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Leid Stories—The Trump-Macron Bromance: A Bit of Bombing and Then A State Visit and Dinner–04.24.18

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 …

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Leid Stories—Justice Is Blind to Its Own Entrenched Racism—04.23.18

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 …

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LEID STORIES – Talk It Up, Talk It Out, Talk It Over, Talk It Through! It’s ‘Free Your Mind Friday!’—04.20.18

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! Download this episode (right click and save)

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Leid Stories—It’s Way Past Time to Compel Trump to Obey the Law—04.19.18

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) …

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Leid Stories—Trump and The Washington Circus: What Are Our Options? (Part 2)—04.18.18

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 …

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Leid Stories—Make No Mistake, We’re Still on the Brink of War—04.16.18

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 …

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What A Week! Share Your Thoughts About It on ‘Free Your Mind Friday!’—04.13.18

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. Download this episode (right click and save)

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Leid Stories—Probes of Police Killings of Stephon Clark (Sacramento) and Saheed Vassell (Brooklyn) Follow Familiar Path—04.12.18

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 …

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Leid Stories—Chaos, Crises and the Troubled Mind of Trump—04.11.18

An administration still not yet fully formed and functional, and with a revolving door almost off its hinges. Nepotism, cronyism and corruption abound under an inexperienced leader whose ego needs supplant the needs of a nation that worries about the constant threat of war, an uncertain future, the rising tide of hatred, and the emergence of a fascistic national mindset …