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January 31, 2018  

President Donald Trump had the nation’s attention last night and he basked in all 80 minutes of it, priming the pump for a national tour that will reiterate and underscore his speech’s major points.

Several Democratic senators and more than two dozen House members legislators boycotted the president’s State of the Union address and others, mostly Democrats, wore black to signify their opposition, but it didn’t seem to faze Trump. He forged ahead, making a strong effort to appear settled in his role as head of state.

Rep. Joe Kennedy, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and rising star in the Democratic Party, was selected to respond to Trump. He attacked Trump’s policies, saying they are causing deep social, political and economic divisions in America and all over the world.

Leid Stories concludes our discussions on “the State of Disunion 2018,” focusing on the question: What is Trump doing right? Or, why hasn’t the opposition not yet figured out what it’s doing wrong?


January 30, 2018  

President Donald Trump will spend a large part of the day putting finishing touches to and rehearsing his State of the Union address (to be broadcast live tonight at 9 p.m. EST).

A kinder, gentler, chastened Trump is expected to: tout his success in jumpstarting the economy with his new tax plan; bask in the glory of his legislative victories; announce a $1-trillion infrastructure overhaul; and present a reworked immigration plan. But Trump’s sales pitches won’t ring true for millions of Americans who claim to to be severely allergic to snake oil.

Leid Stories continues yesterday’s discussion, addressing the question: What is Trump doing right? Or, why hasn’t the opposition not figured out yet what it’s doing wrong?

January 29, 2018  

When he addressed Congress and the nation last year, Donald Trump was fresh from his inauguration as the 45th president of the United States and just five weeks on the job. His State of the Union address, therefore, focused more on campaign themes and about challenges ahead than about accomplishments.

But tomorrow, when Trump delivers his first real State of the Union message (9 p.m. EST), the man at the podium will be not the brash, self-proclaimed fixer of broken systems, but a badly bruised survivor of a tumultuous, chaotic year. So much went wrong so fast, and much of it of his own making.

Trump, of course, won’t claim responsibility or blame for any of the year’s monumental errors and wrongheaded decisions in domestic and foreign policy, but that doesn’t mean he and his administration will get away with it. Leid Stories listeners take preemptive strikes at Trump’s state of disunion 2018. 

January 26, 2018  

We engage each other, as usual, with our unique analyses of the issues of the day, but today we do so in honor of two fallen soldiers who did their best work as journeymen in struggle—the Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, chief strategist to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the tumultuous years of the civil-rights movement, and Hugh Masekela, whose liberation music buoyed the spirits of South Africans fighting apartheid. They both died on Jan. 23.

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January 25, 2018  

The Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, a brother in struggle with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the most challenging and dangerous times of the national civil-rights movement, and continued for decades to champion its ideals for decades after the assassination of King in 1968, died yesterday at the age of 88.

Leid Stories joins the world in thanking Dr. Walker for his lifetime of service.

More news from the federal probes into the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation (The Clinton Foundation). Wall Street banker turned financial investigator Charles Ortel, whose own independent probe has led him to call the Clinton Foundation and its network of spinoff “charitable” organizations “the largest unprosecuted fraud in U.S. history,” says the U.S. probe, with the Clintons and other key players in the legal crosshairs, is fueling similar probes overseas.

January 19, 2018  

Welcome to the best open forum on the planet. It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories, and we meet on air to talk about things that matter.

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January 18, 2018  

Leid Stories discusses the subject with listeners, who, as astute political observers, should have insightful answers.

January 17, 2018  

Credible sources have confirmed with Leid Stories that months-long FBI probes into the operations of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation (The Clinton Foundation) will soon produce their first batch of federal indictments of key foundation personnel. The indictments, the sources said, are meant to send a signal to major targets of prosecution—most notably Bill and Hillary Clinton—that there’ll be little wiggle room for negotiations on allegations of massive fraud.

Charles Ortel, a retired Wall Street banker turned financial investigator who independently has been examining the foundation’s finances and operations for more than two years, has been reporting his findings on Leid Stories since his early conclusion that the evidence he uncovered, and still is uncovering, suggests that the foundation is “the largest unprosecuted fraud in U.S. history.”

He joins us with his latest update.

January 16, 2018  

President spent Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day golfing at his Mar-a-Lago resort in West Palm Beach, Fla. He decided to avoid the inconvenience of having to explain further his derogatory and racist comments about immigrants from Haiti and the African continent. Some hapless members of his cabinet took on ceremonial duties in his stead, and daughter-in-law Lara Trump issued a perfunctory “official” statement about the federal holiday.

Media coverage of ceremonies around the country was predictable, continuing the years-long theme of a nice black man with big dreams of a wonderful world for everybody. The “other side” of that story was astutely avoided: The pillars of white supremacy, oppression and injustice still undergird practically all aspects of life in America.  

January 15, 2018  

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day we fittingly commemorate the 86th birthday of this exceptional leader whose life’s work, cut short by an assassin’s bullet on April 4, 1968 when he was 39, was supporting global struggles for peace, human rights and justice.

Poor and disfranchised people all over the world, and especially the United States, found a champion in King, who time and again went up against the social, political and economic order excoriating its universal inhumanity while encouraging the masses to peacefully resist.

Leid Stories will not do today what has become “regular” programming on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Instead, we provoke answers to the question: Why have we been in the storm so long, as the gospel song says, despite the efforts of King and others who, even sacrificing their lives, had done so much to light the path to progress and victory?

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