tv The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC December 3, 2011 3:00am-4:00am PST
when my employees are happy, my customers are happy. vo: earn points for the things you're already buying. call 1-800-now-open to find out how the gold card can serve your business. we begin with breaking news from the republican presidential race tonight. herman cain saying he will be making a major announcement from his home state of georgia. nbc news david gregory is reporting that there ir strong indications that mr. cain will withdraw from the presidential race tomorrow. source close to mr. cain family from more faout from sexual harassment allegations as well as the claim made this week by a georgia woman that she and mr. cain had a year's long extramarital affair. ginger white, appearing as a guest on "the last word" told lawrence o'donnell that she came forward about that alleged affair because she believed her
past relationship with mr. cain had already been leaked to the media. he denied the affair but said he had a friendship with her and that he helped her financially. here is what miss wlit had to say about that last part last night on "the last word." >> how much money did you give her? >> because of my attorney and because of some things we were looking at, i can't talk about that at this particular point. >> i can tell you, ginger white, that that is not a common answer in interviews with presidential candidates. i can't answer because my lawyer tells me not to. can you remember or tell us what you think the total amounts of money in a given year, how much money he would end up giving you to help you get by? >> honestly, i would rather not say. i don't have an exact amount so i'm just not sure exactly. >> did he give you that money in cash. yes, he did. >> always in cash. always in cash.
>> the morning register is reporting that herman cain is polling at just 8% in their latest survey in iowa, down from 23%, only about a month and a half ago. the register noting that while mr. cain has denied the affair allegations, poll respondents quote bad feelings about him doubled during the time the poll was in the field, from sunday through wednesday. again, nbc's david gregory reporting tonight that there ir strong indications that herman cain will withdraw from the race for the republican presidential nomination tomorrow. the cain campaign is responding to that tonight by telling nbc news that nothing is final as of tonight. the campaign saying no decision has been made. nbc's reporting, again, that despite that statement from the campaign, a source close to mr. cain says all indications are that heel resign from the race tomorrow. for his part personally, here is what herman cain had to say about the planned announcement earlier today. there are some challenges and i will say and before any of
the people in the media ask me one more time. i'm going to say what i said before, i am re-assessing, because of all of this media firestorm stuff. tomorrow, in atlanta, i will be making an announcement but nobody is going to get me to make that prematurely. that's all there is to that. so, tomorrow, we are going to be opening our headquarters in northwest georgia where we will clarify, there is that word again, clarify exactly what the next steps are if herman cain does drop out of the presidential race, he will apparently be doing it at the would-be opening of his northwest georgia campaign headquarters. that would be a very bizarre way to end a presidential bid, while you are opening a new campaign headquarters. not to say herman cain wouldn't
be the firts pioneer to try that. joining us from washington is andrea mitchell, a veteran of several presidential campaigns. thanks for being with us. >> you bet, rachel. >> we are getting some push back from herman cain's campaign. what is the latest you are hearing about tomorrow's announcement? what is nbc's reporting at this point? >> our reporting, and david has circled back to his source, i have talked to other people, our reporting is that every indication is that heel be announcing that he is dropping out tomorrow. as we said on "nightly news" and there was no challenge to anything reported on "nightly news." they did have problems with some of the reiterations in social media on twitter. in terms of what we are reporting, it is that while with the cain campaign, until he actually announces it himself, no decision is final. he is certainly leaning towards getting out because of the pressure on his family. this was tonight the first
face-to-face meeting with his wife, gloria. this has also come with a lot of mixed signals. two new advertisements went up in iowa. they are spending money, supporters, his super pack, as well as the cain campaign. the cain campaign launched a new women for cain website or part of the website, a new online group. that group is chaired by gloria cain. they are sending a lot of mixed signals. there is a lot of indication in his own words where he says he is re-assessing it and he certainly would be talking to his wife tonight for the first time about what she did not know by his admission to the union leader, which was on their front page today, he had not told his wife about his long-time friendship with this friend, this atlanta businesswoman who, as you know, lawrence extensively interviewed last night. >> andrea, in terms of those mixed signals and in terms of trying to, i guess, clear this vision as best as we can here,
is it clear to you who speaks for the candidate and who speaks for the campaign at this time? even when you are clear that you are speaking to the it actual campaign, is it clear that the campaign and the candidate are always on the same page? >> no, it is not. in fact, this has been one of the hallmarks of this campaign, that the staff don't necessarily speak for him, that he seeks his own counsel. he is an unconventional candidate. he would describe himself that way. his business experience and his experience as a motivational speaker, his extensive book tour, that certainly is not typical of a campaign, the fact that he has been going to locations that are not obvious location force the campaign, not the early primary states often and actually doing what he has done for years, is to go out and be on the lecture circuit. so this is not a typical campaign tichlts not staffed that way. it is not financed that way. it is not at all clear that they are even aware of what his thinking is.
