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Everyone knows what would be the first and most important step toward campaign finance reform. The question is whether there are enough honest people in Congress to make reform a reality:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Wednesday night slammed the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision and supported legislation to overturn it.

More here.

Pretty strange

Remind me not to live in Nebraska!

Transaction fee

Gotta love these guys…

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — As other banks recoil from the customer wrath they faced after attempting to introduce debit card fees, TD Bank is rolling out a brand new fee and hiking others.
Starting in December, TD Bank (TD) savings account customers who exceed six transactions in a billing cycle will pay a $9 fee each time they take money out of their account. Transactions include online transfers from their savings account to other accounts, as well as phone and debit card withdrawals.

Citing a federal rule known as Regulation D, which limits the number of transactions customers can make from their savings accounts to six, other banks including Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500) and Wells Fargo (WFC, Fortune 500) already have similar fees in place.

Port of Oakland

Running at half capacity today during wildcat strike.

Incidentally, I did some reading about general strikes and was surprised to find out about the Philadelphia general strike in 1920. Now these were people who knew how to fight back!

How cool that Groucho and his brothers, in these few minutes of screwball perfection, can be seen now and, presumably, as long as people can still laugh. More here.

Always a good sign

When the Harvard kids get involved!

Occupy Philly

As you know, Comcast is one of my very favorite examples of corporate personhood!

About 25 members of the Occupy Philadelphia protest staged a sit in at the Comcast Building this afternoon.
Police have arrested seven men and two women.

Some of the protesters reportedly got into the lobby of the tower at 17th Street and JFK Boulevard.

About 20 others linked arms on the sidewalk outside, chanting slogans and singing a song about solidarity to the tune of La Marseillaise.

One slogan was “Hey, hey, ho, ho, corporate personhood has to go.”

Occupy Philadelphia said in a tweet the protest was in solidarity with a 99-minute general strike called in support of the Occupy Oakland protest, where police have clashed with demonstrators.

Where Occupy headlines come from

Hypervigilant

So the waitress at the diner refilled my tea last night and like a dummy, I drank it. I fell asleep about 1 but was wide awake at 4 p.m.

I figure hey, I’ll read a little until I get sleepy again and proceed to thumb through a magazine. Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I see something sizable crawl up and then go between the folds of a curtain. Being the hypervigilant sort that I am, my body responds with a MASSIVE hit of adrenaline and I never get back to sleep.

So that’s probably why I’m not all that interesting today.

Still think handgun insurance is a bad idea? Suppose this Georgia woman had been shot. This is exactly the kind of crazy stuff for which actual victims should be able to sue. Some critics have pointed out that you can already file a claim against someone’s homeowner’s insurance — but not everyone owns a home. If this handgun owner knew his mandatory insurance premiums would go up dramatically if his grandkids got hold of his gun, he might have been a little more careful. Right, grandpa?

A 10-year-old Aiken trick-or-treater pulled a gun on a woman who said she would take his candy on Halloween.

According to a police incident report, the 28-year-old victim told authorities she recognized some boys from her neighborhood while they were trick-or-treating about 6:30 p.m. Monday near Schroeder and George streets and jokingly told them she would take their candy.

One 10-year-old in the group of about 10 juveniles responded with “no you’re not …” and then pointed a 9 mm handgun at her.

According to Aiken Public Safety Lt. David Turno, the clip was not in the gun at the time, but the boy did have a loaded clip in his possession.

The boy’s brother, also 10, told authorities he also had a gun. The second weapon was recovered Tuesday morning.

I’ve always been adamant about letting kids wander in a house with guns. My father-in-law kept a loaded handgun in his bedside table, and refused to take the bullets out while we were visiting. That’s why my kids were never allowed to stay overnight with their grandparents. (I was “overreacting,” my mother-in-law told me. “Better safe than sorry,” I told her.)

This post is written as part of the Media Matters Gun Facts fellowship. The purpose of the fellowship is to further Media Matters’ mission to comprehensively monitor, analyze, and correct conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Some of the worst misinformation occurs around the issue of guns, gun violence, and extremism, the fellowship program is designed to fight this misinformation with facts.

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