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June 20, 2018  

President Donald J. Trump has ramped up production. He and his administration are creating chaos almost by the hour now, with new “policies” that are wreaking havoc domestically and globally because they haven’t been thought through.

Trump’s “zero-tolerance” family-separation immigration policy was earning kudos from his support base—until five first ladies, including Melania Trump, weighed in against it, as have many religious and human-rights groups and powerful voices within both parties. He’s on the defensive now.

This is an opportune moment for a progressive coalition to present a comprehensive zero-tolerance response to the inhumane policies of Trump and his chaotic administration, says Leid Stories.

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June 19, 2018  

Leid Stories listeners debate the hot-button issue of immigration, examining the root causes for the mass movement of people, how world powers regulate it, and the benefits and downsides to immigration, especially in a constantly evolving though rigidly controlled world.

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June 18, 2018  

Nine months after Hurricane Maria ripped through and ripped apart Puerto Rico with its forceful winds and torrential rain that knocked out the island’s power grid and wiped out much of its infrastructure and crops, the island still struggles with monumental impediments to recovery.

Elisa Llenza, a Puerto Rican citizen-journalist and activist, provides an on-the-ground report on how the island is trying to weather the social, political and economic storms that now beset the island.

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June 15, 2018  

The Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, yesterday released a 568-page report on how officials in the DOJ and the FBI handled investigations into   former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a secret email server she had installed in the basement of her Chappaqua, N.Y., home. At the time the server was discovered, Clinton claimed it was merely for convenience. But allegations immediately surfaced that Clinton’s private server allowed her to conduct personal business outside of government knowledge or oversight.

So, the long-awaited report, 17 months in the making, is in. Why does it not address key questions?

Charles Ortel—a retired Wall Street banker turned forensic financial investigator and anti-charity-fraud crusader—helps Leid Stories dissect the Horowitz report, particularly in light of the unique relationships between key figures in the DOJ/FBI probes and Hillary and Bill Clinton and their eponymous foundation.  

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June 14, 2018  

The much-anticipated report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation probes into how Hillary Clinton handled classified information when she was secretary of state in the Obama administration is to be released today,

The report would have been the subject of our program today, but it won’t be released until 3 p.m. and is rather lengthy. Leid Stories is scheduling “Free Your Mind Friday” today, and will discuss the Horowitz report tomorrow.

Let’s hear what’s on your mind today. Call 888-874-4888 and share your information, opinions and ideas

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June 13, 2018  

President Donald J. Trump has made quick work of sidelining and silencing the opposition. There have been massive protests and a great deal of public agitation about his administration’s policies, but not nearly enough to suggest in Washington and in state and city legislatures a shared urgency about facing down Trump’s open contempt for democratic rule.

Leid Stories says that in the absence of real resistance—with political parties moving aggressively beyond their parochial interests to champion a people’s agenda—Trump won’t have to worry about impediments to his maniacal policies and plans.

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June 12, 2018  

President Donald Trump can now check off two items on his to-do list. He attended the annual summit of G-7 nations (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States) held this year in Quebec, and cut short his time there to meet one-on-one in Singapore with Kim Jong-un, leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Trump left the G-7 summit in a huff, claiming afterwards on Twitter a conspiracy, especially by Canada and France, to hammer U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. He refused to sign a document representing the G-7 nations’ commitment to work together to solve major issues. His  mood was far more optimistic in Singapore, where closed-door talks with Kim Jong-un yielded a promise for continued bilateral negotiations.

Leid Stories listeners offer their impressions of Trump’s tumultuous, history-making week abroad.

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June 11, 2018  

Making good on an election-year promise to the coal mining and nuclear energy industries and a smackdown for environmentalists, President Donald Trump last week ordered Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take “immediate steps” to ensure continued operations of coal mines and nuclear power plants across the country.

This means that the administration is committed to continuing massive, and even fatal, assaults on the environment and on the people working in and living near such projects.

Investigative journalist Paul DeRienzo has filed several reports on Leid Stories about the sketchy state of the nation’s nuclear power plants, the government’s gross mismanagement of nuclear waste, and the health and environmental problems they cause nearby populations.

DeRienzo is joined by Tom Carpenter, executive director of Hanford Challenge, a group seeking the proper disposal of nuclear waste at the decommissioned Hanford Site in Washington state and at all other plants. They explain why the Department of Energy’s new rules on nuclear waste will create environmental and health hazards that will last forever.

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June 8, 2018  

Speak your own truth to power on Leid Stories’ “Free Your Mind Friday,” the best on-air open forum on the planet. Share your take on issues in the news, topics we’ve covered on the program, or whatever you think merits further discussion or debate.

Join us for a mind-freeing hour of great radio. Call 888-874-4888 and talk what you walk!

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June 7, 2018  

The City of Detroit for years now has been on a terrifying mission. The Depression-era miseries that affected the city after the collapse of the auto industry made the once-thriving city into a wasteland, with the remnants of political leadership hanging on mostly to pick the city’s bones dry. The city went way down, but it wasn’t out. There were vast tracts of available land, real estate interests appreciated the city’s excellent location and its “good bones,” and it was ripe for “reimagining.” One requirement: A totally clean slate. The people, mostly people of color, have to go. They won’t fit into what’s being planned for “new” Detroit.

Abayomi Azikiwe, editor in chief of Pan-African News Wire and a Detroit organizer for the Workers World Party and Moratorium Now!, has been reporting on the aggressive plan to retake Detroit and the devastating consequences and havoc it continues to cause. He tells Leid Stories today that the contagion has spread to other predominantly Black cities.

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