>> because this is an atypical campaign, it may be impossible to extrapolate from past experience. despite that, with his support plummeting in new hampshire and iowa, is there any reasonable up side to him staying in the race? is there a path to the nomination for him at this point? >> there is certainly no path to the nomination. i could say that as categorically as anyone could. with his lack of experience, he is not like a newt gingrich who has a lot of washington experience and money in the bank and the ability to try to reinvent himself and the proven record of reinventing himself. herman cain will not be able to do this. his support in iowa among likely republican caucusgoers has plummeted just in the last few days from the des moines register was in the field with their poll since this last scandal has hit. certainly, it has gone from 23%
to 8% just since late october, just a few days over a month. so there is no viable scenario for him to become a viable candidate. if he wants to repair his reputation and see if more time on the road, he is a very effective speaker and has a way of appealing to live audiences, if he wants to do that and get more publicity that is positive publicity and the extraordinary nairly negative publicity, that is something he could do. the union leader editorial today which says that charisma is not enough was the caption. it went on to blame him for the way he has handled this last scandal. blame him for not being adequately prepared to be president of the united states, that is really a serious judgment from a traditionally conservative and very powerful newspaper, very powerful voice in new hampshire, the second >> andrea mitchell, host of
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we are coming to you live tonight from the campus of ball state university in muncie, indiana. i was here to do an event earlier tonight with the great david letterman. we've had a great time. people have been awesome. muncie, indiana, is located right here. that's about an hour outside the capital of indiana. the city of indianapolis. if you drive about an hour north from here and slightly to the west, you will hit a town called marion, indiana. in the early 1990s, marion, indiana, was home to a big manufacturing plant owned by an office supply company called scm. that plant made paper products. about 250 scm plant workers left their jobs for the july 4th weekend in 1993 and when they returned after the july 4th holiday weekend they found a notice at the plant informing them they had all been fired. on the spot.
scm had been taken over by another company and they had all lost their jobs. that american economic tragedy was the basis for a series of what are some of the most devastating political ads ever run by a democrat against a republican. those plant workers in marion, indiana, were fired after mitt romney's firm, bane capital, helped take over scm in 1993. a year later mitt romney decided to challenge ted kennedy for his u.s. senate seat in massachusetts. here's how ted kennedy ran against mitt romney that year. >> mitt romney's ads claim he created jobs. what's the record? romney's firm bought a company called scm, fired all 350 workers are, told some they could reapply at a 27% pay cut. many pregnant or older -- mitt romney made $11 million in two years. mitt romney, he has misled us twice, with negative ads distorting sceptor kennedy's
record and the phoney claims about his own. >> i worked there 30 years and i never dreamed that i'd lose my job. >> mitt romney says he helped create 10,000 jobs. the former workers at scm in marion, indiana, stay something else. >> if he's created jobs, i wish he could create some here. instead of taking them away. >> on sunday we were watching television and saw a commercial with mitt romney in it saying he was all for health care benefits and helping the middle class people get their jobs and i was just stunned because here we are, he has no job, we have no health care benefits and this mitt romney is trying to tell people that that's what he's all for and he's the one responsible for us not having any. >> i would like to say to mitt romney, if you think you'd make such a good senator, come out here to marion, indiana, and see what your company has done to these people. >> we had no rights anymore. >> they cut the wages. >> we no longer had insurance. >> basically cut our throats. >> i'd like to say to the people of massachusetts that if you think it can't happen to you,
