“WASHINGTON — When you’re a president running for reelection, it apparently helps to be a hoops junky, especially when the National Basketball Association is on hiatus.
With scant press attention, the Obama for America campaign has set up what it is billing as “The First Ever Obama Classic Basketball Game” to take place in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 12. The game will feature a who’s who of basketball stars, ones who are either retired or have no apparent start date for their season. The list of confirmed attendees, as provided by the campaign, include:
Ray Allen – Carmelo Anthony – Chris Bosh – Vince Carter – Tyson Chandler – Jamal Crawford – Kevin Durant – Baron Davis – Patrick Ewing – Derek Fisher – Rudy Gay – Blake Griffin – Tyler Hansbrough – Dwight Howard – Juwan Howard – Antawn Jamison – Dahntay Jones – Brandon Knight – Kevin Love – Jamal Mashburn – Cheryl Miller – Reggie Miller – Alonzo Mourning – Dikembe Mutombo – Chris Paul – Quentin Richardson – Doc Rivers – Steve Smith – Jerry Stackhouse – Amare Stoudemire – Tina Thompson – John Wall – Russell Westbrook”
ARTICLE BY SAM STEIN:
Sam Stein is a Political Reporter at the Huffington Post, based in Washington, D.C. Previously he has worked for Newsweek magazine, the New York Daily News and the investigative journalism group Center for Public Integrity. He has a masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is a graduate of Dartmouth College. Sam can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
83% OF THE PEOPLE
Next up: `Occupy Congress’
One of the enduring questions about Occupy Wall Street has been this: Can the energy unleashed by the movement be leveraged behind a concrete political agenda and push for change that will constitute a meaningful challenge to the inequality and excessive Wall Street influence highlighted by the protests?
A coalition of labor and progressive groups is about to unveil its answer to that question. Get ready for “Occupy Congress.”
The coalition — which includes unions like SEIU and CWA and groups like the Center for Community Change — is currently working on a plan to bus thousands of protesters from across the country to Washington, where they will congregate around the Capitol from December 5-9, SEIU president Mary Kay Henry tells me in an interview. [QUOTE: Washington Post] Continued.
- Unions and progressive groups launching ‘Occupy Congress’ (dailykos.com)
- “Occupy Congress?” Now You’re Talking! (skydancingblog.com)
- Coming next month: “Occupy Congress” to shill for Obama’s jobs bill (hotair.com)
- Mark Twain famously wrote, “There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.” ~ Sarah Palin: How Congress Occupied Wall Street – WSJ.com (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- How Congress Occupied Wall Street (treeofmamre.wordpress.com)