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Sunday November 23, 2014

FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF CAFTA--WILL IT PASS?-Andrew Stelzer

Thursday was the one-year anniversary since President Bush signed the Central American free trade agreement, or CAFTA, BUT ITS STILL HASNT BEEN RATIFIED BY CONGRESS.. Grassroots groups around the country, and throughout the state of Florida have increased their efforts to oppose the trade agreement, and as congress goes on a Memorial Day break, the chances for the passage of CAFTA seem to be dwindling.

ACT-Morris “the growers are opposed to CAFTA, the big unions, the unions, ...

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MCCAIN FEINGOLD REDUCED MONEY GOING TO STATE PARTIES-Andrew Stelzer

When the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform legislation was passed in November of 2002, the idea was to get so called ‘soft money� out of politics—the large financial donations by corporations and wealthy individuals. It was unclear how the legislation would work and how. A new report finds that McCain Feingold legislation has decreased the amount of money, which ends up in the hands of state political parties, which has translated to less advertisements on TV and rad...

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ANYTOWN TEEN DIVERSITY CAMP TO START NEW SEASON IN BAY AREA - Radioactivity

Every year here in the bay area and around the country the National Conference for Communities and Justice sponsors a fee program called "Anytown". It brings together about fifty teenagers from diverse backgrounds for a week at a local camp to discuss and work on issues of diversity, tolerance and co-operation. In this segment we were joined by Mike Trepper, the local director of education and community initiatives at NCCJ.

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LOSING IRAQ: INSIDE THE POSTWAR RECONSTRUCTION FIASCO - Radioactivity

Our guest was David L. Phillips.

In LOSING IRAQ: Inside the Postwar Reconstruction Fiasco, Phillips, former senior adviser to the U.S. Department of State, provides an insider's story on why plans for a peaceful transition to a democratic Iraq after Saddam Hussein went so far astray. Contrary to widespread criticisms, the problem was not a lack of planning by the Bush administration, which believed that U.S. troops would be welcomed with flowers and open arms as liberators. Instead, prob...

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COUNTY HEALTHCARE CUTS - Jen Germaine

In 1991 Hillsborough County created the Hillsborough Health Care plan for the poor to alleviate the burden of uninsured people who go to the emergency room for routine medical care. The plan was designed to give medical coverage to the poorest Hillsborough County residents so the emergency room was no longer their only opportunity to be treated. The Hillsborough Healthcare Study Committee met last night to discuss the future of the County’s medical plan. Jen Germaine was there, and ...

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CLEARCHANNEL FIGHTS LAWSUITS TO SHUT DOWN AMPHITHEATRE-Andrew Stelzer

Two lawsuits are pending against Clear channel entertainment for concerts they have been putting on at the Ford Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds were back in court today. Since concerts began last summer, there have been complaints by neighborhood residents that the music has been too loud. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was at the county courthouse today and filed this report.

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Angela Mckantz lives on downing circle, on the edge of the Florida state fairgrounds. Sheâ...

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VANISHING WETLANDS IN FLORIDA - Radioactivity

This past Sunday the St. petersburg Times began a two part series on disapperaing wetlands in Florida. Our guests were Craig Pittman, a co-author of the series and Tom Scherberger, state editor. The series describes how 'no net loss of wetlands" has been national policy for fifteen years. But the Army Corps of engineers, which is in charge of issuing permits for development of wetlands, has okayed most permits. The series looked at political pressure from both Republicans and Democrats to oka...

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WHY ISNT THE MEDIA REPORTING ON DOWNING STREET MEMOS?-Andrew Stelzer

Earlier this month, British government documents surfaced describing conversations the President Bush had with British Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2002. These papers, which have been come to be known as the downing street memos, say that Bush had decided he was going to invade Iraq , and that the intelligence and facts to justify the war were being fixed around the policy. The memos have received massive coverage in the British and other international press, but almost none in the US media...

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ARAB VIEW OF THE UNITED STATES - Radioactivity

Journalist Samar Dahmash-Jarrah, co-host of WMNF's Arab Muslim Show has written a new book called ARAB VOICES SPEAK TO AMERICAN HEARTS. She travelled to Kuwait, Egypt, and Jordan to speak to ordinary Arab residents about religion, democracy, women's rights, U.S. foreign policy and the stereotypes that Americans often have about the Arab world. In this interview she described the rich variety of opinions from the people she met and the desire many people in the Middle East have for Americans t...

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