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May 30, 2017  

We’ve been so distracted by the high-wire acts in the bizarre circus of American politics the past few years, we pay little or no attention to the huge elephant in the ring. A massive economic crash is coming, and in many ways it’s already here.

Financial research expert and former banker Charles Ortel, who proved that several major U.S. corporations were overvaluing their Wall Street-traded stocks around the time of the 2008-2009 crash, says there’s little doubt a serious economic downturn is close. The financial investigator’s research into the Clinton Foundation, reported in detail on Leid Stories, has unearthed fraud so massive, he calls it “the largest unprosecuted charity fraud in U.S. history.”

Ortel discusses what people can do to brace themselves for what’s coming.

 

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May 29, 2017  

Leid Stories dedicates today’s Memorial Day program to those who have served, or currently are serving, in any branch of the U.S. military, and families of loved ones lost to war who wish to acknowledge and honor them.

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May 26, 2017  

It’s the best open forum on the planet—a free-form, unscripted hour dedicated to your thoughts, opinions and ideas. Whether on what’s in the news or what ought to be, choose your subject and opine away. But don’t be surprised if someone picks up the gauntlet you throw down.

Call 888-874-4888 and free your mind.

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May 25, 2017  

The national crisis America currently is experiencing is scary. It’s being regarded as just the latest in a long line of intense moments we’ve had, but hey, the one thing we admire about ourselves is our ability to handle tough situations.

Indications are, however, that this time is different—or ought to be. Solutions will require radical surgery and very few will agree it ought to done. But first, we must answer the question: Are our political and governmental systems, which are at the heart of our current crisis, beyond repair?

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May 24, 2017  

His Middle East tour behind him, President Trump began the European leg of his multipurpose tour with a visit to the Vatican and, later, in meetings with President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. The firebrand Trump was on the receiving end of masterful diplomacy by the pope, who maintained his regular business hours and held his meeting with Trump in his office, with Trump on the other side of his desk.

U.K.’s home secretary is fuming that information her office shared with counterparts in the United States about the suspect in the deadly May 22 bombing that killed 22 and left 59 wounded may have compromised the investigation.

U.S. Al Franken (D-IL) exposes the lie that the Trump health-care plan will provide better coverage to more people at a cheaper price.

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May 23, 2017  

President Trump wraps up his “Peace in the Middle East” tour today, heading next to the Vatican and Rome. Surely his theme and demeanor will change by the time he gets there. Pope Francis had said of him, without naming him directly: “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”

Trump’s tour, he said, is an attempt to build bridges—for peace, trade, and war against “radical Islamist terrorism.”

Today on Leid Stories we look at how Trump conveyed his message of engagement to the Muslim world and to Israel.

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May 22, 2017  

President Donald Trump is spending two days—today and tomorrow—in Israel, seeking to broker peace talks between the Israeli and Palestinian governments. It’s his second stop on a wide-ranging nine-day tour of Middle East and European countries of strategic value to the United States, and between and among the countries themselves, regarding such matters as trade, security, terrorism and cooperation. But the tour is also a sales call, with Trump as lead salesman. Saudi Arabia, Trump’s first stop, committed to $450 billion in weapons purchases, investments and partnership in a range of projects.

Trump’s maiden voyage abroad as U.S. president is occurring at a time that members of Congress want to end his presidency. Several investigations with him and close associates are ongoing, and have escalated even to the point of threats of impeachment.

So, juxtaposing these two totally different scenarios, what picture do we get?

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May 19, 2017  

Another bruiser of a week, with President Chaos and several of his top administrators and advisers fending off blistering attacks both from without and within, and the nation as a whole more and more worried that the things that matter to them are now on hold.

It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories, and in our open forum we talk things through. Join the session. Call 888-874-4888.

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May 18, 2017  

The fever-pitch push for impeachment of President Trump is a dead giveaway that the game plan is in motion. The irony is, Chaos Man himself pulled the trigger. A series of actions simultaneously are being launched against him, essentially to shorten his stay in the White House, now at a mere 117 days.

What’s the plan? Destroy Trump, Claim Moral Victory, Divvy Up the Political Spoils, and Return to Regular Gangster Politics.

Leid Stories listeners identify elements of the plan already in play.

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May 17, 2017  

A federal court in San Juan, Puerto Rico, today will consider the views of the island’s government, lawmakers and creditors on developing bankruptcy-like plans to deal with a $72-billion debt load and to cover a looming $50-billion shortfall in pension obligations. The hearing, coming more than two years after Puerto Rico’s debt alarm was sounded, won’t finalize anything; rather, it will help give focus to the parties’ individual arguments when the massive case comes before the federal judge appointed by the U.S. Supreme court to hear it, Judge Laura Taylor Swain in Manhattan. It’s a long way to that point, but today’s legal dealings in San Juan are seen as significant movement on the legal timeline of the largest such case in U.S. history.

What caused Puerto Rico’s unprecedented debt? Victor M. Rodriguez, professor in and former chair of Chicano and Latino studies at California State University, Long Beach, says imperialism and debt peonage create the inevitability of serious economic crises, as seen in Puerto Rico. Rodriguez gives deep background today.

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