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April 25, 2018  

For several years now, The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has been the principal target of a self-initiated forensic investigation by Charles Ortel, a retired Wall Street banker, who early into his probe found evidence that the foundation was a sham, an extremely lucrative money-making operation for the family. The foundation, he found, not only was operating outside of its original purpose (to build and maintain a presidential library in Little Rock, Ark.), but had illegally launched a number of “affiliated” entities that appeared to be nonprofits but were in fact additional sources of revenue for the Clintons.

How were they able to accomplish these things without detection or sanction? How were they able to get away with such massive fraud (Ortel alleged it is “the largest unprosecuted fraud in history.”)?

The answer: Coverups by governmental officials at the highest levels.

Ortel has been reporting his findings on the Clinton foundation for more than two years. His reports have kickstarted probes by several governments who had contributed billions of dollars to the foundation’s purported “good works.” But here in the United States, coverups provided unprecedented protection.

On Leid Stories today, Ortel asserts that the evidence shows the Clinton-coverup road leads directly to former President Barack H. Obama.

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April 24, 2018  

Ostensibly to commemorate deep historical ties and the continuing strength of the relationship between The United States and France, President Emmanuel Macron and First Lady Brigitte are the honored guests of a three-day state visit hosted by President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. The highlight of the visit, which began Monday, is a series of bilateral talks and conferences scheduled today. And, of course, the obligatory fancy-schmancy white-tie state dinner tonight at the White House.

Macron’s visit comes soon after France and Britain joined the United States in unsanctioned April 13 airstrikes on targets within Syria alleged to be production plants for chemical weapons the Bashar al-Assad regime is accused of using against its enemies in an ongoing civil war.

Gilbert Mercier, cofounder and editor in chief of newsjunkiepost, discusses the on-again, off-again budding bromance between Macron and Trump and the significance of Macron’s state visit.

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April 23, 2018  

Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, is still holding on to the hope that the U.S. Justice Department will bring to account Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who put her 43-year-old son Eric in an illegal chokehold on July 7, 2014 that killed him. The New York Times reported last week that some federal prosecutors within the Justice Department had recommended prosecution of Pantaleo on federal civil-rights charges, but that others were uncertain whether such charges would yield a conviction.

The Garner case, which has been a frequent topic on Leid Stories, deserves a much closer look—this time discussing the intricacies of how justice is actually railroaded by systems that publicly proclaim their rugged pursuit of it.

 
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April 20, 2018  

It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories. Listeners take charge of the netwaves, voicing their views on issues and events of the day or about matters they believe warrant further discussion and debate.

Add your own unique flavor to this full-bodied intellectual soup. Call 888-874-4888 to free your mind!

 

 

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April 19, 2018  

When Defense Secretary James Mattis advised President Donald Trump to seek congressional approval before ordering the April 13 military strikes on alleged chemical weapons production sites in Syria, his concerns were summarily dismissed.

Mattis tried to tell the president that the War Powers Act (also known as the War Powers Resolution of 1973) obligated a president to apprise Congress (the people) that the United States military imminently would be involved in armed conflict; the reasons; how long it is expected to last; and the resources needed.

Trump saw no need to obey either the letter or spirit of the law as commander in chief. Moreover, he invited Britain and France to participate in the April 1 attacks.

Leid Stories asks: Is Trump a law unto himself?

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April 18, 2018  

Way more callers than time yesterday, so, as promised, we return to the topic to hear their views.

Six days ago, U.S., French and British forces jointly conducted air strikes in war-torn Syria, supposedly to “cripple its chemical-weapons program.” The United States and its allies have said that President Bashar al-Assad is using chemical weapons consistently to attack and wipe out areas that strongly oppose his regime. But international agencies dispatched to Syria to investigate have found no evidence of these claims.

President Donald Trump did not seek the advice and consent of Congress for his military action, an act of war, and now, post facto, is having administration officials do damage control.

On Leid Stories we’ve been discussing the ramifications of Trump’s—and his allies’—summary action, and the remarkable fact

 
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April 17, 2018  

Leid Stories listeners broach the troublesome and challenging question once again, taking recent developments into account.

 
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April 16, 2018  

At an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Saturday, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, proudly relayed a message from President Donald Trump: U.S., British and French forces earlier that morning had launched airstrikes that “crippled Syria’s chemical-weapons program,” and the U.S was “locked and loaded” to strike again.

The Security Council was meeting to de-escalate a situation that had become a crisis. The early-morning strikes were in retaliation for an April 7 chemical attack in Douma, a city outside Damascus, in which more than 40 people were killed. But Trump and his allies say Syria illegally maintains a chemical-weapons program as a hedge against rebel groups in the war-torn country.

The airstrikes over the weekend have broadened and deepened East-West tensions, and most particularly with Russia, which has shown extraordinary restraint. But make no mistake about it, we’re still on the brink of war.

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April 13, 2018  

It’s the best open forum on the planet, our “gathering place for the exchange of information, opinions and ideas.” Let’s hear what you’re thinking about this week’s developments or any other subject or issue you consider worthy of further consideration and debate.

Call in (888-874-4888) and add your voice to the mix.

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April 12, 2018  

Leid Stories follows up on two controversial police killings—the killing of Stephon Clark, 22, by two Sacramento Police Department officers on March 8, and the killing of Saheed Vassell, 34, by four New York Police Department officers in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn on April 4.

The families of both men contacted well-known civil-rights leader the Rev. Alfred Sharpton in their time of grief and he and noted attorney Benjamin Crump are once again teamed up as advisors helping the grieving families deal with the complexities of the unexpected tragedies in their lives and the expected resistance of the local police departments to fully cooperate in the families’ independent probes.

Leid Stories says the time has come for key players in tragedies like these to change their tactics with respect to dealing with police killings.

 
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