Ross Spano / Florida Congressional District 15

3 Democrats hoping to unseat Rep. Ross Spano debate online

The three Democrats trying to become their party’s nominee to face incumbent Republican Congress member Ross Spano debated online Friday. Florida’s 15th Congressional District covers parts of Polk, Hillsborough and Lake Counties. The candidates were asked about recent demonstrations and police violence. Listen: State Representative Adam Hattersley said if he’s elected to Congress he’ll push… Read more »

New Book by Former White House Ethics Advisor Documents Presidential Abuses of Power

Radioactivity 3 10 20 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up- a live interview with a former Bush Administration official and a veteran local author who has ten New York Times Best sellers to his credit. They’ve co-authored a new book called American Nero- it’s about Donald Trump. We’ll meet them in… Read more »

New Report Details President Trump’s Massive Conflicts of Interest

Radioactivity March 3, 2020 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— The government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington announced last Friday that after more than three years of monitoring President Donald Trump’s conduct, the president has hit a milestone, amassing more than 3,000 conflicts of interest between his businesses… Read more »

When It Comes to Wasteful Pentagon Spending, Congress Offers Little Oversight

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Or follow this link and select 01/23/20 from the drop down menu: Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: On Radioactivity today we’ll look at one area of government spending which gets little scrutiny.  For several years now President Trump has claimed that he “rebuilt” the US military- implying that… Read more »

Donald Trump

“It’s plain as day the president has betrayed his oath of office,” says Rep. Kathy Castor

WMNF News asked Congress member Kathy Castor for her thoughts on the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump; Castor is a Democrat representing the Tampa area and says that Trump “abused his power in trading our national security interest for a personal vendetta.” We also asked Tuesday whether her party could suffer politically if the… Read more »

Former Congressman David Jolly on President Trump: “It Breaks My Heart What He’s Doing to This Country”

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 08/16/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning- welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—in the wake of recent mass shootings in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio– what are the chances that any sort of legislation to limit… Read more »

Senior Policy Analyst for National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Answers Questions From The Public

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 08/15/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—we’ll answer your questions about Social Security. When is the best age to retire? Will Social Security be here in twenty years? What if I am paid… Read more »

Do we really have free speech in the US?

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 08/13/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— Yesterday marked the second anniversary of Charlottesville where far right groups marched through the Virginia city- objecting to the removal of a confederate statue and chanting… Read more »

Investigative report finds some Florida election systems are hooked up to the internet, despite official denials

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 08/09/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: Rob interviews investigative journalist Kim Zetter, author of the VICE News investigative report: “Florida Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online Despite Official Denials”. FROM VICE: EXCLUSIVE: FLORIDA ELECTION SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN LEFT EXPOSED ONLINE DESPITE OFFICIAL… Read more »

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan from Sarasota

Liberal group confronted by Trump supporters outside Vern Buchanan’s Sarasota office

Last week groups of conservatives and liberals faced off outside the Sarasota office of Congress member Vern Buchanan. The tense, but non-physical, confrontation was first reported by the Herald-Tribune. To find out what happened, WMNF spoke with Dianne Perry. She is with the liberal group Action Together Suncoast, which is affiliated with the Indivisible movement…. Read more »

Florida Bar won’t dismiss complaint over Rep. Gaetz tweet

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Bar disciplinary investigation will continue into a tweet sent by Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz about President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen. Gaetz is a strong supporter of the president. Bar officials said in a statement Wednesday the matter is being examined by a grievance committee. Gaetz represents… Read more »

Full text of Mueller’s questions and President Trump’s answers from the Mueller Report

From the AP CNN has a link to the redacted Mueller Report here.  Robert Mueller’s 448-page investigative report into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election includes 23 unredacted pages of Mueller’s written questions and Donald Trump’s written responses, the only direct exchange between the special counsel’s office and the president. Mueller’s team… Read more »

Andrea Hildebran Smith

St. Petersburg demonstration demanding release of full Mueller report

Democrats continue to pressure the Justice Department to release the entire Mueller report without redactions; on Wednesday the House Judiciary Committee approved subpoenas for special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. On Thursday in St. Petersburg there’s a demonstration planned demanding the release of the full Mueller report. WMNF… Read more »

Understanding The Suffrage Movement on Life Elsewhere

Make no mistake, Sally Roesch Wagner is a force to be reckoned with. Her wonderfully rich voice and her crystal-clear articulation tells you she does not suffer fools gladly. You know immediately as your interview beings that Sally Roesch Wagner is not to be trifled with. Yet, even through a heartless digital connection, you cannot… Read more »

What is the Green New Deal?

The Green New Deal is the Progressive Green Dream. What exactly does it address? The Green New Deal, spurred on by last October’s Special Report on Global Warming, has three goals, as outlined by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey: (1) to create millions of good, high-wage jobs in the United States; (2) to provide… Read more »

American History You Should Know

The subtitle to David Treuer’s latest book, Heartbeat Of Wounded Knee, explains the American history you should know: Native America From 1890 To The Present. Sadly, as Treuer meticulously shows in over 500 pages the history of Native Americans is the history of the United States. David Treuer grew up Ojibwe on a reservation in Minnesota,… Read more »

New Book by Veteran NYT Reporter Chronicles Some of the Major Events of Civil Rights Movement

Radioactivity 11 30 18 The late NYT reporter John Herbers often covered major the news of the 1950’s and 60’s: civil rights marches, Vietnam War protests, the 1968 presidential campaign, the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the Watergate scandal and the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. But perhaps the most important part of… Read more »

Puzzling Electoral Behavior, Explained on Life Elsewhere

In The Forgotten: How the People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America, Ben Bradlee Jr. reports on how voters in Luzerne County, a pivotal county in a crucial swing state, came to feel like strangers in their own land – marginalized by flat or falling wages, rapid demographic change, and a liberal culture… Read more »

The Man With A Very, Very Big Brain

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. Albert Einstein Trump On The Couch, the new book by Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Dr Justin Frank is a deep dive into the mental and emotional state of Donald Trump. No President in the history of the United States has… Read more »

The Ten Pillars Of Fascist Politics on Life Elsewhere

Fascism means dividing a population to achieve power. Jason Stanley understood this as a scholar of philosophy and propaganda and as a child of refugees of WWII Europe, but even he was surprised by its prevalence at home. First, with the rise of the birther movement and later the ascent of Donald Trump, he observed… Read more »

Capone & Ness Vs. Trump & Mueller

They could barely conceal their excitement. The two authors had already spent nearly an hour talking exuberantly about their new book. Now they were both eager to continue and answer a provocative question they admittedly had prompted, “Are there parallels between Al Capone & Eliot Ness Vs. Donald Trump and Robert Mueller?” With mere seconds… Read more »

The Russian Asset

What apparently began as a money laundering operation evolved into something far more ambitious, ending with an either willfully ignorant or inexplicably unaware Donald Trump in the White House, a Russian asset who had become the most powerful man on earth. Using original reporting from CIA and KGB sources, as well as a vast array… Read more »