One year of Trump: The Fourth 100 Days (Trump Briefs:  Jan. 13-Jan. 19/Day 359-365) Week 52

By Michael Hernandez

Trumps celebrate first anniversary of inauguration at Mar-a-Lago

Saturday, January 13  (Day 359):

Hawaii imminent ballistic missile attack:  false emergency alert

An emergency alert was sent mistakenly on Saturday to Hawaii’s residents warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack when an employee at the state emergency management agency pushed the “wrong button,” Hawaii’s governor said.

State officials and the U.S. military’s Pacific Command confirmed that there was no actual threat to the state. But for more than a half hour, before the agency retracted the warning, panicked Hawaiians scrambled to find shelter.

The mistaken alert stated: “EMERGENCY ALERT BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” Governor David Ige, who apologized for the mistake, said in televised remarks that the alert was sent during an employee shift change at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

“It was a procedure that occurs at the change of shift where they go through to make sure that the system, that it’s working. And an employee pushed the wrong button,” the Democratic governor said, adding that such shift changes occur three times a day every day of the year.

Vern Miyagi, the agency’s administrator, called it “human error.”  Miyagi said, “It was an inadvertent mistake. The change of shift is about three people. That should have been caught. … It should not have happened.  Miyagi said there was a “check list” that should have been followed. He said, “I think we have the process in place. It’s a matter of executing the process.” He added, “This will not happen again.”

The alert, sent to mobile phones and aired on television and radio shortly after 8 a.m., was issued amid high international tensions over North Korea’s development of ballistic nuclear weapons.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission, which has jurisdiction over the emergency alert system, announced it was initiating a full investigation. Earlier this week, FCC chairman Ajit Pai said the agency would vote at its January meeting to enhance the effectiveness of wireless emergency alerts, which have been in place since 2012.

Hawaii, a chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean, has a population of about 1.4 million people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and is home to Pacific Command, the Navy’s Pacific Fleet and other elements of the American military.

In November, Hawaii said it would resume monthly statewide testing of Cold War-era nuclear attack warning sirens for the first time in at least a quarter of a century, in preparation for a possible missile strike from North Korea.


Amazon CEO creating college scholarships for 1,000 Dreamers

Billionaire Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has announced that he will be donating $33 million to create college scholarships for 1,000 DREAMers — illegal immigrants brought into America by their parents.

Politico reports that Bezos, the billionaire CEO of e-commerce giant Amazon and owner of the Washington Post, will be donating $33 million alongside his wife MacKenzie Bezos to create college scholarships for illegal immigrant DREAMers.

Bezos donation is being made to TheDream.US, a nonprofit group founded by the former owner of the Washington Post, Don Graham. According to TheDream.US website, the group is “working to help over 4,000 highly motivated DREAMers graduate from college with career-ready degrees. DREAMers are immigrant youth who came to this country at a very young age without documentation.”

Bezos donation is expected to cover scholarships for approximately 1,000 illegal immigrants who are currently still in the country under the Obama-era DACA policy. Bezos himself is the son of a legal immigrant, the Amazon CEO’s father arrived in the United States from Cuba at the age of 16. Bezos commented on his donation to TheDream.US saying “MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today’s Dreamers by funding these scholarships.”

As the “Dreamers” as they’re known, are illegal immigrants, they are not eligible to receive financial aid from the federal government, TheDream.US aims to offer these students up to $33,000 in financial aid spread over four years of college study.

Currently, the nonprofit group is funding approximately 2,840 illegal immigrants to study in the United States. Bezos has joined 100 CEO’s, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Tim Cook, in signing an open letter to the government requesting an extension for DACA.


German Chancellor declares migrant crisis “over” 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and Martin Schulz’s Social Democrats (SPD) have declared the migrant crisis to be “over” and agreed to let in up to 220,000 migrants each year.

The two parties have agreed to allow between 180,000 to 220,000 migrants per year, claiming their plans will control migration in such a way that “a situation like 2015 is not repeated”, Die Welt reports.

