Watching the congressional hearing on gun control yesterday, one would come to a logical conclusion: This is white America taking care of its business; the rest of us will just have to look on. Truth be told, the racial dynamic was a repeat of Vice President Joe Biden's gun-control advisory project and, later, the nationally covered ceremony at which President Obama signed a 23-point gun-control executive order. Leid Stories explains why the president -- and black elected officials -- aren't discussing, let alone attempting to solve, the crisis of gun violence in black communities all across America.
This week finds President Barack Obama at full tilt on the offensive. Senate Republicans say they will block confirmation of his Cabinet nominees unless they get answers about the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. The NRA and pro-gun legislators aim to shoot down his proposals on gun control as the Senate opens hearings on the issue today. And a campaign-style rally yesterday in Nevada to push for immigration reform hasn't made it any clearer what, exactly, he's proposing as legislation. Leid Stories puts all three issues in perspective -- and before listeners for comment and debate.
Leid Stories returns to the Jan. 27 "60 Minutes'" interview with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and puts it into sociopolitical focus. Plus, listeners chime in with their observations.
You couldn't tell from her positively giggly "60 Minutes" interview (that aired yesterday) that Hillary Clinton was the same person who couldn't (wouldn't?) give a straight answer to two congressional committees wanting specifics about the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year. Yes, it was tragic, and there were "four dead people," but let's, for crying out loud, move on! With a pliant President Obama doing duty as her flak, Hillary was in full rehab mode, undoing the damage she sustained during testimony last week. Bill had a throng of black preachers cleanse his soul and make him fit to walk among the righteous when he ran into a bit of trouble with his lustful ways. Hillary went one better; she had a black president clean up her political mess and make her ready for her turn in the Oval Office.
It wasn't quite the total victory she might have planned for, but it was not a total disaster. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday parried most of the partisan lunges at her in consecutive House and Senate hearings on the Sept. 11 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. But Republicans managed to plant their swords where it would hurt for a long time, even into the 2016 presidential race, should Clinton decide to run: She owned responsibility for the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans at the consulate, and, despite her high-profile accomplishments as the country's top diplomat, her department was a bureaucratic mess riddled with systemic failures. Leid Stories reviews Clinton's rough day en garde in Congress.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's appearances today before separate House and Senate committees investigating the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, will be nothing more than a bit of light housekeeping before she bolts the Obama administration and tends solely to her personal and political ambitions. The artful dodger once again will triumph over truth. Leid Stories explains the how and why.
It's a fortuitous day in history: The nation commemorates both the inauguration of President Barack Obama and Dr. Martin Luther King Day. How appropriate, therefore, that Leid Stories features messages from King to Obama on leadership, the courage of conviction, justice, the "triple evils" of racism, militarism and economic exploitation, jobs that pay a living wage, and, yes, black is beautiful.
Want to create a lasting alternate reality? Why, just hire yourself the right PR agency and get the right polling service to deliver the right results! Leid Stories examines the art and science of messing with our minds.