Newt rewrites himself on Climate Change…..

If Romney is a ‘flip flopper’?

What is Gingrich then?

Or does Newt get a pass because he’s NOT Romney?

From the Last Word on MSNBC…..

Newt Gingrich went on Bill O’Reilly to beg forgiveness for his liberal record on climate change. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell has more in the Rewrite….


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2012 Daily Polls for November 30, 2011

The Gingrich ‘surge’ continues….

These Polls from RealClearPolitics…..

Wednesday, November 30
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
Florida Republican Presidential Primary Insider Advantage Gingrich 41, Romney 17, Cain 13, Perry 7, Paul 4, Bachmann 3, Huntsman , Santorum 1 Gingrich +24
Florida Republican Presidential Primary PPP (D) Gingrich 47, Romney 17, Cain 15, Perry 2, Paul 5, Bachmann 4, Huntsman 3, Santorum 1 Gingrich +30
California Republican Presidential Primary Field Romney 26, Gingrich 23, Cain 9, Paul 5, Perry 3, Bachmann 3, Santorum 2, Huntsman 1 Romney +3
Louisiana Republican Presidential Primary Clarus Research Gingrich 31, Romney 23, Cain 12, Perry 11, Paul 6, Bachmann 4, Roemer 2, Huntsman 1, Santorum 0 Gingrich +8
Montana Republican Presidential Primary PPP (D) Gingrich 37, Paul 12, Romney 11, Cain 10, Bachmann 10, Perry 5, Huntsman 3, Santorum 1 Gingrich +25
General Election: Gingrich vs. Obama Rasmussen Reports Obama 43, Gingrich 45 Gingrich +2
President Obama Job Approval Gallup Approve 43, Disapprove 49 Disapprove +6
President Obama Job Approval Rasmussen Reports Approve 43, Disapprove 56 Disapprove +13
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Early Returns in Egyptian Elections could point to Egypt going the way of Iran….

That is…..

A country moving to be ruled under tsome form of  Islam…..

Which would be a clear set back for the secular rule the country had under Honsi Mubarck…

Which could mean a closer tie with Iran which has a Islamic / Democracy Government…

Only 40% of the vote is in…

But 65% of that vote is for one or another reglious based politcal organization…

Free elections in the Middle East are openes for regilous parties to gain control since they tend to be the only groups organized….

The Left in Egypt that was so strong is overthrowning the Government there will probably be shut of the result of their actions…

How ironic…

In the end…

Those who can will move to the West….

Although this week’s voting took place in only a third of Egypt’s provinces, they included some of the nation’s most liberal precincts — like Cairo, Port Said and the Red Sea coast — suggesting that the Islamist wave is likely to grow stronger as the voting moves into more conservative rural areas in the coming months. (Alexandria, a conservative stronghold, also has voted.)

The preliminary results extend the rising influence of Islamists across a region where they were once outlawed and oppressed by autocrats aligned with the West. Islamists have formed governments in Tunisia and Morocco. They are positioned for a major role in post-Qaddafi Libya as well. But it is the victory in Egypt — the largest and once the most influential Arab state, an American ally considered a linchpin of regional stability — that has the potential to upend the established order across the Middle East.

Islamist leaders, many jailed for years under Mr. Mubarak, were exultant. “We abide by the rules of democracy, and accept the will of the people,” Essam el-Erian, a leader of the Brotherhood’s new party, wrote in the British newspaper The Guardian. “There will be winners and losers. But the real — and only — victor is Egypt.”

Results will not be final until January, after two more rounds of voting. And the ultimate scope of the new Parliament’s power remains unclear because Egypt has remained under military rule since Mr. Mubarak resigned as president in February. But Parliament is expected to play a role in drafting a new Constitution with the ruling military council, although the council has given contradictory indications about how much parliamentary input it will allow.

