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December 29, 2016  

Leid Stories listeners discuss the issues and events they believe were most significant or had the greatest impact in 2016. 

December 28, 2016  

Leid Stories listeners discuss the issues and events they believe were most significant or had the greatest impact in 2016.

December 27, 2016  

Leid Stories listeners discuss the issues and events they believe were most significant or had the greatest impact in 2016. 

December 26, 2016  

No bows, no tinsel, no fancy wrapping. Just the plain, unvarnished truth.

You’re cordially invited to our weekly celebration of information, opinions and ideas. It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories, and joy in our world is having our say about things that matter.

Call in (888-874-4888) and join the festivities!

December 22, 2016  

Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans proudly announced Monday that the city had closed a “dark” chapter in its history that was written more than a decade ago. The city has worked out settlements, totaling $13.3 million, in three especially egregious police killings as well as with plaintiffs in other serious cases involving police brutality and lethal use of force. Most of the cases occurred during the time of Hurricane Katrina, in 2005.

With some family members at his side, Landrieu assured the public that the settlements were a sign of governmental transparency, accountability and a resolve to turn the city’s notoriously brutal and corrupt police department around. But the mayor’s news conference gave several clues about the price New Orleanians should expect to pay, says Leid Stories.

Listeners decipher the hidden messages in Landrieu’s message.

December 21, 2016  

On the heels of a stunning defeat in the 2016 presidential election by Donald J. Trump, Hillary Clinton finds herself gearing up again for a major legal battle she can ill-afford to lose. Many Republicans in Congress are pushing to revive an investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server and her handling of classified information while she was secretary of state. Clinton also is at the center of an expansive probe of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation focusing on whether it was a slush fund operating as a global charity.

Charles Ortel, a former Wall Street banker who uncovered massive stock fraud within the financial world just prior the 2007-2008 financial meltdown, since May has been detailing highly irregular activities and practices of the Clinton foundation—which, he says, amount to “the largest unprosecuted fraud in history.”

December 20, 2016  

It’s been a long and bumpy ride to yesterday’s Electoral College vote that officially declared the winners—billionaire businessman Donald J. Trump (president) and Gov. Michael R. Pence of Indiana (vice president)—in the 2016 presidential race. But the end of the race isn’t putting an end to intense debate and dissatisfaction about the process that won them, and previous candidates going back to 1787, victory.

The president and vice president, the highest offices in the land, are elected by the Electoral College, not directly by popular vote. The merits of the 2016 final candidates—including Democrats Hillary R. Clinton, former secretary of state (president), and running mate Tim Kaine, junior U.S. senator from Virginia)—aside, they did get 2.8 million more popular votes than the Trump-Pence ticket.

Leid Stories asks: Is it time to abolish the Electoral College and let the people decide?

December 19, 2016  

Five hundred and thirty-eight electors—100 from the U.S. Senate, 435 from the House of Representatives, and three representing the District of Columbia—will be meeting all over the country today to perform a quadrennial duty: selecting the next president and vice president of the United States. The rancor of the presidential election between main combatants Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is expected to spill over to the Electoral College vote, with two sore points at the root—Clinton won the popular vote while Trump won the more significant electoral vote, and Clinton has charged that Russian cyberattacks and a smear campaign against her caused her loss.

Leid Stories looks at the Electoral College vote, whether anti-Trump threats to derail the vote will succeed, and whether Clinton’s claims will be borne out by federal probes currently under way.

The second half of the program focuses on the legitimacy of the claim—now being echoed by President Obama, powerful members of Congress, the media and influential organizations—that Russia fixed the election.

December 16, 2016  

It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories, and you’re in the driver’s seat, taking the conversation wherever you want it to go.

Expand our minds and add new perspective on the issues of the day with the information, opinions and ideas you share in this open forum. It’s the best in peer-to-peer education!

Call in (888-874-4888) and let’s hear what you’re thinking.

December 15, 2016  

Since President Barack Obama ordered a “deep-dive” probe of Russia’s alleged role in fixing the 2016 presidential election to favor Donald Trump—Hillary Clinton’s main reason for why she lost—there have been a number of demands for similar investigations by members of Congress. It’s in the interest of protecting U.S. democracy, they say, although few feign neutrality about Trump and have openly expressed a desire to torpedo his presidency.

Leid Stories, seizing the moment, contends that the current passion about “protecting the integrity” of the domestic process at home, also should trigger a slue of investigations into U.S.-directed political and electoral “interventions” in other countries.

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