Today's Top Stories

Occupy Movement Could Declare ‘Victory’ and Scale Back Camps, Founder Suggests

In a new “tactical briefing” issued on Monday, hours before the Occupy Wall Street camp was raided by the police, the editors of Adbusters, the Canadian, anti-consumerist magazine that dreamed up the movement, suggested that it might be time for the protesters to “declare ‘victory’ ” and scale back the camps before winter sets in. It is not clear if the suggestion will be approved, or even considered, by the various general assemblies of protesters.

Effort to recall Wisconsin governor to kick off

The effort to recall Wisconsin’s Republican governor is expected to begin on Tuesday, although his opponents have yet to come up with a candidate to replace him. The recall effort comes in response to a Wisconsin law passed this year that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers. Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal sparked weeks of protests that drew tens of thousands of people to the state Capitol.

The New Progressive Movement

Twice before in American history, powerful corporate interests dominated Washington and brought America to a state of unacceptable inequality, instability and corruption. Both times a social and political movement arose to restore democracy and shared prosperity. Following our recent financial calamity, a third progressive era is likely to be in the making. Those who think that the cold weather will end the protests should think again.

Nearly Quarter of Workers Are Depressed

Today’s economic situation is depressing. Literally. As if we needed proof, a recent survey by management consulting firm rogenSi found that nearly a quarter of workers around the world are depressed. The survey also found that 92% of workers “responded that their emotions were in some way being controlled by the results they have been achieving at work” as opposed to more positive factors such as their own belief in self.

AFL-CIO's Issue 2 Poll In Ohio Yields Bad News For Gov. John Kasich

The defeat of Ohio's Issue 2 on Tuesday spells political trouble for Republican Gov. John Kasich and possibly for the Republican presidential ticket in Ohio in 2012, according to a new poll sponsored by the AFL-CIO. While the AFL-CIO is an obviously interested party, its pollster -- the Democratic firm Hart Research Associates -- shared the complete questionnaire and cross-tab data with The Huffington Post and has been transparent about its methodology.

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” doesn’t work for journalists either

A funny thing happens to many journalists after they leave their newspaper jobs: To judge from their Facebook and Twitter postings, they develop political leanings for the first time in their lives. As one of those people, I can assure you that this transformation has nothing to do with the issue of the day and has everything to do with getting out from under the social-media policies that many news outlets think will insulate them from charges of bias.

Torstar to offer voluntary severance packages to its employees

A spokesman for Canada's largest daily newspaper publisher Torstar Corp. says the company plans to offer voluntary severance packages to its 1,050 Toronto Star employees. Torstar did not provide details of the pending buyout offer or how many employees it hopes to cut from its workforce. The company also owns one third of The Canadian Press news agency and employs about 6,600 people at its various businesses.

Traffic jams, ISPs and net neutrality

In the net neutrality debate, Internet Service Providers have said they need to charge content providers for prioritization so they can invest in improving infrastructure, resulting in faster internet service for all. But placing a price on prioritizing content creates an inherent disincentive to expand infrastructure. In fact, ISPs would profit from a congested internet, in which some content providers would pay an additional fee for faster delivery to users.