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Protests continue in Libya and beyond and are met with violence listen

02/25/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The White House says the U.S. is moving forward with plans to impose unilateral sanctions on Libya in response to violence there.

Another U.S. official says the United States has closed its embassy in Tripoli after evacuating all personnel on a ferry and a chartered airplane.

There are reports of at least four deaths today in Libya's capital. That’s after militias loyal to Moammar Gadhafi opened fire on opponents holding their first major protest in Tripoli in days. On the television ...

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Former Reagan Official: House members who read the US Constitution yesterday do not understand it

01/07/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Yesterday on the floor of the House, members of Congress read the US Constitution.

Here to comment is Bruce Fein, He was Associate Deputy Attorney General under President Reagan and is author of the new book "American Empire: Before the Fall." He recently wrote a piece titled "Ten Congressional Commandments," which states:

"The Constitution exclusively empowers Congress to authorize the initiation of war under Article I, Section ...

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Former NYT Reporter Chris Hedges on the Death of the Liberal Class

12/07/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Our guest today is Chris Hedges.

From his Wikipedia bio:

"Hedges is also known as the best-selling author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002). A quote from the book was used as the opening title quotation in the critically-acclaimed and Academy Award-winning 2009 film, The Hurt Locker. The quote reads: "The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug."

"Chris Hedges is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City.[6] He ...

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Condoleezza Rice Speaks in Sarasota and Criticized by Local Group listen

02/08/10 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former US Secretary of State under the Bush Administration, Condoleezza Rice, spoke at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota this morning. She addressed several contemporary issues including the economy, terrorism and ongoing wars.

Hundreds filled the auditorium to hear the 66th Secretary of the State speak. One of the first topics Rice tackled was terrorism. She said each and every day terrorists plot to attack the United States.

The Van Wezel would not allow Rice’s spee...

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Barack Obama's first 100 days

04/29/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up: an assessment of the first 100 days of President Barack Obama. But first, a lot of listener comments about yesterday's program and the controversy over plans to issue religiously themed Florida license plates.

Today marks the first 100 days of Obama's term in office. What has he accomplished and what has he not done? Politifact.com, a project of the St. Petersburg Times is tracking more than 500 campaign promises made b...

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Juan Cole on situation in North Iraq listen

03/25/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The premier of Iraq's Kurdish regional government today backed a call by the country's president for Turkish Kurdish rebels holed up in the region to lay down their arms.

That follows a comment earlier this week from Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, himself a Kurd, warning the rebels based in Iraq's northern mountains to lay down their guns or leave the country.

Talabani said during a visit by Turkish President Abdullah Gul that the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) "must become involved in...

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Event to celebrate veterans is Saturday at USF listen

03/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thousands of veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan reside in the Tampa Bay area, and this Saturday at the USF Sundome, there will be an event that will provide a variety of services for them.

Nolan Henson is a program director at the James Haley Hospital, the host of Saturday’s event.

The hospital will be hosting a “Welcome Home Celebration for Florida’s active-duty military members and veterans” who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan this Saturday, beginning at 1...

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Ex-Tampa Congressman revisits his vote on Iraq listen

03/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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U.S. military officials said yesterday that the U.S. will reduce its military presence in Iraq by 12,000 troops over the next six months as part of the first major drawdown since President Barack Obama announced his plan to end combat operations in the country next year.

A week from next Thursday will mark the sixth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by U.S. and coalition forces.

When President Obama made his announcement of troop withdrawals from Iraq 10 days ago, WMNF contacted for...

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Sarasota-Manatee group gets grant to help returning war vets listen

02/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has awarded Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee a grant of $300,000 over the next two years to assist families experiencing negative effects from military service in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Research shows that one in every five veterans who have served in either of those countries suffers from depression or a stress disorder.

Rose Chapman, president and CEO of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS), said the grant will...

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Some critical of plans for troop withdrawal from Iraq listen

02/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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President Barack Obama announced plans today to withdraw the bulk of U.S. forces from Iraq by Aug. 31, 2010, and to pull out all remaining troops by the end of 2011, ending the war in Iraq and launching what he called an "era of American leadership and engagement in the Middle East."

Speaking to Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Obama said he wanted to talk about how the war in Iraq would end.

The president’s plan calls for withdrawing most of the 142,000 service members now in Iraq by t...

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