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Drone warfare: Rand Paul filibusters for nearly 13 hours

03/07/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Awake Tampa activist Michael Long came on the program to talk about his organization's fight for electoral reform in Tallahassee, and about Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's filibuster regarding the Obama administration's stance on drones and potentially targeting American citizens suspected of being terrorists.

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Diana Kasdan talks about the recent changes in the filibuster rules

01/31/13 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Diana Kasdan of the Democracy Project with the Brennan Center for Justice follows up on the attempts to change the filibuster rules for the newly inaugurated Senate. She discusses the reasons she felt were responsible for the 86-9 vote in the Senate to essentially keep most of the present.policies intact. Every Democrat in the Senate voted for the Reid-McConnell reform package which many have characterized as "watered down reform". Only Senator Bernie Sanders and 6 Republicans voted agains...

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The Former GOP Operative Who Says The Party Has Become A Cult (And the Democrats Have Become Ineffectual)

08/14/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll meet a former Congressional staffer who worked for Republicans on Capitol Hill. He resigned last year in frustration over the direction the Republican party was taking our country. We’ll speak with him in a moment. But first two listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday our guest was Chris Hedges the Pulitzer Prize wining former war correspondent. We were talking about his new book on so called sacrific...


Mark McKinnon co-founder of "No Labels" calls for Congressional reforms

12/13/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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An independent political group called “No Labels”, formed last year, is out today with some suggestions about how to get past the partisan gridlock that has brought a lot of work in Washington to a halt.

No Labels bills itself as a citizens' movement, but its leaders are veterans of campaign politics." No Labels was founded by veteran Democratic fundraiser Nancy Jacobson, Republican political adviser Mark McKinnon, and former U.S. Comptroller David Walker.


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Immigrant and youth issues propel USF student body president to claim political speech record listen

04/20/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Late this morning, University of South Florida student body president Cesar Hernandez wrapped up a record-breaking speech that lasted twenty-four hours. The aspiring doctor and politician hopes to catch the eye of lawmakers in Tallahassee and Washington.

"What struck me most forcibly about the NLF was the totality as a social revolution first and as a war second..."

It was a Mr. Smith Goes to Washington-style filibuster, but unlike the film, spectators wore flip-flops and carried iPo...

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Nelson urges bipartisanship in light of Tucson violence listen

01/11/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The US House of Representatives may have postponed their debate on the proposed repeal of parts of the Affordable Care act in light of Saturday’s violence, but some lawmakers want to go on with business as usual. One of these is US Senator Bill Nelson, who was in Downtown Tampa today for a town hall meeting.

"We never want to get to a place in America where there is a wall that separates the elected representative from the people that they represent."

Senator Nelson said as of yet it...

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