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State of the Union Address prompts Tampa Bay watch parties listen

02/13/13 Lenka Davis and Christopher Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night, President Barack Obama delivered the first State of the Union Address of his second term. WMNF’s Lenka Davis reports from two watch parties in Tampa, one organized by the Hillsborough County Young Democrats and the other one by Tampa Bay Young Republicans.

At Mangroves bar in South Tampa, just minutes before the president’s speech was televised, a member of the Hillsborough County Young Democrats, Tim Heberlein, highlighted three important issues he wanted to hear.

"The...

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Experts say Afghanistan withdrawal in 2014 is quickest scenario listen

10/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In their third debate Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney talked about plans for withdrawal from Afghanistan. President Obama has long said he will have occupation troops pulled from the country in late 2014, but his opponent has been less forthcoming with a timeline.

Al Cardenas, chair of the American Conservative Union, was at a foreign policy conference in Tampa this month. He said Romney is taking the right approach.

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Biden's Sun City Center stump speech targets seniors and women listen

10/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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With 18 days until the election, the Obama camp is stepping up campaign efforts in key swing states. As Obama delivered remarks in Virginia Vice President Joe Biden addressed a crowded community hall in Sun City Center about Medicare and women’s rights during a half hour speech to the senior residents.

Biden cautioned the crowd of mostly senior citizens against the Romney/Ryan healthcare plan he says would raise Medicare costs for seniors by turning it into a voucher program.

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New take on nonviolence: pillow fight for peace listen

10/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With uprisings in overseas countries and U.S. occupations of places like Afghanistan, peace activists called attention to the problems yesterday in downtown St. Pete by hitting each other with pillows.

“Everybody is out here just hitting each other, but laughing at the same time. So, it’s kind of like a play on words.”

Elizabeth Dunn planned the event because, as she put it, it was on her bucket list. The idea was to promote peace through togetherness.

“You end up fightin...

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Tampa Bay area college students march for peace on anniversary of invasion of Afghanistan listen

10/08/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The war in Afghanistan is now in its twelfth year and some students in the Tampa Bay area have had enough. Ten members of Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS, rallied at USF Tampa today to speak out against the continued occupation of Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern countries. Matthew Hastings said the military spending can be better used to fund public education.

“Well, if we’re spending trillions of dollars to maintain a military that is fighting overseas, we’re not g...

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Dozens honor fallen Tampa soldier, some want troops home now listen

07/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Two soldiers killed in Afghanistan are being honored this week in Tampa. Today, a police motorcade escorted the body of Staff Sergeant Ricardo Seija and his family from MacDill Air Force Base through the streets of Tampa. Along Bayshore Boulevard dozens of supporters lined the road with American flags. The procession was a reminder of the high price of war. But Bruce Hockensmith with the Lutz Patriots said the event this morning was about respect, not politics.

“If they came home tom...

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President Obama says whoever is responsible for killings of Afghan civilians will be prosecuted listen

03/13/12 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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President Barack Obama says he is directing the Pentagon to do a very thorough investigation of the weekend killings of Afghan civilians, allegedly by a U.S. soldier.

Obama says the inquiry will "follow the facts" wherever they lead, and that anyone found responsible will be prosecuted fully.

Speaking at the White House, Obama says the U.S. will "responsibly" draw down its forces between now and the end of 2014, the date he set with allies to close out the war.

Meanwhile, an Afghan ...

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"Stop the Machine" protest merges with Occupy Tampa for rally against wars listen

10/07/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Friday marks the 10th anniversary of the War in Afghanistan. Thursday protesters marched on Washington D.C. in protest of American militarism. Several local peace groups marched on Tampa’s federal courthouse in solidarity with the D.C. rally.

After the 2001 attacks on the twin towers, the US invaded Afghanistan, ostensibly retaliating against s...

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Should there be a Peace Memorial Monument in Washington, DC?

09/19/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Coming up we'll meet the founder of a group that wants to build a Peace memorial in our nation's capital. He's Michael Knox, a retired university professor who has begun the process of building such a memorial. Knox's group says: "The US Peace Memorial will honor the millions of thoughtful and committed Americans who have dedicated their lives to peace or taken a stand against war in general or a specific U.S. war. It will serve as a reminder that Americans v...

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U.S. officials siezed bin Laden's hand-written journal with operational plans listen

05/11/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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U.S. officials say that Osama bin Laden kept a hand-written journal filled with planning ideas and details of operations. it was seized in the U.S. raid as part of a huge cache of intelligence that included about 100 flash drives and five computers.

In remarks today at a Democratic National Committee event in Austin, President Barack Obama said a determined effort by U.S. intelligence and military led to the discovery and killing of bin Laden.

"We have made incredible progress. Sometim...

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