Around 1,000 migrants will be allowed into Germany per month as part of the family reunification programme thanks to lobbying by Schulz — a former President of the European Parliament — whose party does not support the current suspension of family reunifications.

Meanwhile, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has expressed a desire to stop mass migration by working with countries of origin and creating safe zones within troubled areas.


ICE Acting Director says America needs a border wall

America needs a border wall for both public safety and national security, says Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Tom Homan.  Homan told Fox’s Mornings with Maria that he “absolutely” agrees with President Trump on requiring a border wall on any deal related to DACA and that a wall will be a potent tool in immigration management.

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While addressing Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, who has railed against funding a wall to secure the border, Director Holman pointed out that such a measure once had bi-partisan support and that they need to “look at the facts.”

“A few years ago there was bi-partisan support for the wall, they actually funded a wall or parts of a barrier,” Homan said. “Look, all they got to do is look at the facts. Every place they’ve built it, whether it be San Diego, Yuma Arizona, El Paso Texas – where ever they have built a barrier the illegal crossings decreased significantly,” he added. “So as far as costs, what costs do you want to put on public safety and national security? It has proven it works. I think this country needs it. I think it’s going to help protect this country.”

Border patrol agents have pointed to the border fence along the Yuma, Arizona border as the most important part of the improved immigration enforcement in that county. Since the fence was erected, the number of people detained while crossing the border fell by 96 percent.

Ironically, the fence along the Yuma border was constructed after the passage of the 2006 Secure Fence Act which had the support of Senators Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama.

ICE’s acting director made it clear that he believes the underlying issues and policies surrounding illegal immigration must be addressed before DACA is considered. “If there is going to be a negotiation on DACA than let’s address the underlying problems on illegal immigration. Let’s talk about diversity of visas. Let’s talk about some of these court rulings that require ICE to release people in a certain amount of time only to only be lost in the community and never show up in court. Let’s oppose some of these loopholes,” said Homan.

President Trump said any bill giving amnesty to thousands of immigrants should include funding for a border wall. “It’s got to include the wall. … Any solution has to include the wall because without the wall it doesn’t work … we have to have the wall for security purposes,” the president said at a joint White House conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

Vice President Pence backed up Trump’s stance on the wall when he said in an interview that, “I think the president’s been very clear. There’s no deal on DACA without a wall.”

Sunday, January 14 (Day 360):

President Trump expresses skepticism about DACA deal with Democrats

President Donald Trump expressed his skepticism that a DACA deal could be reached with Democrats. “DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday. He suggested that Democrats were preparing a government shutdown over the issue after they leaked details of a private conversation with them to the media.  “They just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military,” Trump wrote.

“I don’t believe the Democrats really want to see a deal on DACA,” he said. “They are all talk and no action. This is the time but, day by day, they are blowing the one great opportunity they have. Too bad!

“I, as President, want people coming into our Country who are going to help us become strong and great again, people coming in through a system based on MERIT,” he wrote. “No more Lotteries! AMERICA FIRST.”

Trump Administration says it will follow judge’s amnesty order

The Department of Homeland Security says it will follow a judge’s order to restart the President Barack Obama’s ‘DACA’ amnesty and will renew work-permits given to 15,000 illegal immigrants.  The statement was released late Saturday night, but the statement did not say if the 15,000 ‘DACA’ illegals whose work permits have expired since September will actually get renewed permits before the administration’s lawyers can get through the legal process needed before the Supreme Court can countermand the judge’s order.

To block the judge’s order, the administration first must file an appeal with the California-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeals court is expected to support the judge and reject the administration’s appeal. Once the appeal is denied, White House lawyers can ask the nine-member Supreme Court to countermand the orders from the appeals court and the subordinate judge.

According to the agency:  “Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA.  Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.”

