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Leid Stories – Election 2016: Trump, Clinton and the Ick Factor – 03.17.16

They are “front runners” in the 2016 presidential race, having racked up impressive wins in the primaries and caucuses held thus far. But that doesn’t mean people like them. Even after their partisan Super Tuesday sweeps, a Gallup poll shows 53 percent of Americans dislike Hillary Clinton, and an even greater number, 63 percent, have a similar view of Donald Trump.Yet Clinton and Trump keep winning. Will the Ick Factor be their undoing?

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Leid Stories – Election 2016: Super Tuesday Fallout: WWBD? – 03.16.16

No surprise, really, in how things turned out yesterday–Donald Trump triumphed in three of five states, Florida, Illinois and North Carolina; Marco Rubio lost his own state and ended his campaign; Ted Cruz remained win less but is hoping to capture Rubio’s supporters in a long shot bid to remain in the race; and John Kasich scored his first victory, his home state of Ohio.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton bested her lone opponent, Bernie Sanders, in four states—Florida, Illinois, Ohio and North Carolina—with the final vote in Missouri too close to call.

As Leid Stories said yesterday, Super Tuesday “more than likely will cause a whittling of the GOP’s four-man slate, and on the Democratic side, a locked lead on being the nominee.” With Clinton appearing to have that locked lead on the Democratic nomination, the question becomes: “What Will Bernie Do?”

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Leid Stories – Election 2016: Super Tuesday to Further Narrow Both Field and Focus – 03.15.16

It’s Super Tuesday (the third for this election cycle), and Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are in make-or-break primaries in delegate-rich Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina. Results by the end of the day more than likely will cause a whittling of the GOP’s four-man slate, and on the Democratic side, a locked lead on being the nominee. Leid Stories continues yesterday’s discussion on what this all means to and for the rest of us.

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Leid Stories – Acts of Commission: Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Atrocities; Trump and That Buzzword, ‘Violence’ – 03.14.16

William Blum, publisher of The Anti-Empire Report, author of several books on U.S. foreign policy, and an expert on U.S. covert operations, discusses the tragic consequences of Hillary Clinton’s foreign-policy initiatives as secretary of state.

Leid Stories takes on the hypocrisy and deliberate effort, particularly by the media and the political establishment, to re-cast what happened at Donald Trump’s rally in Chicago last Friday.

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Leid Stories – Free Your Mind Friday – 03.11.16

No Herd Mentality Here! Join our growing community of non-herd-mentality thinkers who gather weekly at this popular meeting place to trade in information, opinions and ideas.

It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories, and your views on matters that affect us all are the star of the show. Call in (888-874-4888) and let your star light shine!

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Leid Stories – Election 2016: A Merciful End to ‘Debates,’ But Not to Party Politricks – 03.10.16

Election 2016: A Merciful End to ‘Debates,’ But Not to Party Politricks

A contentious Clinton-Sanders square off in Miami last night, their fourth match up as the remaining Democratic presidential candidates, brought to a close the televised Q&A sessions the party scheduled. A four-way bruiser among the Republican candidates still standing—Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich—takes place tonight, also in Miami, and will be the party’s 12th and final “debate” for the primary season.

How have these events, the primaries held thus far, and the candidates themselves shaped our opinions about the political process, the 2016 presidential election, the direction of the country, and individual choices and actions? Listeners offer their views.

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Leid Stories – 03.08.16

Election 2016: The Duopoly’s Self-Inflicted Wounds Are A Timely Gift

The 2016 presidential primaries continue apace, with contests in Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan and Mississippi today that will put Democratic and Republican frontrunners even closer to their goal of winning nomination. But there’s trouble—big trouble—in both camps that largely are self-inflicted wounds and the consequences of a fundamentally undemocratic process. The duopoly’s crisis is a gift we’ve been waiting for, says Leid Stories, and we should make the most of it.

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Leid Stories – 03.07.16

Untied Tongue: Trump Speaks American Ugly With A French Accent

Democrats Troll Flint: Misery Serves As A Political Backdrop

Donald Trump, the frontrunner among Republican candidates in the 2016 presidential race, has an admirer in Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of the far-right, trenchantly racist National Front party in France. Gilbert Mercier, editor in chief of News Junkie Post, draws parallels between the ascendancy and growing appeal of Trump and that of LePen.

At the urging of Hillary Clinton, Sunday night’s CNN-hosted Democratic “debate” with fellow contender Bernie Sanders was held in the beleaguered city of Flint, Michigan, which remains mired in a public-health disaster as the city concedes responsibility for exposing tens of thousands of residents to lead poisoning and bacterial infections from its water system. Abayomi Azikiwe, a Detroit organizer for the Workers World Party and editor in chief of the Pan-African Newswire, says Flint served as a convenient political backdrop, but substantive issues affecting its residents went missing.