Huge concerns about midterm and presidential election security

US officials raise alarm about 2018, 2020 election security By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has directed a “vast, government-wide effort” to protect American elections after Russian attempts to interfere in 2016, the White House said Thursday. Responding to bipartisan criticism that it has no clear national strategy to protect the… Read more »

Make your own gun at home? 3-D gun plans may become available tomorrow (updated)

UPDATE: A federal judge in Seattle has issued a temporary restraining order to stop the release of blueprints to make untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns. Eight Democratic attorneys general filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the federal government’s settlement with the company that makes the plans available online. They also sought a restraining order,… Read more »

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Younger people are looking for younger leaders in midterm elections

AP-NORC/MTV Poll: Young people looking for younger leaders By LAURIE KELLMAN and HANNAH FINGERHUT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Young people are looking for a change this election season — a generational change. A poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV found that most Americans ages 15 to 34 think voting… Read more »

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US administration says nearly half of the small children are still separated from their families

US: Nearly half of youngest children not rejoining families By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday all eligible small children separated from their families as a result of its zero-tolerance immigration policy have been reunited with their parents. But nearly half of the children under 5 remain separated from their… Read more »

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Congress battles again over family separations policies

Battle over family separations flairs anew in Congress By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress’ fight over President Donald Trump’s now abandoned policy of separating migrant families stirred anew Wednesday, drawing fresh attention to an issue that has divided Republicans and that Democrats hope will propel voters their way in the midterm elections. The… Read more »

“I’m not a radical, and I’m not an activist” ~ Moms become protest leaders

Moms outraged by family separations become protest leaders By GILLIAN FLACCUS and AMY TAXIN, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Immigrants who have spent years fighting to change the country’s immigration system are getting newfound support from liberal activists, moms and first-time protesters motivated by a visceral narrative: President Donald Trump’s administration separating children from their… Read more »

FL Senator Nelson & Rep. Wasserman Schultz barred from migrant children detention center

Lawmakers barred from child migrant facility in Florida By JOSHUA REPLOGLE and BEN FOX, Associated Press HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson accused the Trump administration of a “cover-up” after officials denied him entry Tuesday to a detention center for migrant children in South Florida where he had hoped to survey living conditions. Nelson… Read more »

Dartmouth Professor Describes Long Term Trends in the US that Resulted in Trump Victory

There’s a fierce debate in this country about why Donald Trump narrowly won the 2016 presidential election. What led to the Trump victory? The real estate mogul and reality TV star was able to break through in traditionally Democratic leaning states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. He also won in Florida by 113,000 votes over… Read more »

Democratic Congress members suing Trump over emoluments get their hearing

Federal judge appears to sympathize with Democrat Congressional members suing Trump over emoluments clause. By TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge appeared to sympathize with the nearly 200 congressional Democrats suing President Donald Trump for violating the Constitution by accepting foreign state favors without first presenting them to Congress and gaining their… Read more »

Education Secretary DeVos: Not assessing role of guns in school violence in school safety commission

DeVos: School safety panel will not look at role of guns By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday said the federal commission on school safety set up after a Florida high school shooting won’t be looking at the role of guns in school violence. DeVos was asked during a… Read more »

Bill Nelson says he intends on holding back from spending on TV until the fall

Bill Nelson is aware that there are growing concerns from his fellow Florida Democrats that he’s in danger of being (re)defined by Rick Scott’s early barrage of negative television ads currently on the airwaves, but he says that he’s not that concerned as the unofficial beginning of summer commenced this holiday weekend. “It’s early. Most people… Read more »

Friend and Biographer of Sen. Ted Kennedy Reviews New Film Chappaquiddick

In July of 1969 then US Senator Edward Kennedy and friends and associates had attended a nighttime party on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. At some point during the evening Kennedy left the party along with a young woman named Mary Jo Kopechne who had worked for his late brother Robert who had… Read more »

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on oil drilling off Florida

Zinke: “no new oil and gas platforms off the coast of Florida”

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said again Thursday that there will be no new oil and gas platforms off the state of Florida; his position on drilling off the coasts of Florida has been confusing this year. He was challenged Thursday in a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing by Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen regarding draft regulations… Read more »