The judge’s decision, issued January 9, said the administration had not followed proper procedures for ending the benefits to illegals granted by Obama’s policy of offering work-permits to younger illegal immigrants who say they were brought into the United States as children by their illegal immigrant parents. Obama’s amnesty was created despite federal law which bars work-permits for illegal immigrants. A related amnesty for the illegal-immigrant parents of children born in the United States was also struck down by a Texas judge. But the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia allowed the four progressive justices on the Supreme Court to block the top court from confirming the Texas judge’s decision.

Administration lawyers argued that Obama’s policy was illegal and that all required procedures were followed.

Monday, January 15 (Day 361):

Hawaiian worker who sent false missile alert reassigned

The worker who sent a false missile alert to Hawaiian residents on Saturday has reportedly been reassigned. The civil defense employee has been moved to another role, but not fired, according to multiplemedia reports.

In a press conference on Saturday, the head of Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency, Vern Miyagi, said the worker “feels terrible.  This guy feels bad, right. He’s not doing this on purpose — it was a mistake on his part and he feels terrible about it,” Miyagi said.

The worker had been completing a shift change at the time of the alert and, instead of selecting a system test, sent a real alert. Miyagi made it clear that to send such an alert, someone would have to go through two steps, including a screen that says “Are you sure you want to do this?”

Project Veritas releases more information about Twitter

Project Veritas has published its latest Twitter exposé, featuring both current and former Twitter employees allegedly explaining how the company receives, stores, and sells user data, as well as their attitudes on privacy.

In their undercover investigation, James O’Keefe and other Project Veritas reporters secretly recorded Twitter employees as they allegedly revealed the extent the platform surveils users.

“Everything you send is stored on my server. You can’t [delete it], it’s already on my server now,” declared Direct Messaging Engineer Panay Singh.  “So what happens is, like, when you write stuff or when you post pictures online, they never go away. Like, they’re always on there… Even after you send them, people are, like, analyzing them, to see what you’re interested in, to see what you’re talking about, and they sell that data… Everything. Anything you post online.”

Mihai Florea, a software engineer at the company, corroborated Direct Messaging Engineer Panay Singh’s claims.  “That’s how we make most of our money,” he explained. “You’re basically paying for the right to use our website with your data basically, and it’s the same on every free website.”

Former engineer Conrado Miranda also revealed to Project Veritas’ secret cameras that the company “already has a lot of information about you,” even before you join Twitter, adding “there is no way” to protect users if the information falls into the wrong hands.

Senior Network Security Engineer Clay Haynes also told O’Keefe that he had personal access to user DMs, expressing, “It is creepy Big Brother.” “I mean it’s like a level… I don’t want to say it freaks me out, but it disturbs me,” he continued.

Project Veritas’ previous releases from their Twitter investigation showed employees bragging about censorship against conservatives.

Republicans satisfied with direction of the U.S.

Republicans’ satisfaction with the direction of the U.S. is at its highest point since 2007, according to a new poll. A Gallup poll finds that 61 percent of Republicans are satisfied with the direction of the country. One in four Republicans say they are very satisfied, and 36 percent say they are somewhat satisfied. Nearly one-quarter of Republicans say they are somewhat dissatisfied with the direction of the country and 15 percent say they are very dissatisfied, however.

Just 6 percent of Democrats in the new survey say they are satisfied with the country’s direction. Sixty-eight percent say they are very dissatisfied and another 24 percent say they are somewhat dissatisfied.

Among all Americans, 29 percent are satisfied with the direction of the country and 69 percent are dissatisfied. The poll was conducted from Jan. 2-7 among 1,024 adults. Its margin of error is 4 percentage points. Gallup noted that the survey was conducted after the GOP passed its tax-overhaul bill, which represented a major victory for President Trump.

Only 1 percent of Americans back Stephen Bannon

Only 1 percent of Americans who voted for President Trump say they back former Breitbart News head Stephen Bannon in his recent feud with Trump, according to a new Huffington Post/YouGov poll. Some 66 percent of the voters said they backed Trump over Bannon.

