News & Public Affairs

Saturday October 25, 2014

REAGAN REVISITED - Mitch Perry

Amid the hagiographic reminiscences of the nation's 40th President, Ronald Reagan last week in print and across broadcast media, there were some dissenters.

One of them was Yale Presidential Historian David Greenberg, the author of last year's look at Richard Nixon's legend. Entitled, "Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image".

Last week in Slate.Com, where he is a contributor, and later reprinted in the St. Petersburg Times, Professor David Greenberg wrote about the 5 biggest...

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MILITARY AND DIPLOMATIC OFFICIALS SPEAK OUT - Mitch Perry

As we reported last night, a group of former senior diplomatic officials and retired military commanders have -- issued statement arguing that George W. Bush has damaged the country's national security and are calling on Americans to defeat him in November.

The group, called Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change, argues that the Bush Administration is not just estranged around the world but even from America's own bipartisan foreign policy and military establishments.

These ...

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INTERVIEW WITH MIKE BILIRAKIS(IRAQ WAR) Mark Antokas

INTRO: Last Sunday saw a gathering of more than three hundred Republicans fo the Ronald Reagan fundraiser in New port Richey. WMNF’s Mark Antokas was there and spoke to many republicans, Tarpon Springs Congressman Mike Bilirakis was one. The topic was the war in Iraq. Roll Tape:

Tarpon Springs Republican Mike Bilirakis, Congressman district nine was first elected on Ronald Reagans coat-tails in 1982. Bilirakis says he will be running his last campaign in 2004. WMNF spoke to Biliraki...

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CITIZENS RALLY FOR HEALTH CARE TOMORROW-NEW STATS SHOW 82 MILLION UNINSURED-Andrew Stelzer

37 percent of American children and more than a third of senior citizens have no health insurance, according to a new study; these statistics are much higher than those issued by the census bureau, and they are fueling a growing movement in Florida and across the country for a change to our system of healthcare. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer has more.

ACT-USA Unless there are significant changes, the 82 million it’s likely to get worse, Ron Pollack is the executive director o...

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FLORIDA CONGRESSMAN CALLS INCUMBENT PAWN IN MEDICARE CARD BAIT AND SWITCH-Andrew Stelzer

Florida Democratic congressional candidate Jim Stork is making Medicare a major issue in his campaign, and he is accusing incumbent Clay Show of being in the pocket of the pharmaceutical industry. Stork is particularly upset about the new Medicare drug card, which he calls a “bait and switch� technique. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer has more.

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ACT-frank “This is confusing as heck, no one can make a decision on what is best to take. They can...

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PINELLAS SHERRIFF'S START USE OF FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY-Andrew Stelzer

FACIAL RECOGNITION

The ALCU is opposing a move by the Pinellas county sheriffs department, who today began the use of facial recognition technology in sheriff’s squad car, despite the fact that the system has no proven success, and was scrapped by the Tampa police over 2 years ago. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.

ACT All claims to accuracy are completely bogus… Paul Pullman is the chapter chair for the Pinellas county American civil liberties Union

AC...

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JEB BUSH IN HAITI - Mitch Perry

Responding to a request by the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Governor Jeb Bush yesterday made his first trip to the economically devastated country to demonstrate South Florida's solidarity with the Haitian people.

The daylong trip not only highlighted U.S. support for the interim Haitian government through President Bush's brother, but also raised hopes that economic progress might soon be on the horizon.

Jacob DePetra is a spokesman for Governor Bush (roll tape#1 o.q.that's alread...

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MILITARY AND DIPLOMATIC OFFICIALS SPEAK OUT - Mitch Perry

Today a group of former senior diplomatic officials and retired military commanders-- issued a bracing statement arguing that George W. Bush has damaged the country's national security and calling on Americans to defeat him in November.

The group, called Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change, argues that the Bush Administration is not just estranged around the world but even from America's own bipartisan foreign policy and military establishments.

The vast ma...

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REBUTTAL FROM DEMOCRATS - Mitch Perry

In response to the Poll AND to the President's remarks, the John Kerry organized a statewide Conference call featuring Former Defense Secretary William Perry, and Florida US Democratic Senator Bob Graham.

Secretary Perry said that the June 30th Transfer of authority is NOT going to give any break whatsoever to U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq, because the Iraqis are not able at this time to defend their own country (roll tape#1 o.q."to get that additional support")

Soon to re...

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