Florida Veterans for Common Sense Call for Ban on Assault Weapons

Radioactivity 4 25 18 Welcome to Radioactivity, I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— a local veterans group is calling for a ban on assault weapons. the NRA is on the offensive – having a record month of fundraising last month. They are also trying to sign up 100,000 new members in the next 100 days. It’s… Read more »

Investigative Reporter Greg Palast Says There’s No Proof Widespread Illegal Voting in US Exists

Radioactivity 4 20 18 Today on WMNF’s Radioactivity investigative reporter Greg Palast (The Guardian, The BBC, Rolling Stone Magazine) says that while FOX News and President Trump say that millions of people voted illegally in the last election there is no evidence that is true. In fact he says a trial on the matter currently… Read more »

MidPoint 4/19 – Former U.S. Rep Alan Grayson & Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White

Alan Grayson will soon be announcing his comeback for a seat in the U.S. Congress, though what district in Florida he’ll be representing is still unknown. The Orlando-area firebrand, who was defeated in his last race for the Democratic nomination for Senate in 2016, has been steadily raising money for over a year now in… Read more »

Environment Florida releases report called Troubled Waters on industrial pollution

Industry still dumping pollution into Florida waterways: report

In less than 2 years industrial facilities dumped more pollution than allowed into Florida waters 270 times; that’s according to a new report from the Environment Florida Research & Policy Center called Troubled Waters. During a press conference Thursday morning along the shore of Hillsborough Bay at Ballast Point Park, Tampa-area Congress member Kathy Castor… Read more »

Women’s Show 3/22 March for Our Lives Tampa Bay & “The Union Maid”

#NeverAgain….. #Marchforourlives….   When you went to school, were your biggest concerns grades, tests, friends, the prom?  Did you ever worry that you might not go home again?  After Sandy Hook didn’t you think, “Never again?” But it happened again and again and after Parkland, Unsurprisingly, the young people are not leaving it up to… Read more »

Public Broadcasting & other funds slashed: military spending increased in proposed 2019 budget

The Trump administration’s proposed 2019 budget eliminates, among others, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), allotting only $15 million for winding up the agency.  The CPB provides funding for public broadcasting, such as WMNF, WUSF, NPR, and PBS. President Donald Trump is sending Congress a $4.4 trillion spending plan that provides a huge increase in… Read more »

Women’s Show 2/8 Winter Fund Drive – YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO SHINE. Clips from some of your Favorite Guests

Tomorrow we need to hear from you! You hear from us every week bringing you information, guests, critical topics.  From a Woman’s Point of View is a unique show.  It is the only program in the Southeast that is by and about women.  I would hope that you noticed that I did not say women’s… Read more »

Health Care Activists Planning Summit in South Florida on Medicare for All

Radioactivity 2 7 18 I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— For the first time people interested in health care reform will be gathering here in Florida for a conference on how to fix our nation’s health care problems basing from the article on neuropathyreliefguide.com. The focus of the summit will be “Medicare for All”. The conference… Read more »

Congressional incumbents not seeking reelection in 2018 (as of 1/31/18)

Midterm elections usually bring about a number of ‘retirements’ from Congress. Some are running for other seats. According to Roll Call, a non-partisan Congressional newspaper, usually about 22 representatives don’t run for reelection during the midterms. This year the number is 49 (out of 435). Ten of them are running for the Senate, and nine… Read more »

Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

Castor & Nelson criticize FEMA & Trump for cutting off Puerto Rico aid

Congress member Kathy Castor is slamming the Trump administration for cutting off emergency supplies like food and water to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. “There’s a very disturbing report out today that the Trump administration is cutting off FEMA supplies of food and water to Puerto Rico, even to areas that do not have potable water and… Read more »

In the 1920’s the KKK relied on Fake News, Religious Conservatives and Anti-Immigrant Feelings

Radioactivity 1 30 18 Fear of immigrants. It’s been at the center of President Trump’s call to build a wall across the US border with Mexico. And at the center of his attacks on so called Sanctuary cities. And it’s entered into the debate over the future of the so called Dreamers—young who were brought… Read more »