Twenty-one percent said they didn’t agree with either man, and 12 percent said they were unsure of their support. The poll found that Trump supporters’ favorability of Bannon has dropped significantly. Only about 13 percent of the voters said they viewed him favorably, down from 38 percent in August when Bannon left the White House. His unfavorability numbers have also risen to about 66 percent, up from 26 percent in August.

HuffPost/YouGov interviewed 1,000 voters from Jan. 9-10 and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

Kris Kobach:  ‘Up to one million border-crossings” after possible amnesty

A surge of illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border that could reach up to one million border-crossings is “guaranteed” following a possible amnesty for nearly 800,000 illegal aliens, says Kansas Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach.

Kobach warned President Trump against negotiating a deal wherein illegal aliens shielded from deportation by the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are given amnesty, saying such a plan would trigger a massive border surge.

As the Migration Policy Institute has chronicled, previous border surges from amnesty programs have brought hundreds of thousands across the U.S.-Mexico border:  “While the flow of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) has been climbing steadily since 2012, a dramatic surge has taken place in the last six months, with the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas as the principal place of entry. The Border Patrol there has converted entire stations to house unaccompanied minors and families.”

According to the Border Patrol, apprehensions of unaccompanied children increased from 16,067 in fiscal year (FY) 2011 to 24,481 in FY 2012 and 38,833 in FY 2013. During the first eight months of FY 2014, 47,017 such children were apprehended by the Border Patrol. If the influx continues apace—and it shows no signs of slowing—the administration predicts that by the end of the fiscal year on September 30, totals could reach 90,000.

Ninety-eight percent of unaccompanied minors currently arriving at the border are from Honduras (28 percent), Mexico (25 percent), Guatemala (24 percent), and El Salvador (21 percent). This breakdown represents a significant shift: prior to 2012, more than 75 percent of UACs were from Mexico.

Tuesday,  January 16  (Day 362):

President Trump recognizes Martin Luther King

President Donald Trump recognized Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, urging Americans to remember and celebrate his legacy. “I ask every citizen to join me in remembering this great American hero and to carry on his legacy of justice, equality, and freedom,” Trump said in a video address.

“Dr. King’s dream is our dream. It is the American Dream. It’s the promise stitched into the fabric of our Nation, etched into the hearts of our people, and written into the soul of humankind.”

Trump reminded Americans the importance of King’s legacy and the importance of the holiday, noting that although he was assassinated, his dream lived on. “On this cherished day, we honor the memory of Rev. King and we rededicate ourselves to a glorious future where every American from every walk of life, can live free from fear, liberated from hatred, and uplifted by boundless love for their fellow citizens,” he said.

Trump restated King’s dream that Americans should not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. “Dr. King’s dream is our dream. It is the American Dream,” Trump said. “It’s the promise stitched into the fabric of our Nation, etched into the hearts of our people, and written into the soul of humankind. It is the dream of a world where people are judged by who they are, not how they look or where they come from.”

Open Doors report:  Middle East Christians under attack MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty

Egypt, Jordan, Syria and the Palestinian territories are amongst the most dangerous places on earth for Christians, according to a new report. Although Christians claim the area as their Biblical heartland alongside Israel, persecution and discrimination, especially in the past 15 years, means they now constitute no more than three to four per cent per cent of the region’s population, down from 20 per cent a century ago.

Hard-line Islamic views and state-sanctioned “religio-ethnic cleansing”are the key drivers behind the Christian genocide. Just 12 months ago, the Islamic State branch that operates in and around Egypt designated the northern African country’s Christian minority their “favorite prey” in a 20-minute propaganda video.

Now the latest report released by the Christian charity group Open Doors, an organization that monitors ill-treated Christians worldwide, reveals Egyptian Christians in particular are found to suffer in “various ways” such as pressure to convert to Islam, severe restrictions on building places of worship and congregating, and outright violence.

Egypt’s Coptic Christian community, which comprises roughly 10 percent of the country’s population, has been the frequent target of Islamic terrorism with Coptic churches in Alexandria and Tanta both struck by suicide bombers last April killing 49 and leaving more than 100 injured on Palm Sunday. Last December, a squad of terrorist gunmen attacked the Mar Mina church in southern Cairo, killing between eight and ten people and wounding at least five more.

