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April 26, 2017  

Now that Hillary and Bill Clinton have taken all those restorative walks in the woods and rested up from her bruising 2016 presidential campaign, you’d think they’d be putting things in order at the family foundation (the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation) to comply fully with U.S. and international law—especially since then-candidate Donald Trump had practically put a prosecutorial bounty on their heads for using the foundation as a pay-to-play political operation.

To avoid the appearance of donors receiving political favors, the foundation said it would shut down its Clinton by Global Initiative by April 15 this year, letting go 22 staff, and concentrate instead on its philanthropic projects.

Charles Ortel, who has been investigating the Clinton Foundation for more than two years and has been reporting his findings on Leid Stories, returns with his latest report. Ortel blew the whistle on Wall Street fraud in 2007-2008, when he proved that many companies—GE, GM and AIG among them—had overvalued their stocks by hundreds of billions of dollars. An expert on charities, Ortel says the Clinton foundation is “the largest unprosecuted charity fraud in history.”

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April 21, 2017  

It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories, and listeners’ opinions about current issues and events—or any subject of their choosing, for that matter--are the “star” of the show.

Call 888-874-4888, and then call it as you see it! 

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April 20, 2017  

DNC Chairman Tom Perez’s “new” Democratic Party didn’t “come together and fight back” for Jon Ossoff, a first-time candidate who, with some party backing, would have won Georgia’s 6th Congressional District seat outright in a special election. The seat became vacant when Republican Tom Price became President Trump’s secretary of health and human services. Ossoff stunned the political establishment with 48.1 percent of the vote, just shy of the 50 percent needed to avoid a June runoff.

Capturing this Republican congressional seat—and the more than 1,000 others the Democrats lost at the local, state and federal levels in the 2016 Trump tidal wave—should have been a No. 1 priority for the Democratic Party. One would think that helping candidates win near-certain victories would be a great way to “come together and fight back.”

Multiple, substantiated sexual-harassment complaints against him brought commentator Bill O’Reilly’s association with Fox News officially to an end yesterday. But was he fired? The language being used to describe why O’Reilly is no longer at Fox News is both imprecise and interesting.

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April 19, 2017  

Recently elected Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and Bernie Sanders, the Independent senator and former presidential candidate from Vermont, with great, campaign-style fanfare yesterday launched a series of rallies aimed at shoring up the Democratic Party’s political fortunes, building grassroots support for a wide-ranging progressive agenda, and resisting the policies of President Donald Trump and his administration.

The first two rallies were held in Main and Kentucky. Others will follow in Florida, Nebraska, Utah, Montana, Arizona and Nevada.

Leid Stories discusses the significance of the rallies and, specifically, the role of Bernie Sanders.

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April 18, 2017  

The White House has said that President Donald Trump’s April 6 cruise-missile airstrikes on a Syrian airbase and other military installations was in retaliation for a chemical-weapons attack by President Bashar al-Assad on his own people in Khan Sheikhoun, a town under the control of rebels battling his regime. Ninety people were killed and 500 injured in the Khan Sheikhoun chemical-weapons attack.

But the U.S. attack was a “false flag” operation, based on military intelligence that was “obviously false,” says noted Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Theodore Postol, who has joined a growing group of highly credentialed experts questioning Trump’s explanation for his military attack on Syria.

After almost 13 years, a multinational military force sent by the United Nations to “stabilize” Haiti is being phased out. Both inside of the country and in the Haitian diaspora, there is great concern about what happens after the troops are gone and, even before they go, how will a number of lingering issues that had caused great tension between nationals and troops be resolved.

Kim Ives, cofounder of the international weekly newspaper Haïti Liberté, discusses the tenuous transition.

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April 17, 2017  

President Donald Trump’s unleashing “the mother of all bombs” last Thursday in Afghanistan exponentially broadened and deepened U.S. concurrent involvement in several theaters of war. Add ISIS to Trump’s active-enemies list—which also includes Syria and North Korea.

Leid Stories asks: How and why did war become such a vital part of Trump’s agenda?

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April 14, 2017  

President Chaos and his war-inducing military actions this week no doubt will dominate discussions on Leid Stories’ open forum, “Free Your Mind Friday.” But you certainly are welcome to raise other issues that merit broader discussion and debate.

Put your thoughts and opinions on the record. Call 888-874-4888 to join the forum.

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April 13, 2017  

Within his first 100 days in office, President Donald Trump has accomplished what no other president has: He committed an act of war by bombing one country (Syria), dispatched an “armada” in preparation for possible war with another (North Korea, and threatened a superpower (Russia) with wartime sanctions for continuing to support an “enemy” country (Syria). The president has a taste for war, and it seems insatiable. It also seems he has free reign to customize his war menu.

Leid Stories has been discussing Trump’s recent military misadventures and their potentially cataclysmic consequences. Today we concentrate on the question: Whatever happened to so-called systems of checks and balances against despotic presidential power, especially the power to put the nation at risk of war?

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April 12, 2017  

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s attempt at shuttle diplomacy with Russia to salvage a pre-U.S.-bombing-in-Syria thaw in relations has failed. Fresh from talks with G7 nations in Lucca, Italy—where Tillerson was unable to deliver “clarity” about current and future U.S. policy in Syria—the U.S.’s top diplomatic envoy came into a blistering critique of the United States by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about recent Trump administration actions and statements that Lavrov said have eroded trust in working with the United States “across the whole spectrum of bilateral and multilateral affairs.”

The rapid downward spiral in U.S.-Russia relations mirrors an open breach at home between Trump and his political base—including some of his staunchest supporters—who believe their erstwhile hero has been “captured” by a cabal of military-globalist “advisers,” and, being himself politically naïve, is being manipulated into spheres and issues he had no intention of getting in involved in.

Leid Stories asks: Is Donald Trump is a captive president?

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April 11, 2017  

At an urgent meeting yesterday in Lucca, Italy, of G7 member-states, the focus was the situation in Syria and, specifically, last Thursday’s U.S. missile strike on a Syrian airfield. President Trump said it was retaliation for a chemical-weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun, a town under the control of rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Trump said Assad himself was responsible for the Khan Sheikhoun attack, which killed almost 90 people and injured more than 500.

The G7 representatives were looking for “clarity” about the U.S.’s action and the Trump administration’s current and future policy in Syria. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, however, appeared unable to offer it.

That’s because it doesn’t exist, says Leid Stories. 

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