think again. because we thought it wouldn't happen here, either. >> mitt romney lost that election and he lost badly after taking an early lead in that race against ted kennedy, mr. romney ended up losing by 17 points. if mitt romney becomes the republican nominee for president this year, i think you will probably hear that story from indiana and others like it again. as he travels around the country making the argument he's uniquely qualified for the presidency on the basis of his private sector experience, i think he can expect democrats to point out mitt romney's private sector success may have been very good for mitt romney but it really wasn't all that good for the regular people he threw out of work, whose americans jobs he shipped overseas. real people in real places like marion, indiana. mitt romney is not yet the nominee. he contends with newt gingrich to get the republican nomination, you're already seeing a variation of the 1994 indiana critique of mr. romney,
except this time it's using 21st century language. this ad just started airing in iowa from the liberal group, moveon.org. incidentally, i have to say, i'd be surprised if lefty groups like moveon.org start running ads right now against newt gingrich because i think we're seeing more and more signs all the time that the left really wants newt gingrich to beat mitt romney because they really like the idea of obama running against gingrich. we're not seeing a lot of lefty ads against newt gingrich right now. but this is the anti-mitt romney ad moveon has just released. >> according to the publisher of new hampshire's "union leader" which republican candidate represents the 1%? hint. he calls himself unemployed. while making plans to quadruple the size of his $12 million beach house. he thinks corporations are people. as head of a multimillion dollar firm, he shipped good american jobs overseas and cut thousands more. he's mitt romney. or as voters are starting to
call him, mr. 1%. >> moveon.org. political action is responsible for the content of this advertisement. >> when you hear the line about cutting thousands of american jobs, think marion, indiana, right? interestingly, what moveon was referencing at the top of the ad was a critique of mitt romney from the conservative newspaper "the union leader" which andrea mitchell mentioned moments ago. the critique of mr. 1% is a critique of romney coming not just from the left but from the right. >> gingrich is going to have a better time in the general election than mitt romney. i think it's going to be obama's 99% versus the 1% and romney sort of represents the 1%. >> now, to be fair, "the union leader" has never really liked mitt romney. they basically ate him for lunch when he ran for president in 2008. it's not weird "the union leader" in new hampshire isn't
endorsing mitt romney right now. what's weird is their criticism is they don't like mitt romney because he's mr. 1% and so they're supporting newt gingrich instead. that's amazing in part because newt gingrich is also a multimillionaire and in part because of the hilariously unsavory ways in which newt gingrich has made some of his money. i was a historian for freddie mac, but anybody else who took money off freddie mac should go to prison. mostly this is an amazing turn of events in the campaign because the whole translation of the 99 percenters idea into electoral politics is that supposedly if you are running for office you ought to have something to offer people who are not being served in this economy. people who are not making it because of the way our economy is structured. the way our political system is structured. even the frank luntz talking points for republican governors this week reported by yahoo! news, these were talking points for how republicans ought to talk about occupy wall street and the whole 99%ers concept. even frank luntz in his republican talking points generating machine had this as
advice for republicans right now. quote, the three most important words you can say to an occupy e rechlt are, i get it. i get it. i get it. so even if you're not planning to do anything about the plight of the 99%, at least say, i get it. at least try to make it seem like you care. here's newt gingrich's version of "i get it" when it comes to the poor. >> newt gingrich has long fancied himself one of the republican party's biggest new idea guys. his latest big idea, putting poor kids to work as janitors in their own schools. >> they'd be dramatically less expensive than unionized janitors. and you'd begin to reestablish the dignity of work and in very poor neighborhoods you have to literally reestablish the dignity of work. >> okay. now, this should be seen in part as bait. this sort of thing is usually designed to be deliberately provocative, to make liberals outraged. right?
