Manafort and Hillary, The Beat Goes On — The Fourth 100 Days (Trump Briefs:  Oct. 28-Nov. 3/Day 289-296) Week 41

By Michael Hernandez

 

Saturday, October 28 (Day 289):

California high-tech companies want Supreme Court to rule for LGBT

Yelp, Apple, and PayPal all plan to sign an amicus brief encouraging the Supreme Court to rule that refusing service to LGBT people based on religious beliefs is not a First Amendment right, but rather anti-LGBT discrimination.

The brief is being coordinated by the Human Rights Campaign.  In a statement, PayPal claimed the bill would advance “the principles of inclusion and equality. PayPal is committed to preserving human rights and advancing the principles of inclusion and equality that are at the core of our values,” they declared. “We seek to defend against actions that violate our values, which is why we are signing this amicus brief with other likeminded companies seeking to uphold critical protections against discrimination.”

The Supreme Court will hear the case of Jack Phillips, a baker who declined to custom-design a wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage because his religion teaches that marriage is only between a man and woman.

A Rasmussen poll earlier this found a majority of Americans support the baker’s right to refuse to custom-design a gay wedding cake. Only 29 percent of Americans feel he should have been prosecuted for discrimination.

Earlier this year, 53 companies signed a brief, also organized by the Human Rights Campaign, calling for “protections” for transgender students, after one student was denied entry to the preferred restroom.

 

High-Tech companies spend millions lobbying Congress

On Monday, it was reported that Google, Facebook, and Twitter have been spending millions of dollars lobbying Congress following an increased threat of regulation.

According to CNBC, “Google spent $4.17 million lobbying Congress this most recent quarter,” while, “Facebook spent $2.85 million,” and “Twitter spent $120,000.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has hired Hillary Clinton’s pollster and Barack Obama’s campaign manager. He’s visited the first presidential caucus state of Iowa and he’s funding a campaign that aims to get rid of the nation’s bail system.

States that have attempted to pass bail reform policies are seeing the failures of unsecured release up close. Harris County in Texas is fighting a federal lawsuit claiming its bail schedule is unconstitutional and that it keeps poor people in jail.

Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal issued a federal order requiring Harris County in Texas to make immediate changes to its pretrial release system. The order requires the sheriff’s office to release anyone charged with a misdemeanor offense on unsecured release within 24 hours.

According to Harris County data, since the order took effect, 32 percent of defendants released on unsecured bond have failed to appear for court, compared to only 4 percent released on a surety bond.

Examples of such releases are occurring in other jurisdictions around the country. A New Jersey theater employee was arrested after law enforcement officers found a bullet-proof vest, grenade, guns and ammunition in his vehicle, causing the theater to be evacuated. He was determined not to be a danger to the community and released on unsecured bond under the new law.

New Jersey’s liberal bail reforms caused one state legislator to send a letter to the speaker of the state Assembly in California urging the California Legislature not to make the same mistake that allows “dangerous and career criminals (to be) released daily within hours of arrest” with no accountability.

The Arnold Foundation, which developed a risk assessment tool being used by several jurisdictions such as New Jersey, is a defendant in a federal lawsuit seeking damages in a wrongful death case.

A career criminal, who had been arrested on felony gun charges days earlier, was released on unsecured means using the Arnold Foundation’s risk assessment tool and then allegedly committed murder.

Court upholds Christian student expulsion for supporting biblical marriage A Christian student who expressed support for biblical marriage on Facebook has lost his legal appeal after a United Kingdom High Court ruling determined Sheffield University has acted lawfully in expelling him.

Devout Christian Felix Ngole was thrown off a social work postgraduate degree course after posting comments on Facebook in support of the biblical definition of marriage that the university deemed “derogatory”.

In 2015, Mr. Ngole posted comments on a social media thread related to Kim Davis, the Christian Kentucky state official who refused to register same-sex marriages, arguing that Davis’s position was based on the “Biblical view of same-sex marriage as a sin”, adding: “Same-sex marriage is a sin whether we like it or not. It is God’s words and man’s sentiments would not change His words.”

