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August 31, 2018  

"Free Your Mind Friday" is our way on Leid Stories of staying sane. We share information, opinions and ideas with each other, happy to entertain views to the contrary. We have good manners and generally are a pleasant bunch, even when we're tackling tough subjects.

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August 30, 2018  

After President Trump's announcemcent last week that he has asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to "closely study" South Africa's proposals for land redistribution, President Cyril Ramaphosa appears to have slowed the pace and scope of constitutional debates on land reform. 

Laws encoded during South Africa's colonial and apartheid eras have allowed whites, who comprise 8 percent of the population, to own 72 percent of farms, while blacks, who are four-fifths of the population, own only 4 percent. 

Trump's assignment to Pompeo follows a Fox News report on "land and farm seizures" and alleged "large-scale killing of [white] farmers." President Ramaphosa was "seizing land from his own citizens without compensation because they are the wrong skin color," said the report, which the South African government decries as defamatory and inaccurate.

Trump's veiled threat to South Africa is the focus of our discussion today.

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August 29, 2018  

A five-way primary race for governor in Florida, one of the largest swing states in the nation, ended with a bang last night with a Bernie Sanders-backed, come-from-behind candidate claiming the big prize. Andrew Gillum, the 39-year-old mayor of Tallahassee, advances to the general election to face off against Republican nominee Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Is Progressive power taking hold?

Pope Francis's recent trip to Ireland--the first papal visit in almost 40 years--was not the triumph hoped for. To the contrary, it served as a  backdrop for renewed demands by angry and tormented Catholics that the church respond forthrightly to an epidemic of sex abuse, especially against children, by priests and officials immunized by the culture of silence and coverup within the church. Confronted in Ireland about the crisis, Pope Francis responded by saying he felt shame for the church. Now a militant faction wants the pope to resign. But Leid Stories asks: Will that solve the problem?

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August 28, 2018  

Midterm elections are just around the corner, and candidates vying for office are honing their messages--i.e. their sales pitches to voters about where they stand on key issues and why they will be better legislators than their opponents. They'll sell you on their and their party's agenda, but will it be in sync with yours? 

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August 27, 2018  

President Donald Trump and many of his chief aides, advisers and cohorts have reason to worry. Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, last Tuesday was found guilty of bank and tax fraud and hiding overseas bank accounts. He faces a second trial next month. Also last Tuesday, Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, in a plea agreement admitted to campaign finance violations and bank and tax fraud.

The Manafort and Cohen charges grew out of a broader federal investigation into possible Russian interference in U.S. elections in 2016.

Curiously, while Special Counsel Robert Muller's Russian-interference probe proceeds apace, the federal probe into Hillary Clinton's  contentious and ethically challenged tenure in office as secretary of state has gone dormant. Why?

Dr. Jerome Corsi, author of several books and authoritative articles on politics and deep-state issues, offers his perspective on why Hillary Clinton continues to be shielded from prosecution.

Later in the program, retired Wall Street banker turned anti-charity-fraud crusader Charles Ortel reports on the latest legal actions against The  Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, which Ortel calls "the largest inprosecuted charity fraud in history."

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August 24, 2018  

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August 23, 2018  

The fallout continues after the conviction Tuesday of Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, on bank and tax fraud charges and, also Tuesday, Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, pleading guilty to bank and tax fraud and paying hush money to women with whom Trump was romantically involved as a married man.

Although the Manafort and Cohen cases do not directly involve Trump, it is widely believed the president is a likely target of prosecutio  and eventually will be shown as linked to his henchmen's wrongdoing.

Leid Stories listeners continue yesterday's discussion on the impact of, and possible fallout from, the Manafort-Cohen legal gutpunches to Trump.

 

 

 

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In a separate development, Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, pled guilty in a plea agreement to bank and tax fraud, paying hush money (at Trump's direction) to women with whom the then-presidential candidate allegedly was romantically involved, and violating federal campaign finance laws. 

The Manafort and Cohen cases now threaten to draw Trump into the circle of criminal wrongdoing. 

Leid Stories discusses Trump's predicament.

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August 22, 2018  

President Trump didn't have a good day yesterday, and from the looks of things he's in for many more such days. 

Trump's former campaign chairman and trusted political operative, Paul Manafort, was convicted of eight counts of bank and tax fraud (the jury deadlocked on 10 other counts; a mistrial was declared on those).

In a separate development, Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, pled guilty in a plea agreement to bank and tax fraud, paying hush money (at Trump's direction) to women with whom the then-presidential candidate allegedly was romantically involved, and violating federal campaign finance laws. 

The Manafort and Cohen cases now threaten to draw Trump into the circle of criminal wrongdoing. 

Leid Stories discusses Trump's predicament.

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August 21, 2018  

Another grisly, violent weekend in Chicago--59 people shot, six fatalities, between Friday and Sunday night. It was the second weekend in a month that Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was outmatched by a level of gun violence a beefed-up police presence on the streets could not deter. The "tragic, senseless and cowardly" shootings, Johnson said, were carried out by many of "the same people" involved in the previous mass attacks. 

Leid Stories contends that the shooting and killing sprees not only are mindless acts of violence, but ultimately will serve as templates for managed self-annihilation as a means of social control.

 

 
 
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August 20, 2018  

Two current stories are the focus of Leid Stories' attention today. We look at how the Catholic Church is dealing with a tidal wave of sex-abuse cases. And so far, Omarosa Manigault Newman isn't convincing as a White House "insider." 

 

 

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