“Christians in Egypt face a barrage of discrimination and intimidation yet they refuse to give up their faith. It is hard for us…to imagine being defined by our religion every single day in every sphere of life,” Open Doors UK and Ireland CEO Lisa Pearce said in a statement. “In Egypt, as in many other Middle Eastern countries, your religion is stated on your identity card,” she said. “This makes discrimination and persecution easy — you are overlooked for jobs, planning permits are hard to obtain and you are a target when you go to church.”

Overall, North Korea stands at the top of a list of 50 countries where at least 215 million Christians faced the most severe persecution in 2017, resulting in 3,066 deaths and 1,020 rapes mainly targeting women. The Open Doors report follows previous warnings that Christians in the Middle East are teetering on the eve of destruction.

In 2015 a report titled Persecuted & Forgotten?, disturbing data outlined the plunging numbers of Christians in the part of the world that gave birth to the faith and made a dire prediction of what the future holds.

To that end,  Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has asked European Union leaders to protect Christianity in the Middle East, or risk its destruction. He said his country was taking the lead on extending aid to Christian minorities, and, in particular, on supporting programs to help them return to their homelands in safety.

Wednesday, January 17  (Day 363):

Apple CEO:  Tax Plan results in “job creation, faster growing economy”

Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a recent interview that President Trump’s tax plan would result in a faster-growing economy and greater job creation. In an interview with ABC News, Cook discussed a number of recent announcements by Apple, including their plan to invest $350 billion in the U.S. economy over the next five years and how President Trump’s tax plan will help the U.S. economy. “I do believe (it) will result in job creation and a faster growing economy.”

Cook added that under Obama’s tax plan, the $38 billion tax payment the company plans to make as part of repatriating offshore cash would not have been paid. “I hope — I have that faith — that it will be used for great purpose for the country,” said Cook, “whether that’s infrastructure or education, or what have you, that will further supply jobs in the U.S.”

Cook criticized the Obama-era tax plans saying that he “never thought” that the old tax system was “good for the United States.” Cook stated that he believed the harsh tax restrictions forced “people to invest elsewhere instead of within the country.” Cook also believes that a company like Apple could only have been founded in America and they have a responsibility to give back to the country, “one of the ways to do that is to create jobs,” said Cook.

Apple has decided to pay employees $2,500 in stock grants, “We’re one of the few — we’re probably the only company of our size where every person is an owner in the company,” Cook said. “… Instead of a onetime kind of bonus, we wanted to do something that lasts a longer period of time.”

Apple will reportedly be focusing on three areas in the future: direct employment by Apple, spending and investment with U.S. suppliers and manufacturers, and helping to grow the thriving app-store economy. “We believe deeply in the power of American ingenuity,” said Cook, “and we are focusing our investments in areas where we can have a direct impact on job creation and job preparedness. We have a deep sense of responsibility to give back to our country and the people who help make our success possible,” Cook said in a press release.

Watch the full ABC News interview here.

ACLJ discovers Palestinian Authority leader engaged in anti-Israel activity

As a result of our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, the American Center for Law and Justice has discovered that Yasser Mahmoud Abbas, son of Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, was also a senior leader of OneVoice: the anti-Israel activist organization that used U.S. State Department money it received during the Obama Administration to launch a multimillion dollar campaign to unseat Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and “replace the government” of Israel.

Starting in 2013, the U.S. State Department began to issue grants to One Voice Israel and One Voice Palestine, collectively known as OneVoice. These grants continued through November 2014, totaling nearly $350,000, four times the size of the average overseas grant the State Department awarded that year.

OneVoice told the Obama State Department that it planned to engage in electioneering and the Obama Administration gave the organization the money anyway without restrictions. OneVoice used this money to expand its social media network and voter database and even hired an American firm to train activists in grassroots campaigning.

