The Occupy Wall Street protests are making more than just a splash; LGBT activists join the Occupy Wall Street protests to assert their rights; meanwhile, a secret panel places Americans on a “kill list.” These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

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What Has Occupy Wall Street Accomplished? Some students were complaining before class today that Occupy Wall Street had no hope of success.

Greece and the “Roach Motel of currencies” Many friends have been asking me whether or not Greece will default and leave the euro zone, and what the fallout would be.

Dems change rules; Senate in chaos The Senate descended into procedural chaos Thursday night as Democrats forced a change in Senate rules and shut down a GOP effort to bog down a Chinese currency bill with a series of unrelated amendments.

Why the Rich Are Getting Richer Increasing inequality in the United States has long been attributed to unstoppable market forces. In fact, as Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson show, it is the direct result of congressional policies that have consciously — and sometimes inadvertently — skewed the playing field toward the rich.

Occupy Wall Street: It Worked Before—Here’s Why It Won’t Work Now ACT UP’s 1987 Wall Street protest launched five years of highly successful activism. Why the new movement on the street is so different.

Geithner Shocked by Wall Street’s Anger at Obama It’s “inexplicable” that Wall Street has turned against the president, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Wednesday at the Washington Ideas Forum.

Who are the 1 percent? Occupy Wall Street says their movement represent the “99 percent” of Americans who’ve been left behind, while a tiny minority of wealthy earners pull ahead. So who are the 1 percenters?

The Creative Class Is Alive Something like how video purportedly killed the radio star, the Internet and the economic crisis is murdering the creative class today, according to a provocative essay in Salon by Scott Timberg.

Queer Voices in Zuccotti Park LGBT activists bring community’s issues to Occupy Wall Street while embracing their place in America’s family.

Secret panel can put Americans on ‘kill list’ American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials.

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