force to suppress the protests by students and community members speaking out on behalf of our university …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Pepper-Spray Brutality at UC Davis  —  See numerous UPDATES below.  —  In case you haven't yet seen the YouTube footage of what happened yesterday at UC Davis, here it is.  The first minute has the main drama:  —  Let's stipulate that there are legitimate questions of how to balance …
Peter Moskos / Washington Monthly:
Dumb-ass Training and the U.C. Davis Pepper Spray Incident: Thoughts From a Fromer Cop  —  Facebook Twitter Digg Reddit StumbleUpon Delicious  —  This UC Davis pepper-spray incident from yesterday, in which campus police sprayed a group of protesting “Occupy” students who were sitting on the ground, was just brought to my attention.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Too Much Violence and Pepper Spray at the OWS Protests  —  The dousing of seated, non-violent students with a chemical agent at U.C. Davis should provoke a call for restraint  —  Police dressed in riot gear at U.C. Davis on Friday afternoon used pepper spray to clear seated protesters …
Chancellor creates task force to review Friday's incident  —  Dear Member of the UC Davis Community:  —  Yesterday was not a day that would make anyone on our campus proud; indeed the events of the day need to guide us forward as we try to make our campus a better place of inquiry, debate, and even dissent.
Brian Stelter / The Lede:
U.C. Davis Calls for Investigation After Pepper Spraying
Linda P.B. Katehi /   Chancellor addresses Friday's removal of tents from the Quad
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:   Police Attack Peaceful UC Davis Students With Pepper Spray
The Aggie:
Protesters face off with UC Davis campus police
Discussion: The Stranger … and Balloon Juice
Up with Chris Hayes /
Exclusive: Lobbying Firm's Memo Spells Out Plan to Undermine Occupy Wall Street (VIDEO)  —  (crossposted from MSNBC's “Open Channel” blog)  —  A well-known Washington lobbying firm with links to the financial industry has proposed an $850,000 plan to take on Occupy Wall Street and politicians …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Retired Police Chief Arrested At OWS Protest Tells Chris Hayes: NYPD Close To Being ‘Wall Street Mercenaries’  —  This week was a breaking point for Occupy Wall Street protestors in New York, after Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered the police to evacuate Zuccotti Park.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Romney Shifts in Iowa, Playing to Win Quickly  —  DES MOINES — The answer to one of the great lingering questions about the Republican presidential race has suddenly turned up here along Ingersoll Avenue, where Mitt Romney's Iowa campaign headquarters is opening for business.
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
The Palinization of the GOP  —  The headline on Democratic strategist Paul Begala's recent Newsweek essay dodged subtlety: “The Stupid Party.”  —  “Republicans used to admire intelligence.  But now they're dumbing themselves down,” was the subhead.  —  Democrats couldn't agree more.
Paul Krugman:
Incredible Europeans  —  I had some hopes for Mario Draghi; he has just done his best to kill those hopes.  In his view, it's all about credibility, defined thusly: … Unbelievable.  Right now, the ECB has too much credibility on the inflation front; the spread between German nominal …
Allison Klein / Washington Post:
Occupy D.C. protesters claim vacant Franklin School  —  Authorities removed protesters Saturday evening from an abandoned school in downtown Washington that had been entered by members or sympathizers of the Occupy D.C. movement.  —  By 7:15 p.m. 11 people had been brought …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
‘Near Poor’: Not Quite in Poverty, but Still Struggling  —  WASHINGTON — They drive cars, but seldom new ones.  They earn paychecks, but not big ones.  Many own homes.  Most pay taxes.  Half are married, and nearly half live in the suburbs.  None are poor, but many describe themselves as barely scraping by.
Simone Wilson / The Informer:
Shepard Fairey Designs ‘Occupy Hope’ Poster, Replaces Obama's Face With ‘V for Vendetta’ Mask  —  ​Here we go again.  L.A. street artist Shepard Fairey has released a second original design for the Occupy Wall Street movement — and this time, instead of playing it safe with a wistful scene …
Discussion: Power Line
New York Times:
Lenders Flee Debt of European Nations and Banks  —  Nervous investors around the globe are accelerating their exit from the debt of European governments and banks, increasing the risk of a credit squeeze that could set off a downward spiral.  —  Financial institutions are dumping …
Financial Times:
Investors move to price in euro split
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