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The United States has fallen 27 places in the Press Freedom Index. The reason? The many arrests of journalists covering Occupy protests.

The United States has fallen 27 places in the Press Freedom Index. The reason? The many arrests of journalists covering Occupy protests.

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The citizens of Washington, D.C., are federally taxed but have no voting representative in Congress.
Four men believe this is cause for a hunger strike, now entering its 9th day.
Photo by Ricky Carioti (The Washington Post)

The citizens of Washington, D.C., are federally taxed but have no voting representative in Congress.

Four men believe this is cause for a hunger strike, now entering its 9th day.

Photo by Ricky Carioti (The Washington Post)

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More than 70 people were arrested Wednesday during a chaotic and often tense day of protests in downtown Washington as members of the Occupy movement blocked intersections and snarled traffic along K Street for hours.

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Occupy D.C. demonstrators were arrested today as they began building a structure in McPherson Square. The situation is ongoing. Read more | Video | Photos | Live tweets from Post reporters

Photos by Bill O’Leary (The Washington Post)

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Someone handed this note to President Obama today in New Hampshire.
Photo by Charlie Dharapak (AP) via the AP’s J. David Ake

Someone handed this note to President Obama today in New Hampshire.

Photo by Charlie Dharapak (AP) via the AP’s J. David Ake

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Occupy Oakland protesters carry a man who was hit by a canister of tear gas last night.
Photo by Kimihiro Hoshino (AFP/Getty)

Occupy Oakland protesters carry a man who was hit by a canister of tear gas last night.

Photo by Kimihiro Hoshino (AFP/Getty)

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A photographer and reporter camped with Occupy DC this week. The photos and story put you right on the scene. Photo by Michael S. Williamson (The Washington Post)

A photographer and reporter camped with Occupy DC this week. The photos and story put you right on the scene. Photo by Michael S. Williamson (The Washington Post)

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"Money is like a child—rarely unaccompanied. When it disappears, look to those who were supposed to be keeping an eye on it while you were at the grocery store. You might also look for someone who has a lot of extra children sitting around, with long, suspicious explanations for how they got there."

Lemony Snicket is one of the writers who has contributed to OccupyWriters.com, and his 13 dictums are all delicious.

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"We tend to underestimate the political power of physical places. Then Tahrir Square comes along. Now it’s Zuccotti Park, until four weeks ago an utterly obscure city-block-size downtown plaza with a few trees and concrete benches, around the corner from ground zero and two blocks north of Wall Street on Broadway. A few hundred people with ponchos and sleeping bags have put it on the map. Kent State, Tiananmen Square, the Berlin Wall: we clearly use locales, edifices, architecture to house our memories and political energy. Politics troubles our consciences. But places haunt our imaginations."

Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for The New York Times, in a piece on the architecture of consciousness.

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Occupy Wall Street makes the front page today.
Read Peter Wallsten’s story on how Obama plans to leverage the uprising for 2012.

Occupy Wall Street makes the front page today.

Read Peter Wallsten’s story on how Obama plans to leverage the uprising for 2012.