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Sunday July 5, 2015

Yale Political Science Professor Jacob Hacker on The Republican Revolution & The Erosion of Democracy - By Mitch E. Perry

As we reported on last night, just 6 weeks after Hurricane Katrina, top Republicans are going ahead later this week with a budget plan calling for $50 billion in permanent cuts to vital services for the poor and middle-class, while handing out $70 billion in tax breaks—largely for the wealthy.

The budget fight begins this week, starting with the proposed cuts to services like Medicare, Medicaid, pension insurance, and student loans.

Today, the liberal activist...

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NEW PBS DOCUMENTARY EXPLORES TORTURE AT ABU GHRAIB AND GUANTANAMO

TONIGHT ON PBS- A NEW DOCUMENTARY EXPLORES HOW AMERICAN SOLDIERS DISOBEYED THE GENEVA CONVENTION IN THE TREATMENT OF IRAQI PRISONERS OF WAR. THE DOCUMENTARY ON THE PBS PROGRAM FRONTLINE TAKES US INSIDE ABU GRHAIB PRISON AND GUANTANAMO- WHERE TORTURE WAS USED AS A WAY TO TRY TO EXTRACT INFORMATION FROM DETAINEES.

MIKE KIRK IS THE PRODUCER OF THE PBS FRONTLINE PROGRAM WHICH AIRS TONIGHT CALLED "HE TORTURE QUESTION". HE APPEARED LIVE ON WMNF THIS AFTERNOON.

There are a few unfamiliar im...

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FORMER UNSCOM WEAPONS INSPECTOR SCOTT RITTER TALKS ABOUT THE SEARCH FOR WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND THE BUILDUP TO THE IRAQ WAR

OUR NEXT GUEST IS SCOTT RITTER, A FORMER MARINE OFFICER AND ADVISOR TO GENERAL NORMAN SCHWARTZKOPF DURING THE FIRST GULF WAR. LATER HE WORKED AS A WEAPONS INSPECTOR FOR THE UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL COMMAND WHICH WAS CHARGED WITH MAKING SURE IRAQ DID NOT REVIVE IT'S WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION PROGRAM AFTER THE AMERICAN TROOPS WITHDREW IN 1991. HE'S WRITTEN A NEW BOOK CALLED "IRAQ CONFIDENTIAL". HE SPOKE WITH ME LAST FRIDAY.

Iraq Confidential (Nation Books, October 11, 2005) is a dramatic, ne...

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TWO CANDIDATES FOR U.S. CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT NINE SEAT. BILIRAKIS-TAYLOR. Mark Antokas

INTRO: The U.S. Congressional district nine was redrawn in 2002 pushing it further East into Pinellas and North into Pasco Counties, taking some from Hillsborough. North Pinellas and South Pasco are both heavy Greek Strongholds. Mike Bilirakis, a twenty-three year veteran is set to retire from the seat, and has endorsed his son’s campaign to succeed him. Gus Bilirakis, the current Republican State house representative announced his intentions in January of this year. But there have bee...

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DEBATE ABOUT ROLE OF RELIGION IN LAW-Andrew Stelzer

This afternoon, the Hillsborough county bar association hosted a debate about the role of religion in the Law of Public Life. The debate pitted the man behind a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Florida, versus the ACLUS expert on religious freedom. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK THE HEALTHY SMOKER- CHARLES BENS

Charles Bens, PhD has written a new book on why cancer rates are lower for smokers in countries such as Japan, France and Greece. In part it's the chemical composition of U.S. tobacco products but he also says it's largely due to factors such as diet, supplements, and lifestyle. (The Japanese, for instance eat a diet that's richer in fruits, vegetables and grains.) Bens believes that taking anti oxidants and eating large amounts of fruits and vegetables can lower a smoker's chances of develop...

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Activist groups call on Congress - By Mitch E. Perry

Congress returned back to work today after a week-long break. President Bush will meet with Party leaders on Wednesday, as he finalizes new spending requests related to Hurricane Katrina and the threat of an avian-flu outbreak.

To help offset these costs, a planned $35 billion dollar deficit reduction bill will be expanded, AND cutting taxes to the tune of $70 billion dollars is now back on the docket.

The plans are a far cry from what was being discussed in Washington ...

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Homeless Conference – Seán Kinane

The 10th annual statewide conference on homelessness is going on in Tampa today and tomorrow. WMNF’s Seán Kinane was there and files this report.

The kickoff address of this conference, sponsored by the Florida Coalition for the Homeless, was given by Karen Jackson Sims, the Director of the Tampa field office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She noted that there are 11 thousand homeless people in Hillsborough County and that number is likely to increa...

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Darden Rice to Appear at Tiger Bay - By Mitch E. Perry

The next scheduled discussion at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club is to take place on Wednesday, October 26th, between St. Petersburg District 6 City Council candidates Earnest Williams and Darden Rice. And Darden Rice says she WILL be there in attendance. Yesterday, the St. Petersburg Times reported that Rice was planning to boycott the event because of her objections to how the Tiger Bay Club was marketing the debate.(roll tape#1 o.q. �of my concerns� In the newsletter sent out to...

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Democrats Dream of Taking over Congress- By Mitch E. Perry

The New York Times reported yesterday that Democrats now see a possibility next year that they have long dreamed of – a sweeping midterm election framed around what they describe as the simple choice of change with the Democrats or more of an unpopular status quo with the Republican majority.

In the October 24th issue of The Nation Magazine, Robert Borosage writes about a blueprint for the Democrats to take over next year. The article is called A “Real� Co...

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