When new elections were announced in December 2014, OneVoice joined the anti-Netanyahu campaign known as Victory 15 or V15. Using the infrastructure it had created with State Department money, OneVoice helped launch “a multimillion-dollar grassroots campaign” with one objective: “replace the government of Israel.”

In July 2016, the ACLJ issued a FOIA request to the Obama State Department. The Department refused to give information, so the ACLJ filed a federal lawsuit to compel compliance with and one year later won the case and received the requested documents.

One of the latest productions of documents shows that Yasser Mahmoud Abbas, son of Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the terrorist-allied Palestinian Authority, was also a senior leader and advisor to OneVoice – and, as demonstrated by the contents of the documents themselves, the Obama Administration knew this. The Obama State Department gave U.S. taxpayer dollars to a terrorist-affiliated organization (the PA recently united with the terrorist group Hamas) to unseat the democratically elected leader of the only free democracy in the Middle East and a vital U.S. ally.

Just this week, Palestinian Authority  President Abbas, in expletive-laden language, told the U.S. to keep its money, which totals as much as $1 billion. Defiantly addressing his comments directly to the U.S. government, Abbas went on to exclaim, “May your house be destroyed,” a familiar curse well-known to the other Arab leaders around the table at the time.

The ACLJ has actively fought for peace and the right of Israel to exist before the U.N., on Capitol Hill, and through offices in Jerusalem seeking to uncover the corruption of the deep state and its anti-Israel agenda.

Thursday, January 18 (Day 364):

House intelligence committee uncovers abuse of FISA by justice department and FBI

Members of the House on Thursday said they viewed a “shocking” classified memo allegedly detailing abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by senior Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigations officials in relation to the investigation of the Trump campaign and called for it to be declassified and available to the public immediately.

“It’s troubling. It is shocking,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) told Fox News. “Part of me wishes that I didn’t read it because I don’t want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much.”

“The facts contained in this memo are jaw-dropping and demand full transparency. There is no higher priority than the release of this information to preserve our democracy,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a member of the Judiciary Committee, which oversees the DOJ and the FBI.

Another Judiciary Committee member, Rep. Steve King (R-IA), called what he saw in the memo “sickening” and said it was “worse than Watergate.” Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), another Judiciary Committee member,  called the memo “deeply troubling” and said it raises questions about the “Obama DOJ and Comey FBI.  The classified report compiled by House Intelligence is deeply troubling and raises serious questions about the upper echelon of the Obama DOJ and Comey FBI as it relates to the so-called collusion investigation,” he tweeted.

“You think about, ‘is this happening in America or is this the KGB?’ That’s how alarming it is,” Rep. Scott Perry (R-VA) told Fox News.

“It is so alarming the American people have to see this,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, also said to network.

The viewing of the memo came after all Republican members of the House intelligence committee, whose investigators compiled the classified memo, voted Thursday to make it available to all House members. Every Democrat on the committee voted against it.

According to Gaetz, the memo’s contents could lead to the firing — and perhaps even jailing — of senior DOJ and FBI officials. “I think that this will not end just with firings. I believe there are people who will go to jail,” he said on Fox News’ Hannity. He said what he saw in the memo also explains why Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) recently referred the Fusion GPS dossier author Christopher Steele for a criminal investigation. “I think there will be criminal implications here,” Gaetz added.

The memo also reportedly contains information about the dossier put together by Fusion GPS that alleged Trump and members of his team colluded with Russians in the 2016 election, according to a report by investigative journalist Sara Carter. It was revealed in October that the dossier was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Despite being a political document, the dossier was reportedly part of the evidence FBI officials used to apply for and obtain a warrant through a secret FISA court to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

“After over a year of inciting discord and threats of violence across America, it’s encouraging that the individuals in Washington responsible for these efforts to undermine our great democracy may be held accountable soon,” said Page.