that's the way conservative politicians like to make themselves seem tough in front of conservative audiences. the conservative strategy of demonizing and dumping on poor people, attacking them for being lazy and mooching off the system and not understanding work, that's been a way for republican politicians to rally their conservative base and rile up liberals for a very long time. i mean, in 1976, when ronald reagan was campaigning for the presidency, he went around the country railing against welfare queens. people getting rich off welfare benefits, driving cadillacs, living in mansions with swimming pools because of welfare. the fact that these welfare queens didn't seem to exist did not matter as much as the fact that conservative audiences loved this idea and liberals were enraged about it. that was almost as valuable. republicans employed the eat the poor strategy for a long time to great political effect. newt gingrich, himself, has been doing this for a very long time. >> in 1994, gingrich suggested that the government ship welfare children to orphanages and then even said first lady hillary
clinton ought to rent the classic old movie "boys town," with spencer tracy and mickey rooney, to see how an orphanage is run. >> newt gingrich's suggestion was that the children of welfare recipients should be taken away from them and shipped to orphanages. why do you say something like that in politics? do you think that's an actual policy that you plan on spinning out and implementing across the country? or is this just being provocative for political sake? this is a deliberate strategy. it's a strategy to bait liberals and to seem unpc and tough to conservatives. it's why last month newt gingrich proposed the 9-year-olds should be janitors and why gingrich is doubling down on the janitors idea in front of conservative audiences whenever he can. >> we should contemplate very seriously that the poorest children in the poorest neighborhoods ought to actually have part-time jobs in the schools they have to go to.
they are saying, gingrich wants to trap the poor as janitors. then i was told janitors do really dangerous, hard work. well, the master janitor probably aught to do the dangerous, hard work, but i will tell you personally, i believe the kids could mop the floor and clean out the bathroom and get paid for it and it would be okay. >> yay, the republican audience loves it and simultaneously cue the liberal outrage. we need that, too. notice how he puts that in there, right? i was promptly attacked. badge of honor. eat the poor strategy is the same thing behind newt gingrich's delicate language around the occupy wall street movement itself, right now. >> all the occupy movement starts with the premise that we owe them everything. you need to reassert something as simple as saying to them, go get a job, right after you take a bath. >> take a bath, that's hysterical. yay. cue the liberal outrage.
newt gingrich and to a certain extent the entire republican primary field is operating under an m.o. in which kicking the poor works. this is so great for republican audiences. it's not only an applause line. it's a laugh line. the problem is that they are operating under that strategy at the same time that even republican operatives are trying to warn them that this year in this economy, this is a bad idea. the ads against mitt romney featuring the indiana workers, those ads worked in 1994. the 99% thing didn't exist yet as a concept. how does mitt romney, how does newt gingrich think those types of ads are going to play now? >> i'd like to say to the people of massachusetts that if you think it can't happen to you, think again. because we thought it wouldn't happen here, either. ♪
massachusetts senator scott brown has had kind of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. first a new poll by the university of massachusetts at amerst shows the incumbent republican senator polling four points behind democrat elizabeth warren. registered voters picking her over him 43% to 39%. that is just barely within margin of error. at best right now the supposedly very well liked incumbent is in a statistical dead heat with his likely democratic challenger who hasn't even won a primary yet. the other thing that made this week a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad one for the junior senator for massachusetts was an item in the "roll call" newspaper yesterday on capitol hill. quote, while shepherding his teeny, tiny cutsie dogs on to
the senate subway, senator scott brown had to deliver the following cringe inducing order. get on the train, snuggles. according to "roll call," quote, after realizing he wasn't entirely alone on the platform, senator brown buried his face in his hands and begged those present, don't ruin my image. scott brown has a 14-year-old shih tzu named snuggles. here's snuggles in a contest. here's snuggles in a christmas video. snuggles the brown's shih tzu isn't a state secret. yesterday was the first time the d.c. media run an entire feature that scott brown's dog is a shih tzu named snuggles. i like saying it, senator scott brown has a shih tzu named snuggles and a very rugged pickup truck and also a shih tzu named snuggles. nothing to be embarrassed about, sir. hope next week is better.