The emergence of a strong Islamist bloc in Parliament is already quickening a showdown with the military. Brotherhood leaders announced Wednesday that they expected the Islamist parliamentary majority to name a prime minister to replace the civilian government now serving the military. In response, a senior official of the military-led government insisted that the ruling generals would retain that prerogative.

The unexpected rise of a strong ultraconservative Islamist faction to the right of the Brotherhood is likely to shift Egypt’s cultural and political center of gravity to the right as well. Leaders of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party will likely feel obliged to compete with the ultraconservatives for Islamist voters, and at the same time will not feel the same need to compromise with liberals to form a government.

“It means that, if the Brotherhood chooses, Parliament can be an Islamists affair — a debate between liberal Islamists, moderate Islamists and conservatives Islamists, and that is it,” Michael Wahid Hanna, an Egyptian-born researcher at the Century Foundation in Cairo, said this week….


What remains is what happens to the Egyptian Military….

Which will surely be purged of ALL Western influences …..

Which is gonna be hard since the that same Army has extensive ties with the Isreali and US Military 

(A long time ago this Dog pointed out that freedom in the Middle East WOULD see the rise of religious power in the region)

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Sen Harkin (D-IA)….There should be No Christmas without extension of Unemployment Benefits…..

Republicans wouldn’t be the Grinch that stole Christmas (Jobless Benefits)…..

Would they?

From the Hill….

Congress shouldn’t adjourn for the year until it approves an extension of unemployment benefits, Democrats said on Wednesday.

During a rally with workers on Capitol Hill, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, guaranteed that there would be “no Christmas for Congress unless an extension of unemployment benefits is passed.”

House Ways and Means ranking member Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) said Democrats must pass the extension in early December, and declared the issue off the table for “horse trading.”

“One way or another, it has to happen,” Levin told The Hill. “We need to get this done. Everybody needs to step up to the plate.

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Ron Paul is the first out of the box to go after Gingrich….

Oh, there will be more folks….

MUCH more…..

Lets see how long the Newt ‘surge’ lasts…..


The hardest blow yet against Newt Gingrich comes this afternoon from Ron Paul’s campaign, which dropped this lengthy, scathing video documenting Gingrich’s ideological deviations and ties to the D.C. influence trade:

Featured in the video: Gingrich’s comments about Paul Ryan, Rush Limbaugh’s response, the former speaker’s climate change video with Nancy Pelosi, extensive reports on Gingrich’s ties to health care companies and Freddie Mac.

Oh, and remember that Iowa voter who told Gingrich last spring that he was an “embarrassment to our party”? He’s there, too.


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Cuccinelli Will Run for Virginia Governor

This is the guy who has spent most of his time going after the new Healthcare Law….

Now he wants to run for Governor of Virginia?

Cuccinelli Will Run for Virginia Governor

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) “will reveal his plans next week to run for governor in 2013,” the Washington Post reports.

Cuccinelli had said he “was considering running for reelection or against Sen. Mark R. Warner (D) in 2014. But in recent weeks, speculation had turned to a run for governor, possibly setting up a primary race against Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R).”


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Update on Barney Frank and his Congressional Seat in Mass….

A DSD Highlight…

Barney Frank says new voting map edged him out

WASHINGTON — US Representative Barney Frank yesterday accused Beacon Hill lawmakers of drawing the new congressional map in a way that shortchanged him in favor of fellow congressmen Edward J. Markey and Stephen F. Lynch. Had they done otherwise, said Frank, he might have run again.

‘‘Markey and Lynch were protected, and the rest of us got what they didn’t want,’’ he said. Losing the chance to pick up some choice suburban towns for his district, Frank said, retirement became a more attractive option.

During a 45-minute interview with Globe reporters in his Capitol Hill office, Frank offered insights on several topics, including the ongoing fight over regulation of the financial services industry, and delivered a broadside on his longtime nemesis, Newt Gingrich.

On redistricting, Frank said he spoke with legislative leaders at the State House several weeks ago about the new lines for the Fourth Congressional District, to which he was first elected in 1980. They wanted him to take a reshaped district grounded in Southern Massachusetts, centered away from his base of Newton and Brookline. He rejected that idea, he said, but still ended up with a district that ‘‘unpleasantly surprised’’ him.

