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White House denies allegations that Benghazi talking points were changed 12 times

05/10/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Conservative news outlets have claimed the Obama administration altered talking points on the 2012 Benghazi attack 12-times. Other allegations have surfaced claiming the words Al Qaeda were removed. The White House is denying those claims saying there was only one change made to the CIA-approved talking points and that was only changing "consulate" to "diplomatic post." Spokesperson Jay Carney also says officials released only the information that could be confirmed as it was received.

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TD Allman's New History of Florida: Finding Florida

03/14/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk with the author of a new book about the 500 year history of Florida. But first two listener comments about yesterday’s open phones. For much of the hour we discussed health care, health insurance and the proposed Big Gulp ban. Here’s what several listeners had to say.


Most history books tell us that Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon discovered Florida for the Europeans in April 1513—500 years ag...


NATO looking into reports of air strikes causing civilian deaths listen

03/31/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The new NATO commander of the international military operation in Libya says he's looking into reports that air strikes on Tripoli have killed at least 40 civilians. Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard, a Canadian now heading the international operation, noted the alleged incident happened before NATO took command early Thursday.

"I am aware of this report. It is a news report and I appreciate the source of the news report. I take every one of those issues seriously, in fact, however our ...

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Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern critical of Obama war strategy listen

12/17/10 Samar Jarrah, Ahmed Bedier, and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern was among over 130 people arrested at a White House peace protest and WikiLeaks rally Thursday. It was organized by Veterans For Peace.

McGovern was a guest today on WMNF’s True Talk program.

"You wouldn't know it from the mainstream press, particularly the Washington Post which really didn't cover it, but 135 of us Veterans for Peace were arrested, briefly imprisoned, and let out because they didn't want to keep us overnight. Only to come back for tr...


Ex-CIA counsel discusses interrogation techniques listen

05/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A new poll says embattled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has approval ratings nearly as low as Newt Gingrich when he was the primary lightning rod in Congress.

The CNN/Opinion Research survey last night found that the approval of how Pelosi is doing her job as speaker has dropped from 51 percent in January to 46 percent in March to 39 percent now, with 48 percent saying they disapprove of her performance.

The San Francisco-based congresswoman has been blasted by Republicans like Gingrich a...

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Allegations shake White House

05/28/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Charges from former press secretary Scott McClellan that the Bush White House manipulated sources of public opinion to the president's advantage have drawn quick reaction from those who know and once worked with him, according to the Associated Press.

Fran Townsend, former head of the White House-based counterterrorism office, told CNN that the McClellan memoir is "self-serving, disingenuous and unprofessional."

The AP reports that White House press Secretary Dana Perino issued a sta...

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Valerie Plame Wilson on life as a CIA agent

02/13/08 Reif Russell Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night at the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome, an audience of several hundred gathered to hear a lecture by former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. In her speech, Wilson shared details of how and why she believes her secret identity as a covert operative within the spy agency was betrayed by members of the Bush administration in 2003.

USF’s rules for the lecture series prohibited the recording of last night’s event beyond its first five minutes.

In front of a very suppo...

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