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Tuesday, July 14, 201507/14/2015

7/14/15 Podcast Aaron Katersky

U.S. drug authorities reportedly knew Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and his associates had developed several escape plans starting almost immediately after his arrest last year. Nonetheless, he is still on the loose, and of course that gave Donald Trump an opportunity to bring up the matter as a political talking point, calling El Chapo “everything that is wrong with Mexico.” That then purportedly led to a threatening tweet by the drug lords son directed at Trump, which then prompted Trump to call the FBI.

morning-news-podcast

Tuesday, July 14, 201507/14/2015

7/14/15 Podcast Kenneth Moton

President Obama granted clemency Monday to 46 men and women who have spent years and faced decades in prison for non-violent, drug offenses. “Their punishments didn’t fit the crime, and if they had been sentenced under today’s laws, almost all of them would have served their time,” Obama said in an announcement video posted on the White House website. The 46 commutations — the most granted by a president in a single day since at least the Lyndon Johnson administration of the 1960s — all involved drug crimes, mostly cocaine trafficking. The prisoners will all be released by Nov. 10. Also for Tuesday, there may finally be word on an Iranian nuke deal.

morning-news-podcast

Tuesday, July 14, 201507/14/2015

7/14/15 Podcast Trey H

Another new candidate, and Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker joins the race for the Presidency. ABC’s Trey Hardin joins Ken and Mike every Tuesday morning at 7 on the WGAN morning news…

firsttake

Tuesday, July 14, 201507/14/2015

7/14/15 First Take

Ken’s Back with Mike today! Topics for the morning include the Iran nuclear deal, Pentagon and transgenders, Referendum on Public Assistance bill, Greece agreement then Obama commutes drug sentences and George Mitchell’s son in hot water…

morning-news-podcast

Monday, July 13, 201507/13/2015

7/13/15 Podcast Aaron Katersky

Reactions in the United States to the escape from Mexican prison of reputed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman ranged from disbelief to outrage, with some observers saying it dramatically illustrated the need for captured cartel kingpins to be promptly extradited to the U.S. Guzman escaped — apparently through a mile-long tunnel — from the Altiplano prison, 55 miles west of Mexico City. The Chicago Crime Commission, an influential crime-fighting group in Illinois, said Sunday that the prison break meant Guzman will regain his title as Public Enemy No. 1 in Chicago, where his Sinaloa cartel has long dominated the cocaine and heroin trade. Meanwhile, the hunt continues.

morning-news-podcast

Monday, July 13, 201507/13/2015

7/13/15 Podcast Steve Roberts

The reality of the situation is that Donald Trump is the most interesting political figure in the country at the moment. His unorthodox, in-your-face style of political discourse is so removed from typical campaign rhetoric, that nobody knows quite what to make of it, or how to react to it. Of course, this is what Steve talked about last week, even though Trump has added a cord of more wood to the fire since then. So there’s that, but if you’d like to go a different route, Gov. Scott Walker officially enters the ring this week, and Steve discusses what makes him one of the current favorites. And finally, even if the White House gets a deal with Iran, Congress has indicated they might not approve. Steve discusses what pros and cons exist, when Congress inserts itself into foreign policy.

morning-news-podcast

Monday, July 13, 201507/13/2015

7/13/15 Podcast Steve Mistler

51 bills have become law, but will the Governor challenge it? The Portland Press Herald’s own Statehouse Bureau Chief – Steve Mistler joins Mike and Dennis this Monday morning to discuss…

morning-news-podcast

Monday, July 13, 201507/13/2015

7/13/15 Podcast Kenneth Moton

The latest word is that a deal with Iran regarding their nuke program is oh so close… so close in fact that even by Monday there could be an announcement. However, that’s only the first hurdle. Then there is Congress. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and other congressional leaders expressed doubts Sunday about the deal, and says he’s going to have a hard time getting Congress to sign on. And you can expect Israel as well to increase the volume against any deal if anything is announced.

morning-news-podcast

Monday, July 13, 201507/13/2015

7/13/15 Podcast Tom Rivers

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras and skeptical European leaders are negotiating past a self-imposed deadline, with talks stuck on how Greece would guarantee austerity measures in exchange for a rescue package to prevent its banks from collapsing. If the talks don’t succeed, some of Greece’s eurozone partners warned, the country could be temporarily forced out of the euro currency. Of course, you can’t just change currency with the snap of a finger. It needs to be printed, people have to believe it has value, and the very fiscal discipline that gives a country’s currency value, well, that’s the same kind of thing Greece is refusing to do that might get them kicked off the euro. In any case, how things end up is anybody’s guess.

firsttake

Monday, July 13, 201507/13/2015

7/13/15 First Take

Mike and Dennis Bailey kick off this middle of July week with Greece in the news, LePage and vetoes, Iran nuke talks, Mexican drug lord pulls a Shawshank, then Gov. Walker to finally jump in GOP race for President today and DonaldTrump…

Local Headlines

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Probe Sought into Claim that LePage Forced Official’s Ouster

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Two Democratic Maine lawmakers want the state's watchdog agency to investigate claims that Republican Gov. Paul LePage forced the president of the World Acadian Congress to resign.

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Maine Health Department Nixes Grant to Fund Well Water Tests

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The Maine Department of Health and Human Services says it will no longer accept a grant established to fund well water tests for arsenic.

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1 Gets Life, 2nd Gets 90 Years for Maine Murder, Car Fire

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A second man convicted of murder in a drug-related triple slaying followed by a car fire is being sentenced to life in prison.

National Headlines

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IOC expects U.S. 2024 bid despite Boston pullout

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The deadline for applicant city submissions for the 2024 Games is Sept. 15 with Hamburg, Paris, Rome and Budapest already having entered the race.

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Boy Scouts lift ban on gay leaders, employees

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The policy, which takes effect immediately, comes three years after the organization removed its prohibition on gay youth, but local Boy Scout units chartered by religious organizations will still be permitted to exclude gay adults.

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Kerry warns Congress scrapping Iran deal would mean path to nuclear weapon

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The Republican-controlled Congress has until Sept. 17 either to endorse or reject the agreement.

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Human trafficking report blacklists Thailand, raises awareness about modern day slavery

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The State Department's annual report highlights the world's worst human-trafficking centers.