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FAMILIES OF 9/11 VICTIMS RESPOND TO CONGRESSIONAL REPORT ON THE TERROR ATTACKS

07/29/03

The White House is rejecting calls to declassify a section of the congressional 9/11 probe that reportedly implicates Saudi Arabia. Press Secretary Scott McClellan says doing so would compromise ongoing investigations - and give away the sources and methods used by U.S. intelligence. Florida Senator Bob Graham - a Democratic presidential hopeful - says the administration wanted the section kept under wraps to avoid embarrassment.

Our guest, DAVID POTORIS, lost his brother, James, at the...

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TAX CUTS ADEQUATE FOR AMERICA’S WORKING FAMILIES?

07/29/03

This week and in the first half of August, millions of parents will receive $400 per child from the Bush administration. But some are rejecting this windfall to protest the unfairness of the overall tax cut, which sends huge tax breaks to multi-millionaires while denying 12 million low-income children any tax rebate.

Ironically, these middle-income parents are using their gift from the President to oppose his tax agenda. United for a Fair Economy has organized a "Let's REALLY Leave No Chi...

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RAISING AWARENESS OF FEDERAL JUDICIAL APPOINTEES

07/24/03

Some of President Bush's appointees to the federal bench have what our guests describe as views far outside the mainstream - on such topics as the environment, civil rights and development. A coalition of groups including ACORN, the Sierra Club, Equality Florida, the SEIU and Planned Parenthood are holding a town hall meeting this coming Monday to dicuss some of the more extreme appointments and why progressives should be concerned. Our guests: David Bookbinder, senior attorney at the Sierra ...

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INCREASING TAMPA EXPORTS TO CUBA - Amy Snider

07/24/03

Representatives of the Tampa Port Authority just returned from a trip to Cuba, where they discussed increasing exports from Tampa to the Communist run country. WMNF’s Amy Snider has the story….

A 43 year trade embargo with Cuba, the only Communist country in the Americas, was partially lifted after Hurricane Michelle devastated Cuba in November, 2001. The deadly storm damaged 45,000 homes and destroyed valuable crops. That’s when the US Congress voted to allow certain a...

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THE IMPACT OF THE IRAQ WAR ON U.S. MILITARY FAMILIES

07/23/03

Our guest, Nancy Lessin, is co-founder of Military Families Speak Out. The group is composed of people opposed to the war and who have loved ones in the military. Lessin discussed the changed role of military personnel in Iraq, that service members (for the most part) have no training in police work; that the war has transformed into a very dangerous guerilla-fighting operation, and that many soldiers will need to be screened for psychological problems and Gulf War syndrome when they return. ...

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EX-FELONS STRUGGLING TO SUCCEED

07/23/03

Florida is one of only eight states that do not automatically restore full civil rights for ex-felons who have completed their sentences. Ex-offenders are denied state licenses unless they complete a process to have their rights restored. In the next few weeks the AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION and other human rights groups are holding workshops around the state to help people with felony convictions regain their voting and civil rights. Our guests: -Nigel Watson, Florida ACLU -Ramona Merr...

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TERROR IN THE SERVICE OF THE CIA

07/22/03

THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT SADDAM HUSSEIN WAS A BRUTAL LEADER WHOSE FOLLOWERS CARRIED OUT THE KILLING, TORTURE AND DISFIGUREMENT OF HIS OPPONENTS. . . BUT BRUTAL TREATMENT OF POLITICAL ENEMIES IS NOT CONFINED TO IRAQ’S FORMER GOVERNMENT. MANY U.S.-BACKED GOVERNMENTS, MILITARY LEADERS AND EVEN EMPLOYEES ARE GUILTY OF THE SAME KIND OF ACTIVITIES. EXAMPLES OF SUMMARY EXECUTION AND TORTURE CAN BE FOUND UNDER U.S.-BACKED GOVERNMENTS IN CHILE, IRAN, BRAZIL, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, SOUTH VIETNAM,...

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NUDITY ORDINANCE DEBATE - Kristen Friend-Weaver

07/21/03

Debate continued today on an ordinance that would ban nudity in any public place in Hillsborough County when David Caton and Joe Redner both spoke at a meeting of the Tiger Bay Club in Tampa. Caton, who is a self-proclaimed family activist, originally brought the issue of a nudity ordinance before the Commission because of what he sees as a link between nudity and incidences of both rape and domestic violence. Redner, who has run for County Commission several times and owns adult establishm...

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POLICE BRUTALITY HEARING - Kim Farley

07/21/03

On Saturday, the Uhuru House in St. Petersburg held a hearing to gather evidence documenting crimes regarding police brutality against African-Americans. This evidence will be taken to the World Tribunal on Reparations for African People in Philadelphia November 15 & 16.

The World Tribunal was first held in 1982. It found that the United States was guilty of breaking international law and owed 4.1 trillion dollars in reparations to people of African descent living in the USA. Around th...

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STRAIGHT, INC. SURVIVORS SPEAK OUT

07/17/03

Straight was a drug treatment program which operated in the Bay area from the late 1970s until 1993. It was an intensive program primarily for teens and young adults. But many survivors of the program say that the “treatment� involved physical, mental and emotional abuse. Straight, Inc. has gone out of business, but similar drug treatment programs still exist. Our guests: Michael Sherman, Bob Patterson, Richard Bradbury and Jeff Herschel are affiliated with S.A.F.E.T.Y. (Survivors ...

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