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June 29, 2018  

It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories, and it’s all about sounding out your thoughts and sharing your insights with a growing community of thinkers. Choose your own topic and tell us what we ought to know. But watch out, you may get challenged.

We are nice, friendly people, and we have good manners and strong opinions. Call in (888-874-4888) and add your special flavor to our delicious intellectual soup. It helps us free our minds.

June 28, 2018  

President Trump’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy has caused the forcible separation of thousands of families at the southern border—all of whom, Trump says, were seeking to enter the United States illegally. Swift reaction to the newly hatched policy temporarily has slowed the pace of the program, but not official inquiries about it.

With more than 2,000 families separated and no clear plan by the administration for how detained individuals legally are to be processed, A federal judge on Tuesday ordered an end to family separations within a month, and within 14 days if separations involve children five years old or younger.

Trump has overstepped the boundaries with this policy, says Leid Stories. Invoking “national security” and “securing our borders” as the reasons for his draconian actions, he has managed to fend off demands by advocacy groups and elected officials for accountability.

Leid Stories says the enormity of abuses committed and still being committed under Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy warrant immediate investigation—not only by a special U.S. committee, but also by an international body

June 27, 2018  

Leid Stories discusses major developments in the Trump administration’s family-separation policy, and underdog victories in two primary races that the Democratic Party didn’t see coming.

June 26, 2018  

President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance, anti-illegal-immigration policy—largely targeting undocumented Mexicans and Central and South Americans desperately seeking entry into the United States, is backfiring big time. Border agents have suspended prosecutions of migrant families, saying the administration’s directives are unclear and confusing; the Department of Justice has not yet figured out how to prosecute parents without separating them from their children; political opposition is mounting; and public outrage may put many Republicans at risk in the midterm elections.

Leid Stories asks listeners to put on their analyst hats and predict what Trump does next.

June 26, 2018  

Trump is winning, and that’s a very bad thing. Showing little or no regard for institutional practice, he’s made quick work of tearing at, tearing up and tearing down once-revered pillars of democracy and has succeeded significantly in ushering in the era of the imperial presidency. He’s the smartest, shrewdest, greatest president America’s ever had, Trump  proclaims; all he needs is for people to get out of his way.

Stunningly, the nation’s guardians did. And even though Trump’s self-congratulatory boasts of accomplishments very often differ widely from the facts, in just a year and a half the president has radically altered the fundamental idea of what it means to be American—to Americans themselves and to the world.

Leid Stories in a commentary warns about Trump’s triumph, which, it says, is a byproduct of a major crisis of political leadership and a system resistant to change.

June 26, 2018  

Never let the system have the last say. Save yourself from its chaos by freeing your mind.

It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories, and it’s all about sounding out your own thoughts on the issues of the day, sharing your insights with a growing community of thinkers.  

Call in (888-874-4888) and help us all free our minds!

June 26, 2018  

An editorial appearing today in West Virginia’s The Intelligencer raises an interesting question.

Titled “Take A Critical Look At Charitable Foundation Abuse,” it says: “New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his charitable foundation, accusing them of using money illegally to help his businesses and political campaign. Whether the action has any merit remains to be seen.

“But while we are thinking of abuses involving charitable foundations, what about Hillary and Bill Clinton? Why did the matter of their foundation and millions of dollars from Russia get swept under the carpet?”

Inquiring minds for years have been demanding answers to this and other important questions concerning the operations of The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and its labyrinth of spinoff projects and programs. No answers so far, not even from the Justice Department’s recently released 568-page inspector general’s report on how the DoJ and FBI handled their probes into Hillary Clinton’s use of a secret server when she was secretary of state.

Charles Ortel, a retired Wall Street banker who has spent years crusading against charity fraud—and, most specifically, the “largest unprosecuted charity fraud in history,” referring to the Clinton Foundation—discusses the significance of The Intelligencer’s push for answers.

June 20, 2018  

President Donald J. Trump has ramped up production. He and his administration are creating chaos almost by the hour now, with new “policies” that are wreaking havoc domestically and globally because they haven’t been thought through.

Trump’s “zero-tolerance” family-separation immigration policy was earning kudos from his support base—until five first ladies, including Melania Trump, weighed in against it, as have many religious and human-rights groups and powerful voices within both parties. He’s on the defensive now.

This is an opportune moment for a progressive coalition to present a comprehensive zero-tolerance response to the inhumane policies of Trump and his chaotic administration, says Leid Stories.

June 19, 2018  

Leid Stories listeners debate the hot-button issue of immigration, examining the root causes for the mass movement of people, how world powers regulate it, and the benefits and downsides to immigration, especially in a constantly evolving though rigidly controlled world.

June 18, 2018  

Nine months after Hurricane Maria ripped through and ripped apart Puerto Rico with its forceful winds and torrential rain that knocked out the island’s power grid and wiped out much of its infrastructure and crops, the island still struggles with monumental impediments to recovery.

Elisa Llenza, a Puerto Rican citizen-journalist and activist, provides an on-the-ground report on how the island is trying to weather the social, political and economic storms that now beset the island.

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