Grapevine: Unlikely Support for Occupy Wall Street

Iran, North Korea defending movement?


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

School's Out

Public school students in Wisconsin are enjoying a long weekend thanks to an annual two-day teacher's union convention that won't actually take place.

Many districts had already set their calendars, before the state's largest teachers union canceled the convention after changes in the state law weakened its collective bargaining.

Some districts are in session, while others are off one day, others are off for both days.

A Wisconsin State Journal columnist who was at home watching his kids today writes -- quote -- "Maybe administrators and teachers -- who despite the school calendar always contend they work way more than nine and a half months a year anyway will agree that there may be legitimate reasons for canceling classes in October, but that union conventions...aren't among them."

Occupy Clarification

U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is clarifying remarks she made claiming credit for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The Massachusetts Democrat had told the Daily Beast -- quote -- "I created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do."

Today, she said she meant to say she has protested against Wall Street abuses for a long time.

Prior to Warren's clarification today, the Boston Globe quoted Democratic Governor Deval Patrick as saying it is -- quote -- "kind of patronizing" for politicians to adopt the movement as their own.

Friends in Low Places

Finally, more support for Occupy Wall Street from unlikely places.

In recent days, Iranians have staged protests supporting Occupy Wall Street, chanting anti-U.S.

slogans and calling for the United Nations and human rights groups to get involved.

And North Korea's official news agency says capitalism benefits the privileged class while -- quote -- "the working masses are forced into poverty and death."