Frank asserted that Markey, with a suburban district that now extends west to Framingham and Ashland, and Lynch, from South Boston to the South Shore then west to Dedham, were given good districts. Several others — including himself; William R. Keating of Quincy; John Tierney of Salem; and Niki Tsongas of Lowell — got a bad deal, Frank said, even though those districts are still considered by many as safe Democratic seats.

‘‘I talked to Ed Markey, and frankly I was a little disappointed there,’’ said Frank. ‘‘I think Ed had some influence with them, but it was spent mostly on his own district.

‘‘There was stuff that Eddie got that, if I could have shared some with Eddie, it would have been a better district.’’

The redistricting shifted a big portion of Frank’s territory from the South Coast, including the Democratic bases of Fall River and New Bedford, to the Blackstone Valley. When asked whether he would have run for another term had his district not been altered as significantly, Frank said, ‘‘If the district had been substantially similar, I would have felt obligated to run again.’’

Frank’s assertion set off an unusual kerfuffle between two Democrats who have served alongside each other since they were freshman state representatives on Beacon Hill in 1972.

‘‘From day one, we said we would not use incumbency as a sole principle,’’ he said. He also noted that President Obama won the newly drawn Fourth Congressional District with 60 percent of the vote. ‘‘There’s no doubt in my mind [Frank] would have won that district.’’…

… continued at (registration required)

Joseph P. Kennedy III considers run for Frank’s seat

A scion of the famed Kennedy clan, Joseph P. Kennedy III, an assistant district attorney in Middlesex County, said he will consider running for US Representative Barney Frank’s congressional seat next year.

Kennedy, a Democrat, told the Globe yesterday, “I haven’t had an opportunity to give it a whole lot of thought, but I will give it some thought in the coming days and weeks.’’

Kennedy, 31, the son of former US representative Joseph P. Kennedy II, does not live in the Fourth Congressional District, but residency is not required to run for the office.

Cynthia Stone Creem of Newton, a state senator since 1999, said she is “very seriously considering’’ running.

“I got a lot of calls and a lot of people urging me to do it,’’ Creem said in an interview.

Boston city councilor Michael P. Ross, who grew up in Newton but who now lives in Mission Hill, also said he was considering a run.

John M. Guilfoil of the Globe staff contributed to this report.

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In latest gaffe, Texas Governor Rick Perry errs on Voting Age and Election Date….

A DSD Highlight…

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Falling in the polls, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry cannot afford to discount any voters, let alone a bloc between 18 and 21 years old. But that is what the Texas governor seemed to do in a speech yesterday at Saint Anselm College.

At the end of his stump speech, Perry said, “Those of you that will be 21 by November the 12th, I ask for your support and your vote. Those of you who won’t be, work hard.’’

The legal voting age is 18, not 21. The date of the 2012 general election is Nov. 6….

– Shira Schoenberg (registration may be required)

Rick Perry’s ignorance is truly breathtaking. Must be quite a while since he’s read the Constitution (or had it read to him), 26th Amendment. Do you really want a President tied to the Red Telephone who needs this much on-the-job-training?

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Newt Gingrich trys staffing up…..

Ok we ALL know the Newt Gingrich surge is here….


Nobody knows for how long….

With Herman Cain crashing….

The moves are a foot to set up something Newt Gingrich hasn’t had much of….

That is…

Campaign Organization….


Polls DON’T win nominations….

Organizations do….

While he’s isn’t going to approach Mitt Romney’s effort….

It seems that Gingrich and his growing team of handlers ARE gonna give things the good college try…...



Newt Gingrich was in South Carolina on Tuesday, opening a new campaign office — bringing the total to five, manned by a paid staff of 10 — and stumping across the state.


