Will Occupy Wall Street Fizzle or Flare?

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Occupy Wall Street is in decline, at least for the moment. Is it over, or has it generated the kind of energy that can make it rise again? If it has an impact on next year's elections, will it be good for Democrats or Republicans? Also, November US consumer confidence jumps much more than expected, and a federal judge denies a Securities and Exchange Commission settlement of fraud charges against Citigroup. What will that mean for Wall Street?

Banner image; An Occupy Philly protester holds a sign after the 5 pm deadline to clear the encampment expired November 27, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images