10-23-15 News Notes

 TRNS News Notes is brought to you by Victoria Jones. Victoria Jones is the Chief White House correspondent and global analyst of the Washington DC based Talk Radio News Service, where her insight and analysis are made available to over 400 news talk radio stations around the country and internationally.One person was killed and two others wounded Thursday night in a shooting on the campus of Tennessee State University in Nashville. The person killed wasn't a student. Nashville police say the shooting was prompted by a dispute over a dice game in an indoor courtyard (AP)  France says at least [...]

On Leaks and Drones and a Congressman with Guts

Listen to this episode: {play}http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioornot/20120614_Nicole_Sandler_Show_-_Grayson.mp3 {/play} Podcast: Play in new window What a great looking group, huh? That photo was taken a few months ago, when Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour came to Ft. Lauderdale for a show at the Parker Playhouse.  When Congressman Alan Grayson entered the room, the place erupted in applause and a standing ovation, confusing the performers backstage who had no idea what all the commotion was about. Fast forward to this past Saturday.  There I was, wandering the exhibit hall at Netroots Nation in Providence Rhode Island, when I happened upon Congressman Grayson, chatting [...]

Not Dead Yet

Listen to this episode: {play}http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioornot/20120522_Nicole_Sandler_Show_-_Not_Dead_Yet.mp3{/play} Podcast: Play in new window   As I read Chris Hedges latest, "A Victory for Us All" aloud on the show this morning, I was reminded -yet again- of the classic "I'm not dead yet" scene from Monty Python & The Holy Grail.  (For a brief moment, I even regretted ripping up a pocket copy of the US Constitution on my show this morning, after recounting the story about activist being arrested in Chicago and the distinct possibility that they may have been set up and charged as domestic terrorists.)  As Hedges so beautifully explains, [...]

RIP First Amendment

Listen to this episode: {play}http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioornot/20120517_Nicole_Sandler_Show_-_RIP_our_First_Amendment.mp3{/play} Podcast: Play in new window I've spent the past few days lamenting the loss of our first amendment.  In case you've forgotten, it goes like this: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. It pains me to put it down in black and white, but it's dead on all levels. As we discussed earlier in the week, [...]

Modern Monetary Theory-and the Whittling Away of the 4th Amendment

I might be in a bit over my head today... Listener Stefanitza suggested I speak with an expert on Modern Monetary Theory.  Interestingly enough, that request came shortly after a discussion on the topic on a listserv I'm on, prompted by this piece in the Washington Post. The more I read about Warren Mosler - economist, president and founder of Mosler Automotive, and co-founder of the Center for Full Employment And Price Stability at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He briefly ran for President of the United States as a member of the Democratic Party in the 2012 election before [...]

On Indefinite Detention and Fighting for What’s Right

I've been vilified on the internet for daring to attempt to reason with people who won't criticize our president, even in light of horrible abuses of our constitutional rights as citizens. I've learned my lesson: tweeting while sick and attempting to reason with the unreasonable are two things I will no longer do. When my thoughts are muddled, I'll stay off the twitter machine.  And I'll no longer engage those who don't debate in good faith. That said, I have many reasons to be worried about the provisions in the Defense Authorization Act the allow for the indefinite detention of [...]

What Is In the NDAA That You Should Worry About!

I've spent the last two days digging deep into this story.  Yesterday on the Randi Rhodes Show, I interviewed Congressman Raul Grijalva and Congressman Keith Ellison, both of whom expressed concern over the provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act that allow for indefinite detention of anyone suspected of being a terrorist .. or even a terrorist sympathizer.  That applies to both citizens and non-citizens. I also spoke with Politico's Josh Gerstein who had posted "On National Defense Authorization Act, Obama Pulls Veto Threat" while the show was in progress. On the House floor Wednesday afternoon, lawmakers disputed the impact [...]

Once More, With Feeling

I'm guest hosting the Randi Rhodes Show again today - and there's certainly no shortage of things to discuss! Citizens concerned about the future of habeas corpus (that would include me) are wondering about the fate of the National Defense Authorization Act, most specifically section 1031 that allows for the indefinite detention of US citizens. According to Sen. Carl Levin who sponsored the amendment along with Sen John McCain, language that exempted American citizens and legal residents from indefinite military detention was removed from the bill at the request of the White House! We'll talk about this with Baher Azmy, [...]

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