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November 22, 2017  

Historian and political scientist Dr. Gerald Horne discusses several developments around the world and at home that have serious implications for U.S domestic and foreign policy.

Horne holds the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston. A prolific author, he has written more than 30 books and 100 scholarly papers on struggles against imperialism, colonialism, fascism and racism. His most recent book is The Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro Press: Claude Barnett's Pan-African News and the Jim Crow Paradox.

He regularly decodes complex social, political and economic issues on Leid Stories.

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November 21, 2017  

As many as 60,000 Haitians given shelter in the United States after an earthquake devastated their country in 2010 must return to Haiti by July 22, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday. This is in keeping with provisions of the Temporary Protected Status program under which they were allowed into the United States, DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke said.

Kim Ives, an editor with Haïti Liberté, discusses this move by the Trump administration, in light of the Clinton and Obama administrations’ policies on Haiti, and promises President Trump had made to U.S.-based Haitians during his election campaign.

Leid Stories offers more notes on the ongoing Sex-scandal tsunami. 

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November 20, 2017  

Thousands of people marched on the National Mall of the nation’s capital yesterday, demanding President Trump and his administration deliver promised help for the storm-ravaged island of Puerto Rico. In addition, the coalition of humanitarian and activist organizations that staged the march is calling for legislative action on eliminating an unfair maritime law that imposes prohibitive taxes on imports, cancellation of the island’s $73 billion debt burden, and rebuilding critical infrastructure.

Two months after Hurricane Maria gutted most of Puerto Rico, the island’s residents remain despondent about living conditions. Does the U.S. really intend to restore Puerto Rico, or is there another plan?

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, who earned her political stripes as a community organizer fighting efforts to wipe out the Broadmoor neighborhood after Hurricane Katrina, is the new mayor—the first African-American woman, to boot—of New Orleans. Leid Stories discusses the significance of her victory.

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November 17, 2017  

You’re no idle bystander; you have an opinion on the issues of the day. Well, let’s hear it on “Free Your Mind Friday,” Leid Stories’ weekly open forum.

Speak your mind about matters that matter. Call 888-874-4888.

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November 16, 2017  

The Clinton Foundation yesterday ostensibly met a hard Nov. 15 IRS deadline for current fiscal reports on its operations as well as key information and documents missing from old reports. But the information submitted raises new questions about whether the foundation fully or truthfully accounted for its complex operations.

The IRS had given the foundation an extended deadline in August, when the foundation said it could not compile all that was asked for by that time. A new due date was set, and complete records for the foundation and all of its affiliated projects were to be submitted by Nov. 15, with no additional extensions.

Charles Ortel, a retired Wall Street banker turned financial investigator, has been tracking the Clinton Foundation and its affiliated spinoffs all over the world for two years. He blew the lid off Wall Street crime during the 2008-2009 crash when he proved that several major corporations were overvaluing their stock.

Ortel’s self-initiated probe of the Clinton Foundation has led him to conclude that a cleverly designed slush fund for the Clintons and “the largest unprosecuted fraud in U.S. history.”

He presents his initial analysis of the documents the foundation submitted to the IRS yesterday.

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November 15, 2017  

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing yesterday that, though understated, was explosive in its import. The hearing’s focus: What measures are in place, or need to be in place, to check President Donald Trump’s sole authority to use nuclear weapons?

It’s not accidental that the issue is being raised now. “We are concerned that the president of the United States is so unstable and is so volatile … that he might order a nuclear weapon strike that is so wildly out of step with U.S. national security interests,” Mother Jones’s Davis Corn reports committee member Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) as saying.

Leid Stories says it also is significant that Trump’s mental state is being tied to official policy.

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November 14, 2017  

Sometimes an unpleasant situation can provoke a valid question. Take, for example, the situation involving former Alabama state judge Roy Moore, a blighted Republican running in a special election Dec. 12 to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by now-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore, a former district attorney, had managed to stave off several political challenges in the past, but he’s at center stage now in a billowing sex-crimes scandal. Five women so far have accused Moore of sex crimes against them, even when some of them were minors. The Republican establishment wants Moore to quit the race and let Luther Strange, whom Moore defeated in the Republican primary, go up against Democrat Doug Jones in the general election. Moore says the sex-crime claims against him are a political hit and he won’t be deterred.

So, the valid question: Can/should the party compel Moore to quit?

Also today, callers who weren’t able to express their views on yesterday’s related topic—“The Far-Reaching Fallout of Hollywood’s Sex-Crime Scandals” —because we ran out of time, get their chance to make their points.

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November 13, 2017  

For some time now, the public has been fed an almost daily diet of stories about high-profile people in Hollywood accused of committing sex crimes. Now, it has gone viral, with profuse coverage of sex crimes allegedly committed by high-profile people in other areas.

While it is the job of the media to provide coverage of such issues, Leid Stories contends that there’s much more to the coverage than meets the eye—a loose conspiracy of interests that are subverting justice.

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November 10, 2017  

It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories, our weekly open forum. Join us for healthy discussion and debate on current issues and events, or whatever you think warrants further inquiry. Bright minds are listening and may take you on, but always with great respect. That’s how we roll.

Bring us closer to a better understanding. Call 888-874-4888 and free our minds.

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November 8, 2017  

Candidates squared off yesterday in special off-year elections across the country to fill congressional, state and municipal seats that were up for grabs, and President Donald Trump’s toxic leadership boosted strong turnouts and decisive victories for   Democrats—a harbinger of the duopoly’s dogfight in 2018’s midterm elections.

Democrats, naturally, are euphoric about capturing governorships in Virginia and New Jersey and a slew of seats in state houses. But these wins may have more to do with voters’ anti-Trump sentiment than the battered Democratic Party’s direct support for the candidates.

Leid Stories, noting the almost total absence of non-duopoly parties in these elections, discusses the stranglehold the duopoly continues to have on American electoral politics.

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