Next, he’ll be back in Iowa, where his campaign has just signed a lease on space in Des Moines and plans to have seven offices by the time of caucuses, just five weeks away on Jan. 3. In New Hampshire, where Gingrich recently got a boost in the form of an endorsement by the state’s biggest newspaper, he has three offices and eight staffers.


Campaigning in the early states. Building the infrastructure and field staff to turn out primary and caucus voters. After months in the wilderness, Gingrich is behaving like a man with a shot at the nomination.


Though Gingrich’s ground game is far from a formidable effort — neutral observers in the early states say a campaign that previously was practically nonexistent now is desperately scrambling to catch up — his operation has come a long way since the days he barely seemed to be running for president at all.


And unlike the other candidates who have stumbled into the Republican primary electorate’s momentary favor this year, Gingrich is doing his utmost to capitalize on his time in the spotlight.


South Carolina is the state where Gingrich is making the biggest organizational push. The game plan: place well in Iowa, score a strong second-place showing in the Mitt Romney-owned territory of New Hampshire, and ride that momentum to a win in South Carolina.


After a summer in which most of his staff abandoned him amid concerns his supposed presidential run was really just a glorified book tour, “It appears he has cottoned to the idea,” said Chip Felkel, an unaligned GOP consultant based in South Carolina.


“One would have to give him credit for playing the role of Lazarus somewhat, because he was clearly dead and buried,” Felkel said.


In Iowa, Gingrich is basically starting from scratch. “I call him the Chia Pet of the caucuses — he’s growing from air,” said Doug Gross, a lobbyist and former Republican gubernatorial nominee.

“At the end of the day, he’s got to have some organization to transfer this interest and excitement into turnout, and that’s a major challenge with five weeks to go…..



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Earmarks NEVER really went away folks….They’re just lying low….

I argued here last year that I didn’t see how Congressmnen and women COULD’T bring home the bacon from taxes paid into the system….

I posted dozens of pieces on the system…

Yea the media coped to the bullshit from the politicains…



Please read this from the Washington Post….

“I have heard too many appropriators say informally that they are very hopeful that we can get back to earmarking in the future with few restrictions,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who is co-authoring the bill with Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.). “That has come out of the mouths of Democrats and Republicans.”

Most of the spending bills — which will determine the nation’s priorities for defense, transportation, water and other needs — are still being debated, so it is unclear how many special provisions will survive. Some that have been proposed by one committee have already eliminated by another.

Even as some lawmakers attempt to permanently ban earmarks, others are trying to revive them in certain contexts.

This month, Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) wrote to House leaders asking that some flood-protection earmarks be restored, saying her project has been publicly vetted and her constituents’ safety is put at risk by flood-prone rivers around Sacramento. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), a critic of earmarks, last year began calling for Congress to have a role again in directing money for road and highway projects in the transportation bill, provided that the process is “open and transparent.”

Bachmann said Tuesday that she supports McCaskill and Toomey’s efforts.

“I wholeheartedly support the House moratorium on earmarks,” she said. “Therefore, I commend Senators McCaskill and Toomey for introducing legislation which would ban earmarks in the upper chamber as well.”

Matsui said earmarks should not be banned on principle.

“I think members of Congress know their districts pretty well and know what they need,” she said. “By banning [earmarks] entirely, we are giving all the power to the administration. I don’t care if it’s a Democrat or a Republican in the White House, they should not have that power.”


I’m waiting to see how this one plays….

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The 5 Biggest Failures of the 112th Congress….

Just the Biggest listed here from the Atlantic….

Oh, the 112th Congress. It’s a special kind of inept — not so much lazy or unwilling, just torn. On the cusp of every important decision, its inner conflicts make it scream “No! We can’t!” — and the blunders flow freely from there. If the 113th Congress was a Shakespeare character, it would be Hamlet. Perhaps, on one of their April night-trips to the White House, where they negotiated around a probable government shutdown, John Boehner and Harry Reid saw the ghosts of Reagan and FDR, and were spooked.

