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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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NEW SHOW ALERT: The Conspiracy Guy – 02.15.17

The Conspiracy Guy #12: Just when things seemed to be “settling down” with Trump accepting the “One China” policy, suggesting new settlements on Palestinian land was not “helpful to peace”, informing the EU that the US will abide by the Iran nuclear agreement and nixing Rex Tillerson’s preference for Elliott Abrams as Deputy Secretary of State–catastrophe occurs in the form of the resignation/dismissal of National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, who has been the intelligence expert enabling The Donald to navigate the treacherous shoals of dealing with the US intel community. There are growing suspicions of a conspiracy to target his closest advisors, beginning with Flynn but moving on the KelleyAnne Conway, Steve Bannon and then the President himself. While Hillary cronies and Hillary herself tweet as though this were payback for PizzaGate, there are reasons to believe that, now Jeff Sessions is Attorney General, the hammer is going to fall and that she, Chuck Schumer, Tim Kaine and Michael Blumenthal may be among 30 politicians and 40 others in DC, VA and NYC who are going to be arrested in an imminent PizzaGate sweep.

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Lauren McCauley – Fears Grow that Rule of Trump Will Suppress Rule of Law Under Sessions

Updated 2pm EDT: Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee invoked a procedural move called the two-hour rule—which, according to The Hill, prevents “holding committee meetings beyond the first two hours of the Senate’s day”—to push the attorney general vote until Wednesday. The move stalls the controversial confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions and came at the same time that Democrats on …

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A Just Cause – Shining a Spotlight on Capitol Hill & U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein – 01.29.17

The host Cliff Stewart, Lisa Stewart and Lamont Banks will be Shining a Spotlight on Capitol Hill and United States Senator of California Dianne Feinstein, who has built a reputation as an independent voice, working with both Democrats and Republicans to find commonsense solutions to the problems facing California and the nation.

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BRIAN KENNEDY – Two-thirds of Americans give priority to developing alternative energy over fossil fuels

President Donald Trump is promising major changes on climate and energy policy, including efforts to increase production from fossil fuel energy sources such as coal. But a new Pew Research Center survey finds that 65% of Americans give priority to developing alternative energy sources, compared with 27% who would emphasize expanded production of fossil fuel sources. Support for concentrating on …

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The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 01.25.17

Deborah Haas MS Ed has decades of experience in the addiction field and works for the Pennsylvania board that sets standards for addiction counselors. Deborah’s personal experience with addiction goes back to age 12 and she provides important insights into the complexities of trying to understand why people become addicted. She describes the harm done in treating people as if they are “broken” or suffering from “biochemical imbalances,” and the inherent contradiction in taking people off one set of drugs only to push them to take another set produced by the Pharmaceutical Empire. She fights the erosion of good therapy by the legal drug dealers. Deborah loved the four-part series of interviews that I did with Danish researcher Peter Gøtzsche, so this a reminder to search for those on www.breggin.com. Meanwhile, you will enjoy getting to know Deborah Haas, who is a shining light in the field of addiction treatment.

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Leid Stories—The Trump Card vs the Clintons and The Clinton Foundation: How Will They Fare?—01.24.17

They’ve kept a low profile since the Electoral College declared Donald Trump the winner of the contentious 2016 presidential election, but Bill and Hillary Clinton were among the high-level contingent of former U.S. presidents and their wives witnessing Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

Sarah Freeman-Woolpert – The history of anti-authoritarian struggle is a history worth repeating

Throughout his campaign, critics have drawn comparisons between Donald Trump and authoritarian leaders from the past. From his proposed plans to create a Muslim registry, to threats against journalists and other opponents, these critics urge us to learn from history about the dangers of a leader like him rising to power. Now that Trump is president, however, we must learn …

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Lauren-Brooke “L.B.” Eisen – Private Prisons Are Poised for a Comeback Under Trump. Here’s How to Reform Them.

Just a few months ago, things were looking very bleak for the private prison industry. In mid-August, the Justice Department’s inspector general issued a report finding that privately operated federal prisons are more dangerous than those managed by the federal Bureau of Prisons and need more oversight. Within a week, the Justice Department announced it would phase out private prisons …

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Leid Stories—How Not to Testify: A Lesson from the Sessions Confirmation Hearings—01.12.17

Rep. Cedrick Richmond likened being on the last panel of witnesses to testify at the confirmation hearings for Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general, to being made to “sit at the back of the bus.” The Louisiana congressman, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, noted the Senate Judiciary Committee’s slight against him, civil-rights icon Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, and Cory Booker, the junior senator from New Jersey.
All three legislators were scheduled to testify in earlier legislator panels, and it was not secret that they were against Sessions’ confirmation. But did they make themselves clear?