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The Hobby Lobby Decision Would Never Have Happened with Single Payer Health Care: Guest Says Employer-Based Health Insurance Is a Bad System

07/02/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal, Hobby Lobby, Supreme Court

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Today on Radioactivity we take another look at the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision from the perspective of a medical doctor who says our system of relying on employers for health care is a failure.

Earlier this week the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not require closely held corporations to pay for insurance coverage for certain kinds of contraception under the Affordable Care Act. Five justices- all men- ruled that it violated a federal law protecting religious...

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Outspoken oncologist's new memoir takes on pharmaceutical companies and members of the medical community

07/01/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Megalies, Lodovico Balducci, Moffitt Cancer Center

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Lodovico Balducci, a physician, an oncology professor at the USF Medical School and a senior member of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. His new memoir takes on the pharmaceutical companies, members of his own profession and comes to believe in one truth. The memoir, called Megalies discusses the lessons he’s learned from dealing with patients, the medical industry, members of the profession and his own depression.

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Convicted terrorist's brother says Sami Osmakac was set up listen

07/01/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Sami Osmakac, Avni Osmakac, terrorism, FBI, Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Jared Hamil, Samantha Bowden, Muslim, islam, Sami Al Arian

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The brother of a man convicted of plotting terrorism says it was an FBI setup. Avni Osmakac lashed out at the government during a press conference Tuesday in front of the federal courthouse in Tampa. That’s where his brother Sami was found guilty last month of trying to possess a weapon of mass destruction.

“Everything my brother knows about religion is coming from them. He didn’t know [anything] about religion until he got sick. Everything he knows – the videos, the audios you hear, ...

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Feds consider weakening protections for manatees from endangered to threatened status listen

07/01/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: manatee, wildlife, endangered species, Center for Biological Diversity, Federal Fish and Wildlife Service

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Protections for manatees could soon be weakened. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday it will consider upgrading the marine mammal’s status from endangered to threatened. Jaclyn Lopez is an Florida attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity.

The Fish and Wildlife Service will take about a year to make a decision and there will be opportunities for public input.

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US Supreme Court Expands Corporate Personhood Rights in 5-4 Decision

06/30/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby decision

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to Stetson Law School assistant professor, Ciara Torres-Spelliscy about the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision.

Professor Torres-Spelliscy teaches courses in Election Law, Corporate Governance, Business Entities, and Constitutional Law. Prior to joining Stetson's faculty, Torres-Spelliscy was counsel in the Democracy Program of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law where she provided guidance on the issues of money in politics and the...

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Colombian Ambassador to the United States, Luis Carlos Villegas on The Last Call

06/30/14 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Tags: Ambassador Luis Carlos Villegas, Colombia

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Today on The Last Call, host Rob Lorei talks with the Colombian Ambassador to the United States. His visit coincides with the arrival today of the Arc Gloria- a tall ship used for training by the Colombian Navy. Ambassador Luis Carlos Villegas most recently served as President of the National Business Association of Colombia and is a member of the government’s negotiating team in the ongoing peace talks with FARC.

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SCOTUS decision says religion is an OK reason to deny contraception to employees listen

06/30/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Hobby Lobby, Women's rights, birth control, contraception, Religion, First Amendment, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

Some employers won’t have to provide birth control for employees through coverage in their health plans. A landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday sided with the retail chain Hobby Lobby that argued they shouldn’t have to pay for contraceptives. Stetson University College of Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy called the case another corporate person-hood issue.

“That’s one of the reasons that if you have a religious objection you can’t be drafted to go to war. If you have a religious...

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SCOTUS throws partial victory at unions listen

06/30/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: unions, healthcare, labor, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

Another Supreme Court ruling was something of a draw for unions. A group of home healthcare workers in Illinois argued they shouldn’t have to pay a cost sharing fee if they aren’t a member of the union, and the court agreed. But Unions dodged a bullet. Lisa Madigan is the attorney general for Illinois.

“Today’s decision from the court is a very narrow one. It does not change Illinois’ program. The court, in essence, ruled that home healthcare workers who choose not to join their union wil...

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Tampa demonstration against further U.S. military intervention in Iraq listen

06/30/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Iraq, Uhuru Solidarity Movement, Uhuru, MacDill Air Force Base, St. Pete for Peace

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President Obama is still weighing what further action will be taken to deal with the Islamist insurgency in Iraq.

On Friday, peace activists demonstrated against further military action.

About 30 peole held banners and waved signs at the corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Gandy Boulevard in South Tampa, about a mile north of the main entrance of MacDill Air Force Base.

WMNF interviewed Jesse Nevel, national chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement



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Is separation of church and state even still a thing?

06/27/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: church, separation of church and state, Constitution, Liberty Counsel

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Dr. T. Wayne Bailey is a professor of political science for Stetson University College of Law in DeLand. He specializes in constitutional law and he’s here to talk to us today about the Liberty Counsel’s push for political advocacy in churches.

Here's Monday's story

A conservative Christian group is asking church leaders to ramp up political advocacy. During one of several statewide “rallies”, leaders with the Who Will Stand campaign showed a video telling pastors it’s OK to talk poli...

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