Breitbart News reported on March 3, 2016, that the Obama administration took steps to undermine Trump’s presidential campaign using “police state” tactics, including spying on the Trump campaign. That report is widely believed to have led to President Trump’s tweet that later accused the Obama administration of wiretapping Trump Tower.

Members of the public and Congress are now calling for the document to be declassified and released to the public.

DeSantis said the House intelligence committee, pursuant to House rules, should vote to make the report publicly available as soon as possible. “While the report is classified as Top Secret, I believe the select committee should, pursuant to House rules, vote to make the report publicly available as soon as possible. This is a matter of national significance and the American people deserve the truth,” he said. “Rule X of the House Rules allows the select committee to publicly disclose any information in its possession after a determination by the select committee that the public interest would be served by such disclosure.”

According to House Rules, if the House intelligence committee votes to make the report public, President Trump would have five days to issue an objection. If he objected, it would take a vote on the House floor.

Friday,  January 19 (Day 365):

House leader challenges Senate Democrats to keep government running; Senate seeks government shutdown

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said that Republican leadership will send House lawmakers home this weekend, calling Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) bluff on a potential government shutdown.  “We’ve passed our CR [Continuing Resolution],” McCarthy said after a House leadership meeting.

The House passed a resolution on Thursday to continue funding the government until February 16.  The resolution also funds the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years while also delaying several Obamacare taxes, such as the medical device tax, the “Cadillac” tax, and the Health Insurance Tax (HIT).

Schumer and Senate Democrats oppose the House-passed short-term spending bill because they want a bill that will grant amnesty to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) illegal aliens—approximately 700,000 Dreamers who predominantly come from Mexico and Central America who were given temporary legal status by former President Barack Obama.

“Sen. Schumer needs to decide if he wants a shutdown,” McCarthy declared. Speaker Paul Ryan released a statement ahead of the Senate spending bill vote, arguing that Senate Democrats remain the sole obstacle to funding the government. Ryan argued:  “Make no mistake about it: Senate Democrats are the only ones standing in the way of a fully funded government and a reauthorized health insurance program for children. This is no time to play politics and force a shutdown. The House has done its job. And now Democrats’ dangerous opposition jeopardizes funding for our military and puts our national security at risk. It uses our men and women in uniform as political bargaining chips. This is unacceptable. This is needless. This is wrong. I urge Senator Schumer and the Senate Democrats to reconsider their reckless intent to shut down the government.”

McCarthy added that House Republican leadership would not support an even shorter-term spending bill that would fund the government for four or five days. “We’ve passed a short-term CR,” the majority leader argued.

Without some type of funding bill, the U.S. government technically will run out of money right after midnight Friday, on the first anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.  That would leave scores of federal agencies across the country unable to continue operating, and hundreds of thousands of “non-essential” federal workers would be put on temporary unpaid leave.

“Essential employees” in a shutdown who deal with public safety and national security would continue to work and more than 1.3 million people on active duty in the military would be required to work and would not be paid until funding is renewed.  Social Security and disability checks will still go out.

Republicans have needed the support of at least 10 Democrats to pass the bill in the Senate.  Democrats have demanded the inclusion of protection for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” who arrived in the United States as children with their parents.  Republicans have refused and neither side has backed down.

President Trump has said he wants to include any deal for Dreamers in a bigger legislative package that also boosts funding for a border wall and tighter security at the U.S. border with Mexico.

Trump celebrates first anniversary of inauguration at Mar-a-Lago

President Donald J. Trump celebrates the first anniversary of his inauguration at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.   Tickets start at $100,000 a couple which pays for a dinner and photograph with the president.  For $250,000, a couple can also take part in a roundtable.

The event is hosted by Ronna Romney McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National committee (and the niece of Mitt Romney), and casino owner Steve Wynn (the RNC finance chairman).  The event benefits the Trump presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee.

President Trump was not able to celebrate the one year anniversary of his election over Hillary Clinton because he was touring Asia at the time.


Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He has worked 23 years as a middle school teacher.  Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: [email protected]

 Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres –as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships and supporting constitutional awareness and active citizenship.

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