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Wednesday September 24, 2014

THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S STOP LOSS PROGRAM - Radioactivity

Our guest was Andrew Exum, an Army combat veteran in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon's 'stop-loss' policy is a breach of trust" writes Andrew Exum in June 2 New York Times. (pg. A-19). "For enlisted soldiers who sign on with the Army for a predetermined period of service in lieu of commissions, stop-loss is a gross breach of contract". The stop-loss policy, authorized by President Bush, allows commanders to hold soldiers past the date they are due to leave the service if their unit is ...

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DID PRESIDENT REAGAN CAUSE THE COLLAPSE OF THE SOVIET UNION? - Radioactivity

In the days since Ronald Reagan died, many news outlets have suggested that without Reagan, the Soviet Union would still be around. Our guest was Stephen F. Cohen, a Nation contributing editor, a professor of Russian studies and history at New York University. His latest book is Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia (Norton, 2000), which has recently appeared in an expanded paperback edition. Cohen attended several meetings between Reagan and Soviet President Gorbac...

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JOHN NICHOLS ON REAGAN - Mitch Perry

Newspapers throughout the country either yesterday or today have editorialized about the legacy of Ronald Reagan.

One of the more provocative ones came from the Madison Capital Times, in Madison Wisconsin...Their lead sentence this morning was that it was "amusing to witness the re-writing of history ."

John Nichols, who wrote the editorial, elaborated on sections of the piece, such as the problem with 'all this hero worship is that the spin underestimates and demeans Reaga...

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PINELLAS COUNTY BEGINS FLUORIDATING WATER--IS IT SAFE?-Andrew Stelzer

Today, Pinellas count became the last metropolitan area on the east coast to begin fluoridating their drinking water. Supporters of Fluoridation say it helps prevent tooth decay, but a growing number of studies show it may be poisonous, and many citizens are upset about the way the process was carried out in Pinellas County. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story. -------------------

ACT “As of 10:10 this morning, the children of Pinellas County have begun to receive a great be...

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ALEX PENELAS ON GORE COMMENT - Mitch Perry

Miami-Dade Mayor and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Alex Penelas today called criticism from Al Gore over the weekend, "highly unwarranted".

Penelas was reacting to a devastating comment the former Vice President made over the weekend to the Miami Herald.........Gore called Penelas " ''the single most treacherous and dishonest person I dealt with'' during the contested 2000 presidential campaign.

Gore's raw comment adds to the vitriol that Penelas fellow South Florid...

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CONGRESSMAN DAVIS ON IRAQ TROOPS - Kristen Friend-Weaver

This afternoon, Florida Congressman Jim Davis met with David Brown, an Army Specialist with the 4th Infantry Division, at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. There the two discussed how Congress and the President could better equip troops to deal with ongoing struggles in Iraq. WMNF’s Kristen Friend-Weaver has more on their discussion…

Congressman Davis first met Specialist Brown while he was serving with the Signal Battalion in Tikrit. There, Davis had the opportunity to...

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FL HOMETOWN DEMOCRACY ISSUE MAY NOT MAKE IT TO NOV. 2004 BALLOT - Mitch Perry

Among the various proposed Constitutional Amendments that state activists are working on to get on the November Ballot include a grass roots appear to put growth controls in the hands of voters……

But it now appears that Floridians will NOT get the chance to try to slow down growth in the state….That’s because the group behind such a plan – Florida Hometown Democracy –is woefully shy of the nearly 500,000 signatures they need to turn in to the Secretar...

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TAMPA BAY AREA CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE-Andrew Stelzer

Arnett Doctor, descendent of a rosewood massacre survivor.

ACT “The Ku Klux Klan was very active during the time we were demonstrating. White citizen council, one dressed in robes and overalls…..came to our meetings

ACT-doctor “Bob sanders came to us and said St Pete better be a part of it because St Pete is the retirement mecca…we had a false impression that racism was a small part of St Petersburg life..we had to sit behind the back sea…I was...

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FLORIDA ACLU ON FTAA - Mitch Perry

A draft report by an investigative panel which is reviewing the actions of the Miami-Dade County Police Department during last November’s Free Trade Area of the America’s Conference, says that demonstrators who came to Miami to protest are due “heartfelt apologies� because they were met by the equivalent of “martial law�……… some cases, police reacted with an ''unrestrained and disproportionate use of force'' and ``civil rights were tramp...

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