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be moderated by donald trump. for real. and, yes, this is the day when jon huntsman campaign warmed the hearts of people who despair for a country that would have donald trump moderate a presidential candidates debate. when they responded to a question about whether jon huntsman would attend said debate. with this statement, and i quote, lol. so, yes, today was an amazing day in politics. that was before we got the news that the artist formally known as herman cain would make a major announcement tomorrow now described by sources to nbc news as his potentially bowing out of the race. today was the day we were also blessed by the arrival of the women for cain website. featuring stock photo models who you are pposed to believe are women for cain, though they can also be found online as women for south africa sugar, as women for presents, as women for f t slightly suspicious hand gesture. that was today before the parody
response men for cain website came out. this distractingly, wonderfully, both genius and stupid, there was some actual real big giant news for the country, big news with big real consequences for the country and potentially huge political consequences for the country. the unemployment rate just fell in november from 9.0% to 8.6%. that is a two-year low for the national unemployment rate. that is great news. right? it is great news, isn't it? we should always ask an economist. let's ask jared bernstein, former member on president obama's team, former economic adviser to vice president joe biden, now a senior fellow at the center on budget and policy priorities and msnbc contributor. thanks for helping us out tonight. appreciate your time. >> my pleasure. thanks for inviting me on. >> i know enough to know the unemployment rate dropping can seem like a good thing, while disguising some other things that are not good things. is that the case here? is this a mixed message or is
there reason to be cheerful? >> well, i hate to be the dower economist who has to come in and rain on everybody's garden party here. it's mixed, though. about half of that decline from 9% down to 8.6% is artificial. in the sense that it only came about because over 300,000 people actually left the labor market in november, rachel. and you're only counted as unemployed if you're actively looking for work. if you give up, you come out of that system. so you're not counted. so about two-tenths of the four-tenth decline was real. we did add jobs, a slow pace, but increases at least in the private sector. but the unemployment rate didn't really come down as much as it seemed. >> in the private sector as you're saying, we added jobs, 140,000 private sector jobs added last month. as far as i understand it, 1.7 million private sector jobs
added this year which is a half a million ahead of the private sector jobs that we added last year. is the overall trendline heading in the right direction? or do you see it as essentially flat? do you think we are recovering? >> it's heading in the right direction, but it's heading there way too slowly. are we recovering? well, sure, in the sense we're not sliding backwards. as i said, we're moving ahead and your job numbers are absolutely correct. if you focus exclusively on the private sector. now, public sector, and let's be very clear, we're talking about policemen and women, we're talking about firefighters, schoolteachers, sanitation workers. these workers are important in their communities and states have to balance their budgets. they can't run budget deficits and they've been shedding employment just about every month we've been adding those private sector jobs. 20,000 down last month. so that part isn't -- that part's not moving toward recovery. but broadly speaking, yes, moving toward recovery, but much
too slowly. >> in terms of what could be done, what is within reach of government, both economically and politically, what is politically doable, obviously the payroll tax extension is under way. it looks like republicans are maybe softening in their opposition to that, although it is still not done. unemployment extension is coming up. and those public sector jobs that you're talking about, what are the things that you think are feasible, politically and economically, that might make a dent from here on out? >> well, you mentioned the payroll tax and the ui. let me say something that's been somewhat underappreciated in the past few days of reporting on these. of course they're critically important and i support them 100%. remember, they're already in the 2011 economy. what we're arguing about is whether they should expire and go away and i think if you're concerned about the economy and wellbeing of the unemployed and the middle class, you definitely don't want them to go away. all that does is keep your foot
where it is on the ac sell lay tore, because they are already in the system. there's no new fiscal impulse, no new added push. we really need to go above and beyond those extensions, but, of course, given those folks behind me in the kind of dithering that you're seeing around just the extensions, doing more is a heck of a lot to ask more right now. it shouldn't be. the obvious solution, take the public sector. there's a lot we could do to preserve jobs in the public sector and get those monthly numbers up in both sides of the economy. that's a tough political lift right now, rachel. >> jared bernstein, former member of president obama's economic team, former economic adviser to vice president biden. now at the center on budget and policy priorities and msnbc contributor. we're going to have to come up with some sort of like, url shortener for your title and sometime soon, jared. in the meantime -- >> good point. >> -- i'm always thankful you're here. >> thank you, rachel. all right. on this show when we make a mistake, we do our best to correct it. just ahead, a heartfelt department of
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i this is main street. wall street can take care of itself. main street needs everybody. >> when they came and offered their help, what did you think? >> i thought, hey, it sounds like a crazy harebrained scheme, let's try with, what the heck? i don't have anything more to lose. >> that crazy harebrained scheme is kind of an amazing one, and it is spreading across the country. details on that next. congratulations. congratulations. today, the city of charlotte can use verizon technology to inspire businesses to conserve energy and monitor costs.
