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October 15, 2015  

The Information Business: CNN Hit A Jackpot with ‘Debate’ in Las Vegas

Ex-Army General Explains the U.S. Military Objective in Syria

The CNN/Facebook-hosted Q&A session with Democratic presidential candidates Oct. 13 was great for business. Leid Stories reveals the money motive behind this and other such “debates.”

The situation in war-torn Syria, already catastrophic, in recent weeks has seen yet another element added to the lethal mix. President Bashar Hafez al-Assad’s two–pronged battle to quash a rebel-led civil war and beat back advancing ISIS troops, now faces ramped up conflicting military interventions by Russia and the United States. Russia’s help was asked for and welcomed; the United States’ was not.  

Gen. Wesley Clark (ret.), former supreme allied commander of NATO, explains the U.S.’s military objective in Syria.

October 14, 2015  

Debating the ‘Debate’: The Leid Stories Q&A About the Democrats’ Q&A

Well, that’s done. The first of six scheduled presidential Q&A sessions (they aren’t debates) was held yesterday at the opulent Wynn resort and casino in Las Vegas. It was a CNN-Facebook production.

Leid Stories listeners dissect the Q&A, debating the so-called debate.  

October 13, 2015  

Paying Their Way to Poverty: How Ferguson Is Forced Into Bankruptcy

Money Talks: Behind the Most Expensive Presidential Race in U.S. History

In the immediate aftermath of the Aug. 9 killing of Michael Brown by ex-cop Darryl Wilson last year, Ferguson, Missouri, became yet another symbol of legalized and enforced social, political and economic apartheid in America. It was the basis for nationwide mobilization; it was an open admission in a slew of official inquiries and reports.

Civil unrest has died down with the promise of administrative “reforms.” But the majority-Black city of 21,000 is still in the grip of economic apartheid and headed for Detroit-style, imposed bankruptcy.  

Dr. Walter Johnson, Winthrop professor of History and African and African American studies at Harvard University, discusses his in-depth study on economic apartheid in Ferguson.

Five Democratic presidential candidates will participate in a nationally televised Q&A session (host CNN insists it’s a “debate”) tonight in Las Vegas. The venue is the opulent, five-star Wynn Las Vegas resort and casino—an ironic twist for a political party that swears it’s about the working class. Yet, it is perfectly in line with where politics is right now.

Dave Levinthal, who leads the Center for Public Integrity’s reporting team on federal politics, discusses the 2016 presidential race, which by all indicators will be the most expensive in U.S. history.

October 12, 2015  

Columbus: Uncovering the Myth of His New World ‘Discoveries’

More and more U.S. cities are giving Columbus Day a holiday, choosing instead to observe Indigenous People’s Day today. And with good reason. Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World in 1492 set in motion unrelenting waves of genocide throughout the hemisphere and ushered in the African slave trade in the Caribbean and the Americas.   

Leid Stories presents the unvarnished truth about this merchant of death and destruction.

October 9, 2015  

The Pre-Debate Debates, Right Here on Free Your Mind Friday!

Leid Stories listeners won’t be waiting for the other party’s Oct. 13 dog-and-pony show in Nevada to find out what the issues are and where the Democratic presidential candidates stand. It’s grist for mill on “Free Your Mind Friday,” the best open forum on the planet.

Call in (888-874-4888) and join our regularly scheduled People’s Debate.

October 9, 2015  

Wrong and Strong: The U.S. Bombing of Afghan Hospital;

Hillary Clinton’s About-Face on Trans-Pacific Partnership

President Barack Obama made a “rare” presidential apology yesterday for the U.S. bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that killed 22 staff and patients and wounded dozens, including local villagers. But was the airstrike a “mistake,” as the administration and the Defense Department are claiming?

Hillary Clinton has done an about-face on the Trans-Pacific Partnership she had championed as secretary of state. Finally yielding to pressure to state her position on the issue, which has dogged her presidential campaign, Clinton said she was against the TPP. Her own words and record, however, have come back to haunt her. 

October 8, 2015  

Obama’s Education Secretary Quits; Attack on Public Schools Won’t

A Lead-Poisoned River Runs Through It: Water Woes in Flint, Michigan

Ferguson, Missouri, Being Readied for Forced Bankruptcy

Dr. Thomas C. Pedroni, associate professor of curriculum studies and policy sociology at Wayne State University and co-director of the Detroit Data and Democracy Project, discusses the shameful legacy of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and why, after Duncan quits at the end of the year, his policies are likely to continue.

The cash-strapped city of Flint, Michigan, currently under state-imposed emergency management, is distributing free water filters to residents after elevated levels of lead were found in children. Since last year, the city has been using water from the Flint River to cut its water costs. Curt Guyette, an investigative reporter for the ACLU of Michigan, says local authorities consistently denied that a public danger existed, and now residents are in a pitched battle to safeguard their health.

In a commentary Leid Stories reveals that the City of Ferguson, Missouri, is being readied for a forced bankruptcy. 

October 7, 2015  

Puerto Rico: U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case on Political Status

Ferguson, Missouri, Being Readied for Forced Bankruptcy

Among 13 new cases the U.S. Supreme Court will review in its current term is Puerto Rico v. Valle. The case asks whether a person tried, acquitted or convicted under U.S. federal law can be prosecuted for the same crime under Puerto Rico law. The case seemingly is about constitutional protections against double jeopardy. But at the heart of it is the long-simmering—and unresolved--issue: What is the political relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico?

Lyle Denniston, legal historian and constitutional literacy adviser to the Philadelphia-based National Constitution Center, and  Dr. Victor M. Rodriguez, professor of Chicano and Latino Studies at California State University of Long Beach, tackle both issues.

In a commentary Leid Stories reveals that the City of Ferguson, Missouri, is being readied for a forced bankruptcy. 

October 7, 2015  

Auto Workers Say ‘No’ to Contract; Put Union, Fiat Chrysler on the Ropes

Whole Foods’ Version of ‘Conscious Capitalism’: Cut 1,500 Jobs

With two-thirds of about 40,000 workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles rejecting a tentative contract last week, both the automaker and the United Auto Workers leadership are reeling from the stunning defeat—a harbinger of what might happen with contractions at General Motors and Ford Motor Company. The Big 3 employs 141,000 workers.

Alex Wassell, a veteran auto worker and member of Local 869, explains why the rank and file voted against the new contract.

Over the next two months, Whole Foods Market will cut 1,500 jobs—a move, it says, is necessary to bring down costs to consumers and to fund an upgrade in its technology.

Leid Stories in a commentary on Whole Foods’ recent questionable business practices asks: Is this what co-CEO and co-founder John Mackey means by “conscious capitalism?”

October 2, 2015  

Claim Your Intellectual Sovereignty! Free Your Independent Mind!

No “herd mentality” here. It’s Free Your Mind Friday on Leid Stories, and it’s expected that you have a strong, well-thought-out opinion about something.

We’re waiting to hear it. Call in (888-874-4888) and share.

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