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October 4, 2017  

Leid Stories discusses the various ways in which law enforcement, politicians and the media are wrestling with just how to characterize the Oct. 1 killing—allegedly by 64-year-old retired accountant Stephen Paddock—of 59 people and the wounding of more than 500 others attending an open-air concert in Las Vegas.

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October 3, 2017  

Thirteen days after Hurricane Maria roared through the Caribbean ripping two U.S. territories to shreds, President Donald Trump today finally meets in person with Gov. Ricardo Roselló of Puerto Rico and Gov. Kenneth Mapp of the U.S. Virgin Islands to discuss recovery efforts.

Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital city and one of Trump’s fiercest critics about the U.S.’s slow response to the dire conditions on the island, has not been invited to the meeting.                

Police have identified 64-year-old retired accountant Stephen Paddock as the person who rained hell down on thousands of people attending an open-air concert Sunday night in Las Vegas. From a hotel room across from the concert venue, Paddock allegedly sprayed the crowd with a high-powered automatic rifle, pausing several times to reload. Police located him and shot him dead after forcing open the door to his room, reports said. The shooting left 59 dead and more than 500 wounded.

Horrific as it is, this is not just a “crime,” says Leid Stories.

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October 2, 2017  

The response by the United States and Britain, principally, to current or former territories in the Caribbean that have been devastated by the recent spate of hurricanes tells a story that goes far beyond the matter of humanitarian aid.

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September 29, 2017  

It’s “Free Your Mind Friday.” Listener calls.

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September 28, 2017  

When disaster or tragedy strikes, the natural, human reaction is to help—no questions asked, no means tests, no prequalifiers. The only concern is helping to improve or solve a dire situation as quickly as possible so that those affected can resume a somewhat normal life.

That’s not what we’re seeing in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. territories torn to shreds and left practically inoperable by Hurricane Maria. They are not the only islands ravaged by the hurricane, but as U.S. territories they surely should be assured of the help they need by now.

Leid Stories likens the relationship between imperialist countries and their satellites in the Caribbean to being in the claws of dragons.  

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September 27, 2017  

Hillary Clinton sees an opportunity to sink an embattled Donald Trump and she’s hell-bent on taking it. She’s re-inserted herself in the political fray and is making nice with media outlets that are giving her some slack this time around, since she hasn’t yet declared her motives. And she’s moved out of her secret Wall Street bunker where she commingled activities related to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and her political

Charles Ortel, a financial investigator who has been looking into the business-cum-charity dealings of the Clintons, discusses his discoveries in what he calls “the largest unprosecuted fraud in U.S. history.”

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September 26, 2017  

Taking only a few moments away from his catalog of NFL tweets, President Donald Trump finally got around to responding to the massive humanitarian crisis unfolding in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria shredded the island Sept. 20.

In an 8:45 p.m. tweet last night, Trump responded to the humanitarian crisis affecting Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million people. “… It’s an old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape. Was devastated. Much of the island was destroyed, with billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with. Food, water and medical are top priorities—and doing well.”

What? Leid Stories calls Trump out on his Hurricane Katrina-like response to a pressing problem.

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September 25, 2017  

The response by the United States and Britain, principally, to current or former territories in the Caribbean that have been devastated by the recent spate of hurricanes tells a story that goes far beyond the matter of humanitarian aid.

A tale of two protests. Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s one-man protest against white supremacy and injustice got a huge boost this weekend as several professionals in the sport and other high-profile people stood with him and bought in. Meanwhile, students at Howard University were in vigorous protest Friday against HU’s decision to have fired FBI director James Comey deliver the keynote address at its opening convocation. Last month, HU announced that Comey will be its King Endowed Chair in Public Policy.

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September 22, 2017  

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September 21, 2017  

Donald Trump, basking in the glory of his speech of reprimands to UN member-nations and threats of war against U.S. enemies the previous day, held a “working luncheon” at the Palace Hotel yesterday with a handful of African leaders, several of whom he met for the first time. Essentially, it was a crass, one-sided sales pitch to open up African markets so that U.S. companies and wealthy individuals can make more money.

Supercharged U.S. capitalism was on the menu, but Trump’s guests appeared to have little or no appetite for it.

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