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November 30, 2017  

Since taking office, President Trump’s conduct and actions have been the subjects of keen interest and discussion. And not in a good way. The president’s mental health has become an issue. In fact, members of Congress recently openly questioned whether his seeming “instability” and “volatility” should preclude him from making ultimate decisions on war, and especially nuclear war.

Psychotherapist Joseph Burgo, like many others in his field, became concerned about the president’s behavior and began paying attention as experienced clinicians. We listen to and discuss his assessment, which he shared at a professional conference last year.

Burgo is the author of several books and articles on psychology, including, most recently, The Narcissist You Know: Defending Yourself Against Extreme Narcissists in an All-About-Me Age and Why Do I Do That? Psychological Defense Mechanisms and the Hidden Ways They Shape Our Lives.

November 29, 2017  

Investigative reporter, author, teacher and activist Paul DeRienzo, has been doing an ongoing series of reports on Leid Stories about the scary state many U.S. nuclear facilities are in, and the government’s repeated denials and coverups of leaks, explosions and widespread contamination at several plants throughout the country. His most recent reports were on the Hanford Site in Washington state, the nation’s most contaminated site.

DeRienzo files a new report that focuses on nuclear contamination in New York City, the epicenter of radiation-producing industries decades ago. But a 2005 control sampling found elevated levels of radiation in 80 spots across the city, including in a national park that was ordered closed.

Where is the radiation coming from? Do New Yorkers know? DeRienzo unfolds the story of his hunt for the truth.

November 28, 2017  

Yesterday’s discussion—on how we cope with day-to-day stresses and adversities and continue toward our commitment to activism and self-realization—generated an extraordinary response, both on-air and via email. So, Leid Stories returns to the topic today to accommodate those who weren’t able to join the conversation yesterday due to time constraints, and others who’d like to add to their thoughts.

November 28, 2017  

From time to time, the travails of the world seem far more daunting, far more powerful, than our capacity to cope, let alone resist. Yet we go from day to day, trying we’re doing our best, we say.

Is it our best? Or, are we living within boundaries already set, constantly trying to find a safe place within ourselves in a world going crazy?

Leid Stories goes philosophical.

November 27, 2017  

It’s Friday. Time to defrag, and Leid Stories is here to help.

Select from the zillion thoughts swimming around in your brain the one you’d most like to share. Then call in (888-874-4888) and free your mind. You just might be freeing ours, too.

You’re cordially invited to join us for “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories. It’s our  weekly open forum for the exchange of information, opinions and ideas, and everyone takes the conversation wherever they want it to go.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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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