Two months later, he received an email from university administrators advising him that his comments were being investigated. He was later interviewed by the university’s investigatory team and was removed from his course by a panel who deemed his comments, “derogatory of gay men and bisexuals”.

The married 39-year-old then sought legal support from the Christian Legal Centre, part of the campaign group Christian Concern, to have Sheffield University’s decision overturned.

Arguing in court that his rights to freedom of speech had been breached and that he was merely expressing common Christian biblical views, lawyers representing the university said he had shown “no insight” and that Sheffield University had to consider his “fitness to practice” in social work.

The court heard that the university “investigatory team accepted that Felix was fully entitled to his religious beliefs, and had acted with honesty and integrity”. They said that it was not Felix’s views that were at issue, but his public posting of these views which could cause “damage” as they “may have caused offence to some individuals”.

On Friday, Judge Rowena Collins Rice ruled against Mr. Ngole, saying that the university was acting lawfully when it expelled him, reports The Star.  “Public religious speech has to be looked at in a regulated context from the perspective of a public readership,” said Judge Collins Rice.

Following the decision, Mr. Ngole said he was “very disappointed” and intends to appeal.  Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said: “Rulings like this show that society is becoming increasingly intolerant of Christian moral values. Christians are being told to shut up and keep quiet about their moral views or face a bar from employment.

“Unless the views you express are politically correct, you may be barred from office. This is very far from how a free and fair society should operate.  No democratic society can function without freedom of expression. This ruling shakes the foundations of freedom in our society.”

Church to remove plague to George Washington

 Leaders at the church that George Washington attended decided that a plaque honoring the first president of the United States must be removed.  Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia will take down a memorial marking the pew where Washington sat with his family, saying it is not acceptable to all worshipers.

“The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome,” leaders said, a reference to the fact that Washington was a slaveholder.  “Some visitors and guests who worship with us choose not to return because they receive an unintended message from the prominent presence of the plaques.

“Many in our congregation feel a strong need for the church to stand clearly on the side of ‘all are welcome- no exceptions,'” they concluded. A memorial to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee will also come down.

The decision comes in the wake of renewed controversy over whether statues honoring Civil War figures should be no longer honored. The debate broke out again over the summer after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia killed one and injured others.

President Trump expressed concern that the censoring of Confederate generals would lead to dishonoring Thomas Jefferson and George Washington as well.

Christ Church

 

Sunday, Oct. 29 (Day 290):

Jared Kushner brother writes editorial support Affordable Care Act

Joshua Kushner, the brother of White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, has written an impassioned editorial defense of the individual marketplace under the Affordable Care Act or ACA while criticizing the Trump administration for not easing “growing confusion among shoppers.”

Joshua Kushner, the co-founder of a 2012 healthcare startup called Oscar Health Insurance wrote an Axios op-ed with the company’s CEO Mario Schlosser.  In the editorial they question the “uncertain impact of the Trump administration’s last-minute policy moves” regarding the healthcare law.

“The administration’s cuts to outreach and sporadic lip service to repealing the ACA do nothing to stanch growing confusion among shoppers.” 

GQ March report states:  “In the four years since it started, Oscar has lost hundreds of millions of dollars, withdrawn from two of the seven markets where it sold insurance and raised premiums while severely cutting its network in New York, its home state.”

Analysts say that company woes are due to President Trump’s efforts to overhaul the ACA which is a key part of Oscar’s operating model.

 

Monday, Oct. 30  (Day 291):

Trump:  Manafort charges for activity ‘years ago, before…campaign”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates on 12 counts that included conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to launder money as well as failure to file reports of foreign banks and financial accounts.  Both pleaded not guilty.

Kevin Downing, an attorney for Manafort, stated:  “A claim that maintaining offshore accounts to bring all your funds into the United States, as a scheme to conceal from the United States government, is ridiculous.”   Glenn Selig, Gates’ spokesman, said in a statement that Gates “welcomes the opportunity to confront these charges in court.”

