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October 31, 2013  
October 30, 2013  

Detroit: America’s Test Case in Large-Scale Urban Removal

An all-out legal battle in federal bankruptcy court in Detroit could set in motion an extreme form of urban warfare – a systematic, forcible emptying of the cityin order to reinvent it to suit social, political and economic interests that envision a “different” America.

Gov. Rick Snyder’s appointed emergency city manager, Kevyn Orr, is asking the court to approve a bankruptcy filing to restructure and discharge the city’s $18-billion debt. But bankruptcy will be a lethal blow to city workers, small businesses, pensioners and an already overburdened, dwindled population of 700,000.

Mike Nicholson, general counsel for the United Automobile Workers union (UAW), which forced the governor by subpoena to testify, discusses the legal challenge to bankruptcy. Elena Herrada, an elected school board member and longtime community activist, provides a detailed account of what’s behind the bankruptcy push.

Now, it’s Detroit. Soon, it could be Oakland, Chicago and Washington, D.C.   

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October 29, 2013  

Go Ahead, Have Your Say! It’s Open Forum on Leid Stories!

 

Share your unique thoughts and opinions about the issues and events of the day with the sharpest minds on the planet. It’s Open Forum on Leid Stories, and you get to take the conversation wherever you want it to go. 

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October 29, 2013  

If the Clintons Love You, You Just Ain’t Right;

14 Black Preachers’ “Devotion to God” Compels Support for ObamaCare

 

The scandal-ridden former co-presidents of the United States, Bill and Hillary Clinton, have pulled out all the stops for their man, former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe, in a three-way gubernatorial race in Virginia in which he has a substantial lead. This should serve as an early warning to conscientious voters that their state is in grave danger of becoming a new conduit for Clinton-McAuliffe pay-to-play politics. African American voters are in a position to determine the outcome, but will they leave the Democratic Party’s plantation?

Fourteen prominent religious leaders representing millions of African Americans of many different Christian denominations have declared in a joint statement that their “devotion to God” requires them to actively enroll as many people as possible into the bedeviled ObamaCare program – proving why it’s difficult for African Americans to leave the Democratic Party’s plantation. 

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October 25, 2013  

So, What Have We Here?: Rating Obama and His Administrations (Part 2)

Owing to the incredible response to yesterday’s program, we continue the conversation to accommodate those with profound thoughts to share.

Almost a year into his second term, President Barack Obama’s tenure can hardly be described as smooth sailing – the current crisis in Washington a case in point. The “liberal” Democrat was at a 69-percent approval rating after his first year in office (Gallup poll, Jan. 22, 2009), but times have changed. Recent polls are indicating a huge loss of love for the nation’s leader.

What accounts for this?

Leid Stories conducts its own “poll” of listeners’ perceptions and analyses of Obama and his two administrations. Among other things, they will be asked whether their view of him in his second term has changed, and if so, in what way(s); what they consider his greatest achievement and his greatest failure to date; and, on a scale of 1 to 10, how they would rate his performance in office.

 

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October 24, 2013  

So, What Have We Here?: Rating Obama and His Administration

Almost a year into his second term, President Barack Obama’s tenure can hardly be described as smooth sailing – the current crisis in Washington a case in point. The “liberal” Democrat was at a 69-percent approval rating after his first year in office (Gallup poll, Jan. 22, 2009), but recent polls are indicating a huge loss of love for the nation’s leader.

What accounts for this?

Leid Stories conducts its own “poll” of listeners’ perceptions of Obama and his administration. Among other things, they will be asked whether their view of him in his second term has changed, and if so, what accounts for the change; what they consider his greatest achievement and his greatest failure to date; and, on a scale of 1 to 10, how they would rate his performance in office.

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October 24, 2013  

New Party Aims to End “Plantation Politics” in New York

Emulating the spirit of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party of the civil-rights ’60s, the recently formed Freedom Party in New York City has trumped considerable odds against it and in a short time has accomplished much: It has qualified for ballot status and is fielding two candidates (for mayor and for public advocate) in the Nov. 5 general election.

It is the beginning of a two-tiered plan with a long-term aim, says today’s guest, “Attorney-at-War” Alton H. Maddox Jr., the party’s founder and strategist. Ultimately, he says, it’s about developing effective political alternatives for disfranchised constituencies, mostly of people of color, and putting an end to “plantation” politics.

Maddox details the party’s “Plan A” and “Plan B” for the general election and beyond.

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October 23, 2013  

What’s Your Side of Their Story? Share It on Open Forum!

No doubt you’ve been following major issues and events in the news and have a bone or two to pick with the media’s coverage of them. 

Here’s your chance to share your side of their story on Leid Stories’ “Open Forum,” the gathering place for the exchange of information, opinions and ideas.

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October 21, 2013  

The Crisis in Washington, As Seen From the Outside In

 

The temporarily averted crisis over the debt ceiling, government shutdown and Obamacare still has Washington mired in the partisan politics of blame. But with a budget deadline looming, the battle lines once again will be drawn around deep cuts in the federal budget.

Josh Bivens, research and policy director of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., says the biggest fiscal policy crisis confronting the Obama administration has gone unaddressed for five years.

Bill McInturff, cofounder of Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public-affairs research firm and “the leading Republican polling company,” according to The New York Times, interprets the short- and long-term impact of the Washington fiasco via opinion polls and surveys.

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October 18, 2013  

Democrats and Republicans Feast on Pork at Debt Ceiling Banquet

 

Old habits die hard in Washington. When it comes to earmarks – the proverbial “bacon” to be brought home – old habits don’t die at all.

 

The down-to-the-wire agreement Senate leaders worked out Wednesday to avert the catastrophe of a default on the government’s $17-trillion debt burden had several “surprise” projects in it that most legislators in the House and Senate didn’t know they had approved – pretty much like how Obamacare legislation was passed.

 

In crisis there is opportunity, and it appears Democrats and Republicans seized the opportunity during their closed-door negotiations to dine high on the hog. Billions of dollars approved for pork-barrel projects, and it’s a mystery how they were budgeted for and by whose authority.

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