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RICHARD W. BEHAN – The Clintons and Wall Street: 24 Years of Enriching Each Other

For twenty four years the Clintons have orchestrated a conjugal relationship with Wall Street, to the immense financial benefit of both parties.   They have accepted from the New York banks $68.72 million in campaign contributions for their six political races, and $8.85 million more in speaking fees.  The banks have earned hundreds of billions of dollars in practices that …

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MATT TAIBBI – How America Made Donald Trump Unstoppable

The first thing you notice at Donald Trump’s rallies is the confidence. Amateur psychologists have wishfully diagnosed him from afar as insecure, but in person the notion seems absurd. Donald Trump, insecure? We should all have such problems. At the Verizon Giganto-Center in Manchester the night before the New Hampshire primary, Trump bounds onstage to raucous applause and the booming …

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MICHAEL DALY – Trump Won’t Name Any of the ‘Hundreds of Friends’ He Says Died on 9/11

If the GOP front runner lost hundreds of friends on 9/11, and donated hundreds of millions of dollars to 9/11 victims, there’s no public record of it. Two days after Donald Trump claimed that he “lost hundreds of friends” at the World Trade Center as a result of the 9/11 attack, his campaign continued to ignore a Daily Beast request that he …

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Leid Stories – 02.15.16

With Justice Scalia’s Death, A Return of ‘Constitutional Originalism’

Election Follies: Hillary, Bernie Seek Salvation in Nevada

The death over the weekend of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has added yet another dimension to the 2016 presidential race: Who will President Barack Obama appoint to replace the right-leaning constitutional originalist? While the president says he will not be rushed or pressured about a nominee, U.S. Supreme Court pundits and congressional pols are already making noises about which ideological camp the prospective nominee should stand call home. John Friedl, professor of political science at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, provides a backgrounder that dispels the myth that the U.S. Supreme Court is apolitical.

Bernie Sanders thought he’d clinched an appearance at Victory Missionary Baptist Church in Las Vegas, ahead of Nevada’s Feb. 20 primary. When he got there, he found Hillary Clinton, civil-rights icon Rep. John Lewis in tow to introduce her. In a commentary, Leid stories says black voters appear not to be safe anywhere.

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Michelle Alexander – Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote

Hillary Clinton loves black people. And black people love Hillary—or so it seems. Black politicians have lined up in droves to endorse her, eager to prove their loyalty to the Clintons in the hopes that their faithfulness will be remembered and rewarded. Black pastors are opening their church doors, and the Clintons are making themselves comfortably at home once again, …

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This Can’t Be Happening – 02.10.16

The morning after Bernie Sanders stunning trouncing of Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, long-time political activist Alfredo Lopez, a member of the ThisCantBeHappening.net news collective, talks with “This Can’t Be Happening” host Dave Lindorff about the Sanders phenomenon, and how the left needs to respond to it.

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Chris Arnade – I worked on Wall Street. I am skeptical Hillary Clinton will rein it in

owe almost my entire Wall Street career to the Clintons. I am not alone; most bankers owe their careers, and their wealth, to them. Over the last 25 years they – with the Clintons it is never just Bill or Hillary – implemented policies that placed Wall Street at the center of the Democratic economic agenda, turning it from a …

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Progressives to Clinton: Pledge to Never Cut Social Security—Now

Hillary Clinton is under pressure from progressives to pledge never to cut Social Security—and to do it before the New Hampshire primary on February 9. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) launched a new national push this week demanding the former secretary of state confirm her allegiance to the program that provides benefits to roughly 60 million Americans, which she …

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Leid Stories – 01.21.16

Artful Dodgers: City of Cleveland, Cops, Flout $19 Million in Judgments

The Presidential Follies: Is This the Year to Just Say No?

Cleveland, Ohio, home of some of the most egregious acts of police violence against unarmed civilians, is refusing to pay $19 million in judgments awarded to victims of police misconduct, brutality and use of lethal force. Civil rights attorney Ruth Brown, whose client, David Ayers, served almost 12 years in prison on a life sentence because rogue cops framed him for aggravated murder, explains the tactics the city and convicted cops are using to avoid paying judgments won against them.

Leid Stories listeners have been expressing great dissatisfaction with political choices in the 2016 presidential race. With the 2016 presidential race in high gear, and early voting beginning next month with primaries and caucuses in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, Leid Stories “polls” listeners’ attitudes about the political choices they are likely to make at election time.