Meanwhile, President Trump distanced his White House from the grand jury indictments of his former campaign chairman and an aide, stating their crimes were committed “years” before they worked on the campaign.

During a White House press briefing, NBC News reporter Kristen Welker asked press secretary Huckabee Sanders, “Does the president, in any way, hold Jared Kushner responsible for hiring Paul Manafort?”  Her answer:  “Not that I’m aware of.”

The New York Times reported that Kushner, along with Ivanka Trump, pushed her father to hire Manafort after Manafort initially reached out to Tom Barrack, a longtime friend of the family.   Trump needed someone to run his campaign after the firing of former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, primarily for a controversial incident involving a former Breitbart News reporter.

President Trump tweeted:  “Why aren’t Crooked Hillary and the Dems the focus?????  Also, there is NO COLLUSION!”

Reports last week revealed that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid $9 million to law firm Perkins Coie, which commissioned Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research that ultimately led to the now infamous Trump dossier.

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), who has repeatedly called for Mueller’s resignation over the special counsel’s relationship with former FBI Director James Comey, said the indictment “doesn’t have anything to do with Donald Trump.  I believe that Mr. Mueller’s conflict of interest is absolutely incontrovertible.   It’s ironic because ostensibly his investigation is supposed to be into Donald Trump’s potential involvement with Russia, yet this doesn’t have anything to do with Donald Trump.”

Rep. Pete King (R-NY), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, which is leading its own Russian probe, said, “This pre-dates the campaign entirely, and could pre-date Paul Manafort even meeting Donald Trump.  This has nothing to do with the campaign.  There is no evidence at all linking the Trump campaign to Russian influence or collusion.”

Mueller’s team also unsealed a guilty plea by former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who admitted to making false statements to FBI agents as part of the investigation.

President Trump’s response to Papadopoulos:  “Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar.”  White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said “he was a volunteer on the campaign and a volunteer member of an advisory council that met one time.

“The real collusion scandal has everything to do with the Clinton campaign and Fusion GPS and Russia.  There is clear evidence of them colluding to spread disinformation and smear the president.”

Paul Manafort

Tuesday, Oct. 31 (Day 292):

Rep. DeSantis:  Mueller’s “very dangerous” investigation “not the way”

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) speaking on Breitbart News Daily told host Alex Marlow:  “There are really no limitations to what the special counsel can do in either time or scope, and I thought that was very dangerous.  My amendment would have limited the time—put up, or shut up if you don’t have anything on this Russia stuff.

“You can’t go back five or six year just trying to find anything on somebody.  I think that from the day after the election, I think the Dems and their allies in the media are like, ‘We’ve got to kneecap this guy no matter what we can do.  We just have to do whatever we can.’ I think they settled on this Russian narrative.  The media is so invested in it.

“That is not the way the government is supposed to operate.”

CATO 2017 free speech and tolerance survey shows “divide” in America

Democrats support transgender pronoun laws, staunch liberals say punching Nazis is acceptable, Clinton voters can’t be friends with Trump voters; while Republicans support stripping citizenship from flag burners, think journalists are enemies of American People; and Trump voters can be friends with Clinton voters.

Americans say colleges aren’t doing enough to teach value of free speech; should punish students who shut down speakers; People of Color don’t find most microaggressions offensive.

The Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey, a new national poll of 2,300 U.S. adults, finds that nearly three-fourths (71%) of Americans believe that political correctness has silenced important discussions our society needs to have. The consequences are personal—58% of Americans believe the political climate prevents them from sharing their own political beliefs.

It follows that a solid majority (59%) of Americans think people should be allowed to express unpopular opinions in public, even those deeply offensive to others. On the other hand, 40% think government should prevent hate speech. Despite this, the survey also found Americans willing to censor, regulate, or punish a wide variety of speech and expression they personally find offensive.

