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The Teamsters became the latest union to express support for the Occupy Wall Street protests spreading across the U.S.

“It’s clear what this movement is all about. It’s about taking America back from the CEOs and billionaires on Wall Street who have destroyed our nation’s economy,“ Teamsters chief James Hoffa said in a statement. "It’s about creating good jobs. It’s about corporate America treating its workers and customers with honesty and fairness and paying its fair share to stimulate the economy.”

Herman Cain had some tough words for the Occupy Wall Street protests, in an interview with Wall Street Journal: Don't blame the banks for your financial problems -- blame yourself.

"I don't have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated, to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration," Cain said. "Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks -- if you don't have a job and you are not rich, blame yourself!"

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Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is escalating his criticism of the White House’s decision to kill Anwar al Awlaki, the U.S. citizen targeted for allegedly working with al-Qaeda. Paul warned that if Americans do not protest the assassination, Washington will eventually put journalists on its hit list.

“Can you imagine being put on a list because you’re a threat? What’s going to happen when they come to the media? What if the media becomes a threat? … This is the way this works. It’s incrementalism,” Paul said.

President Obama is having a field day dinging Republicans with his Buffett Rule -- the principle that the super-rich shouldn't pay a lower tax rate than middle income Americans.

Now, someone who hopes to see Obama reelected says he's found a similarly snappy line to attack the man emerging as Obama's main rival: Mitt Romney.

Presenting The Romney Rule: the bumper sticker-friendly way Democrats are saying Romney favors exactly the opposite of what Buffett prescribes.

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Speaking to Slate’s David Weigel at the Washington Ideas Forum, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley was asked if the current Occupy Wall Street protests were helpful to the administration’s current jobs bill campaign.

“I don’t know if it’s helpful,” he said. “I wouldn’t characterize it that way. Look it: People express their opinions. In the new social network world, they can do it pretty effectively outside the normal way, historically, people have done it. So whether it’s helpful to us, or helpful for people to understand in the political system that there are a lot of people out there concerned about the economy — I know the focus is on Wall Street, but it’s a broader discussion that we’re having.”

The iPhone 4S, unveiled Tuesday at Apple's Cupertino, California headquarters, has officially been available for less than a day. And yet, already, Apple's perennial global patent rival Samsung has moved to block sales of the device in France and Italy.

Bloomberg reports that Samsung "will file motions with courts in Paris and Milan" seeking a ban on sales of the iPhone 4S, according to an emailed statement from the South Korean electronics company.

On its blog, Samsung issued a statement explaining that its claims in both countries would "each cite two patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications technology, specifically Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets. The infringed technology is essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices and Samsung believes that Apple's violation as being too severe and that the iPhone 4S should be barred from sales."

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Speaking at the Washington Ideas Forum, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was asked if he would decline the Vice Presidential nomination, if asked. Mike O'Brien of MSNBC tweeted Rubio’s reply:

“I believe so. I’m not going to be the vice presidential nominee.”

Wall Street traders have a message for the "Occupy Wall Street" movement: they get it!

CNN's Alison Kosik reported this morning that she's been talking to traders since the movement started a few weeks ago and they've told her they understand their frustrations.

"They truly empathize and understand the frustrations. They're equally frustrated as the folks out there on the park are right now," Kosik said.

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