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Leid Stories—Trump: Out of [Executive] Order (Part 4)—02.02.17

Yesterday’s program was a case of way more callers than time would permit to share their views. So, today we continue the discussion: While brisk opposition to President Donald Trump’s hardline policies is both warranted and necessary, it must be recognized that previous administrations created many of the crises Trump is attempting to stanch with ill-advised, slash-and-burn policies.

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Paul R. Pillar – Trump’s Incoherent Anti-Terrorism Policy

Donald Trump’s efforts, during his first week in office, to give substance to his campaign rhetoric have involved executive orders that have generated reactions ranging from bemusement over their vagueness to worried waiting for other shoes to drop. But the previous orders do not do as much quick damage, both to individual U.S. persons and their families and to broader U.S. …

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Naomi Klein – Trump’s Crony Cabinet May Look Strong, but They Are Scared

Let’s zoom out and recognize what is happening in Washington right now. The people who already possess an absolutely obscene share of the planet’s wealth, and whose share grows greater year after year—at last count, eight men own as much as half the world—are determined to grab still more. The key figures populating Donald Trump’s cabinet are not only ultra-rich—they …

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Leid Stories—Obey This Executive Order: Free Your Mind!—01.27.17

We continue yesterday’s discussion on Donald Trump’s calamitous debut as president and indications, based on his free-wheeling actions this week, that the situation likely will remain messy for a long, long time.
It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories. Call 888-874-4888 and share your thoughts.

ANDRE VLTCHEK – The World is “Fake News”

Imperialist demagogues, as well as religious fanatics, are known to live in their grotesque realities. They erect huge sand castles, invent mascots, and bombard the public relentlessly with self-promoting messages. Those who refuse to listen and believe, those who dare to doubt and resist, are sidelined, starved to death, humiliated or simply liquidated. Western religions and European/North American brutal colonialist …

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Steven Rosenfeld – At Least 50 Trump Electors Were Illegitimately Seated as Electoral College Members

More than 50 Electoral College members who voted for Donald Trump were ineligible to serve as presidential electors because they did not live in the congressional districts they represented or held elective office in states legally barring dual officeholders. That stunning finding is among the conclusions of an extensive 1,000-plus page legal briefing prepared by a bipartisan nationwide legal team for members …

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JON EMONT – The Growing Urban-Rural Divide Around the World

Immediately following the U.S. presidential election on November 8, anti-Donald Trump demonstrations sprang up in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles—cities that vote overwhelmingly Democratic. The protesters felt robbed: Hillary Clinton had won the majority of voters nationwide. But, like Al Gore in 2000, Clinton was hamstrung by the Electoral College, an institution designed to ensure a voice for …

Julie Hyland – Anti-Russia “fake news” campaign rolled out across Europe

In the aftermath of the November 8 US presidential election, sections of the Democratic Party, the intelligence services and the media have intensified unsubstantiated pre-election claims that the Russian government hacked into Democratic Party email servers to undermine the campaign of Hillary Clinton. The immediate purpose was to distract from the content of the leaked emails, which exposed a conspiracy …

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ANDREW BACEVICH – On Loving Another Country

Say what you will about Israeli political leaders, you can always count on them for one thing: They will do whatever they believe necessary to ensure the security and wellbeing of the Jewish State. The same cannot be said of American political leaders, notably so when it comes to US-Israeli relations. There, the interests of the United States routinely take …