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July 29, 2016  

This edition of “Free Your Mind Friday” focuses on significant outcomes of the Democratic National Convention and their likely impact on the presidential election generally, and on progressive politics in particular.

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July 28, 2016  

President Barack Obama boosted Hillary Clinton’s—and his own—political fortunes last night with a keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention that effusively praised both the leadership credentials and accomplishments of his scandal-plagued former secretary of state and the fervor with which Americans validated and clung to his “audacity of hope” throughout his tumultuous two terms in office. He was a historic “first,” as Clinton will be as a glass-ceiling-breaking first-female president, he told the roaring crowd, but misgivings about him gave way to a trust that emboldened his desire to serve, he said. Now, as he makes his exit after eight years and with still so much more to be done, Obama said voters would be wise to give the “baton” of leadership, as he is, to Clinton.

It was a great speech. But speeches, especially of this type, are designed to throw you off guard, says Leid Stories. Which is why today’s program focuses on the key items the Democrats achieved through speeches at their national convention.   

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July 27, 2016  

And now there’s no further need to ask, “What Would Bernie Do?” In the heat of the day in Philly, Bernie Sanders went fishing. For votes. For Hillary.

 

Sanders’ prime-time speech at the Democratic National Convention was a repeat of the message he’d delivered earlier in the afternoon to his crestfallen delegates, who were clinging to the hope that the “revolution” they’d started together would not go down in flames, let alone with their leader as arsonist.

 

Leid Stories discusses Sanders’ retooled vision for the “revolution” and what we can learn from it.  

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July 27, 2016  

Leid Stories—Hillary Makes History with Democratic Party Nomination, and Possibly with Federal Probe of Massive Fraud by Clinton Foundation--07.27.16

Hillary Clinton made history last night. With an official vote by Democratic Party delegates and superdelegates, she won the nomination as the party’s standard bearer for president in November’s general election, the first woman to head a major party ticket.

But news of a different, though familiar, kind this morning, as Clinton finds herself at the center of yet another federal investigation. The IRS has launched a probe into the operations of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, looking into massive fraud, Leid Stories has learned. Several countries also have launched tandem investigations of the foundation’s operations in their jurisdictions.

Most recently, in the United States, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) requested that FBI Director James Comey, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, and Federal Trade Commission chairperson Edith Ramirez undertake a three-pronged investigation into what she called “a “lawless, pay-to-play enterprise that has been operating under a cloak of philanthropy for years.” The federal agencies’ probes should focus on the relationships between big-money donors to the foundation and U.S. foreign-policy decisions made during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, Blackburn said.

Charles Ortel, a former Wall Street investor who exposed General Electric’s multibillion-dollar stock fraud in 2007-2008, since February last year has been examining the Clinton Foundation’s global labyrinth of nonprofit subsidiaries. In an exclusive Leid Stories series, Ortel has charged that the Clinton Foundation is “complete and total fraud.” Ortel discusses the IRS probe and its implications for the newly minted presidential nominee.

Leid Stories continues its discussion on Bernie Sanders and what is to become of the “revolution” that more than 13 million people endorsed with their votes during the primaries. Sanders, a victim of high-level Democratic Party sabotage, says that the task now is to unite with the Democratic Party to defeat Donald Trump. Leid Stories listeners share their views.

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July 25, 2016  

Well, it’s D-Day—as in opening day of the four-day Democratic Party’s national convention in Philadelpia—and the question is: What Will Bernie Do?

Thousands who’d felt the Bern during the voter-fraud-plagued primaries are descending on the City of Brotherly Love, not feeling too brotherly (or sisterly) toward the ex-presidential contender right now, and downright disgusted with the Democratic Party and its soon-to-be nominee, Hillary Clinton. They hope to persuade Sanders to stay the course with the “revolution” they started together, outside of what they believe is a corrupt party and rigged political process. Dare they keep hope alive?

A Wikileaks dump over the weekend of 20,000 Democratic National Party officials’ emails showed the party’s efforts to sabotage Sanders’ campaign. It caused DNC leader Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s abrupt resignation and has emboldened Sanderistas in their quest for a WWBD showdown. It won’t be pretty.

In his prime-time speech tonight will Bernie once again tout “party unity,” as he did when he capitulated to Clinton and endorsed her two weeks ago? Will he once again sell the “logic” of coming into the Democratic fold to “expand” the party’s mission and vision? Will he claim that the most important thing to do right now is defeat Donald Trump? Leid Stories says the answer is, yes. And yes. And yes.

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July 22, 2016  

Last week ended, and this week began, with turmoil—the kind that requires time and space to talk about and make sense of. Leid Stories, therefore, is devoting the entire week to this purpose, extending the “Free Your Mind Friday” format to “Free Your Mind Week.” 

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July 21, 2016  

Last week ended, and this week began, with turmoil—the kind that requires time and space to talk about and make sense of. Leid Stories, therefore, is devoting the entire week to this purpose, extending the “Free Your Mind Friday” format to “Free Your Mind Week.”

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July 20, 2016  

Last week ended, and this week began, with turmoil—the kind that requires time and space to talk about and make sense of. Leid Stories, therefore, is devoting the entire week to this purpose, extending the “Free Your Mind Friday” format to “Free Your Mind Week.”

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July 19, 2016  

Last week ended, and this week began, with turmoil—the kind that requires time and space to talk about and make sense of. Leid Stories, therefore, is devoting the entire week to this purpose, extending the “Free Your Mind Friday” format to “Free Your Mind Week.” 

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July 18, 2016  

Last week ended, and this week begins, with turmoil—the kind that requires time and space to talk about and make sense of. Leid Stories, therefore, will devote the entire week to this purpose, extending the “Free Your Mind Friday” format to “Free Your Mind Week.” 

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