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January 29, 2016  

Get It Off Your Chest! Have Your Say and Free Our Minds!

Help us all free our minds by bringing to this open forum your perspective on issues raised on Leid Stories this week or on any subject you think deserves further discussion and debate. It’s “Free Your Mind Friday,” and it’s all about listeners’ opinions and ideas. Call in (888-874-4888) and have your say.

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January 28, 2016  

Power Shift: The Radicalized Right and the Battle of ‘American Values’

Leid Stories discusses the rise of the radicalized right in America and the seismic shifts it has caused, and continues to cause, in our notions about governance, national identity, democracy, and even self.  

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January 27, 2016  

Dirty Water, Dirty Politics: An Update on the Crisis in Flint

Hell in Haiti: Hillary Clinton’s Other Presidential Election

In August 2014, Curt Guyette, an investigative reporter for the ACLU of Michigan, told Leid Stories that tens of thousands of residents of the cash-strapped city of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead-poisoned and bacteria-infected water because the city, under state-imposed emergency management and ordered to cut operating costs, had switched its water supply from Detroit’s water system and instead was drawing its water from the extremely polluted Flint River. Guyette uncovered not only the public-health catastrophe, but efforts by public and elected officials to cover it up. He updates the story since his report a week ago.

Hillary Clinton is actually involved in two presidential elections—one in the United States and the other in Haiti, where her hand-picked president, Michel Martelly, is at the center of political chaos and escalating violence that last week led the country’s electoral council to cancel national elections. Kim Ives, editor of Haïti Liberté, has been reporting on Haiti for Leid Stories. He files an on-site report on the current situation, and explains the continuing legacy of the Clinton connection to Haiti’s chaos.

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January 26, 2016  

Killer Cop Trials Show Disturbing Prosecutorial Trend of ‘Errors’

Audacity and Hope: Obama Shamelessly Shills for Hillary

“Attorney at War” Alton H. Maddox Jr., who in a series has been discussing legal issues associated with the several high-profile cases involving police killings of unarmed people, looks at the disturbing trend of “errors” that compromise the integrity of prosecutors’ cases and often result in no convictions.

Leid Stories in a commentary discusses President Obama’s shameless shilling for Hillary Clinton and explains why he’s doing so.

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January 25, 2016  

Post-Blizzard, It’s the Political Climate That’s Being Watched

Post-blizzard weather may be big news, but the political climate is our focus today. On the cusp of the Feb. 1 Iowa Caucus and five other early-voting primaries next month, the first electoral barometers in the 2016 presidential race are consuming media attention. President Barack Obama weighs in with his own interpretation of the significance of the race for his replacement, and Leid Stories’ listeners interpret his interpretation.

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January 21, 2016  

Artful Dodgers: City of Cleveland, Cops, Flout $19 Million in Judgments

The Presidential Follies: Is This the Year to Just Say No?

Cleveland, Ohio, home of some of the most egregious acts of police violence against unarmed civilians, is refusing to pay $19 million in judgments awarded to victims of police misconduct, brutality and use of lethal force. Civil rights attorney Ruth Brown, whose client, David Ayers, served almost 12 years in prison on a life sentence because rogue cops framed him for aggravated murder, explains the tactics the city and convicted cops are using to avoid paying judgments won against them.

Leid Stories listeners have been expressing great dissatisfaction with political choices in the 2016 presidential race. With the 2016 presidential race in high gear, and early voting beginning next month with primaries and caucuses in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, Leid Stories “polls” listeners’ attitudes about the political choices they are likely to make at election time.

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January 19, 2016  

Dirty Water, Dirty Politics: A Toxic Mix in Detroit and Flint, Mich.

The alarm Leid Stories sounded in August 2014 about a “water crisis and massive public-health catastrophe” in Detroit and Flint, Mich., is only now getting national attention—now that it isn’t just a “black” problem. In Detroit, still reeling from severe austerity measures imposed after the city’s forced 2013 bankruptcy, water shutoffs continue unabated for thousands of homeowners too poor to pay; about 80,000 are behind in their water bills. In Flint, tens of thousands of people have been exposed to lead-poisoned and bacteria-infected water after the cash-strapped city, now under emergency management, switched its water supply from Detroit and instead was drawing its water from the extremely polluted Flint River.

Curt Guyette, an investigative reporter for the ACLU of Michigan, broke the Flint story. He return to Leid Stories to provide a comprehensive update. Abayomi Azikiwe, a Detroit organizer for the Workers World Party and editor in chief of the Pan-African Newswire, is Leid Stories’ correspondent on Detroit’s forced bankruptcy and its aftermath; he reports on the city’s continuing water crisis.

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January 19, 2016  

Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. Refutes Obama’s State of the Union Address

Leid Stories commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a prescient speech he made 49 years ago that anticipates—and refutes—President Barack Obama’s recent pronouncement that “the state of the union is strong.”

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January 15, 2016  

Call It As You See It! Free Your Mind!

Join the conversation about the week’s news and events, or any subject worthy of further discussion and debate, on “Free Your Mind Friday.” The best open forum on the planet, it’s where you call it as you see it. Call in (888-874-4888) and give us your take.

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January 14, 2016  

Fade to Blacks: Clinton, Sanders Troll for Black Votes in Early Primaries

As the 2016 presidential race kicks into gear with early primaries, so does the mad dash for votes. For Republican and Democratic candidates, South Carolina is a critical proving ground. GOP hopefuls will face off in a two-tiered Q&A session—their sixth so-called “debates”—tonight at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. The Democrats will have their slugfest, their fourth, in Charleston on the 17th, but they’ve ramped up their presence and are aggressively trolling for votes—black votes, specifically—in this historically Democratic stronghold. Leid Stories expands on a previous commentary on the significance of South Carolina’s black vote.

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