The deficit supercommittee’s failure last week was just the latest in the string of failures that have come to define this Congress, epitomizing the partisan rancor that, the seasoned pundits agree, has been unprecedented. Let’s take a look at those failures in turn….

The Supercommittee

The mere existence of this panel grew out of the failure of congressional Republicans, congressional Democrats, and President Obama to agree on spending policies. Its 12 members essentially replayed the same political fight we saw in August — Democrats proposed spending cuts along with tax increases on the rich, Republicans refused any tax hikes at all — and with their failure, Congress is now supposed to suffer consequences, in the form of $1.2 trillion in automatic 10-year budget cuts, half from defense and half from domestic programs, designed so that neither party would be happy if it came to this, which it has.


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The Chuckling Idiots Of NFL Pregame Shows: Another Video Compilation….

From Deadspin….. Click MEN LAUGHING


The Chuckling Idiots Of NFL Pregame Shows: Another Video Compilation

Last year, we presented a compilation of all the inane laughing NFL pre-game shows had to offer. Since the laughing hasn’t stopped, here’s another compilation of Howie, Terry, Shannon, Curt Menefee, and all the rest yukking it up.

Video inspired by The Wall Street Journal‘sthorough laughter analysis last year……..

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The World Trade Center nears Glass/Steel completion…

From The Port Authority of NY and NJ.….

One World Trade Center continues to rise above the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and 4 World Trade Center.  The tower is being erected at a rate of one floor per week.

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Is the GOP falling behind on Jobs?

Is the Do Nothing GOP thing getting old?

Congressional Republicans have become increasingly divided during the latest legislative battles, with some fearing that the White House is winning the message war over the No. 1 issue facing the country: jobs.

As Congress debates an extension of a payroll tax holiday, a number of Republicans are worried that their party has not done an adequate job responding to the battering they’re taking daily from President Barack Obama on the campaign trail.

And in the policy realm, Republican rifts are blowing into the open: The party is split over whether to seek new tax revenue to rein in the debt, how to pay for an extension of the payroll tax credits and unemployment benefits — or whether Congress should even extend them at all.

The internal debate comes as Republican leaders are trying to figure out how to end a grueling, gridlocked congressional session, testing a series of GOP promises about changing the way Washington works. But the party’s jobs message — that House Republicans have passed “jobs bills” that sit stalled in the Democratic Senate — appears to be causing the most heartburn.

“Fifteen bills coming from the House that no one ever heard of — including me — is probably not the best marketing plan,” South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham told POLITICO, calling instead for one unified GOP bill.

In the House, freshman Rep. Randy Hultgren of Illinois said Republicans “need to do better on messaging,” adding that the party’s jobs pitch “hasn’t been cohesive enough.”

“We haven’t done enough,” he said. “I think it’s gotten out some, but it’s not enough. We’re not there yet on the message.”

A senior House Republican lawmaker said the message is confounding.

“This president has proposed a budget that puts us into bankruptcy — yet we’re talking about a dozen to two dozen orphan bills that the Senate won’t pass,” the lawmaker said.


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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Joe Walsh considering suicide run in IL-08

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• IL-08, IL-14: One regular feature of this job is that I’ll often come across a link and say to myself, “That just doesn’t make any sense.” Well, toss another one on to the pile. According to Roll Call, erratic GOP freshman Joe Walsh, who had been planning to seek re-election in the new 14th, is supposedly considering a switch back to the 8th CD. While this would allow Walsh to avoid a primary with fellow first-termer Randy Hultgren, this is a crazy move because the redrawn 8th went for Obama by an extremely lopsided 62-37 margin. Even if my polling showed a difficult race against Hultgren, I’d much rather take my chances in the 14th than go on a suicide run in the 8th (where either Raja Krishnamoorthi or Tammy Duckworth await, both forces to be reckoned with). Anyhow, Walsh’s camp is refusing to confirm or deny the story, so obviously that means he really is thinking about it. Could mean we won’t have Joe Walsh to kick around for much longer!


