WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell


The intersection of national security and young people's food intake

Here's where two ideals collide: Conservatives love talking about their commitment to the military and national security. (Although some hawkish liberals do too...
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Another fatal police shooting in America; followed by protests, looting

It has become numbingly familiar: This time in a St. Louis suburb, a police officer gets into a confrontation under confusing circumstances, the officer fires several shots, and a young man lays dead...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics grab your attention this weekend? Certainly one of the more bizarre, ghoulish, Delaware stories to come along in quite a while: The discovery of nine unclaimed capsules containing the ashes of nine victims of the 1978 Jonestown Massacre in the South American nation of Guyana...
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Brave new world of robotic technology: Job killer or creator of unimaginable new jobs?

Pew Research/Elon University surveyed the experts about the technological future, and found respondents all over the map - but many negative - on whether the coming automated world would ultimately kill jobs, or create them...
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Repeat 100 times, Vice President Biden: Africa is not a country

Addressing African heads of state in Washington, Delaware's celebrated son referred to Africa as a country rather than a continent. Of course, Australia is the only continent that is also a single country...
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Walgreens (which gobbled up Happy Harry's) blinks; will not reincorporate overseas to shave tax burden

We've discussed so-called corporate inversions on this blog before -- and mounting pressure in Washington to try to thwart this corporate practice. Well, looks like Chicago-area based Walgreens (which bought Happy Harry's drug stores in 2006) doesn't want the grief in the current white-hot atmosphere...
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Senator Coons attending meetings with African leaders

Delaware's Senator Chris Coons - in his capacity as the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations' Subcommittee on African Affairs - has played a key role as African leaders visit Washington...
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Why a crude oil tanker sits off Texas -- in limbo

Over the years - on this blog - we've discussed how neo-conservatives got it wrong when they said Iraqi oil would end up paying for the Iraq war. In the end, the Chinese and others signed those lucrative oil deals...
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Any questions for tonight's Democratic state Treasurer's debate?

I'm hosting / moderating tonight's debate (upstate, on 1150 A.M. WDEL & wdel.com) of the two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for State Treasurer - incumbent Treasurer Chip Flowers and his primary opponent, Sean Barney...
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How to treat the homeless: Do some U.S. cities' crackdowns go too far?

How to treat the homeless. Is there a way to help, but not to enable? Various governmental jurisdictions - not to mention churches and charitable organizations - have wrestled with these questions for years, the problem exacerbated by the Great Recession...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which news stories / issues / topics grab your attention here at the end of the week? Surprise! The southbound I-495 bridge magically reopened Thursday afternoon, weeks ahead of schedule...
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More of Joe than you'd want to see...

A forthcoming book from Robert Kessler offers this narrative about Vice President Joe Biden: Exceedingly fond of skinny dipping (even if female Secret Service agents are around); and a guy so intent on being a "regular Joe" that he insists his official motorcade not interfere with neighbors in Montchanin...
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Parallel foreign policy failures: George W. Bush & Barack Obama? If so, what's the alternative?

An article by NATIONAL JOURNAL's Ronald Brownstein raises an intriguing question: If George W. Bush's rabidly interventionist, unilateralist approach to the world proved to be a failure, and Barack Obama's anti-interventionist, multilateral mindset has proven to be a failure, what's the alternative? (Of course, the stark contrast between the two presidents crumbles when it comes to the drone war against suspected terrorist targets, which President Obama has pursued even more aggressively than his predecessor...
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Firefighters prevail in the city of Wilmington with defeat of override attempt

Last week, a newly elected Mayor Dennis Williams was humiliated in his first major budget showdown with City Council. This time, Williams prevailed...
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And just who would benefit from President Obama's impeachment & removal?

No matter how much the establishment G.O.P. tries to head off impeachment talk - in the belief that impeachment would only boomerang against the Republicans - some fiercely anti-Obama Republicans will not be silenced...
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Will Walgreens face U.S. consumer backlash if it becomes a 'Corporate Deserter'?

Chicago-area based Walgreens - which gobbled up Delaware-based Happy Harry's in the earlier part of the millennium - could decide soon if it's prepared to endure the outcry from re-locating its official corporate headquarters to lower-tax Switzerland...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / topics / issues grab your attention this weekend? As WDEL's Tom Lehman reported earlier this week, the biggest political guessing game in Wilmington at the moment remains: Will City Council muster enough voters to overturn Mayor Dennis Williams' veto of the measure trimming the Wilmington Fire Department's budget? Delaware Supreme Court justices unanimously upheld the death sentence for James Cooke Jr...
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Texas' Flight to the Far Right

Just back from a week-and-a-half vacation (a flight to the Dutch/Caribbean island of St. Maarten/St. Martin; a road trip to southwestern Ontario, Canada: Lakes Erie and Huron)...
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Open Friday / Weekend & Beyond - Mid-July Forum

So which stories / topics / issues have captured your attention? The University of Delaware's termination of the controversial Data Centers project raises many questions: Will the TDC slap U...
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University of Delaware pulls plug on Data Centers Project on STAR campus

Just in this Thursday A.M.: The University of Delaware has decided to terminate its lease with The Data Centers, ending the TDC's plan to construct a data center (i...
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