The Cato Institute 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey was designed and conducted by the Cato Institute in collaboration with YouGov. YouGov collected responses online August 15-23, 2017 from a national sample of 2,300 Americans 18 years of age and older.   It shows the political and racial divide among Americans in regards to the First Amendment and free speech.

The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace.  The Cato Institute’s vision is “to create free, open, and civil societies founded on libertarian principles.”  Cato does not undertake lobbying efforts, back political candidates, or engage in political activities.  It does not associate with any political organization or party.  Cato does not accept government funding, but receives approximately 80 percent of its operating budget through tax-deductible contributions from individuals, with the remainder of its support coming from foundations, corporations, and the sale of books and publications.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 1 (Day 293):

Tech companies admit Russians attempted to undermine President Trump

Lawyers representing Facebook and Twitter revealed to a Senate Judiciary panel that Russian agents on their social networks tried to delegitimize Donald Trump’s presidency after the election by focusing on “fomenting discord about the validity of (Trump’s) election.”

James Lewis, an international cyber policy expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies said, “Their goal is to create confusion and dissent.  The target is the U.S. and NATA, not any particular candidate.  They just want chaos.  It went from being a grudge match against Clinton to what they thought was a priceless opportunity to inflict harm.”

California gas tax hike of 12 cents per gallon begins; will rise to 29 cents

Californians saw an increase of 14 cents at the gas pump today as the first phase of the SB-1 gas tax and vehicle registration hikes began.  The gas tax will eventually increase to 29 cents per gallon over the next 32 months.

The gas hike orchestrated by a Democratic super majority in the state legislature and signed into law on April 28th (SB-1 Transportation Funding) by Governor Jerry Brown is the largest registration and gasoline tax increase in history.   The last time fees were increased was in 2002 when Democrats increased the vehicle registration fee increase from $46 to $158 (a fee increase of almost 250 percent).  The result was 9.4 million voters recalling Democrat Governor Gray Davis, just 11 months after he was re-elected—making him only the second state governor recalled in American history—and electing Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger to fill the vacancy.

Californians currently pay $3.03 per gallon, on average, for regularly unleaded gasoline, vs. about $2.47 a gallon for the rest of the nation.   The 56 cents per gallon higher fees is due to hidden fees to fight pollution, as well as the 40.62 cents per gallon state gas tax, the fifth-highest in the nation according to the Tax Foundation.  A gas hike of 12 cents per gallon will cost the average Californian $1,200 per family. 

The full increase of 12 cents per gallon will not immediately be felt because the seasonal surcharge for California’s reformulated gasoline summer blends rolls off on November 1st.

State Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach), a candidate for governor, has qualified a ballot initiative to kill the gas tax that will appear on the November 2018 ballot.

Orange County Republicans have also successfully qualified an effort to recall State Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) who voted for SB-1 on the November ballot.  The California State Legislature’s attempts to change state recall rules with the passage of SB 117 were blocked by the courts in August.

Freedomwork.org

California judge throws out abortion notification law

A California judge (Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gloria Trask) has tossed out a sate law (The Reproductive FACT law passé din 2015) that requires “pregnancy centers” which exist to provide alternative to abortion, to notify clients that the state offers free abortion and contraception services.

Critics of the law said that the law violated the First Amendment rights of the clinicians.  “It’s like telling the Alcoholics Anonymous group that they have to have a large sign assaying where people can get alcohol and booze for free…It’s like telling a Jewish synagogue that they can have their service, and do their thing, but they have to have a large sign where people can go to pray to receive Jesus.”

Judge Trask in her opinion, argued that the law exceeds the limitation on compelled speech by the state by forcing a pregnancy center “to speak words with which it profoundly disagrees when the Sate has numerous alternative methods of publishing its message.”

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has promised to appeal the ruling.  However, many pregnancy centers had been defying the law, according to an investigation last year by a pro-choice group.