when police tracked dragged a family's belongings into the street, quote, some of us would kick ash cans and create a general ruckus. this would divert the marshal and others would help the families put the furniture back up. it was a war of attrition. another quote, we formed a squad. someone could come in and say someone was put on the street so we'd call this one, that one, say, how would you like to help the people? we did that, boys, girls, elderly men, whoever, we called somebody and said, let's put the furniture back in. we talk about the great depress, not our own great
recession but the great depression of our great grandparents day and tend to talk about hobos and hoofrs, people kicked out of their ordinary lives, roaming the countryside and looking for work lines up at soup kitchens or setting up camp in shacks made of spare wood or cast off continue they would find in towns they called hooverville. after president herbert hoover and it was not a compliment. they did not move out of houses or apartments quietly because the landlord showed up and said they had to go. a lot stood their grounds with help from their neighbors. the americans of the great depression organized eviction defense. like the people putting the furniture back in. i quoted a moment ago from brooklyn. sometimes eviction resistance turned into eviction riots. they rioted in chicago in august 1931. three protesters were killed there after 60,000 people marched against evictions. they rioted in the bronx in 1932 after families went on rent strike over prices they could no longer afford. they rioted in cleveland after a
bank foreclosed on john and sophie sperenga and the county sheriff kicked them out with their four children. in cleveland, the local small home and landowners federation spread the alarm up and down the neighborhood streets. thousands of people showed up to defend the sperenga family. quote, as police arrived, they were greeted by taunts and jeers and rocks, bricks, sticks. this account was filed in "the nation." in 1933. quote, this is a crowd that won't scatter, a crowd that's determined. they were determined to defend the family in 1933. the depth of the great depression. now, cleveland is defending families again in cleveland in 2011, not by throwing bricks and sticks and soup labels but by doing this. in cleveland, they are pitching tents in the yards of a single mother with two kids and the sheriff on the way.
if you're coming for her, you're coming for us. that's been the message from occupy cleveland. >> they have been wonderful, actually. keeping me company in the last, since last night when they started piling in helping me get the place cleaned up a little more and organized so i can pack. >> a lot of the people you probably heard on the news have sort of been asking what the occupy, whatever city you want to put in, they don't really know what they stand for. has this told you -- how has this told you more? >> they stand up for the little guy. definitely. this is main street. wall street can take care of itself. main street needs everybody. >> when they came and offered
their help, what did you think? >> i thought, hey, it sounds like a crazy harebrained scheme, let's try it, what the heck? i don't have anything more to lose. >> occupy elizabeth summers' backyard in cleveland seems to have had an effect. she got a 30-day stay on her eviction, enough time to make a deal work out with her bank or plan "b." main street turned out for her. the nation bailed out the banks and all come free, no rules financial sector had turned people's houses or mortgages into casino chips which wall street made a ton of money trading amongst themselves before the whole thing blew up. wall street blew up which blew up the whole economy. millions of americans were left without jobs and with con artist mortgages they couldn't pay. the banks, they got bailed out but the people did not. if you're broke, just ask elizabeth summer, if you're broke, there is very little help.
in october alone, there were hundreds of thousands of foreclosures in the country. the banks seizing people's homes and throwing them into the street. this confilgration started in 2008. the foreclosure rate is still rising. the great recession may not be a recession anymore, but families are still having their possessions dragged to the curb. good luck and right this way to the homeless shelter. is that kind of treatment worth defending against, worth coming to the defense of your neighborhoods now in 2011 as they did in the 1930s? that's a question around the evolving 99% movement around the country. ask a family in atlanta, occupy atlanta got kicked out of its downtown encampment so decided instead they'd move to try to save a police officer's home. ask a family in rochester, new york, which almost lost their home to a foreclosure mill,
incidentally, where the employees dressed up as families being kicked out of their homes as their costumes for a company halloween party that year. the firm was trying to move in on a rochester family to kick them out of their home before a group of defenders and occupiers showed up to help them hold their ground. ask the families in minneapolis where occupiers have shown up with a blow horn and tents and taken direct action. >> occupy's really made that leap and said it's time for us to mobilize actions off of the plaza and really enter main street in really a dramatic way. and so this is the first time that they've said, you know, let's address real problems that real people are dealing with and see if we can help be a part of the solution. >> as fall set in, protesters from occupy wall street around the country, particularly around the colder parts of the country. the 99 percenters wondered if they could make it through the winter with huts or cold weather survival gear.
