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Leid Stories—Kill Then Quit: A Cop Evades Justice; Missing In D.C.: Young Girls and Hard Truths—03.27.17

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.

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Leid Stories—Save Our Sanity While Freeing Your Mind!—03.24.17

It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories, and your thoughts and opinions about what’s happening in the world are the center of our attention.
Share the gifts of your insights and intellect, and be part of the best peer-education program on the planet.
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Leid Stories—Bill Clinton and Foundation Still ‘Saving Lives’—03.23.17

He’s back, Bill Clinton, still selling the myth that his all-but-defunct, corruption-riddled Clinton Foundation saved the lives of millions of HIV/AIDS sufferers around the world through the foundation’s HIV/AIDS program. The former president is one of three “well-deserving” luminaries being lauded tonight at a Manhattan gala commemorating the Gay Men’s Health Crisis’ 35th anniversary. The Clinton Foundation, the GMHC says …

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Leid Stories—Way Past Time to Repeal and Replace the Democratic Party—03.22.17

It’s Day 3 of confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, who President Donald Trump has selected to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last year. With robust Republican support, Gorsuch seems poised to join the nation’s highest court. Republicans savored an earlier victory last year when they blocked consideration of President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, after a 247-day wait for a hearing that never materialized.

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Leid Stories—Cloak and Swagger: What Will Be Missing in the Russia-Trump Election/Obama Wiretap Probe—03.20.17

The House Intelligence Committee today opens its much-anticipated probe into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election to produce a win for then-candidate Donald Trump and, more broadly, the extent of Moscow’s alleged influence in the Trump administration.

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Leid Stories—Repeal and Replace Their Propaganda!—03.17.17

Another week of chaos, “alternative facts” and nonsensical missives from the White House. Time for our weekly “Free Your Mind Friday” open forum.
Repeal and replace the system’s propaganda with your keen analysis of the social, political and economic challenges that confront us and how best to deal with them.
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Leid Stories—The Obama-Trump Cause and Effect—03.16.17

With the spotlight shining bright—and not in a good way—on President Donald Trump and the missteps of his embattled administration, the misdeeds and shortfalls President Barack Obama and his administration seem to have been put in the ash can of history, as though they have nothing to do with the severity of domestic and foreign policies Trump espouses and is seeking to enact.
Today we explore the question: In what ways did Obama and his administration trigger the backlash we see now in Trump and the rise of his so-called “populist” agenda?

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Leid Stories—How Much Longer the Democrats-vs-Republicans Equation? (Part 2)—03.15.17

We continue tracking developments in major news stories we’ve been discussing, and we return to our open-forum question on whether a burgeoning opposition movement that emerged during the 2016 presidential election and sparked hope of independent politics has succumbed to the old Democrats-vs-Republicans political paradigm.

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Leid Stories—How Much Longer, the old Democrats-Republicans Equation?—03.13.17

Election 2016 offered proof that millions of voters had had it with a tone-deaf two-party system that seemed woefully out of step with their America. They served notice in many ways—switching parties, not voting, supporting independent candidates and movements instead—and created momentum for new political possibilities and choices.
But as the dust settled after the election, it seems things have returned to their “original” state, with politics largely a matter concerning Democrats and Republicans.