Trump vows to “get tough” on immigration after New York terrorist attack

“We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems.  We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter),” tweeted President Trump.  “The terrorist came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program, a Chuck Schumer beauty.  I want merit based.”

The Diversity Visa Lottery Program was part of a bill introduced in 1990 by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) while he was still serving in the House of Representatives.

“Senator Chuck Schumer helping to import Europe’s problems,” tweeted Trump.

The 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, of Uzbekistan, was arrested for barreling on Tuesday through a Manhattan bicycle lane, killing eight in New York and telling authorities he killed in the name of the Islamic State.    He entered the United States in 2010 after receiving permanent residency through a lottery “diversity” visa.   

Uzbekistan, a former Soviet nation, has a large Muslim majority population. 

 

Thursday, Nov. 2 (Day 294):

Former Democratic interim chairwoman releases book on 2016 campaign

Donna Brazile, former interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, new book “Hacks:  The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House” describes the “chaos” and poor management style of Rep. Debbie Wasserman (D-FL) during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Brazile promised the Sanders campaign that she would “get to the bottom” of whether Hillary Clinton’s campaign had “rigged the nomination process.

“So I followed the money.  My predecessor, Florida Rep. Debbi Wasserman Schultz, had not been the most active chair in fundraising at a time when President Barack Obama’s neglect had left the party in significant debt.  As Hillary’s campaign gathered momentum, she resolved the party’s debt and put it on a starvation diet.  It has become dependent on her campaign for survival, for which she expected to wield control of its operations.

“Debbie was not a good manager.  She hadn’t been very interested in controlling the party—she let Clinton’s headquarters in Brooklyn do as it desired so she didn’t have to inform the party officer how bad the situation was.

“Obama left the party $24 million in debt–$15 million in bank debt and more than $8 million owed to vendors after the 2012 campaign and had been paying that off very slowly.  Obama’s campaign was not scheduled to pay it off until 2016.  Hillary for America (the campaign) and the Hillary Victory Fund (its joint fundraising vehicle with the DNC) had taken care of 80 percent of the remaining debt in 2016, about $10 million, and had placed the party on an allowance.

“If I didn’t know about this, I assume that none of the other offices knew about it, either.  That was just Debbie’s way.

“In my experience she didn’t come to the officers of the DNC for advice and counsel.  She seemed to make decisions on her own and let us know at the last minute what she had decided, as she had done when she told us about the hacking (of the DNC) only minutes before the Washington Post broke the news.”

Gary Gensler, the chief financial officer of Hillary’s campaign, told Brazille in a telephone call that the Democrat party was “fully under the control of Hillary’s campaign” and went on to fill in the details of what she describes as a financial scandal.

“When we hung up, I was livid.  Not at Gary, but at this mess I had inherited.”

Brazile wrote in her book that she told Senator Sanders that his suspicions were correct but that, for the sake of the country, he should rally around Clinton as the nominee.

“When I hung up the call to Bernie, I started to cry, not out of guilt, but out of anger.  We would go forward.  We had to.”

Senator Warren:  2016 Democratic presidential primary “rigged” for Hillary

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Thursday in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper that she believes the 2016 Democratic presidential primary was “rigged” for Hillary Clinton.

Tapper was asking Warren about former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman Donna Brazile’s new book in which she says she found evidence that Clinton’s campaign fixed the Democratic nomination system in her favor.

In an excerpt from her book that was provided to Politico, Brazile explains how she was tasked with investigating the DNC after hacked emails suggested the Clinton campaign fixed the nomination.

Brazile said she discovered an agreement between the DNC, the Clinton campaign and Clinton’s joint fundraising committee that said the campaign would “control the party’s finances, strategy and all the money it raised.” The agreement was signed in August 2015, almost a full year before Clinton became the party’s official nominee.

Warren said the allegations are a “real problem” and called on new DNC chairman Tom Perez to unite the party.  “This is a test for Tom Perez,” she continued. “Either he’s going to succeed by bringing Bernie Sanders and Bernie Sanders’ representatives into this process and they’re going to say ‘it’s fair, it works, we all believe it,’ or he’s going to fail.”