they wondered where they would go and continue to occupy. did occupying, showing up and staying put in a public space, was that fundamental to the ongoing effectiveness of the movement? if it is fundamental, how would they be able to keep occupying and where? it turns out maybe that the next incarnation of occupy was already taking hold with the foreclosure defenses in atlanta and cleveland and minneapolis and rochester, justin elliot reporting at sa loan.com that a new campaign, "occupy our homes" kicks off on tuesday with protesters in 20 cities. 99 percenters say they will show up at foreclosure auctions and homes that are at risk. people that are not a part of eviction yet will get a chance to see how it is done. they will learn from people who have done it and teach others. they are asking people to sign a pledge that says, i will resist any attempt by the bank to take my home. if they come to forecloesh, i will not go. this "occupy wall street" movement is truly a movement to occupy everywhere. it is not going away. necessity is the mother of
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reasons that newt incorporated it's simpler than it looks is basically all of newt incorporated is headquartered in this one building in d.c. gingrich communications, the gingrich group, gingrich productions, gingrich foundation, gingrich holdings. all of newt inc. is in this one building in washington, d.c. one portion of the gingrich empire that was based there is something called american solutions for winning the future. that's the newt gingrich founded deal that you may remember us reporting on the last couple of years where they spam fax you that newt gingrich wants to give you a prestigious award and you call to followup about what you have to do to collect the award and it turns out what you have to do to get the award is send them $5,000. that's the one. after i talked about that, when we were highlighted they had a shared address the other day i played the cash register sound effect but i should have played
the sad trombone sound. it turns out that american solutions for winning the future has not won. it has lost. american solutions for winning the future is still sort of located in that one washington building with all of the other present and former gingrich money-making schemes, like i said. after we aired our piece about newt incorporated headquarters, after we aired that, we learned from bloomberg business week that although the american solutions for winning the future group still has some of their belongings in that office space on k street in washington, they have apparently stopped paying their rent. they are $20,000 in debt to their landlord. sometime in the last few months they decided to ditch the rent checks and skipped out on the office space and never handed over the key the. quote, at the american solutions suite, the glass doors are locked, a few chairs, printer and supplies are scattered around in the reception area.
quote no one has turned over the keys to the office where they are not paying rent anymore. quote, no one representing american solutions appeared at an october 6th court hearing about them skipping out on their rent and the person listed as the comptroller for the gingrich founded group said in a telephone interview she had no idea who was responsible for managing the group's affairs. yesterday another pitiful detail about the saga, the "washington post" reporting that a superior court judge authorized the u.s. marshals to remove this group's remaining belongings and put them out on the sidewalk. now, don't be too sad. they are already gone but all of their stuff they left behind, out on the street. i don't think that k street will stand for that stuff being there that long, but -- all of that to say i was wrong when i said the newt gingrich founded group plarn solutions for winning the future quas still located at that building with the rest of the schemes. apparently they fled the place but they left with the rent money and furniture behind and soon it will be on the sidewalk courtesy of the u.s. marshals. from what we know of how the
gingrich-founded group worked to scam people out of their money, though, i bet there will be a top of the line blast fax machine on the sidewalk if you are in the neighborhood in the next few days. drop in, 1425 k street. our second correction is not about newt but a frog. specifically an ongoing international request to find frogs, toads and salamanders that have been declared missing species that have not been seen by scientists in years, species that have seemed to be extinct. see if you can spot the error in what i said about the search for lost fogs. >> there is an international amphibian hunt going on for more species feared extent. if you run across a gastric brooding frog, a reason it has that named or a real stump foot toad or a meso poe tameianbacked
toad, call a park ranger and then call us. my mistake in this case is good news. one of those toads that i said was missing has been found. it is this guy, the real piscato stumped foot toad. it was feared extinct due to a killer fungus but it turns out a real one was found in ecuador last fall. i should not have put it on the missing list. since the search for lost frogs began last year, three of their top ten missing species have been found which is awesome. of course there are still some missing amphibians and if you find one call us. but definitely call someone more qualified than a cable news show first because we don't always know. and i should note this is our first ever all amphibian related department of corrections thanks to mr. gingrich. that does it for us. huge thank you to david letterman, jo ann gora, the president here at ball state and everyone who helped us in our