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TheDC Morning: Obama bites the banks that feed him

1.) Obama bites the banks that feed him — Wall Street is bad, right? The bankers are ruining America, correct? Well, that’s still no reason not to take their money, according to The Greatest President Ever. TheDC’s John Rossamando reports: “Despite his rhetorical attacks on Wall Street, a study by the Sunlight Foundation’s Influence Project shows that President Barack Obama has received more money from Wall Street than any other politician over the past 20 years, including former President George W. Bush. In 2008, Wall Street’s largesse accounted for 20 percent of Obama’s total take, according to Reuters… An examination of the numbers shows that Obama took in $421,242 in campaign contributions in 2008 from Bank of America’s executives, PACs and employees, which exceeded its prior record contribution of $329,761 to President George W. Bush in 2004… When asked by The Daily Caller to comment about President Obama’s credibility when it comes to criticizing Wall Street, the White House declined to reply.” Of course they did. What could they possibly say? “It doesn’t count when we get in bed with the evil bankers, because HEY LOOK OVER THERE!!!” Those bankers must feel like suckers these days, along with everybody else who’s ever believed in Obama.

2.) Fast and Furious fallout — Better hunker down, libs, because Fast and Furious isn’t going away. TheDC’s Matthew Boyle reports: “House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa announced plans Sunday to issue more subpoenas to Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department in the ongoing Operation Fast and Furious congressional investigation. ‘We want to know: what did they know and when did they know it,’ Issa said on Fox News Sunday. ‘But, more specifically, we have to understand, at what level did the authorization come? It wasn’t an ATF operation — they were part of that. It was a joint operation, the DEA [Drug Enforcement Administration] knew more than ATF knew,’ Issa continued. ‘And, of course, these are all part of the Department of Justice, and as we’re beginning to see, and we’re not talking about Eric Holder at this moment, people at the top of Justice were well-briefed, knew about it and seemed to be in command and controlled funding of this program.’ It’s unclear if Holder and the DOJ will comply with this round of subpoenas. Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler did not respond Sunday to The Daily Caller when asked if the administration will respond to Issa’s new subpoenas.” Sounds like we’ve got a new campaign slogan. Obama 2012: No Comment.

3.) Cain train gains momentum — Those redneck backwoods hayseed RethugliKKKans are at it again. TheDC’s Alexis Levinson reports: “Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain rounded out a very good week with a straw poll victory at the Midwest Leadership Conference in Minnesota on Saturday. Cain pulled off a decisive win, garnering 52.6 percent of the vote and beating Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann in her own backyard…Cain has had a strong few weeks. Several polls have had him leading the race for the GOP nomination, or tied for first, and an IBOPE Zogby poll released Thursday found Cain leading the Republican field by a staggering 20 percentage points. Cain also scored a surprise win at the Florida straw poll two weeks ago, trouncing Perry, who was the favorite.” If you liked Obama in 2008, that proved you weren’t a racist. If you like Cain in 2012, that proves you are a racist. See how that works? If so, could you please explain it to the rest of us?

4.) Newest Smithsonian exhibit: Pepper-sprayed hippies — AFP: “Protesters clashed with security staff when they tried to enter a museum in Washington on Saturday, prompting one guard to use pepper spray and leading to at least one arrest, a spokeswoman said. The incident occurred at The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum around 3:15 pm (1915 GMT), after hundreds of activists had marched from Freedom Plaza, near the White House, along the National Mall towards the US Capitol. Some of those in the demonstration were affiliated with the Occupy DC protest group that sprung up earlier this week as a spin-off of the larger Occupy Wall Street movement in New York, angered at ‘corporate greed.’ Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas said a group of the protesters were confronted when they tried to push through the doors and enter the Air and Space Museum. ‘When they were told they couldn’t bring the banners they were carrying inside one security officer used pepper spray,’ she said.” Well, that’s one way to kill the smell. Apparently, 99% of America doesn’t think the rules apply to them. Ever notice how this sort of thing never happens at Tea Party protests?

5.) Jobs (narrative) created or saved — People mourn in all sorts of ways. One way is to use somebody’s death to lash out at your political enemies. That’s the approach Bill Maher took on his miserable HBO show Friday night, as documented by TheDC’s Jeff Poor. Here’s Maher’s latest gem: “I want to say one other thing about Steve Jobs – agree or don’t. But, I know that he’s one of the few people who liberals and conservatives both like, you know, in the partisan country that we live in. And I just know that the right-wingers are going to try to claim him because he was a giant success. Please don’t do it, right-wingers. He was not one of you. He was not a corporate type. He was an Obama voting, pot-smoking Buddhist. He wasn’t one of you. So don’t try to claim Steve Jobs.” Sure, Jobs was a billionaire industrialist — precisely the sort of guy who it’s now fashionable to hate, among the very same people who rely on his products to disseminate their hatred — but his life’s work doesn’t count because he also smoked weed and wore black turtlenecks. Way to think that one through, Bill.

6.) Today’s words of wisdom from Alec Baldwin’s Truther, er, Twitter feed — “I am thrilled 2 c the #OccupyWallStreet activity bc protest is healthy! 2 misguided wars and most of us napped! This type of activism= good! And, in spite of #OccupyWallStreet , Capital One is still a great partner in supporting the arts!!”

VIDEO: Occupy Atlanta refuses to allow civil rights champion John Lewis to speak

BONUS VIDEO: TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein asks Occupy DC protesters: “Would you work for Goldman Sachs if they paid you in weed?”

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