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Tuesday, July 14, 201507/14/2015

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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.

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Tuesday, July 14, 201507/14/2015

7/14/15 Podcast Kenneth Moton

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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.

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Tuesday, July 14, 201507/14/2015

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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…

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Tuesday, July 14, 201507/14/2015

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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…

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Monday, July 13, 201507/13/2015

7/13/15 Podcast Aaron Katersky

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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.

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Monday, July 13, 201507/13/2015

7/13/15 Podcast Steve Roberts

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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.

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Monday, July 13, 201507/13/2015

7/13/15 Podcast Steve Mistler

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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…

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Monday, July 13, 201507/13/2015

7/13/15 Podcast Kenneth Moton

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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.

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Monday, July 13, 201507/13/2015

7/13/15 Podcast Tom Rivers

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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.

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Monday, July 13, 201507/13/2015

7/13/15 First Take

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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…

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Stephen King to Receive National Medal of Arts

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Horror writer Stephen King is going to the White House.

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Report: Maine Trooper Fired, Killed Gunman, in Self-Defense

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Attorney General Janet Mills says an investigation concluded a Maine trooper who killed a man last year in Ludlow was justified in using deadly force.

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Forecast: Sun, Cars For Labor Day Weekend in Maine

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The weekend forecast calls for sun, and heavy traffic, on the Maine Turnpike.

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Making headlines this week

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A look at some of this week's biggest newsmakers and the headlines you may have missed.

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Gunman kills one student, wounds two others at Sacramento college

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One student was killed and two others injured after a fistfight at a Sacramento community college escalated into a shooting.

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10 FOR TODAY: Friday, Sept. 4

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday.

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US employers add 173K jobs in August; rate falls to 5.1 pct.

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The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low in August as employers added a modest 173,000 jobs, a key piece of evidence for the Federal Reserve.