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Occupy the Heritage Foundation: How a Conservative Think Tank Aims to Rebrand the American Dream
The Occupy Wall Street movement has captured the collective imagination and inspired a groundswell of radical activity. This inspiration is so great that even the corporate media was regularly covering Occupy back in the fall. But that media coverage changed once the encampments were dismantled. The media coverage has either subsided or, in more recent times, has falsely branded occupiers as "agitators" and even "terrorists" (see Bill O'Reilly's Talking Points from May 21 and May 22, for instance). But this is not the approach taken by everyone. On April 17 of this year, the Heritage Foundation organized a public panel discussion entitled "Occupy Wall Street: A Post-Mortem?" Unlike the dismissive and demonizing tactics of Fox News, this influential conservative think tank is seriously grappling with the Occupy phenomenon. Until now, there has been no response to the Heritage Foundation from Occupy or from the left. Philadelphia-based writer Matt Dineen recently interviewed Occupy Philadelphia member and "Rhetoric for Radicals" author Jason Del Gandio. In the following dialogue, the two explore the significance of the Heritage Foundation's study and what Occupy can learn from it to ensure its own vitality and evolving relevance as the summer approaches. Truth-Out
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Celanese confirms new methanol plant in Clear Lake, TX
Chemicals maker Celanese Corp said Thursday that huge new supplies of natural gas in the United States will enable it to build a new methanol production plant in Texas. Reuters
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Our Time Launches Campaign For One Million New Jobs With Larry David, Jessica Alba


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Israel-based Azrieli Group buying One Wells Fargo in Charlotte for $245 million
An Israeli real estate firm has agreed to buy the 42-story One Wells Fargo Center, the former headquarters for Wachovia Corp. in uptown Charlotte, for $245 million. Charlotte Business Journal
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Is Obama losing support among black N.C. voters?
Was it something he said about same-sex marriage? That’s one explanation for a new poll that shows Mitt Romney pulling slightly ahead of President Obama in a North Carolina presidential matchup. Washington Post
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Britax picks York Co., NC site for huge headquarters, 243 new jobs
Britax Child Safety Inc. will consolidate 243 jobs into a 500,000-square-foot headquarters and distribution building in northern York County. Charlotte Business Journal
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Like Oil and Water: Stephen Baldwin v. Kevin Costner
The Deep Water Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused much death and destruction. It cost many millions to contain and led to the resignation of the head of BP (BP). And apparently it helped rupture the unlikely business relationship between two sometime celebrities: Stephen Baldwin and Kevin Costner. Baldwin and a New Orleans businessman say Costner duped them into selling their stock in a company that made machines to help clean up the oil spill the same week BP placed a $52 million order for the technology. They are now fighting it out in a federal court in New Orleans. Baldwin and his associate are claiming $21 million in damages. Businessweek
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GA ports to spend big for global bounty
U.S. ports, including Savannah and Brunswick, plan to spend more than $46 billion over the next five years in anticipation of fierce global competition for exports and imports, a report by the American Association of Port Authorities shows. Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Showing the Way on Tax Incentives
States have used tax incentives for decades to encourage businesses to locate, hire, expand and invest within their borders. But those incentives have become even more important as states try to strengthen their economies and recover from the Great Recession. While no state regularly and rigorously tests whether these investments are accomplishing those goals, pockets of good practice can be found in states all across the country. Governing
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The New Black South
When Mark Wells moved to the Dallas area last year, he had plenty of company -- and not just because his three sisters had settled there ahead of him. The Kansas native had lived for nearly 20 years in Southern California, building up his career in technology. But the state’s long run of double-digit unemployment finally convinced him to listen to his sisters and move to Texas. He has no regrets. “I told my friends in California, ‘You got to get out of there,’” he says. “There are no jobs and the cost of living is outrageous.” Governing
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