Brazile blasted the agreement in her book, saying it “was not illegal, but it sure looked unethical.  This was not a criminal act, but as I saw it, it compromised the party’s integrity,” Brazile wrote.

ACLJ lays out concrete steps to end diversity visa program

“A jihadist pledged to ISIS just terrorized America – mowing down more than a dozen people in New York City, killing at least 8” reports the American Center for Law and Justice.  “He entered America through a “random selection” visa program.

“It’s an open invitation to terrorists in our immigration code,” state the ACLJ.  “The outdated federal law provides visas by “random selection” to individuals from countries with low immigration rates into the U.S.

”The Inspector General raised concerns that aliens from countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism can apply for [‘random selection’] visas.  Terrorists can literally win the lottery to attack America.

“Why in 2017 – in an age of an increasing number of targeted terror attacks – are we doing anything by ‘random selection’”?

“At the ACLJ, we’re taking direct action. We’re filing legal demands to find out how this dangerous terrorist loophole has been allowed to continue. We’re demanding Congress repeal this law and take “random” out of our immigration policy.

(Editor’s Note:  Those wishing to sign the ACLJ petition to end the “random selection” visa program can go to:  https://aclj.org/national-security/end-the-random-selection-visa-invitation-to-terror).

 

Friday, Nov. 3 (Day 295):

Hillary supporters blast Donna Brazile and Elizabeth Warren

Hillary Clinton supporters took to Twitter to express anger at former Democratic interim chairwoman Donna Brazile and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for their allegations that the Democratic National Committee had “rigged the 2016 primary elections.”

One Twitter critic wrote:  “Why is Donna Brazile and the Berners trying to take the focus off Mueller’s investigation?”

Another wrote:  “Elizabeth Warren is obviously not who we thought she was.  I won’t support her, nor would I ever vote for her.  Traitorous.”

Trump:  DOJ must do “what is right and proper” investigate Hillary Clinton

President Trump has called for the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into a series of scandals that have impacted the Democratic party and its 2016 nominee for president.

“Everybody is asking whey the Justice Department (and FBI) isn’t looking into all the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems.  Now Donald B book says she paid for and stole the Dem Primary.  What about the deleted E-mails, Uranium, Podesta, the Serve, plus, plus….”

Donald Brazile, the interim Democratic Party chairwoman wrote on a joint fundraising document between the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Victor Fund and Hillary for America that had bee signed in August 2015, four months after Clinton announced her candidacy and year before she officially secured the nomination over Sanders.

“The agreement—signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC and Robby Mook, with a copy to Marc Elias—specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised.  Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decision on all the other staff.”

Hillary Clinton

Alabama Democratic candidate wants supporters involved with Soros

A web site that functions as the public web portal for Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate for December’s Senate special Alabama election, advocates supporters to “get involved” in “matters of justice and equality” through four organizations financed by billionaire George Soros.  They include:  The Constitution Project; The Equal Justice Initiative; The Marshal Project; and The Brennan Center for Justice.

Breitbart News reports that Jones himself is closely associated with at least three of those Soros-financed groups and desires to see a “living wage ordinances and ballot measure for numerous cities and states” (guaranteed income or “socialism”).

President leaves for history 10-day trip to Asia

President Donald Trump departed on Friday for a 10-dy trip to Asia where he will visit China, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and Vietnam.

“I think we’re going to have a very successful trip,” Trump told reporters before leaving the White House.   “There is a lot of good will.”

The President has decided to stay an extra day in the Philippines to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit.  This is the longest trip to Asia by a U.S. president since George H.W. Bush went on a 12-day tour of Asia in 1991.

The president will discuss the nuclear threat from North Korea.  The president also wants to make important deals on “reciprocal trade” after ending the Trans-Pacific Partnership shortly after taking office.

 

 

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 West 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.


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