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April 7, 2017  

Freedom is speaking your mind. And speaking your mind is what “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories is all about.

Come join us for a real intellectual jam session, where we exchange opinions and ideas about current events or issues you think warrant further discussion or debate.

Call 888-874-4888 and have your say.

 

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April 6, 2017  

President Donald Trump vowed yesterday to take some kind of “responsibility” for helping to bring the murderous chaos in war-torn Syria to an end. What that “responsibility” would be, Trump wouldn’t say, but he made it clear the task was President Barack Obama’s and Obama did nothing.

A chemical weapons attack Tuesday in northern Syria has claimed the lives of at least 86 people, most of them women and children, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Syria is mired in a six-year multiparty civil war, including invading ISIS forces,  whose principal target has been the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad, and his regime. The world community of nations is seeking consensus on how to end the carnage in Syria, and is looking to the United States, which so far has not committed itself to direct military action.

Now Trump and Assad are both on the brink.

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April 5, 2017  

Bernie Sanders wowed ’em in Boston last Friday as the big draw at a sold-out fundraising event sponsored by Our Revolution, the political action group that grew out of Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the popular Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts, preceded Sanders to the lectern with a long list of reasons to oppose the Trump regime.

The Sanders-Warren billing clearly worked to draw left-of-center support for the rally. But what, really, was this? Leid Stories answers the question.

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April 4, 2017  

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a small team of close advisers and organizers had gone to Memphis, Tenn., to help boost support for the city’s black sanitation workers who were out on strike over pay, working conditions and rampant racism in the workplace.

King and his group stayed at the black-owned Lorraine Motel. As they readied themselves to leave for dinner and, afterward, a major community rally for the sanitation workers, an assassin’s bullet cut King down on the balcony of his second-story room. The human-rights leader was pronounced dead at nearby St. Joseph’s Hospital at 7:05 p.m.

Forty-nine years later, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King continues to be a vexing, tangled mystery. Official investigations named career criminal and prison fugitive James Earl Ray as King’s killer, but not even King’s family believed he was guilty of the crime.

King knew he was up against sinister forces that wanted him dead. But up until April 4, 1968, he fearlessly and fully committed himself to the pursuit of freedom and justice for all people, knowing his life was on the line. 

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April 4, 2017  

A federal judge last week approved settlement of a public-interest lawsuit that won a significant victory for the people of Flint, Mich. The judge’s decision binds the state and federal governments to replace the city’s 18,000 lead-coated and galvanized water service lines within three years.

Curt Guyette, an investigator for the ACLU of Michigan, broke the story of the mass contamination of Flint’s water. The lawsuit settlement, he warns, leaves many issues unresolved.

Leid Stories offers a searing commentary on last night’s 60 Minutes story about the Sept. 16, 2016 police shooting of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla. The program, promoted as Officer Betty Shelby’s “side of the story,” was designed to do more than that, says Leid Stories.

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March 31, 2017  

Welcome to the best open forum in Radioland. It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories, and it’s all about what YOU think about topics we’ve discussed on the program, current events and news issues, or anything you think warrants further discussion and debate.

We talk things through. It’s how we do.

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March 30, 2017  

Hillary Clinton is back and ready for a fight. Months after her devastating loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election forced her into retreat, a refreshed Clinton keynoted the annual conference in San Francisco of the Professional Business Women of California. Her speech centered on increasing the presence and power of women in all forms of governance, but it was clear she was sending a message about her political future. Leid Stories decodes her speech and finds clues.

Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Donald Trump’s reality show The Apprentice, has filed a lawsuit against the president, claiming he sexually harassed her in 2007 by forcibly kissing her and touching her inappropriately.

Leid Stories discusses the irony that Trump’s lawyers are using the same defense President Bill Clinton’s lawyers did in his defense against a sexual-harassment lawsuit brought by Paula Jones—that presidents are protected from civil lawsuits.

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March 29, 2017  

President Donald Trump wants to make nice. It’s finally getting through to him that his presidential “brand” stinks and that he’s the main reason. It’s bad when your own party helps to defeat you in your first big-league battle. Clearly, Trump is in a bind.

Thinking tactically, Trump now says he wants to reach out to Democrats and forge a working relationship with them. A wily Jesse Jackson, who remains at the periphery of black politics as a self-assigned “statesman,” already has penned an op-ed piece on counterpunch.org urging that Trump form “a bipartisan coalition” to advise on the nation’s pressing problems.

Trump obviously knows the Democratic Party is still reeling from Election 2016, that reduced its numbers and clout at every level of government. It, too, could use some help with its damaged brand.

Is a bipartisan coalition the answer? Leid Stories listeners tackle the question.

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March 28, 2017  

As a poll- and ratings-obsessed individual, you’d think Donald Trump would worry that he and his administration are down to the mid-30s right now in terms of popularity among Americans. But no, it doesn’t seem to faze President Chaos, who clearly is obsessed with fighting Barack Obama’s ghost.

Leid Stories explains how that obsession already has put Trump on a losing streak.

Just the same, Trump is moving along with his essentially anti-Obama agenda, which has framed most of his legislative battles and executive actions so far. The opposition, in a state of disarray, has not yet been able to advance legislative initiatives of its own.

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March 27, 2017  

On Sunday, his regular day off, Officer Richard Haste submitted his resignation from the New York Police Department ahead of a departmental recommendation that he be fired. Haste was the cop who in 2012 chased 18-year-old Ramarley Graham into his Bronx home, kicking down the door. He found Graham, cowering in a bathroom. Haste shot and killed him. Haste said Graham had a gun. No gun was found.

Leid Stories explains how a killer cop could remain active in the NYPD, drawing a salary for five years after killing a person, and walking free of penalty of law.

An Instagram post last Thursday set off a media frenzy. “14 Girls Have Gone Missing in D.C. in the Last 24 Hours,” the headline said, and within a flash it was the story. Except that the facts were way wrong, and needlessly caused panic.

But the story of young people disappearing into a shadowy world is a very important one, and Leid Stories looks at what the numbers are saying about dark secrets in our communities.

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