• AZ-Sen: A very good get for Richard Carmona: Former Sen. Dennis DeConcini, the last Democrat to hold the seat Carmona is now seeking, just gave his endorsement to the former Surgeon General. In fact, DeConcini immediately preceded Republican Jon Kyl in Arizona’s Class 1 Senate seat before retiring in 1995, and amazingly enough, he’s the state’s only living ex-senator. (On that note, for the trivially-inclined, Wikipedia has a great page listing all living former U.S. senators.) Carmona faces former state party chair Don Bivens in the Democratic primary.

• PA-Sen: This is unexpected: Republican state Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi says he’s considering a run against Dem Sen. Bob Casey, who heretofore has only drawn very minor-league opponents. Pileggi has reportedly met with national and local GOP bigwigs, but he isn’t offering any timetable for a decision. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because he was the guy behind Pennsylvania’s ill-fated plan earlier this year to change the way it allots electoral votes, from winner-take-all to CD-by-CD.

• WA-Sen, WA-Gov: SurveyUSA takes its occasional look at Washington state for KING-TV, finding the governor’s race completely unchanged over the last couple of months. But for the first time, they also tested the Senate race, and they find Democratic incumbent Maria Cantwell in good shape. Click the link for our complete post at Daily Kos Elections.

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Occupy LA is cleared from City Hall Park without violence….What Now?

And without Pepper Spray…

The LAPD proving that they are samrter than the UC Davis Cops managed to move the last protestors from the 

area by using manpower and hands on tactics….

And little or no attitude….

The Protest SHOULD continue….

But as Police Departements around the country learn the effective and safe way to deal with protests….

The Occupy Movemenet needs to decide WHERE it is going….

The taking over of parks and fighting with police who have the same gripes with their bosses as the protestors is beginning to get old….

The public as this Dog also feeling is with the GOALS of the movement…

But the means HAVE to CHANGE….

Occupy born in some Cnanadain’s marketing company needs to get its POLITICAL GANGSTER on…

And go after the people who sent the cops to unhold their rips offs of you and me….

That WILL be progress….

Most protesters seemed to eschew violence, and downtown did not see any of the violence of the kind that erupted in Oakland last month, when protesters started fires, police used tear gas and some protesters suffered serious injuries.

By early Wednesday, the last remaining protesters had holed up in a palm tree just outside Villaraigosa’s office. The protesters smoked cigars as they joked with police, at one point asking police to bring them beer.

The moment spoke to the generally light tone of the eviction. Moments before police entered the park, protesters were setting off fireworks. After they entered, a man who refused to leave told an officer: “If you give me a hug, I will leave right now.”

“Are you serious?” the officer asked with a smile. He appeared for a moment ready to comply, but then moved away.

Still, there were some moments of tension. A confrontation built early in the evening on the corner of 1st Street and Broadway, where a crowd approaching from the west, seeking to join protesters at City Hall, was stopped by a line of police wearing face masks and armed with batons.

On Main Street, one protester yelled at police: “Remember your mother! You’re not here to beat up citizens.”

Twenty-eight-year-old Sam Gray, an Army veteran, said he is angry that the city “took its word back.”

“I took an oath to uphold the Constitution and in my opinion, the police are trampling on it,” he said.

Toward the end of the operation, a large group of protesters that had locked arms in the middle of the south lawn chanted to police making arrests: “You’re sexy. You’re cute. Take off your riot suit.”

Earlier in the night, at the police staging area outside Dodger Stadium, a supervisor told a group of officers that they needed to be prepared for some protesters to fight back.

“They’ve got a bunch of concrete gravel and other [things] they’re going to throw at us,” he said. “Please put your face masks down and watch each other’s back.”

Amid fears protesters had stored urine and feces to throw at officers, some were wearing white protective body suits.

The conclusion of the raid marked the end of a two-month tent city that the City Council initially welcomed, with then-Council President Eric Garcetti telling protesters they could “stay as long as you need.”


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