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Friday April 18, 2014

RAY MCGOVERN SPEAKS ABOUT VIETNAM INTELLIGENCE FAILURES-Andrew Stelzer

Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst, was at the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus today. McGovern served under Presidents from Kennedy thru George Bush Senior. McGovern has been outspoken about the Bush administrations misuse intelligence, and the politicizing of the agency. He began his speech by talking about the history of the CIA

ACT ‘The CIA was founded in 1957 for 2 reasons..to inform the pres, and to have 1 department with no policy agenda…thatÃ...

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JOHN EDWARDS IN TAMPA-Andrew Stelzer

This afternoon, Vice-presidential candidate John Edwards made his first appearance in Florida, a crucial swing state, since August 1st, Edwards held a town hall meeting on healthcare at the latter carriers union hall in west Tampa.

ACT ‘if you think that Americans headed in the right direction, vote for bush, if not vote for Kerry.�

Before Edwards spoke, there were brief appearances by Hillsborough county public defender Julianne Holt, Frank Sanchez, and congresswo...

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WHY PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS ARE SO HIGH - Radioactivity

Armed with first hand knowledge that she gained both at the helm of the New England Journal of Medicine and through her work as a physician, Marcia Angell MD writes in her new book THE TRUTH ABOUT DRUG COMPANIES about how "big pharma" has become a vast marketing machine, about it's limitless influence over medical research and education, and about how these companies continue to overlook the needs of Americans (especially the poor and elderly) by allowing drug prices to escalate at alarming r...

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THE CONTROVERSY OVER PRESIDENT BUSH, CBS, AND THE NATIONAL GUARD MEMOS - Radioactivity

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting's senior analyst Steve Rendell discussed the recent apology by CBS's anchor Dan Rather for failing to fully vet documents allegedly showing that George W. Bush failed to take a National Guard physical during his tenure in 1972. Rendell discussed the larger question of whether Bush failed to serve the complete six years he had signed up for and the media's avalanche of coverage on the Rather controversy.

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NEW LIBRARY OPENS IN WEST TAMPA-Andrew Stelzer

In west Tampa, A new neighborhood library was dedicated this weekend. Located at 905 north Albany, just south of cypress, the community library was Built in a old house that used to be a known location for drug dealing by Dr Walter Smith, a long-time Tampa resident and the ex-president of Florida A and M university. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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CHARLES SHEEHAN MILES ON IRAQ - Mitch Perry

Charles Sheehan Miles is a veteran of the first U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Gulf War. He is the author of the acclaimed novel, Prayer at Rumayla: A Novel of the Gulf War, and is currently completing work on his second novel, Murphy's War. Miles served in combat with the 24th Infantry Division during the 1991 Gulf War, and was decorated for valor for helping rescue fellow tank crewmen from a burning tank during the Battle at Rumayla. Since then, he has been a regular speaker on issues rela...

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RUNNING FOR A CAUSE - Mitch Perry

There are only 43 more days before Americans go to the Polls to decide on the next President. Going back last year to so called ‘Meet Ups’ meetings where activists , intent on beating President Bush, convened to discuss strategy, there have been a variety of events that have brought out people usually not that political, who are coming together to bring down the President. . The latest creative event along the way to the election took place this Saturday nationally, where th...

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501c ORGANIZATIONS-A THREAT TO DEMOCRACY?-Andrew Stelzer

This election year, the emergence of so called “527� groups which spend millions of dollars on ads criticizing political candidates, has caused some to say that the McCain Feingold campaign finance reform law has been ineffective in getting big companies out of politics. But a new report by Public citizen, a DC based public interest organization, says that 501c3 non-profit organizations are perhaps a bigger threat to transparent and fair political campaigns, and are calling for an...

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FILMMAKER JOHN SAYLES - Diane Howe Eberly

Filmmaker John Sayles has always been an iconoclast in his work - one who attacks established beliefs, customs and institutions.

Sayles film’s have mostly been about the “working Man�….Among his best known works include “Lone Star�, “8 Men out�, “Brother From Another Planet�, and most recently, “Sunshine State�.

It was during the making of that film with his cast and crew- expressing their disbelief of the emphasis on c...

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COUNTY COMMISSION DEBATE AT TIGER BAY-Andrew Stelzer

The Tampa tiger bay club held a debate between candidates for 3 county commission seats this afternoon. But the only seat for which more than one candidate showed up for was district 7, which is an at large district currently held by Pat frank, who is stepping down. The three candidates running are Denise Layne, Joe Redner, and Mark Sharpe. The majority of the questions asked were about how the county should handle the rapid population growth which has been taking place for the past decades...

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